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Swerving can be worse than hitting an animal on road

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Do you brake for cats, dogs, squirrels, skunks and possums? How about horses, cows, elk, moose, or deer?

January 13, 2012 | | State


Anti-domestic violence group asks sheriff to quit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Members of a group seeking to eliminate domestic violence are calling for San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to step down.

January 13, 2012 | | State


CEO of high-speed rail to step down

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The CEO of California's high-speed rail agency announced his resignation Thursday, a week after an independent review panel issued a scathing critique of the $98 billion bullet train project.

January 12, 2012 | | State


CPUC probing to see whether PG&E broke any laws in San Bruno blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators launched a top-level legal investigation Thursday into whether Pacific Gas & Electric Co. broke any laws in the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, a process that ultimately could end in hefty fines for the company.

January 12, 2012 | | State


California. stands to reap windfall from Facebook IPO in form of taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - What's good for Facebook and its employees could be very good for California's treasury.

January 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Stockton teen wanted in kidnapping of girlfriend

January 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. ECONOMY SLIPS TO 9TH LARGEST, BEHIND BRAZIL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The recession has taken a measurable toll on California, which has slipped behind Brazil to become the ninth-largest economy in the world.

January 12, 2012 | | State


UC applications up 13%. after admissions change

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California on Thursday reported a 13 percent increase in students applying for undergraduate admission, driven by a surge in out-of-state applications and a new policy aimed at expanding the applicant pool.

January 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

UC SYSTEM BANS SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO: OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California is banning smoking and the chewing of tobacco on all of its 10 campuses.

January 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

LA DECLINES REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY TAKEOVER: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials won't be taking over the city's Community Redevelopment Agency as it undergoes its court-ordered liquidation.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Gun toting Assemblyman draws attention to Capitol security gaps

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Had Assemblyman Tim Donnelly not been stopped by airport security, he could have walked straight into the state Capitol carrying his loaded Colt .45-caliber handgun.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Nonpartisan analysis: Brown’s approach on right track for state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown received praise from the Legislature's nonpartisan analyst Wednesday for producing a plan that could ultimately balance the state's perennially deficit-ridden budget, but the governor also received a sobering reminder that his proposal faces a number of obstacles in the months ahead.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Report: Reclaimed wastewater could expand water supply by 12 billion gallons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. can safely increase its drinking water supply by reusing some of the 12 billion gallons of wastewater that pours down sewers and into the ocean each day, a panel of experts concludes in a new report.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Mars-bound rover begins trajectory maneuver

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's latest rover to Mars fired its thrusters Wednesday to adjust its course to the red planet for a landing in August.

January 11, 2012 | | State


Judge removed for fixing traffic tickets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A long-serving and well-respected Orange County Superior Court judge was ordered removed from the bench Wednesday for fixing traffic tickets of family and friends.

January 11, 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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