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TOLL OFFICIALS APPROVE $5.6M BAY BRIDGE BASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay area transportation officials have agreed to spend up to $5.6 million to pay for part of the inaugural celebration for the new east span of the Bay Bridge.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND MAYOR PUTS LOCK-PICKING CLASS IN NEWSLETTER: OAKLAND . (AP) - The mayor of a California city struggling with a spike in burglaries and other crimes is apologizing for promoting a class about how to pick locks in her newsletter.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Slain Santa Cruz police officers were taken by surprise, didn’t draw weapons

Slain Santa Cruz police officers were taken by surprise, didn't draw weapons

February 28, 2013 | | State


California Senate takes field trip to south state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate is embarking on what may be an unprecedented field trip to Southern California next week to view career education programs that proponents say should be the model throughout California.

February 28, 2013 | | State


LA appeals court ruling on homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse lower court rulings that prevent city workers from summarily removing and destroying homeless people's property left on Skid Row sidewalks.

February 28, 2013 | | State


'Girls Gone Wild' files for bankruptcy over debts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire has filed for bankruptcy in a move it says is an effort to restructure its legal affairs after several disputed court judgments.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Calif. support of gay marriage at 61 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A record 61 percent of Californians now approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a poll released Thursday.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Jails house 1,100 long-term inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California counties are housing more than 1,100 inmates serving sentences of five years or more in jails designed for stays of a year or less, according to the first report detailing the size of that population under Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment strategy to reduce state prison overcrowding.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers move on health insurance rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers took the first step Thursday toward passing new consumer protections, such as guaranteeing coverage even with pre-existing conditions, under the federal health care overhaul.

February 28, 2013 | | State


209 News

AMAZON OFFERING 2,5090 JOBS IN TRACY & PATTEROSN: TRACY- Jobs for upcoming Amazon.com fulfillment centers in Tracy and Patterson have been posted on the company's website.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Suspect in death of 2 Santa Cruz police officers reportedly had troubled history

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - There was no warning for the two police detectives killed on Jeremy Goulet's doorstep when he flung open his door and opened fire. But there was more than a decade of signs that indicated Goulet was, as his father said Wednesday, a "ticking time bomb."

February 27, 2013 | | State


State voters back marijuana legalization

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A poll released Wednesday has promising news for marijuana users who hope California will join the two other states that have voted to legalize recreational use of the drug.

February 27, 2013 | | State


Medicare paid $5.1B for poor nursing home care

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare paid billions in taxpayer dollars to nursing homes nationwide that were not meeting basic requirements to look after their residents, government investigators have found.

February 27, 2013 | | State




Remains of Korean War soldier arrive in California for burial

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A soldier who was killed during the Korean War more than 60 years ago has finally come home to California.

February 27, 2013 | | State


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Fish found with mercury in remote regions of western national parks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Salmon released in SJ River restoration

FRESNO (AP) - Tens of thousands of spring-run Chinook salmon are being released into the San Joaquin River, marking a major milestone in the federal plan to restore native fish populations to the state's second-longest river.

April 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• BABY DIES AFTER BEING FORGOTTEN IN HOT CAR: SAN JOSE (AP) - An infant has been pronounced dead after accidentally being left in a hot car alone for hours.

April 17, 2014 | | State


California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

FRESNO (AP) - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Ex-official leaves huge $150M debt for Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Governor pushing rainy-day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Lost sea lion in SJ Valley found mile from water

MERCED . (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson leads mayoral group

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Court rules for environmentalists in water fight over Delta smelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits for tracking parolees

SANTA ANA (AP) - A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Steinberg seeks review of GPS tracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

April 15, 2014 | | State


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