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Man gets death sentence in killing of peace officer

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A convicted felon with a history of violence was sentenced to death Monday for murdering a Riverside policeman with his own gun as the man pleaded for his life.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Judge tosses priest's testimony in assault case as he may be accused of lying on stand

SAN JOSE (AP) - A judge on Monday tossed out a priest's testimony against a man charged with assaulting him after the reverend invoked his right to avoid self-incrimination as it became clear he may be accused of lying on the stand.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WORKERS MISTAKENLY PAINT OVER STUDENT MURAL: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workers have mistakenly painted over a colorful mural weeks after San Francisco middle school students completed the two-year campus beautification project.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Stockton faces end of mediation, weighs bankruptcy

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton, the California city with the nation's second-highest foreclosure rate, is facing a moment of decision on whether to become the biggest city to file for bankruptcy, as a deadline for talks between the city and its creditors approaches late today.

June 25, 2012 | | State


State workers agree to 12 unpaid days of leave as part of budget reductions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's biggest state worker union tentatively agreed to a plan where covered workers will take 12 unpaid days of leave over 12 months starting July 1.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Santa Clara County pulls $30M in 49ers stadium funding; prefer paying teachers

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A California county has surprised both the San Francisco 49ers and city of Santa Clara leaders by pulling $30 million in tax funds from the new 49ers stadium.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Move to limit federal fingerprint program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that would pull back California's participation in President Barack Obama's flagship immigration enforcement program is gaining momentum a week after Obama halted the deportation of young illegal immigrants.

June 25, 2012 | | State


Thousands march for gay pride in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Loud sirens, flashing lights and countless rainbow flags and banners accompanied uniformed police officers, cheerleaders and politicians who marched in San Francisco's gay pride parade Sunday, the 42nd year the city has celebrated the lesbian, gay and transgender community.

June 25, 2012 | | State


340-ton boulder at museum latest Los Angeles rock star

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rock was the star as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art pulled the covers off artist Michael Heizer's latest creation - a 340-ton boulder positioned to appear as though it's floating in midair.

June 25, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• 'JEOPARDY!' HOST TREBEK SUFFERS MILD HEART ATTACK: LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from a mild heart attack.

June 25, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Fast-food worker suspected of stabbing customer

June 22, 2012 | | State


Voters narrowly reject new tobacco tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California initiative to increase the tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research has failed by less than a percentage point after remaining too close to call for more than two weeks.

June 22, 2012 | | State


Calif. to get seas rising 6 inches by 2030

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The West Coast will see an ocean several inches higher in coming decades, with most of California expected to get sea levels a half foot higher by 2030, according to a report released Friday.

June 22, 2012 | | State


DA: Man killed wife, daughter after paternity test

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California man strangled his wife and bludgeoned his 6-year-old daughter to death after a paternity test showed the girl was not his biological child, prosecutors said.

June 22, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BOY COULD FACE BATTERY CHARGE FOR SPITTING: CHULA VISTA (AP) - A 12-year-old Chula Vista boy who spit out of a school bus window faces a misdemeanor battery charge because the spit went through the sun roof of a sport utility vehicle and landed on a man and his daughter.

June 22, 2012 | | State


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Twitter admits to hiring too many white & Asian men for top tech jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

July 23, 2014 | | State


2 cent per ounce soda tax on SF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Agency may hire ‘water cops’

SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.

July 22, 2014 | | State


IRS employee charged with ID theft

FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Stockton bank robber linked to 2 other heists

STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

July 21, 2014 | | State


Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


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