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GOVERNOR REJECTS RAISING CELLPHONE FINES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have raised the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. creates state-run private retirement plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will create the nation's first state-administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers, over the objection of critics who said it creates a new liability for taxpayers.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Shriver changed tune on recall run

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was told to "snap out of it" by her mother for her attempts to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a conversation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. Gov signs bill for Reagan statue in Capitol

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill authorizing construction of a Ronald Reagan statue inside the California Capitol in Sacramento.

September 28, 2012 | | State


SoCal man behind anti-Muslim film had many aliases; never told authorities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Muslims across the Middle East outraged by an anti-Islam film made in America wanted swift punishment for the man behind the movie, and now Mark Basseley Youssef is behind bars. But he's jailed for lying about his identity, not because of the video's content.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CYCLISTS RIDE FOR CRITICAL MASS 20TH ANNIVERSARY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A throng of cyclists has hit the streets of San Francisco, where hundreds, likely thousands of people are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the raucous, leaderless ride and street party known as "Critical Mass."

September 28, 2012 | | State


Oakland to reduce black student suspension rates

OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland school board has agreed to allow federal officials to monitor the district's efforts to reduce the disproportionately high suspension rates of African-American students.

September 28, 2012 | | State


BART installs quake early-warning system

OAKLAND (AP) - A new earthquake early-warning system installed by Bay Area Rapid Transit will detect earthquakes precious seconds before the ground starts shaking, allowing trains to be slowed down in an effort to prevent derailments.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gay couples may get reprieve in deportation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security is planning to issue a policy memo stating that illegal immigrants with American same-sex partners are eligible to have their deportations put on hold under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority cases.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown signs limited ban on "open carry" of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he had extended a ban on the open display of handguns in most California cities and towns to include rifles and shotguns.

September 28, 2012 | | State


2 men get life for acid deaths in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two men were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for their roles in a Mexican drug gang that dissolved victims' bodies in acid.

September 28, 2012 | | State


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A's pitcher Braden yells at police chief

September 28, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE SAYS PANHANDLING LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL: ARCATA . (AP) - A judge says a Northern California coastal city's law banning non-aggressive panhandlers within 20 feet of stores, intersections and parking lots is mostly unconstitutional.

September 27, 2012 | | State


GOP puts up little-known challenger to Feinstein

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With members of Congress across the country battling anti-incumbent fever, California's three-term U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein, would seem to be a natural target in her re-election bid.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Palo Alto residents to vote on pot clubs

PALO ALTO (AP) - The tony San Francisco Bay area city of Palo Alto, known for its trendy boutiques, high-end restaurants and proximity to Stanford University, will soon decide whether to allow a seemingly incongruous set of new businesses - medical marijuana dispensaries.

September 27, 2012 | | State


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California drought swaths of farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source of water as wells run dry.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wildfire threatens dozens more homes

REDDING (AP) - A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


LA judge halts cannabis farmers market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.

July 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• PARENTS SAY TEEN'S SUICIDE CAUSED BY VIDEO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego couple is blaming a school district for their son's death, claiming the 14-year-old killed himself after an embarrassing video went viral.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

July 15, 2014 | | State


Wind surfers stranded on SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Coast Guard says its crews pulled more than two dozen wind surfers and kite boarders from the waters off Crissy Field in San Francisco after they became stranded.

July 15, 2014 | | State


State public pension funds earn return of over 18 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two of the nation's largest public pension funds on Monday reported investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Stanislaus cracks down on nut thefts

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Advocate of college contraceptives unning for California senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Tanks, military vehicles auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY (AP) - Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | | State


New Cosby show could debut next summer

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Sacramento shootout leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An early morning shootout in a Sacramento parking lot on Sunday left one man dead and at least four others wounded, authorities said.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Amelia Earhart namesake completes global flight

OAKLAND (AP) - Amelia Rose Earhart has completed the round-the-world flight that her namesake never finished nearly eight decades ago.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Foster children focus of California schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.

July 13, 2014 | | State


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