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PG&E reports progress on safety recommendations in aftermath of explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than two and a half years after a pipeline explosion killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb, a Northern California utility said Tuesday it has made sure that all of its gas transmission lines coursing through urban areas are running at safe operating pressures.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Petraeus making his first speech at USC dinner since leaving CIA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Petraeus, who has remained largely in seclusion since being forced to resign as head of the CIA after the disclosure of an extramarital affair, returns to the public spotlight Tuesday with a speech and an apology before a group of military students and veterans.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Giffords' husband pulls dog off sea lion on SoCal beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The daughter of former astronaut Mark Kelly was walking her dog Shiner on Goff Island Beach when the dog bolted, ripping the leash from her hand and fatally attacking a beached baby sea lion.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Budget cuts hobble community colleges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Student enrollment at California's community colleges has fallen dramatically in recent years as campuses slashed teaching staffs and course offerings in response to unprecedented cuts in state funding, according to a report released Tuesday.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Man allegedly tried to smuggle phone to Manson

CORCORAN (AP) - A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone inside a California prison where the mass murderer is housed, authorities said Tuesday.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge goes to digital toll system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When their final shifts ended Tuesday at the Golden Gate Bridge, several toll collectors forced their mouths into smiles, hugged each other tightly, and cried as they left their small booths for the last time.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Wal-Mart tests in-store lockers for online orders

SAN BRUNO . (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Tuesday that it's going to set up lockers in about a dozen stores so that shoppers who order on its website can pick up their items without having to wait in a checkout line.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Study: Health care law to increase costs in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medical claims costs filed by individual policy holders could rise as much as 62 percent over the next four years in California under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released Tuesday by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Black LAPD officer wins $1.2 M discrimination suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer who says he was harassed by other officers at Central Division because he's black was awarded $1.2 million in damages for emotional distress and mental suffering

March 26, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN SHOT WHILE POINTING FAKE GUN DIES: CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Authorities say 49-year-old man who was shot by an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant after he allegedly pointed a fake gun at deputies has died.

March 26, 2013 | | State


State parks need new operating model

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says.

March 25, 2013 | | State


Tunnels divert traffic from coastal highway

PACIFICA (AP) - With the snip of a ribbon, officials on Monday unveiled the first tunnels built in California in more than 50 years.

March 25, 2013 | | State


Top-rated soap 'Young and Restless' marks 40 years on daytime television

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Love, loss, breakups, makeups, murder, mayhem, backstabbing, social climbing. Forget about a lifetime, that's just an afternoon on "The Young and the Restless."

March 25, 2013 | | State


Alameda County administrator earns $413K

OAKLAND, (AP) - Alameda County's Susan Muranishi is the highest-paid county administrator in California, with a $413,000 annual compensation package and the promise of an equally large pension, a newspaper reported Monday.

March 25, 2013 | | State


SoCal airport developer charged with conspiracy

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The man tasked with developing a former Air Force base into the San Bernardino International Airport has been charged with conspiracy and perjury, prosecutors said Monday.

March 25, 2013 | | State


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700 homes evacuated from fire near Yosemite

MARIPOSA (AP) - A new wildfire that broke out Friday on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of about 700 homes, officials said.

September 06, 2014 | | State


Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

September 06, 2014 | | State


STATE BIGGEST BENEFACTOR

SAN BRUNO (AP) - The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.

September 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers’ lunch shows vagueness of meetings law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - City council and school board members gathering for dinners, parties or other social affairs must guard their words or notify the public beforehand if a majority will attend and talk policy.

September 05, 2014 | | State


Army major gets medal for saving man

ORINDA (AP) - A U.S. Army officer who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq was celebrated as a hero for his actions off the battlefield.

September 05, 2014 | | State


CSU Northridge finds hazing in hiking death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hazing was involved in the death of a California State University, Northridge, student who collapsed during an 18-mile fraternity pledge hike, the school's president announced Friday.

September 05, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

QUAKE QUIRK: WATER FLOWING IN CREEKS: NAPA (AP) - Last month's earthquake in California's wine country has residents marveling at the sight and sound of water running in some local creeks again.

September 05, 2014 | | State


Quake moved fault 18 inches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emerging data on last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Science Center said Thursday.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Wildlife groups sue feds over Rim Fire logging

FRESNO (AP) - Environmentalists filed a lawsuit Thursday against a federal agency, saying it aims to protect the California spotted owl living in the burned forests marked for logging after the third-largest wildfire in state history.

September 04, 2014 | | State


10 arrested in Los Angeles fast- food wage protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested demonstrators who blocked a downtown street near a McDonald's restaurant to protest low wages for fast-food workers.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Albino cobra captured SoCal

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - A deadly albino cobra that ran loose for days in a Southern California neighborhood was captured Thursday.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Brown maintains big lead over challenger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that Gov. Jerry Brown has a lead of 16 percentage points over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari in the governor's race.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Comedian Joan Rivers dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Tech IDs troubled officers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit - from citizens or the federal government.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Court rules for Yelp in suit over online ratings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.

September 04, 2014 | | State


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