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Death of girl after fight ruled homicide

LONG BEACH (AP) - What began as an after-school fight between two young girls over a boy exploded into a homicide investigation Monday, when authorities said a 10-year-old died of a head injury after the confrontation with an 11 year-old classmate.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Occupy Oakland protestors travel to Sacramento; injure two officers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At least two law enforcement officers were injured Monday during a clash with members of the Occupy movement who were at the state Capitol to counter a rally by a group protesting violence by blacks against whites in South Africa.

February 27, 2012 | | State


SF waterfront plans for America's Cup scaled back to avoid major pier renovation project

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of sailing's most prestigious event said Monday they are dramatically scaling back plans to renovate San Francisco's dilapidated waterfront.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Analyst: Tax revenue $6.5 billion less than governor projects even with Facebook IPO

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax revenues will fall $6.5 billion short of Gov. Jerry Brown's prediction, even with an expected boost from Facebook's initial public stock offering and if voters approve the governor's proposed tax initiative later this year, according to a forecast released Monday.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Calif. GOP hopes primary will be relevant

BURLINGAME (AP) - California remains little more than an afterthought in the back-and-forth Republican presidential nominating contest, but the primaries and caucuses over the next couple of weeks will go a long way to determining whether the nation's most populous state will matter in a way it has not in decades.

February 26, 2012 | | State


Girl, 11, fights classmate, dies hours later

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - After getting her nose bloodied in a fight with another girl near their Southern California elementary school, 11-year-old Joanna Ramos told her mother on the way home she felt sick. Hours later, she was dead.

February 26, 2012 | | State


National gas prices up 18 cents in past 2 weeks

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 18 cents over the past two weeks.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


From Negro Creek to Wop Draw, place names offend

FRESNO (AP) - Just east of Victorville in California's Mojave Desert two bluffs rise 3,000-feet from the valley floor. A 1949 map by the U.S. Geological Survey officially gave them the name locals had called them for as long as anyone could remember: Pickaninny Buttes.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Hells Angels member arrested in funeral shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police have arrested a Hells Angel gang member several months after he was suspected of fatally shooting a fellow member at a funeral for the regional leader of the motorcycle gang.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Scrambling to save doomed state parks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lucy D'Mot was feeling patriotic last July 4 when she read with dismay about a cost-saving plan to shutter 70 California state parks. The news propelled her on a mission: focus attention on the doomed parks by visiting them all and blogging about their unique features before the gates shut for good.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


State news briefs

TOM CRUISE, ANGELINA JOLIE REHEARSE FOR OSCAR SHOW: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie lit up the Hollywood & Highland Center with their star power when they came to rehearse for Sunday's Oscar show.

February 24, 2012 | | State


California Republican chairman aims to rebuild, reach out to voters skeptical of the GOP party

BURLINGAME (AP) - California Republicans must stay focused on economic issues to win over voters who are skeptical of the party, Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Friday as he outlined his efforts to rebrand the damaged GOP name in the state.

February 24, 2012 | | State


SF group sues to halt America's Cup plans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has filed a lawsuit seeking a new environmental review of the America's Cup sailing race.

February 24, 2012 | | State


Assemblyman Donnelly faces misdemeanors for taking loaded gun onto a flight going to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker has been charged with two misdemeanors for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a flight to the state capital last month, the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office said Friday.

February 24, 2012 | | State


Domestic violence trial now underway for San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco prosecutors on Friday released photos of the wife of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with a bruise on her arm as his domestic violence trial got under way.

February 24, 2012 | | State


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Judge rules against death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Water use rises amid crippling drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


California drought swaths of farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source of water as wells run dry.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wildfire threatens dozens more homes

REDDING (AP) - A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


LA judge halts cannabis farmers market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.

July 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• PARENTS SAY TEEN'S SUICIDE CAUSED BY VIDEO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego couple is blaming a school district for their son's death, claiming the 14-year-old killed himself after an embarrassing video went viral.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wind surfers stranded on SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Coast Guard says its crews pulled more than two dozen wind surfers and kite boarders from the waters off Crissy Field in San Francisco after they became stranded.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State public pension funds earn return of over 18 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two of the nation's largest public pension funds on Monday reported investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Stanislaus cracks down on nut thefts

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Advocate of college contraceptives unning for California senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Tanks, military vehicles auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY (AP) - Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | | State


New Cosby show could debut next summer

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.

July 13, 2014 | | State


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