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Proposition 31 at a glance

What it would do: Proposition 31 changes California's annual budgeting process to a two-year cycle. It will require the Legislature to show what programs would be cut or how revenue would be raised if it decides to spend or cut more than $25 million.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative seeks to alter budget process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - How to end California's boom-and-bust budget cycles and perpetual deficits has perplexed governors, lawmakers and fiscal experts for years.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Gas prices hit record high 2nd straight day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Recycling fraud costs California millions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rampant fraud within California's recycling redemption program is costing the state millions of dollars, as scammers drive trucks full of cans across the border from Nevada and Arizona to collect nickels on deposits that were never paid.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Short supplies keep gas prices rising in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California gas prices continued surging Friday, adding another 17 cents per gallon on average, and the increases are expected to continue for at least several more days, ensuring long lines and short tempers at pumps around the state.

October 06, 2012 | | State


Energy Commission says gas prices should fall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Energy Commission has determined that the state has plenty of gasoline to meet consumer demand and says prices at the pump should start to fall next week.

October 06, 2012 | | State


Texas teen describes slayings of mom, sister to 911 operator

ALEDO, Texas (AP) - A chilling recording of a 911 call captured a 17-year-old Texas boy telling the operator in a calm, monotone voice that he had just shot his mother and sister multiple times.

October 06, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

STATIONS ASKED TO PULL BROWN'S TAX INITIATIVE ADS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax proposal are asking California television and radio stations to stop running ads they say make false claims.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Drivers who dropped insurance would see rate hike under Prop 33

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire insurance executive George Joseph has been fighting with consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield for two decades over California's landmark automobile insurance law.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Principal's notes say teacher blindfolded girl

SAN JOSE (AP) - Notes taken by a former principal accused of failing to report suspected sexual abuse at her California elementary school reveal that a teacher who was later charged with molesting children in class blindfolded a second-grade girl and put something in her mouth, a newspaper reported.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Giants, 49ers, yachts, fests: SF braces for crowds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unusual convergence of sporting and entertainment events in San Francisco this weekend promises to bring up to a million extra people into the densely populated bayside city.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Teen is latest Scout to run afoul of gay ban

MORAGA AP) - A San Francisco Bay area teenager has become the latest Boy Scout to be kicked out of his troop because of the organization's national policy of excluding gay members and adult troop leaders.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Proposition 33 at a glance

What it would do: Allow insurance companies to charge motorists based in part on their history of coverage. Insurers could offer discounts to drivers who have maintained coverage and charge higher rates on those who have not.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF archbishop jokes about recent DUI arrest

October 05, 2012 | | State


Anger remains over teen's fatal shooting

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland's city council limited public seating at its meeting after protesters angry over the fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old high school student forced the council to adjourn abruptly two weeks ago.

October 03, 2012 | | State


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Tech summit addresses industry’s lack of diversity

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.

December 10, 2014 | | State


Apps to help cable guy arrive quicker

OAKLAND (AP) - Apple and IBM, once the most unlikely of allies, on Wednesday announced the first fruits of a partnership aimed at developing new mobile software - and selling more mobile devices - to business customers.

December 10, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors sue Uber; Lyft settles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California prosecutors sued Uber on Tuesday over the ride-booking company's background checks of drivers and other allegations, adding to the popular startup's worldwide legal woes.

December 09, 2014 | | State


Flight lands with extra passenger

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southwest Airlines flight landed in Los Angeles with one more passenger than when it took off.

December 09, 2014 | | State


House moves to bring relief to valley farms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House approved on Tuesday a bill designed to give state and federal agencies authority to move more water in coming months to California's drought-stricken farm belt.

December 09, 2014 | | State


Death penalty sought in deputy killings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek the death penalty for a Utah man charged with killing two deputies during an hourslong rampage that also left a motorist and another deputy wounded.

December 09, 2014 | | State


Assemblyman favored to replace disgraced senator

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A termed-out state assemblyman was favored Tuesday to succeed state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned in September after being sentenced for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

December 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN GETS JAIL FOR TAKING PART FROM PAUL WALKER CAR: SAN FERNANDO (AP) - A man who stole part of the Porsche that "Fast and the Furious" actor Paul Walker died in has been sentenced to six months in jail.

December 09, 2014 | | State


NBC Universal launches fitness digital network

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC Universal on Tuesday launched Radius, a digital fitness network that will allow people to work out with trainers on their smartphones or tablets.

December 09, 2014 | | State


College class focuses on Netflix prison series

KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan is offering a new course that focuses on the popular Netflix series "Orange is the New Black."

December 09, 2014 | | State


Don’t blame drought on warming

WASHINGTON (AP) - Don't blame man-made global warming for the devastating California drought, a new federal report says.

December 08, 2014 | | State


Mail truck burns near SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some Christmas cards and packages may not make it to their destinations after a U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer caught fire near San Francisco, burning a lot of mail it was carrying.

December 08, 2014 | | State


Apple class action lawsuit trial continues, without plaintiff for now

OAKLAND (AP) - In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week.

December 08, 2014 | | State


Driver’s license appointments spike in California

SANTA ANA (AP) - The number of people making appointments to apply for a California driver's license more than doubled in late November - a possible sign of demand for a new license that will soon become available to immigrants in the country illegally, an official said Monday.

December 08, 2014 | | State


LA proposes sweeping quake building upgrades

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed spending billions of dollars to better protect Los Angeles against a devastating earthquake by strengthening thousands of vulnerable older buildings and fortifying the city's water and communications systems.

December 08, 2014 | | State


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