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Fans feel the force at lightsaber class

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.

February 21, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT MUSHROOMS IN SAN JOSE FIELD: SAN JOSE (AP) - A huge homeless encampment has mushroomed in a grassy field near downtown San Jose.

February 21, 2013 | | State


More universities offer free online courses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More of the world's elite universities are joining the rush to offer "massive open online courses" that are broadening access to higher education. But some experts question how much so-called MOOCs can help students trying to earn college degrees.

February 21, 2013 | | State


Crane working on new Bay Bridge span falls over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A crane tipped over while working on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Thursday, but there were no injuries and nothing leaked into the bay, authorities said.

February 21, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

4 DAYS ENOUGH FOR LEAVING OLD MAN IN HOT CAR: FRESNO (AP) - A California caregiver who left a 101-year-old man in a hot car last summer won't be facing anymore jail time.

February 21, 2013 | | State


Defense: Corruption case mayor uneducated

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer told a jury in closing arguments Thursday.

February 21, 2013 | | State


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CAR ENDS UP HANGING OFF I-5 BRIDGE

February 21, 2013 | | State


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TURLOCK ARSON CONSIDERED ATTEMPTED MURDER: TURLOCK - A fire at an abandoned cheese factory Tuesday night was not only arson, but attempted murder, Turlock Police said.

February 20, 2013 | | State


State drops conflict claim against prison monitor

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has withdrawn a conflict of interest claim against a court-appointed monitor overseeing mental health treatment in California's prison system, even as officials continue criticizing the costly oversight of some prison operations.

February 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SCHOOLS TO GET MORE MONEY UNDER BROWN'S REFORM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - No California school will receive less money than it does currently under Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping proposal to change how K-12 schools are funded.

February 20, 2013 | | State


50,000 juvenile salmon released in flooded field

WOODLAND (AP) - Researchers released 50,000 salmon into a flooded rice field in the Sacramento Valley on Tuesday in an effort to understand whether such fields, flooded between harvests, can stand in for the wetlands that once filled the area and served as a massive nursery for juvenile salmon.

February 20, 2013 | | State


Storm from Alaska dumps rain, snow

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was good news and bad news on Wednesday in a winter storm that gave California a much-needed dose of rain and snow.

February 20, 2013 | | State


California school district sued over yoga

SAN DIEGO (AP) - An attorney representing a family bent out of shape over a public school yoga program in the beach city of Encinitas filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop the district-wide classes.

February 20, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

REDWOOD CITY SCHOOL CHEATING SUIT DROPPED: REDWOOD CITY . (AP) - The father of a Northern California high school student has dropped his lawsuit against his son's school district for kicking the teen out of an honors class for cheating.

February 20, 2013 | | State


Winter storm brings rain, snow to NorCal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A mid-winter storm brought colder temperatures and much-needed rain and snow to California on Tuesday and threatened snowfall on even relatively low-elevation San Francisco Bay area mountain peaks.

February 19, 2013 | | State


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Modesto man attacked by pit bulls dies

MODESTO (AP) - A Modesto man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Indian casino kept closed during talks

COARSEGOLD (AP) - A casino in Central California shut down after an armed confrontation last week between tribal factions will remain indefinitely closed pending court-mandated talks, a judge ordered Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California high court declines appeal of high speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to consider an appeal of a case brought by opponents of the state's $68 billion bullet train project, delivering a crucial ruling that allows construction to go ahead as planned.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Florio recuses himself amid PG&E probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Davis student drowns rafting

WINTERS, (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old student at University of California, Davis drowned in a weekend rafting accident in Yolo County.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Similar ideas mark race for state elections chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Democratic candidate running to become California's top election official has worked in government since soon after graduating college and touts his familiarity with the political process.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California key to GOP, Demo House strategies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Political strategists mapping potential gains in the House next month are circling, of all places, California.

October 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

4 DOGS ATTACK ELDERLY COUPLE IN THEIR MODESTO HOME: MODESTO (AP) - Two people are in critical condition after being mauled by four pit bulls at a home in central California.

October 15, 2014 | | State


School, feds settle transgender complaint

DOWNEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other youngsters and was encouraged to change schools, it was announced Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Hillary Clinton calls for ending ‘word gap’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation needs to close a "word gap" between low-income children and their more affluent peers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Anaheim cutting power, water to shut down pot shops

ANAHEIM (AP) - Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Expensive wingding to celebrate swearing-in

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The first Latino to head the California Senate in more than 130 years will celebrate his new post with far more pomp and expense than a typical affair marking a change of leadership at the Capitol.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Tracy man pleads guilty in fake debt collections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Tracy businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail and wire fraud involving more than $5 million that his company collected from consumers with pending loans by impersonating authorities in threatening phone calls, federal prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | State


LA mayor urges conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to residents Tuesday amid a severe California drought - conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions on use in the future.

October 14, 2014 | | State


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