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Facebook IPO could mean up to $2.1B for Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Facebook's public stock offering this week is projected to generate between $1.6 billion and $2.1 billion through mid-2013 for California's budget as shareholders cash in their shares.

May 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MAN FREED ON BOND BUT MUST WRITE BOOK REPORTS: RICHMOND (AP) - A man charged in an undercover sting operation in Northern California that ended in gunfire has been ordered released on bond on the condition that he read and write book reports.

May 15, 2012 | | State


Federal regulator questions state mortgage bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government's main regulator of home loans is objecting to mortgage-related bills in California and says they could end up increasing lending costs and harming the housing market.

May 15, 2012 | | State


Voter distrust will be a hurdle for Brown sales, income tax hike proposition on November ballot

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is pleading with Californians to raise their taxes as part of his solution for solving the state's budget deficit, but it's uncertain whether voters will be in an accepting mood come November.

May 15, 2012 | | State


'Idol' favorite would continue winner monotony

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "American Idol" viewers could be in for a serious case of deja vu if Phillip Phillips wins on the Fox talent contest's 11th season finale next week.

May 15, 2012 | | State


Del Norte DA faces possible disbarment

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - The district attorney of a remote Northern California county is facing possible disbarment after officials said he violated rules of professional conduct, including that he took a loan from a defense attorney working on a case he later dismissed.

May 15, 2012 | | State


Suit attacks teacher employment rules, students say they protect bad educators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyers for seven California schoolchildren are suing the state in an attempt to overturn five laws that they say violate their constitutional right to a fair education because they protect bad teachers.

May 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Oikos University nursing program downgraded

May 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MODESTO CEMETERIES VANDALIZED, HEADSTONES BROKEN: MODESTO (AP) - Vandals have caused thousands of dollars in damage in three of Modesto's cemeteries.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Police raid Occupy camp on UC Berkeley land

ALBANY (AP) - University of California police raided a four-week Occupy encampment at a college-owned farm used for agriculture research early Monday, arresting nine people after protesters ignored yet another weekend deadline to leave.

May 14, 2012 | | State


New regulations proposed for restaurant playgrounds, reporting stolen guns, table saws

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fast-food restaurants in California could face new sanitation and safety requirements for the playgrounds they install to attract children.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Lawsuit seeks to keep death penalty off ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A victims' rights group is seeking to remove from the November ballot a measure that would abolish the death penalty.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Brown: $8.3B in budget cuts by July 1

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's sputtering economic recovery is putting a heavier-than-expected drag on state tax revenue, leading Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday to propose deep budget cuts across an array of government services and warn again that even more cuts are ahead if voters reject his tax-hike initiative in November.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Cell phone penalties would rise under pending bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California would increase from $20 to $30 under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday, although the actual cost would climb to at least $199 for first offenders once court fees are collected.

May 14, 2012 | | State


Savings from state worker pay cut far from assured

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wants California's state government employees to take a 5 percent pay cut to help balance the budget.

May 14, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Sea search suspended for missing boy: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rescue crews have suspended their search for a missing 14-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming with two family members at San Francisco's Ocean Beach.

April 10, 2014 | | State


High-speed rail adopts new business plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees the California High-Speed Rail Authority approved a new business plan to submit to state lawmakers Thursday, reflecting lower revenue projections but leaving the 2028 timeline for finishing the $68 billion bullet train unchanged despite legal setbacks that could cause delays.

April 10, 2014 | | State


PG&E offers $250K reward in grid attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Feinstein tweaks drought bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she has dropped $300 million in emergency spending from drought-relief legislation to try to improve prospects for getting the bill passed.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Justice Dept.: San Diego cross should stay

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a war memorial cross should remain on federal property atop a San Diego mountain, but it disagrees with cross supporters that an appeal should leapfrog straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 10, 2014 | | State


School apologizes to shamed students

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Administrators at a Bakersfield high school say they're sorry a staff member publicly embarrassed students who aren't expected to graduate by naming them during a senior rally.

April 10, 2014 | | State


City turns up heat on Sriracha maker

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city will.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Country club will be cited for stinky golf course manure

ESCONDIDO (AP) - Residents of a defunct country club in San Diego County are raising a stink over the stench of manure used on the golf course.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Smartphone trial judge is annoyed by phones in court

SAN JOSE (AP) - So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Ex-Bell city officials plead no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former elected officials pleaded no contest Wednesday to helping loot the city of Bell out of millions of dollars in a corruption scandal that gained national attention as it drove the working-class Los Angeles suburb to the brink of bankruptcy.

April 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• ABANDONED CROC CAPTURED AT ROSEVILLE STRIP MALL: ROSEVILLE (AP) - This is one crocodile that didn't want to become a handbag.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Twitter tweaks website to attract users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Bug causes major security headache

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

April 09, 2014 | | State


California man confesses to 40 killings

FRESNO . (AP) - A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with murdering nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors: Ads for rape posted in revenge scheme

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said.

April 09, 2014 | | State


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