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Building demolition fuels quake study

HAYWARD AP) - It took just seconds for a 13-story building overlooking San Francisco Bay to implode, spewing smoke and chunks of concrete as it crumbled into a heap of rubble. But U.S. Geological Survey scientist Rufus Catchings was marveling less at the visual spectacle than what he could feel with his feet.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Principal bans streaking at Palo Alto High

PALO ALTO (AP) - The principal of a Northern California high school is putting an end to the tradition of students streaking across campus.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Ex-congressman gets OK for wife’s home burial

UKIAH (AP) - A former California congressman who buried his wife on the couple's rural property now has after-the-fact permission in a decision his attorney said sets a precedent for home burial.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Feds delay threat to withhold transit funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Friday delayed its threat to withhold billions of dollars in California transportation grants in a dispute over public pension reforms while negotiations continue with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

August 16, 2013 | | State


California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first such bump since the spring of 2011, state officials announced Friday.

August 16, 2013 | | State


GOP lawmaker seeks audit of mental health spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties are spending billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs, after a state audit found there has been little oversight to ensure the money is going to those who need it most.

August 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Seattle investor funds drive to defeat Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.

August 16, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley officials issue air alert

FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cut of 10% begins next month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Changes proposed for Twin Tunnels

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | State


LA judge OKs $30 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.

August 15, 2013 | | State


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UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California Board of Regents is boosting the six-figure salaries of chancellors in the system by as much as 20 percent, part of an effort regents say is aimed at bringing the salaries in line with their counterparts.

September 19, 2014 | | State


Feds OK immigrant license words

SANTA ANA (AP) - Federal officials have approved new wording on a proposed California driver's license for immigrants who are living in the country illegally, ending months of debate over what the card should say.

September 19, 2014 | | State


Unemployment rate stays at 7.4%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate was unchanged for a third month, holding at 7.4 percent in August, officials said Friday.

September 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING FELLOW GYM-GOER: SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) - A man has been arrested after police say he repeatedly struck another man with a steel weightlifting bar at a San Francisco Bay Area gym, killing him.

September 19, 2014 | | State


California GOP focuses on diversity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Republicans are looking to put a new face on their party after decades of declining registration in a state that increasingly leans to the left politically.

September 19, 2014 | | State


LICENSE PLATE SCANNERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.

September 19, 2014 | | State


Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke

LONG BEACH (AP) - A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides.

September 18, 2014 | | State


California health exchange addresses dropped policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of California's health exchange said Thursday that the state is trying to improve notifications to consumers whose policies are shifted from private insurance to Medi-Cal during income checks and eligibility updates.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Father arrested in stabbing of son

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles man found covered in blood and screaming has been arrested on suspicion of killing his 6-year-old son.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Man arrested in fast-growing wildfire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Republicans push diverse candidates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Republican Party is promoting one of its most diverse, youthful sets of candidates in years for this November's election. The question heading into this weekend's state party convention is whether it will matter in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Larry Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies.

September 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego judge denies license scan info request

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has tentatively denied a technology entrepreneur's request for license plate data collected on his vehicle from police scanners.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook CEO wants students learning tech

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies - and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Contempt charge for PG&E?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.

September 18, 2014 | | State


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