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SF SHERIFF INVITES INMATES TO DANCE ON V-DAY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several dozen inmates in San Francisco Bay area jails shimmied and sweat Thursday in a behind bars choreography aimed at symbolizing an end to violence against women on Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2013 | | State


New rules limit large ships near SF Bay Bridge in fog

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Oil tankers and other large vessels will be restricted from sailing beneath the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in dense fog under new rules shipping officials passed Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Anthem reduces rate hikes on 630,000 policyholders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's insurance watchdog says Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to reduce its rate increase for 630,000 policyholders.

February 14, 2013 | | State




Audit questions NASA's plan for former rocket site

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - NASA has agreed to an "excessive and unnecessarily costly cleanup" of a former rocket test facility near Los Angeles that was the site of a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, the space agency's watchdog said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Car bomb suspect may get mental health evaluation

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California man arrested in an FBI terrorism sting after he allegedly tried to blow up an Oakland bank with an inoperative bomb may need a mental health evaluation, his defense lawyer said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | State


State opens $24M mental health center

VACAVILLE (AP) - California opened a $24 million treatment center for mentally ill inmates on Thursday as state corrections officials used the occasion to push for ending federal oversight of that aspect of prison operations.

February 14, 2013 | | State


State legislator wants condoms on porn actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just in time for Valentine's Day, a state assemblyman is proposing a special gift for porn actors - condoms for every adult film made in California.

February 14, 2013 | | State


15 charged in stock manipulation scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fifteen people have been indicted on charges that they took part in a stock manipulation scheme that defrauded more than 20,000 people out of more than $30 million through investments in companies once touted by Pamela Anderson and Eric Roberts, authorities said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Audit: State clueless of what it costs to operate various California parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The latest investigation into financial mismanagement at the state Department of Parks and Recreation shows that its administrators do not even know much it costs to operate each of California's more than 270 parks, yet another symptom of a flawed organization that kept millions of dollars hidden even as it sought to close parks to save money.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Deal reached over pollution from truck traffic at new mega warehouse in SoCal

MIRA LOMA (AP) - A proposed mega-warehouse project in Riverside County will move forward, but project developers will have to monitor for pollution as part of a settlement Thursday with the state of California and environmentalists.

February 14, 2013 | | State


Tobacco control lowers Calif. health costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's tobacco prevention program saved $134 billion in health care costs over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday about the smoking control program's impacts in the most populous state.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Calif 1st to set standard for health benefits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health benefits exchange became the first in the nation Wednesday to set a standard benefits design to help people comparison shop for insurance under the federal health care overhaul.

February 13, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

CALIF. LAWMAKERS QUESTION REGULATING FRACKING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are expressing doubts a Brown administration proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is tough enough and can be enforced by state oil regulators.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Cabin not purposely burned in firefight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner.

February 13, 2013 | | State


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Hundreds honor Chavez’s Navy service

KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.

April 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.

April 23, 2015 | | State


Cesar Chavez to get Navy funeral honors 22 years after his death

KEENE (AP) - Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.

April 23, 2015 | | State


State government meeting water-saving goal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.

April 22, 2015 | | State


More than 143M Americans live in quake-prone areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.

April 22, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers advance vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated vowed to continue their fight after a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved the bill Wednesday.

April 22, 2015 | | State


Beverly Hills approves water restrictions, fines

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California's drought.

April 22, 2015 | | State


4 killed in wrong- way crash on US 50

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash that blocked several lanes of a freeway in Sacramento.

April 22, 2015 | | State


HP selling Snapfish online photo unit ahead of split

CUOPERTINO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will sell its Snapfish online photo business to District Photo as HP prepares to split into two companies.

April 21, 2015 | | State


SF bans exotic animal performances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.

April 21, 2015 | | State


California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.

April 21, 2015 | | State


San Bernardino County to pay man beaten by deputies on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Opponents of transgender bathroom law seek repeal at state ballot box

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another attempt is underway to repeal a law that allows transgender students in California schools to choose which restrooms they use and whether to play on boys' or girls' sports teams.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Legal pot? Taxes, black market pose challenges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California would raise an array of unknowns, from how it would be taxed to the threat of environmental damage from thirsty pot plants in a state gripped by drought, a commission was told Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Need medical pot? There’s an app for that

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles and Orange counties have a new way to pick up their prescription.

April 21, 2015 | | State


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