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State drops 8th grade algebra requirement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is abandoning an algebra requirement for eighth graders, a move already adopted by most states.

February 04, 2013 | | State


$5M award upheld against prison guard union

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a damage award of nearly $5 million against the union that represents most California prison guards.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Report says removal of 4 dams good for Klamath salmon, farms

EUREKA (AP) - A federal report says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California and restoring ecosystems will produce a big increase in salmon harvests and boost farm revenues.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Judge upholds removal of Point Reyes oyster farm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge on Monday denied a Northern California oyster farm's request to have its removal from Point Reyes National Seashore overturned, and ruled against allowing it to continue doing business in the park while its lawsuit is being heard in court.

February 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

Farmworker receives $1m for mangled arm

February 04, 2013 | | State


California high court lets online stores to require personal data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A narrowly divided state Supreme Court ruled Monday that Apple Inc. and other online retailers can continue to require California customers making purchases with credit cards to provide personal information to combat fraud.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Will Brown parole Manson disciple?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's governor has been asked to make the final decision on whether a former Charles Manson follower will be released on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Brown: Texas paid radio spots unlikely to sway companies to move from state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A radio ad designed to convince California companies to move to Texas has sparked a throw-down between the governors of the two states.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Bus passenger describes terror before SoCal crash that killed seven people

YUCAIPA (AP) - The bus full of tired tourists from Mexico was slowly winding its way down the mountain from the ski resort town of Big Bear when it suddenly picked up speed. The driver shouted to call 911 - the brakes had failed.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Good behavior in SF after Bowl loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A spirit of hope and anticipation across San Francisco rapidly deteriorated Sunday to sullen disappointment after the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

February 04, 2013 | | State


RIDE-HAILING APPS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Hesky Kutscher needed to get across town, he didn't call a taxi. He tapped a smartphone app called Lyft, which allows users to request car rides.

February 03, 2013 | | State


New threat to prime farmland: Rapidly growing solar projects

FRESNO (AP) - There's a land rush of sorts going on across the nation's most productive farming region, but these buyers don't want to grow crops. They want to plant solar farms.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Gay, Latino groups forge immigration alliance to gain legal status for illegals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As a gay Mexican immigrant living in the United States illegally, Alex Aldana acutely understands his double-minority status. Not only does he fear deportation, he can't seek citizenship by marrying a partner because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

February 03, 2013 | | State


School turnarounds prompt community backlash in low-income neighborhoods

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Police canvassing area where girl was found dead

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Fairfield police investigators were on the streets early Sunday canvassing the neighborhood near the park where a 13-year-old girl was found dead, a police spokesman said.

February 03, 2013 | | State


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$93M Medi-Cal payments fraudulent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.

August 21, 2014 | | State


Unregulated pumping in crosshairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroys 8 homes, threatens 1,000 more; scorches 5 square miles

KERNVILLE (AP) - A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | State


School makes special ed kids sort trash

JURUPA VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has apologized to parents of special education students who were outraged to learn their children had been sorting trash as a school activity.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Mystery pair in selfies after burglary sought

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?

August 20, 2014 | | State


Video blackouts impede growth of baseball online

LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) - Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Target cuts outlook as breach form security fallout lingers

NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Cupertino to get super-fast AT&T broadband service

CUPERTINO (AP) - Cupertino will become the first city west of the Rockies to get AT&T's super-fast broadband Internet service.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Apple’s stock bounces back to hit a new high

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.

August 20, 2014 | | State


FIRE NEAR YOSEMITE

OAKHURST - Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Rock climber killed in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall in Yosemite National Park, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend during another climb, authorities said.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested after Web activities eyed

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Boy’s abuse detailed in graphic testimony

PALMDALE (AP) - Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Pension spiking concerns ignored

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A state pension fund committee on Tuesday approved retirement calculations for new government hires despite concerns about so-called "pension spiking" raised by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | | State


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