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Aging anti-war sculpture debate

SANTA MONICA . (AP) - For decades the big, black mass of chain link that's piled up outside the Civic Center has alternately awed and inspired, annoyed and confounded, and, perhaps most often, simply divided residents of this otherwise famously tolerant beach town.

July 15, 2012 | | State


Secret buyouts at state parks HQ

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A high-ranking official at the California Department of Parks and Recreation carried out a secret vacation buyout program last year for himself and other employees at the department's headquarters, just as the agency was planning to close 70 state parks due to budget cuts.

July 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA TOBACCO TAX SUPPORTERS CALL FOR RECOUNT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tobacco tax supporters want a recount of ballots in parts of Los Angeles County to see if California's barely-defeated Proposition 29 might swing the other way.

July 13, 2012 | | State


Next SF target: Banning plastic water bottles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco, the city that regulated Happy Meal toys and banned plastic grocery bags, has a new target in its health-conscious, eco-friendly crosshairs: plastic water bottles.

July 13, 2012 | | State


Feds to reroute SF Bay ships to protect whales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists studying the carcass of a 47-foot fin whale that washed up on a beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore last month found the creature's spine and ribs severed, likely from the propeller of one of the huge cargo ships that sail those waters.

July 13, 2012 | | State


Two-thirds of voters cast ballots by mail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly two-thirds of California voters cast their vote by mail in the June election, a record for the state, but fewer than a third of registered voters turned out, Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported Friday.

July 13, 2012 | | State


Solar storm barreling toward Earth this weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The space weather forecast for Earth looks a bit stormy this weekend, but scientists said not to worry.

July 13, 2012 | | State


Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Film producer Richard Zanuck, who won the best picture Oscar for "Driving Miss Daisy" and was involved in such blockbuster films as "Jaws" and "The Sting" after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, died Friday. He was 77.

July 13, 2012 | | State


Gov. calls in more resources for north state blaze

FORESTHILL (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday called in more firefighters and the California National Guard to help battle a Placer County wildfire that has forced the evacuation of 300 people.

July 13, 2012 | | State


209 News

2 infants contract salmonella in Modesto

July 13, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

NEW SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT USED COPS AS CHAUFFEURS: MCCLELLAN, (AP) - A newly-elected Northern California school board president reportedly used police officers to chauffeur him on personal trips and errands.

July 12, 2012 | | State


California teacher pension posts low investment return, adds to shortfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's teacher pension fund earned just a 1.8 percent return from investments this year, a rate that fell well short of expectations and could add to the system's shortfall, officials revealed Thursday.

July 12, 2012 | | State


Wet Seal workers sue retailer for discrimination

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three former employees of Wet Seal Inc. have filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the teen clothing store operator, claiming management set out to fire African-American employees because they didn't fit the retailer's "brand image."

July 12, 2012 | | State


80 homes evacuated in Placer County due to fast moving fire instep terrain

FORESTHILL (AP) - About 300 people in Placer County remained under evacuation orders as a fire burning in a steep, heavily wooded area grew in size and intensity Thursday, fueled by hot weather and wind.

July 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

ATTORNEY HIRED IN FIGHT OVER 49ERS STADIUM FUNDS: SANTA CLARA (AP) - A Santa Clara County board has hired a lawyer to defend its decision to pull $30 million in taxpayer funds from the San Francisco 49ers stadium project.

July 12, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• WIKILEAKS FIGURE HONORED IN PRIDE PARADE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An imprisoned U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will serve as an honorary grand marshal in this year's San Francisco Pride parade.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Dreams dashed in fatal bus crash

ORLAND (AP) - It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650 miles north.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Mickey Rooney to be laid to rest in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mickey Rooney will be laid to rest alongside Hollywood royalty.

April 11, 2014 | | State


High-paid school official suspended

LAWNDALE (AP) - The superintendent of a small Southern California school district who makes more than the president of the United States has been put on administrative leave while his salary is reviewed.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Poll: Republican leads race for secretary of state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Field Poll finds little-known Republican Pete Peterson leading in the race for California secretary of state, although four in 10 voters remain undecided.

April 11, 2014 | | State


New charges coming in Chinatown case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors said Friday more charges and defendants are expected to be added to a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

April 11, 2014 | | State


High-speed rail allowed to seize parcels

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board says the agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project can acquire four parcels in Fresno County through eminent domain if necessary.

April 11, 2014 | | State


SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

April 11, 2014 | | State


LA mayor wants greener streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hoping to give a new look to a city where the car is king, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that he planned to add plazas, trees and artwork to some of the city's busiest streets to lure walkers, cyclists, new cafes and shops.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Assembly passes change to campaign disclosure bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that would force political nonprofits to reveal the names of campaign donors no longer applies retroactively under an amendment pushed by Republican lawmakers and approved Thursday by the Assembly.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Ex-city official gets nearly 12 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Pharmacy syringe sales permanent?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Thursday to make permanent a program that allows pharmacies to sell syringes to drug users as a way to prevent diseases spread by needle-sharing.

April 10, 2014 | | State


LA deputies, shot, kill unarmed man who was victim of attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a man who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Judge blasts excessive pepper spray use against mentally ill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Teacher suspended for science projects

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students and parents are calling for the return of a popular Los Angeles high school science teacher who was suspended from the classroom after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators.

April 10, 2014 | | State


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