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LA sheriff's commander disciplined over using mock Asian voice ringtone

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's commander has been disciplined for having a ringtone with a mock Asian voice and for comments he made after his personal cellphone rang during a meeting with top brass.

April 16, 2013 | | State


SHUTTLE TO DRIVE HIKERS ATOP EAST BAY PARK: PLEASANTON (AP) — A shuttle will soon drive visitors up

SHUTTLE TO DRIVE HIKERS ATOP EAST BAY PARK: PLEASANTON (AP) - A shuttle will soon drive visitors up to Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and officials hope to expand the service across the Bay Area's largest park system.

April 16, 2013 | | State


No quick, easy fix for environmental law reform

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday it's unlikely that changes he's seeking to the state's environmental protection law can be accomplished this year, although a top Senate Democrat says he's still pursuing reforms.

April 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

INTERNAL REPORT: CPUC SAFETY CULTURE IS LAX: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A consultant's confidential report on the California Public Utilities Commission makes sharp criticisms of its executive director and finds the agency's safety culture severely lacking.

April 16, 2013 | | State


Pro athletes fight limits on workers' comp

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former professional athletes who have battled countless injuries since they left the game on Monday criticized proposed legislation that would restrict players from collecting workers' compensation benefits in California.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies in apparent suicide

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The death row inmate who killed guitarist Elvin Bishop's daughter and four others died of an apparent suicide, California prison officials announced Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Attorney general seeks drug database funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that would provide funding for California's substance-abuse tracking system passed its first committee on Monday at the urging of state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Baseball hits boy, stops heart during game

ROHNERT PARK (AP) - A Northern California family is hailing a set of parents as heroes for helping to save the life of their son after he was hit in the chest during a youth baseball game, causing his heart to stop.

April 15, 2013 | | State


State activates threat review system

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California safety officials on Monday activated a statewide threat assessment system in response to explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Health law expands treatment for addicts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of drug and alcohol addicts eligible for health insurance that will cover substance abuse treatment will rise by 1.5 times when federal health care reforms kick in next year.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Man killed by explosive called eccentric

COSTA MESA (AP) - A man who was killed when a homemade explosive blew up at his home was an eccentric who bicycled around his neighborhood dispensing anti-government conspiracy pamphlets, neighbors said Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BERKELEY FIREMAN ON MEDICAL CALL GRAZED BY BULLET: BERKELEY (AP) - Police in Northern California arrested an 88-year-old man after he started shooting at Berkeley firefighters who were tending to him and grazed one of the responders.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bill seeks to ban plastic bags at stores

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups are supporting a bill that would ban California grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies from handing out single-use plastic bags.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs bill limiting gun permit to individual by excluding companies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the California Assembly approved a bill Monday that would allow only individuals, and not companies, to obtain permits to own assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

EARTHQUAKES 'APPALLED' BY PLAYER'S ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN JOSE (AP) - The president of the San Jose Earthquakes says he is appalled that forward Alan Gordon directed an anti-gay slur at an opponent.

April 15, 2013 | | State


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California unemployment down to 6.5%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Study: LA spends $100 million a year on homelessness

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles spends $100 million a year to deal with homelessness - much of it on arrests and other police services - but its departments have no coordinated approach for dealing with the problem, according to a new study.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Famed French Laundry restaurant kitchen inside shipping containers

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world is now using shipping containers as a kitchen.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Investigators say identity-theft suspect employed 74 aliases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Agency to update drought plan mandating water cuts in cities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.

April 17, 2015 | | State


Sunken WWII aircraft carrier is rediscovered off California coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.

April 17, 2015 | | State


As student tests move online, keyboarding enters curriculum

SAN PABLO (AP) - Seven-year-old Ja'Niyah Smith's first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog's tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.

April 16, 2015 | | State


250 native elk die inside fenced area

POINT REYES (AP) - More than 250 tule elk died inside a fenced area at a Northern California seashore during a two-year period, and a lack of water is possibly the cause.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Some SF Catholics call for ouster of archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 100 Bay Area Catholics went public with their complaints about the San Francisco archbishop on Thursday, asking Pope Francis in a full page newspaper ad to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone with someone more inclusive and less divisive.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Lawsuit seeks to legalize prostitution

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for California sex workers are seeking to legalize the world's oldest profession.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Cities: water reduction order unrealistic, unfair

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought.

April 16, 2015 | | State


California’s deadliest roadkill spots

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Busy freeways running alongside park land and marshes make San Francisco Bay Area roads a "ring of death" for wildlife, according to a new statewide roadkill report that tracks the deadliest traffic spots for wildlife.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Ruling on pot classification upsets advocates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Sierra drought keeping several Lake Tahoe boat ramps closed

TAHOE CITY (AP) - A lingering drought that has made for a dismal skiing season in the Sierra Nevada is also going to take a toll on boaters at Lake Tahoe this summer.

April 15, 2015 | | State


‘Entopreneurs’ feed growing appetite for edible insects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

April 15, 2015 | | State


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