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• JUDGE REFUSES TO TOSS TICKET OVER CORPORATE CLAIM: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A Marin County man has failed to convince a judge to toss out a ticket for driving alone in the carpool lane despite his claims the incorporation papers riding along with him qualified as a person.

January 08, 2013 | | State


With tax hikes passed, lawmakers seek broad agenda from guns to environment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday with a wide-ranging agenda that includes revisions to school funding, gun control laws and environmental regulations.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

January 07, 2013 | | State


Brown wants out-of-state inmates back home to California prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wants to end a 6-year-old program that has sent thousands of California inmates to private prisons in other states, although he may not get the chance unless he can persuade federal judges to revise an order limiting the number of inmates the state can hold.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Bill would regulate ammunition sales

OAKLAND (AP) - A California assemblywoman introduced a bill on Monday that aims to regulate ammunition sales.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Cal Grant rules disqualify many for-profit schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cal Grant's tighter eligibility standards have disqualified 80 percent of California's for-profit colleges from the financial aid program, according to a state report released Monday.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MOTORIST DRIVES INTO POND AND DROWNS: SAN JOSE (AP) - An elderly Northern California motorist has drowned after missing a turn on a highway onramp, crashing through a fence and plunging into a pond.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Protest over proposed show dubbed ‘All My Babies’ on prolific rapper

PASADENA (AP) - Oxygen television executives weren't talking Monday as negative attention grew about "All My Babies' Mamas," its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers.

January 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FRESNO BUS FIRE MAY HAVE BEGUN IN ENGINE AREA: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in Fresno say a fire that caused $1 million in damage to school buses appears to have started in the engine compartment of one of the vehicles.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Judge blocks expansion of Tahoe ski resort

HOMEWOOD (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has temporarily blocked the planned expansion of a 50-year-old ski resort on Lake Tahoe's west shore, ruling that regional planners did not adequately consider a smaller and, therefore, less environmentally intrusive overhaul of Homewood Mountain Resort before they approved the project.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Letterman says he is seeing a psychiatrist weekly

PASADENA (AP) - Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Homespun host of 'California's Gold' on public television Huell Howser dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Huell Howser, the homespun host of public television's popular "California's Gold" travelogues, has died at age 67.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Marijuana clinic owner gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Monday for running what prosecutors claimed was an illegal pot business that only pretended to be legitimate under the state's medical marijuana law.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Tanker strikes San Francisco Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An empty oil tanker caused minor damage when it struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, and the busy span remained open to traffic, officials said.

January 07, 2013 | | State


School funding, tax changes on Dems’ agenda

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are starting the new year with a tail wind they haven't had in 130 years - supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.

January 06, 2013 | | State


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California must speed up inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges have ordered California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.

November 16, 2014 | | State


DROUGHT BRINGS HARD TIMES

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's chronic drought is causing hardships on the coast south of San Francisco for property owners who ordinarily get their water from creeks and wells that have gone dry after four years of scant rainfall.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Customers must pick up part of twin tunnels tab

STOCKTON (AP) - A huge conservation project that includes building two massive tunnels to carry water to California farms and communities can only be funded if local water agencies agree to make fixed payments - even during dry periods when deliveries are reduced, state officials said Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | State


‘No homework’ school fundraiser idea is nixed

LOS ALAMITOS (AP) - A Southern California elementary school has shut down a fundraising idea to let youngsters skip homework if their parents donate money.

November 14, 2014 | | State


LA reaches deal on Owens Lake dust

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles could save billions of gallons of water under an agreement announced Friday that allows it to use waterless methods to control dust at Owens Lake.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Creditor appeals bankruptcy plan for Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - A major investment firm has challenged a court-approved bankruptcy plan for the California city of Stockton, possibly jeopardizing resolution of one of the country's biggest city bankruptcies stemming from the 2008 housing bust.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Teen gets 7 years for setting boy on fire on bus

OAKLAND (AP) - A 17-year-old boy who set another teen's clothes on fire on a public bus has been sentenced to seven years at a California juvenile facility.

November 14, 2014 | | State


2 employees hurt after blast at Vallejo school

VALLEJO (AP) - Two maintenance workers at Vallejo High School were seriously injured Friday in an explosion inside a classroom that was under construction, authorities said.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Drone-assisted farming taking flight

NAPA (AP) - Hot air balloons drifting in multicolored splashes against a blue heaven are a common sight in the Napa Valley. But lately, more than balloons have been taking to the wine country skies.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Sexual violence reporting up at state universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California State University official said Thursday that he's hearing there are more reports of sexual violence on campuses - but that doesn't necessarily mean there are more attacks.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Governors tackle drought crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governors of California and Nevada met Thursday at a forum aimed at coming up with the best ways to cope with the unprecedented drought affecting the western U.S., now in its third year.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Man badly injured in SF by falling tree

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a man sustained a critical head injury in San Francisco when part of a tree fell on him during a rare rainstorm.

November 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND CALIFORNIA

INVASIVE FISH POISONED AT SAN FRANCISCO LAKE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workers in hazmat suits used a fish-killing chemical to rid a San Francisco lake of invasive species - a major step toward turning the area into a nature preserve.

November 13, 2014 | | State


California state senator trial up early next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge says he wants the political corruption portion of a sweeping San Francisco Chinatown organized crime case to go to trial quickly.

November 12, 2014 | | State


Court: Most law-abiding citizens must be issued permits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gun owners and advocates scored another big legal victory Wednesday in their quest to loosen restrictions on carrying concealed weapons in California.

November 12, 2014 | | State


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