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BART UNIONS SUE TRANSITY AGENCY OVER CONTRACTS: OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions are suing the agency, claiming its board of directors broke state law when they approved a contract without a key provision.Members of ATU Local 1555 and SEIU 1021 filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court. The lawsuit will not affect train service. BART's board approved a new labor deal last month, but stripped a family medical leave provision that the unions want and the agency's top negotiators signed off during talks to end a second ...

December 03, 2013 | | State


Officials: Walker crash not part of street race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a fiery crash is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche he and a friend were riding in had been racing another car.

December 02, 2013 | | State


Suspected arrested in Playstation 4 shooting case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say they have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting and robbery of a man who advertised a Playstation 4 gaming console for sale online.

December 02, 2013 | | State


Attorney: 2 cops wrongly accused in homeless death

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A homeless man who died after a violent confrontation with six California police officers was combative, grabbed at one officer's stun gun and struggled so hard against attempts to handcuff him that the officers arresting him asked a dispatcher to broadcast an urgent call for back-up three times, attorneys for two police officers charged in the death said during opening statements.

December 02, 2013 | | State


Family: American detained in N Korea in good health

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month in North Korea said Saturday the Swedish ambassador has seen the man and found him to be in good health.

December 01, 2013 | | State


Officials: Speed a factor in actor Walker’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fans of "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker created a makeshift memorial Sunday at the site where a car he was riding in crashed, killing the actor and a friend.

December 01, 2013 | | State


Latinos want U.S. to sue over LA supervisors’ board

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing lawsuits over minority voting rights in Texas and North Carolina, but the Justice Department has not moved on evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers, elected officials getting raise

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers and statewide elected officials will have a little extra cash in their pockets this holiday season, with their paychecks set to rise starting Sunday.

November 29, 2013 | | State


News from around california

CRAB SEASON HAS BEGUN: EUREKA (AP) - Commercial fishermen on the North Coast of California are getting ready for the start of Dungeness crab season. The Eureka Times-Standard reports that the season is scheduled to kick off on Sunday and not be delayed as in previous years. The crab season off the Central California coast has already begun. State officials tell the newspaper they are expecting an average or below-average year in the number of crabs after several good years statewide. Crab fishermen are operating under a new law this year that limits the number of traps they can set. The ...

November 29, 2013 | | State


Decision set for Monday for election recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election said Friday that she is analyzing the final tally and will decide Monday whether to seek a recount.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Efforts to ease marijuana laws loses benefactor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With the death of Cleveland billionaire and philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, the push for relaxed U.S. marijuana laws lost its most generous supporter. That's left supporters wondering what comes next.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Mom, 2 sons thankful for 3 heart transplants

SAN MARCOS (AP) - Last Thanksgiving, Deanna Kremis was in heart failure and could barely get off the couch - and her two teenage sons knew exactly how she felt.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Violence in jails on rise since reform

SACRAMENTO (AP) - County jails that account for the vast majority of local inmates in California have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.

November 29, 2013 | | State


Gay Russian seeks asylum in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered immigration officials to review their decision not to grant asylum to a gay man who said he was attacked for his sexual orientation in 2002 and 2003 in his native Russia and feared he would be persecuted if forced to return there.

November 29, 2013 | | State


SF dog held for ransom

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police are trying to identify three robbery suspects who stormed into a woman's apartment and briefly held her dog ransom.

November 29, 2013 | | State


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Man yelled ‘I can’t breathe’ before death

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 51-year-old man who screamed 20 times that police were killing him last week settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the ...

January 27, 2016 | | State


Vincent Hernandez III attending Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Manteca resident Vincent Hernandez III has been picked as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 25-27.

January 27, 2016 | | State


Snowpack in drought-stricken California hits five-year high

FRESNO (AP) - Recent El Nino storms have boosted the Sierra Nevada snowpack to 115 percent of normal - more than the drought-stricken state has seen in ...

January 27, 2016 | | State


MPPA backs Zapien for supervisors seat

Moses Zapien - chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and candidate for the 3rd Supervisorial District representing Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue, Lathrop ...

January 26, 2016 | | State


Citizens use drones to map El Nino flooding

LONG BEACH (AP) - Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline's changing face.

January 24, 2016 | | State


Brazilian tree porcupine now at Micke Grove Zoo

Micke Grove Zoo has acquired a young male Brazilian tree porcupine from Assiniboine Park Zoo of Winnipeg, Canada.

January 24, 2016 | | State


California pot growers facing crop of local bans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new ...

January 24, 2016 | | State


2 suspects flee into woods turning pursuit into rescue

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A police pursuit of two men turned into a rescue mission after they fled into a wooded area of El Dorado County and ...

January 24, 2016 | | State


Caltrans: Leaks plugged in Bay Bridge’s span

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Caltrans has found a simple and cheap solution to eliminate leaks in the Bay Bridge's new eastern span that could cause ...

January 24, 2016 | | State


California pot growers facing crop of local bans

Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman , D-Stockton, is introducing legislation to block the Governor's controversial Twin Tunnels project unless it is approved by the voters of ...

January 24, 2016 | | State


Caltrans hit with $12M valley fever suit verdict

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A Northern California jury has awarded five construction workers nearly $12 million in their lawsuit alleging the state transportation department failed to warn ...

January 22, 2016 | | State


California eyes 1-drug execution

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians face a watershed year as they prepare to decide whether to resume executions that stopped a decade ago or end them entirely.

January 22, 2016 | | State


Tax fight over roads could dominate state Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In his otherwise low-key State of the State address, Gov. Jerry Brown saved his most impassioned plea for transportation issues, telling lawmakers they ...

January 22, 2016 | | State


Brown rejects parole try by Manson follower

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown rejected parole for a third time Friday for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson 46 years after a series ...

January 22, 2016 | | State


EL NINO HASN’T BROKEN DROUGHT

FRESNO (AP) - The recent onslaught of El Nino storms only slightly increased the levels of California reservoirs that now stand at half of historic depths ...

January 22, 2016 | | State


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