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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


Bay Bridge open around Labor Day

OAKLAND (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan on Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | | State


'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bill outlaws problem of 'revenge porn'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn," which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Warrants fuel questions in teen's disappearance; deaths in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California man who abducted a teenage family friend and tortured her mother and 8-year-old brother before killing them exchanged more than a dozen calls with the 16-year-old girl in the hours before the slaying.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF WAX MUSEUM CLOSING DOORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco tourist attraction that drew some 12 million is shutting its doors.

August 15, 2013 | | State




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Hydro-power crunch due to drought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze - not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year.

March 22, 2015 | | State


Tahoe resorts look beyond snow for tourists

TRUCKEE (AP) - As another Sierra ski resort prepared to close for the season on Sunday due to a lack of snow, businesses around Lake Tahoe have started looking beyond the barren slopes as they rethink how to draw visitors during the colder winter months.

March 22, 2015 | | State


California overtime tops $1 billion

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Overtime for California's state workers rose 20 percent last year and topped $1 billion even though there are 20,000 fewer employees than in pre-recession 2008, the last time the state paid out so much, according to new payroll data.

March 22, 2015 | | State


Techies spur SoCal home buying

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet moguls like Amazon's Jeff Bezos aren't the only techies snatching up real estate in Southern California.

March 22, 2015 | | State


LA spent $22K to get killer to dinner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department used an invalid court order and spent $22,000 to bring an imprisoned killer and former gang leader to speak to an exclusive dinner for private executives, according to a report released Friday.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Missing art student found at shelter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police spent nearly two weeks and thousands of dollars searching for a missing 22-year-old art student across Southern California before she called her father from a Los Angeles shelter after seeing news reports about her case and asked to come home.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Review cites prison guards’ problems with guns, alcohol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has a problem with off-duty prison guards brandishing or carrying firearms while they are intoxicated, the department's inspector general said Friday.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Dogs rescued from Asian meat farms brought to California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Trembling and with their tails between their legs, the dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm were in rough shape both physical and mentally when they arrived in Northern California this week to start new lives.

March 20, 2015 | | State


Brown wants $1B in drought spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California copes with a fourth straight year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending and urged residents to do their part to conserve.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Napolitano apologizes for disparaging remark

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by an open microphone at a Board of Regents meeting.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Heat wave cooks poppies at Southern California reserve

LANCASTER (AP) - The recent heat wave was a blooming catastrophe for Southern California's poppy reserve.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Sugar Bowl suspends skiing Sunday as drought takes toll

TRUCKEE (AP) - Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state's historic drought.

March 19, 2015 | | State


No ban on use of private email by officials

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has no blanket policy restricting the use of personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it's among about two dozen states that have no clear rules or precedent-setting cases addressing whether those communications are public records.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Justin Bieber sued by former neighbor for assault, distress

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's former neighbor claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the pop singer spit in his face and terrorized his family with loud parties, drug use and aggressive driving.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Filipino workers sue SoCal bakery alleging forced labor, scant pay

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Filipino workers brought to this country by the husband-and-wife owners of a bakery have sued the business and the couple, claiming they were forced to do laundry and yard work, received meager wages and told they would have to pay off a hefty debt if they tried to leave.

March 19, 2015 | | State


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