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Fake schools draw scrutiny from federal investigators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Nearly half of all homicides in Los Angeles County unsolved

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly half of all killings in Los Angeles County went unsolved over the past eleven years, a newspaper reported Sunday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Court: Rent control applies to formerly teen-aged tenant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco resident has succeeded - for now - in preventing his landlord from nearly doubling his rent because his parents moved out of the apartment where his family had lived since he was a young teenager.

January 25, 2015 | | State


DMV retracts advisory on rideshare registration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles retracted on Saturday an advisory requiring anyone who transports people for money to commercially register their vehicles.

January 25, 2015 | | State


SJ judge Kronlund objects to court ban on judges in Scouting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that practice "invidious" discrimination against gays came against the wishes of some jurists with children who are Boy Scouts or who are active in Scouting themselves.

January 25, 2015 | | State


YouTube assault case: Educator pleads guilty

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A California educator who was confronted with allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube has pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges involving two victims.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Public-worker payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion post-recession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

January 25, 2015 | | State


State employee brought loaded gun into work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday that it has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state's office.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Treasurer John Chiang nixes run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Boy fatally stabbed with scissors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed with scissors in front of an East Los Angeles middle school, and authorities are looking for another boy who attacked him.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California unemployment falls to 7 %

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from a month earlier, but the state added just 700 jobs in December, a disappointing number after good job gains in November.

January 23, 2015 | | State


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Man drowns in ocean while saving son during vacation

SHELTER COVE (AP) - Authorities in Northern California say a Montana man drowned after rescuing his 13-year-old son, who slipped on a rock and fell into the ocean during a family vacation.

March 16, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

JUDGE NIXES LAWSUIT BY MAN SAYING HE WAS DUPED BY DATING APP: CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A judge has ruled against a man who sued a mobile dating app after he was arrested for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Meth lab in Wal-Mart restroom

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A restroom at a Wal-Mart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Keeping Californians in the dark

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California law appears clear: Access to information on how the Legislature conducts its business is a "necessary right of every person in this state." But decades after those words were written at the height of the Watergate era, the Assembly and Senate remain, in many ways, dark corners within government.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Police arrest 3 suspects for furnishing alcohol to minors

Manteca Police arrested three suspects on Saturday for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

March 15, 2015 | | State


SF investigates racist tweets by four officers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four San Francisco police officers are under investigation in connection with racially charged and homophobic text messages, police officials said.

March 15, 2015 | | State


LA police officer sought for questioning in fatal shooting

POMONA . (AP) - A car belonging to a rookie Los Angeles police officer wanted for questioning in a fatal shooting has been found, but the officer remained at large, police said Sunday.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Race pits Demos against each another

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democrat almost assuredly will win a state Senate seat in an east San Francisco Bay Area district where the party holds a 15-point registration edge. So why have unions poured $115,000 into a committee to support a Republican who dropped out of the race weeks ago?

March 15, 2015 | | State


Silicon Valley ballet company gets reprieve

SAN JOSE (AP) - A cash-strapped Silicon Valley ballet company has survived to dance another day.

March 15, 2015 | | State


WATER-WASTERS ELUDE FINES

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer of establishing statewide restrictions and gave communities a hammer to enforce them: a $500 fine for excessive watering of lawns, hosing down driveways and running decorative yard fountains with drinking water.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Bieber says he’s sorry at comedy roast

CULVER CITY (AP) - Justin Bieber really wants you to like him again. After being the butt of the joke for hours during the taping of his Comedy Central roast, the 21-year-old singer gave a contrition speech.

March 15, 2015 | | State


‘Zebra killer’ found dead in prison cell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the four men convicted of participating in a string of racially motivated attacks in the mid-1970s that killed 14 people and injured seven in San Francisco was found dead in his cell, California prison officials said Friday.

March 13, 2015 | | State


‘Citizen Kane’ film to play at Hearst Castle’s private theater

SAN SIMEON (AP) - For some movie buffs, showing Orson Welles' acclaimed film "Citizen Kane" at Hearst Castle is like having a screening of "Star Wars" on the Death Star.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Did Lyft cheat new drivers out of $1K bonuses?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Lyft ridesharing company took new drivers for a ride by cheating them out of promised $1,000 bonuses, according to a federal lawsuit announced Friday.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Brown: California good for business

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has a message for Republican governors planning to visit California to woo business from the state: Welcome.

March 13, 2015 | | State


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