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Building demolition fuels quake study

HAYWARD AP) - It took just seconds for a 13-story building overlooking San Francisco Bay to implode, spewing smoke and chunks of concrete as it crumbled into a heap of rubble. But U.S. Geological Survey scientist Rufus Catchings was marveling less at the visual spectacle than what he could feel with his feet.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Principal bans streaking at Palo Alto High

PALO ALTO (AP) - The principal of a Northern California high school is putting an end to the tradition of students streaking across campus.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Ex-congressman gets OK for wife’s home burial

UKIAH (AP) - A former California congressman who buried his wife on the couple's rural property now has after-the-fact permission in a decision his attorney said sets a precedent for home burial.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Feds delay threat to withhold transit funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Friday delayed its threat to withhold billions of dollars in California transportation grants in a dispute over public pension reforms while negotiations continue with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

August 16, 2013 | | State


California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first such bump since the spring of 2011, state officials announced Friday.

August 16, 2013 | | State


GOP lawmaker seeks audit of mental health spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties are spending billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs, after a state audit found there has been little oversight to ensure the money is going to those who need it most.

August 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Seattle investor funds drive to defeat Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.

August 16, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley officials issue air alert

FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cut of 10% begins next month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Changes proposed for Twin Tunnels

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | State


LA judge OKs $30 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.

August 15, 2013 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAIL CARRIER WINS HEAP OF CASH FROM CALIF. LOTTO: RIALTO (AP) - A Southern California mail carrier now has a whole heap of cash to tote around too.

December 11, 2014 | | State


Website operator convicted of prostitution charge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The operator of a Northern California-based adult website has pleaded guilty to a charge of facilitating prostitution.

December 11, 2014 | | State


Warming West Coast will send fish north

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Warming seas will likely send West Coast fish species northward by about 20 miles a decade, and some species probably will disappear from southern ranges off California and Oregon, a new study says.

December 10, 2014 | | State


Is it safe to ride Uber and Lyft?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. A bigger threat to the new industry's impressive start could come from customers - if enough people stop using the services over fears that drivers aren't safe.

December 10, 2014 | | State


Protesters calm and peaceful Wednesday

OAKLAND (AP) - A small group of demonstrators tried unsuccessfully to shut down Oakland's federal courthouse Wednesday following four nights of large, often violent protests in Berkeley against the killings of black men by white police officers.

December 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 2 TEENS ACCUSED OF FEEDING LIVE CAT TO 2 DOGS: BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Two teenagers accused of feeding a live cat to two dogs, videotaping the attack and posting it online have been arrested in central California on suspicion of cruelty to an animal.

December 10, 2014 | | State


Tech summit addresses industry’s lack of diversity

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.

December 10, 2014 | | State


Apps to help cable guy arrive quicker

OAKLAND (AP) - Apple and IBM, once the most unlikely of allies, on Wednesday announced the first fruits of a partnership aimed at developing new mobile software - and selling more mobile devices - to business customers.

December 10, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors sue Uber; Lyft settles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California prosecutors sued Uber on Tuesday over the ride-booking company's background checks of drivers and other allegations, adding to the popular startup's worldwide legal woes.

December 09, 2014 | | State


Flight lands with extra passenger

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southwest Airlines flight landed in Los Angeles with one more passenger than when it took off.

December 09, 2014 | | State


House moves to bring relief to valley farms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House approved on Tuesday a bill designed to give state and federal agencies authority to move more water in coming months to California's drought-stricken farm belt.

December 09, 2014 | | State


Death penalty sought in deputy killings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek the death penalty for a Utah man charged with killing two deputies during an hourslong rampage that also left a motorist and another deputy wounded.

December 09, 2014 | | State


Assemblyman favored to replace disgraced senator

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A termed-out state assemblyman was favored Tuesday to succeed state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned in September after being sentenced for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

December 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN GETS JAIL FOR TAKING PART FROM PAUL WALKER CAR: SAN FERNANDO (AP) - A man who stole part of the Porsche that "Fast and the Furious" actor Paul Walker died in has been sentenced to six months in jail.

December 09, 2014 | | State


NBC Universal launches fitness digital network

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC Universal on Tuesday launched Radius, a digital fitness network that will allow people to work out with trainers on their smartphones or tablets.

December 09, 2014 | | State


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