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Bay Bridge still on track to open Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new eastern half of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was on track to open before sunrise Tuesday following a five-day closure of the full span that is the Bay Area's busiest bridge, officials said Sunday.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Youth martial art sparks safety concerns in State Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Internet video shows two elementary school-age children, wearing athletic clothes and protective gear on their shins, sparring and wrestling in an enclosed ring. There's an audience looking on as the young fighters weave and jab, striking each other repeatedly.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Fight to end unpaid internships

LOS ANGELS (AP) - A nascent campaign against employers' use of unpaid interns is taking aim at what critics call some of the longstanding practice's biggest enablers: colleges that steer students into such programs in exchange for academic credit.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley patent office shelved

SAN JOSE (AP) - Silicon Valley's high-tech firms are fighting what they consider a deeply personal federal cut this summer that shelves a planned patent office in this innovation-fueled region.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Filner ends tenure as San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bob Filner ended his brief but tumultuous tenure as mayor Friday amid allegations that he sexually harassed women, making no public appearances on a final day that came one week after a defiant farewell speech in which the onetime civil rights activist called himself the victim of a "lynch mob."

August 30, 2013 | | State


SF Bay Bridge construction on schedule

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Final construction work on the new, $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was on schedule Friday, but bridge officials had not yet confirmed when it will open to traffic.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Oldest person in California dies away at 114

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California's oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA'S FOIE GRAS BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that California can keep in place its ban on the sale of foie gras.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Rim Fire smoke makes SJ Valley air unhealthy

GROVELAND (AP) - Nearly a third of the huge forest fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park was contained Friday and some small communities in the mountainous area were no longer under evacuation advisories, but smoke descending down into San Joaquin Valley cities was becoming a problem.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Support staff must back charter school

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that cleared the state Assembly on Friday could make it harder to create charter schools in California by requiring supporters to seek consent from at least some lower-level unionized school employees.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Disproportionate black arrests by Oakland Police

OAKLAND (AP) - A study by an activist group says black boys in Oakland are arrested far more often than those in other racial groups and for relatively minor offenses, such as drunkenness.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Embezzler was hired by high-speed rail agency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A woman who embezzled $320,000 from a California state agency was later hired by the state's High-Speed Rail Authority - and she said nobody asked about her background.

August 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco Bay bike-share launches in 5 cities

SAN JOSE\ (AP) - Commuters fed up with traffic-clogged streets have a new option to get around the San Francisco Bay region: pedal power.

August 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY CARS ON S. CAL FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who jumped, fell or was pushed from a car on a Southern California freeway was killed when several other cars hit her Thursday morning, and investigators were treating her death as a homicide, police said.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Fewer schools meet performance targets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California public schools met state and federal benchmarks that are used to evaluate how well schools educate youngsters, although high school students improved their performance on an exit exam required for graduation, according to results released Thursday.

August 29, 2013 | | State


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Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

May 17, 2015 | | State


It’s ‘Wild West’ for stem cells

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions - a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Congresswoman apologizes for Indian whooping-cry caricature

ANAHEIM (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Spending tops $7 million in nasty East Bay Senate contest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Hundreds attend ‘family picnic’ for San Francisco archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds turned out for a "family support picnic" held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Mothers guilty of chaining, starving girl

SALINAS . (AP) - A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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