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Youth martial art sparks safety concerns in State Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Internet video shows two elementary school-age children, wearing athletic clothes and protective gear on their shins, sparring and wrestling in an enclosed ring. There's an audience looking on as the young fighters weave and jab, striking each other repeatedly.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Fight to end unpaid internships

LOS ANGELS (AP) - A nascent campaign against employers' use of unpaid interns is taking aim at what critics call some of the longstanding practice's biggest enablers: colleges that steer students into such programs in exchange for academic credit.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley patent office shelved

SAN JOSE (AP) - Silicon Valley's high-tech firms are fighting what they consider a deeply personal federal cut this summer that shelves a planned patent office in this innovation-fueled region.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Filner ends tenure as San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bob Filner ended his brief but tumultuous tenure as mayor Friday amid allegations that he sexually harassed women, making no public appearances on a final day that came one week after a defiant farewell speech in which the onetime civil rights activist called himself the victim of a "lynch mob."

August 30, 2013 | | State


SF Bay Bridge construction on schedule

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Final construction work on the new, $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was on schedule Friday, but bridge officials had not yet confirmed when it will open to traffic.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Oldest person in California dies away at 114

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California's oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA'S FOIE GRAS BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that California can keep in place its ban on the sale of foie gras.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Rim Fire smoke makes SJ Valley air unhealthy

GROVELAND (AP) - Nearly a third of the huge forest fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park was contained Friday and some small communities in the mountainous area were no longer under evacuation advisories, but smoke descending down into San Joaquin Valley cities was becoming a problem.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Support staff must back charter school

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that cleared the state Assembly on Friday could make it harder to create charter schools in California by requiring supporters to seek consent from at least some lower-level unionized school employees.

August 30, 2013 | | State


Disproportionate black arrests by Oakland Police

OAKLAND (AP) - A study by an activist group says black boys in Oakland are arrested far more often than those in other racial groups and for relatively minor offenses, such as drunkenness.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Embezzler was hired by high-speed rail agency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A woman who embezzled $320,000 from a California state agency was later hired by the state's High-Speed Rail Authority - and she said nobody asked about her background.

August 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco Bay bike-share launches in 5 cities

SAN JOSE\ (AP) - Commuters fed up with traffic-clogged streets have a new option to get around the San Francisco Bay region: pedal power.

August 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY CARS ON S. CAL FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who jumped, fell or was pushed from a car on a Southern California freeway was killed when several other cars hit her Thursday morning, and investigators were treating her death as a homicide, police said.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Fewer schools meet performance targets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California public schools met state and federal benchmarks that are used to evaluate how well schools educate youngsters, although high school students improved their performance on an exit exam required for graduation, according to results released Thursday.

August 29, 2013 | | State


Traffic sluggish after Bay Bridge closes for fixes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Traffic around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was sluggish on Thursday after the span was closed and work progressed on its new eastern stretch set to open early next week.

August 29, 2013 | | State


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California conservationists buy undervalued lands

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California conservation groups took advantage of depressed property values during the nation's recession to snap up vast swaths of land for public use in the Sierra Nevada region.

September 07, 2014 | | State


700 homes evacuated from fire near Yosemite

MARIPOSA (AP) - A new wildfire that broke out Friday on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of about 700 homes, officials said.

September 06, 2014 | | State


Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

September 06, 2014 | | State


STATE BIGGEST BENEFACTOR

SAN BRUNO (AP) - The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.

September 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers’ lunch shows vagueness of meetings law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - City council and school board members gathering for dinners, parties or other social affairs must guard their words or notify the public beforehand if a majority will attend and talk policy.

September 05, 2014 | | State


Army major gets medal for saving man

ORINDA (AP) - A U.S. Army officer who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq was celebrated as a hero for his actions off the battlefield.

September 05, 2014 | | State


CSU Northridge finds hazing in hiking death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hazing was involved in the death of a California State University, Northridge, student who collapsed during an 18-mile fraternity pledge hike, the school's president announced Friday.

September 05, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

QUAKE QUIRK: WATER FLOWING IN CREEKS: NAPA (AP) - Last month's earthquake in California's wine country has residents marveling at the sight and sound of water running in some local creeks again.

September 05, 2014 | | State


Quake moved fault 18 inches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emerging data on last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Science Center said Thursday.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Wildlife groups sue feds over Rim Fire logging

FRESNO (AP) - Environmentalists filed a lawsuit Thursday against a federal agency, saying it aims to protect the California spotted owl living in the burned forests marked for logging after the third-largest wildfire in state history.

September 04, 2014 | | State


10 arrested in Los Angeles fast- food wage protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested demonstrators who blocked a downtown street near a McDonald's restaurant to protest low wages for fast-food workers.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Albino cobra captured SoCal

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - A deadly albino cobra that ran loose for days in a Southern California neighborhood was captured Thursday.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Brown maintains big lead over challenger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that Gov. Jerry Brown has a lead of 16 percentage points over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari in the governor's race.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Comedian Joan Rivers dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Tech IDs troubled officers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit - from citizens or the federal government.

September 04, 2014 | | State


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