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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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91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State


SLANTED DOOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Yosemite Park’s black bears going high tech

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a boost in technology will help them better understand the black bears that live throughout the park.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Plans for $200M for drought relief released

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

September 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Woman bound with duct tape found in car's trunk

September 23, 2014 | | State


Wildfire crews brace for weather shift

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago.

September 22, 2014 | | State


Southern California water wholesaler: Cutbacks possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday.

September 22, 2014 | | State


Crews work to clear Shasta mudslide debris

MOUNT SHASTA (AP) - U.S. Forest Service crews on Mount Shasta were dealing Monday with mud flow from a melting glacier that covered two roads and a bridge in muck, logs and rocks and forced a mountain creek out of its banks.

September 22, 2014 | | State


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