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GIRL, 14, FOUND DEAD INSIDE CAR AT MADERA SCHOOL: MADERA (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a high school in California's Central Valley.

September 12, 2013 | | State


NorCal wildfire destroys 68 homes

REDDING (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would raise minimum wage to $10

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill that is all but certain to head to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge’s older span is now the Willie Brown Bridge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday approved naming the iconic western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a towering California political figure who is both revered and reviled.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Illegals driver's license bill in limbo

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Immigrants who are in the country illegally would be able to get California driver's licenses under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, but it was not immediately certain whether it would be sent to the governor this year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA SCHOOL TO NAME LIBRARY FOR SLAIN AMBASSADOR: PIEDMONT (AP) - A Northern California high school will name its library after the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed by insurgents in Benghazi last year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would expand role of pharmacists in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would expand the services California pharmacists can provide to patients.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Forecast: California to outpace nation in job growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth over the next few years, narrowing an unemployment rate gap in a slow but uneven economic recovery that will leave unskilled workers behind, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bill grants overtime for domestic workers

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Employers would have to temporarily pay overtime to domestic workers under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate, but the mandate would expire in a few years unless the Legislature renews it.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Richmond moves ahead with eminent domain plan

RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city voted Wednesday to try to expand a first-in-the-nation plan to use its power of eminent domain to seize hundreds of mortgages that exceed the value of homes.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

THIEF HITS SF BAY AREA FIREHOUSE WHILE CREWS AWAY: WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Fire officials say crews battling a wildfire at a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park became burglary targets.

September 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LEGISLATURE SENDS BROWN BILL ON CALIF. PRISON DEAL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California's prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Valley fever hospitalizations increase

FRESNO (AP) - The annual rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease, has doubled over the past 12 years in California, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 11, 2013 | | State


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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation that is one step away from the governor's desk.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Senate approves dropping STAR tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would end traditional standardized testing of students in reading, math and social science, as the top federal education official threatened to withhold federal funds if the measure becomes law.

September 10, 2013 | | State


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Income checks throw Californians off plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state's insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.

September 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

FRESNO POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTACK POSTED ONLINE: FRESNO . (AP) - Police in Central California are trying to identify the people behind a video posted online in which a 20-year-old woman is taunted, beaten and forced to strip in broad daylight.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California water use drops in July

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water agencies reported a 7.5 percent drop in monthly water use in July in a survey released Tuesday, falling far short of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in water use when he declared a drought emergency.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Wildfire sends smoke into famed Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire officials called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and sent smoke into the park's famed valley for the first time Tuesday, officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Pension spiking costs $800 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of California public workers have sweetened their retirement checks with a now-outlawed accounting maneuver that will cost nearly $800 million over two decades, an audit disclosed Tuesday.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Fire forces evacuation from Half Dome

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A wildfire burning for weeks in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park grew unexpectedly, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park visitors.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Search resumes for mountain lion

CUPERTINO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California will resume searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted the curtain on his official portrait Monday, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder standing in front of the official California seal.

September 09, 2014 | | State


3 family members hit, killed by car in Turlock

TURLOCK (AP) - Police say three family members, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed when a driver plowed into them as they walked in a Central California neighborhood.

September 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 8 RESCUED FROM FISHING BOAT OFF SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco says eight people were rescued from a troubled charter fishing boat while the captain stayed aboard to plug the leak.

September 09, 2014 | | State


Yosemite blaze prompts evacuation of 100 campers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A 400-acre wildfire that started weeks ago in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park led to the evacuation of about 100 campers Sunday as the flames grew unexpectedly, officials said.

September 07, 2014 | | State


At premiere, cast, crew discuss end of ‘Anarchy’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cast and crew of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" gathered in Hollywood Saturday night for their seventh, and final, season premiere.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown groundwater

VALLEJO (AP) - A major Northern California earthquake that caused an estimated $400 million in damage also unloosed torrents of groundwater that may help ease the region's drought.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Flores was San Diego’s first Hispanic bishop

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Cirilo Flores was an attorney when he had a midlife change of heart and became a Roman Catholic priest, leading to a brief tenure as the first Hispanic bishop of San Diego.

September 07, 2014 | | State


Schwarzenegger returns to state capital

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Governator is back.

September 07, 2014 | | State


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