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State’s low community college fees face scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The fees to attend California's community colleges are by far the lowest in the United States - less than half the national average - yet at least 40 percent of the 2.4 million students in the largest U.S. system of higher education do not pay them.

November 10, 2013 | | State


New research on shallow shoreline waters

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - For more than 40 years, scientists have carefully scrutinized the cobalt waters in the middle of Lake Tahoe, documenting a steady and disturbing decline in the lake's famed clarity.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Google's Bay Area barge to hoist sails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


State workers get $516M in bonus pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


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Group says Covered California slow to fix customer problems

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health insurance exchange is still sluggish when it comes to resolving customer service problems, leaving many people unable to access health ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


Ex-Clovis High School teachers get probation

CLOVIS (AP) - Two central California teachers charged with unlawful sex with a minor have each been sentenced to three years of probation for having sex ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


Pickup truck hit by train lands on river tuber near Brentwood

BRENTWOOD (AP) - Authorities say a woman floating on a Northern California river was seriously hurt when an Amtrak passenger train struck a pickup truck and ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


Court rejects Oakland lawsuit over fed action on marijuana dispensary

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal government's decision to try to seize the property of a large medical marijuana dispensary cannot be second-guessed by a ...

August 21, 2015 | | State


REVIEWING UNCLE SAM

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Watch out TSA: You'll be joining the ranks of beauty salons, taco stands, and other services reviewed on Yelp, and Uncle ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ found at California hospital

PASADENA (AP) - A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" that has been linked to a type of ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


Proposition 39 jobs: Another broken state promise?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A citizens board tasked with overseeing projects funded by a California ballot measure intended to generate clean-energy jobs will move up its first ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


California home sales remain robust, hold at nine-year high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sales of California homes remained robust in July, with the number of houses and condos sold hitting a nine-year high for the ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


Drought fallows 500,000 acres

SACRAMENNTO (AP) - California's now 4-year-old drought will cost state agriculture $1.84 billion in 2015, researchers estimated in a study Tuesday from the University ...

August 19, 2015 | | State


Earthquake jolts SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A short, sharp earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area early Monday, breaking picture frames and cracking plaster without prompting reports of ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


LA utility deal would refund $44 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed to return $44 million to thousands of customers who were overbilled under ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


State Senate approves bill reacting to anti-gay plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday approved a bill that seeks to discourage frivolous ballot questions by raising filing costs, following a measure advocating ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


TWIN TUNNELS PROJECT

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for ...

August 17, 2015 | | State


More millennials stuck renting for years before buying home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.

August 17, 2015 | | State


SOLDIER’S JOURNEY TO HEAL

SAN DIEGO (AP) - "It was just another day in Mosul," the soldier began, his voice shaking. Sgt. 1st Class Marshall Powell took a deep breath ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


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