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JUDGE DISMISSES CA BUS AND TRUCK POLLUTION LAWSUIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed without prejudice a trucking association's lawsuit against new rules aimed at reducing truck and bus pollution in California.

December 20, 2012 | | State


San Juan Capistrano official wants to arm teachers

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano suggests arming teachers, staff and parents to protect children in the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.

December 20, 2012 | | State


California: A national mental health model

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In response to the killing of schoolchildren in Connecticut, the federal government should consider California's strategy for dealing with mental illness, experts and lawmakers said Thursday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Brown: Medi-Cal expansion could hit state budget to tune of $4 billion a year

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Expanding the state's Medi-Cal program to meet new federal guidelines could add up to $4 billion a year in costs at the same time California is implementing federal health reform, potentially putting its budget "right out of whack," Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


209 News

SOLO ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 99 KILLS SCHOOL POLICE OFFICER: LODI - The driver who died when her Honda Accord clipped another car and veered into a tree off Highway 99 Thursday morning was a Stockton school district police officer.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Man suspected of running illegal dental office out of his bathroom

VENTURA (AP) - Ventura County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man suspected of illegally practicing dentistry out of his apartment.

December 20, 2012 | | State


$66M Kinkade estate dispute settled

SAN JOSE (AP) - Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend have reached a settlement after a dispute over the late artist's $66 million estate, their attorneys said Wednesday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Senator Boxer views National Guard as way of boosting for school safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is proposing to give schools more money for security improvements and to make greater use of the National Guard.

December 19, 2012 | | State


State picks retiree to head prisons system

SACRAMENTO ` (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed a retired corrections chief from Pennsylvania to head California's prison system as it transitions to a smaller institution with a higher concentration of violent felons.

December 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

HIGWHAY REOPENS AFTER SHOOTING AT GOV'T CAR: CUPERTINO (AP) - Authorities say traffic on a San Francisco Bay area highway is open again after a vehicle driven by a U.S. Marine was apparently struck by gunfire.

December 19, 2012 | | State


San Jose water district adding fluoride

SAN JOSE (AP) - The nation's largest city without fluoridated drinking water will finally add tooth decay-fighting fluoride to its water, ending years of debate over how San Jose should treat its tap water.

December 19, 2012 | | State


Music, roses at singer Jenni Rivera's memorial

UNIVERSAL CITY (AP) - Jenni Rivera's "celestial graduation" was marked by festive music, heartfelt speeches in Spanish and English and passionate chants of "Jen-ni! Jen-ni!"

December 19, 2012 | | State


Officials continue search for plane in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Clear skies are helping authorities search for a small plane that disappeared from radar over the backcountry of Yosemite National Park.

December 19, 2012 | | State


I-5 in Northern California reopens after crashes

YREKA (AP) - Northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in far Northern California have reopened after a series of traffic collisions involving about 60 vehicles shut down the roadway.

December 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

UNION SAYS IT WON'T COUNT RALEY'S CONTRACT VOTES: WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - A tentative contract agreement between a Northern California supermarket chain and its workers has hit a snag.

December 18, 2012 | | State


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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


Experts remove whale carcass south of SF

PACIFICA (AP) - When a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore on a beach south of San Francisco, people stopped to look, snapped pictures of the massive mammal and even reached out and touched the creature that looks more like a dark ocean rock than the largest tooth predator on earth.

April 15, 2015 | | State


120 days for clubbing death of 925 chickens

FRESNO (AP) - A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Where can sex offenders reside?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities and counties are grappling with how far they can go to restrict where sex offenders can live amid a shifting legal landscape.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Lobbying for California to go to pot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.

April 14, 2015 | | State


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