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SF restaurants probed over pocketing health care surcharge on customers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of San Francisco restaurants are under investigation for exploiting a new city program by keeping customer surcharges instead of spending them on employee health care, city attorney Dennis Herrera announced Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BART OKS $2.7M TO BUY VIDEO STREAMING DEVICES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit riders can get ready for their closeups.

January 25, 2013 | | State


Gov. Brown leading trade mission to China this April

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will lead a trade mission to China this spring to promote California businesses and strengthen ties with the world's second largest economy, the governor announced Thursday during his State of the State address.

January 24, 2013 | | State


West Coast gets swing at SF jazz center

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Full of shimmer and swing, San Francisco's sleek new jazz concert hall opened Wednesday with an opening night gala featuring McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and Esperanza Spalding aimed at cementing respect for and expanding the reach of the jazz idiom on the West Coast.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Corruption charges against Lake Tahoe cop

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A California police officer who was put on administrative leave more than a year ago has been arrested on federal corruption charges accusing him of tipping off narcotics traffickers to upcoming drug busts, tampering with witnesses and having sex with underage students at a Lake Tahoe high school.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Davis researcher faces 10 charges after apartment blast

DAVIS (AP) - A chemistry researcher at the University of California, Davis who was injured in an explosion at his campus apartment last week was charged Thursday with 10 counts of possessing firearms and explosives.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Prosecutor rejects Calif. AG's parks $20M fund report

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County's prosecutor has rejected a report from the state attorney general on $20 million hidden by state parks officials and said Thursday she won't consider pressing charges against anyone.

January 24, 2013 | | State


LA mother held for fighting 12-year-old

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County authorities say a woman has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking a 12-year-old girl who had shown up to fight her daughter.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Six standing trial for City of Bell corruption that looted $1.3 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With six former city officials lined up in chairs behind him, a Los Angeles County prosecutor portrayed them Thursday as thieves who bilked their small town treasury for over $1.3 million, paying themselves for work they did not do.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CA APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS CASINO TIP-SHARING RULE: SAN JOSE (AP) - A state appeals court says a San Jose casino can force its cardroom dealers to share tips with other employees.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Governor offers optimistic vision for California’s future

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown delivered a State of the State address Thursday that was heavy on soaring rhetoric but largely repeated his well-known policy priorities, ideas he hopes will shape his legacy as he begins the second half of his term.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Are Hollywood awards by gender now out of step?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren really need a category just for women - a singular kind of affirmative action - to snare one of Hollywood's favorite accessories, an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy?

January 24, 2013 | | State


Reader sues Armstrong over drug-use denial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An aide to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was so taken by Lance Armstrong's first memoir of battling back from cancer to win the Tour de France multiple times that he immediately read it "cover to cover" and recommended it to several friends.

January 24, 2013 | | State


Emergency landing after hitting bird n

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say an airplane in Northern California has made an emergency landing after striking a bird shortly after takeoff.

January 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS ANOTHER DAY OF RECORD HEAT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Diego has broken a 103-year-old daily temperature record but a winter heat spell may be easing.

January 23, 2013 | | State


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Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


Passengers leave treasure trove of items at SF airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you've been through security at San Francisco International Airport recently and are missing your sunglasses or laptop, it's probably worth checking in with the Transportation Security Administration.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mariachi 5K run postponed after receiving criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mariachi-themed fun run scheduled for this weekend has been postponed indefinitely after facing backlash from those who say it makes a mockery of mariachi.

August 22, 2014 | | State


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