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State workers get $516M in bonus pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


High school asked to abandon Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Suspect in bus passenger fire charged as adult

OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Thief gets away with 140,000 pounds of nuts from Escalon facility

ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

November 07, 2013 | | State


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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


Demonstrations, violence go on in Bay Area cities

BERKELEY (AP) - Protests in New York and Missouri have died down, but angry crowds in one California city famous for activism spent much of the weekend blocking traffic and clashing with police in this ultra-liberal bastion thousands of miles from the where Michael Brown and Eric Garner were killed.

December 08, 2014 | | State


SJSU buildings re-open after gunman report

SAN JOSE (AP) - Officials have re-opened two buildings at San Jose State University after a floor-by-floor search following a report of a gunman on campus.

December 08, 2014 | | State


First week charts the course

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first week of the new legislative session provided a preview of the politics that will dominate the year ahead as Democratic leaders push for increased spending on education and social programs while Republicans strive for relevancy after a strong showing in legislative races last month.

December 07, 2014 | | State


Berkeley protesters smash windows; 4 hurt & 6 arrested

BERKELEY (AP) - Three officers and a technician were hurt and six people arrested when a protest over police killings turned violent.

December 07, 2014 | | State


Fishermen catch abundant squid

MONTEREY (AP) - Northern California fishermen have reported an above-average squid harvest.

December 07, 2014 | | State


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