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SF POLICE SHOOT AND KILL DOG THAT MAULED 2 MEN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say one pit bull has been killed and a second captured after mauling one man and also injuring their owner.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Appellate court will hear high-speed rail case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred a legal appeal over the state's high-speed rail project to a state appellate court, declining to take up the case directly as Gov. Jerry Brown's administration had requested.

January 29, 2014 | | State


Expulsion vote due for kids in computer hacking

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Parents of some students being targeted for expulsion for hacking into computers at a wealthy Southern California public high school to access tests and change grades are charging that the cheating scandal is far bigger and district officials are whitewashing the crisis by throwing a "handful of students to the wolves."

January 28, 2014 | | State


Bill will reduce challenges to prospective jurors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys would be able to reject fewer jurors in misdemeanor trials under a bill passed Tuesday by the California state Senate.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Pellet gun proposal responds to shooting tragedies with kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - BB guns and pellet guns would have to look clearly different from those that fire bullets to be sold in California under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate in response to several recent shooting tragedies involving children.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker convicted of voter fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners prepare for drought

NAPA (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Woman, 81, shot during home invasion

OAKLAND (AP) - An 81-year-old Oakland woman was shot and wounded Tuesday by an intruder in her usually tranquil neighborhood.

January 28, 2014 | | State


As drought continues, feds could seize water

FRESNO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.

January 28, 2014 | | State


Punjabi Americans flex political muscle, open wallets in Manteca

The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren't developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.

January 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | State


Female ranks declining in legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Dry winter means bad air in SJ Valley

FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Drought is forcing ranchers to sell cattle

AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Californians of Indian descent are rising force in state politics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.

January 26, 2014 | | State


Parents wants teen son to surrender after sister slain

OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.

January 24, 2014 | | State


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Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Court: Rent control applies to formerly teen-aged tenant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco resident has succeeded - for now - in preventing his landlord from nearly doubling his rent because his parents moved out of the apartment where his family had lived since he was a young teenager.

January 25, 2015 | | State


DMV retracts advisory on rideshare registration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles retracted on Saturday an advisory requiring anyone who transports people for money to commercially register their vehicles.

January 25, 2015 | | State


SJ judge Kronlund objects to court ban on judges in Scouting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that practice "invidious" discrimination against gays came against the wishes of some jurists with children who are Boy Scouts or who are active in Scouting themselves.

January 25, 2015 | | State


YouTube assault case: Educator pleads guilty

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A California educator who was confronted with allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube has pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges involving two victims.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Public-worker payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion post-recession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

January 25, 2015 | | State


State employee brought loaded gun into work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday that it has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state's office.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Treasurer John Chiang nixes run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Boy fatally stabbed with scissors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed with scissors in front of an East Los Angeles middle school, and authorities are looking for another boy who attacked him.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California unemployment falls to 7 %

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from a month earlier, but the state added just 700 jobs in December, a disappointing number after good job gains in November.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Fewer kindergarteners skip vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer California parents opted out of vaccinations for their children entering kindergarten last year following the adoption of a law that makes it harder to go without the shots, state figures show.

January 23, 2015 | | State


$300,000 in stolen fine wine recovered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.

January 23, 2015 | | State


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