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‘Liberator of ladies' hair Vidal Sassoon dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care.

May 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

3 ARRESTED FOR HIGH-END CUSTOM BICYCLE THEFTS : LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say three men used Craigslist and Facebook to steal 200 high-end bicycles throughout Southern California.

May 09, 2012 | | State




Coastal panel OKs Pebble Beach area development backed by Clint Eastwood

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After decades of environmental fights, California's chief coastal regulator approved a scaled-back development plan Wednesday by a Clint Eastwood-backed group on a breathtaking swath of real estate covered by rare Monterey pines.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Skateboarder, 13, dies in pickup crash

May 09, 2012 | | State


ABOUT PROPOSITION 28

*WHAT IT WOULD DO: Lowers the number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature from 14 to 12, but lets them serve all that time in a single house. Lawmakers currently can serve three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate. The initiative also would close a loophole that allows certain lawmakers to serve up to 17 years in the Legislature. This applies to those who begin their political careers by filling the remainder of a departing lawmaker's term, then run for the seat and serve full terms in the Assembly and Senate.

May 09, 2012 | | State


Acton fire burns 126 acres; 30 homes evacuated

ACTON (AP) - A wildfire in northern Los Angeles County burned 126 acres and destroyed several structures Tuesday, and authorities evacuated 30 homes as a precaution.

May 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA MAY BAN GAY TEEN 'CONVERSION' THERAPY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse.

May 08, 2012 | | State


As deadline nears, proposals surface to save up to 50 of 70 parks set to close

FRESNO (AP) - With a July 1 deadline approaching for dozens of California state parks on a budget closure list, legislators are scrambling to keep them open with bills meant to raise money through specialty license tags and improved entrance fee collections.

May 08, 2012 | | State


University of California weighs more tuition hikes upwards of 6 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California students could face significantly higher tuition if the state doesn't increase funding and voters reject the governor's tax initiative, school administrators said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Over 1,300 tubes damaged at ailing San Onofre nuclear reactors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, the utility that runs the plant said Tuesday.

May 08, 2012 | | State


TWO LOCAL RACES TIGHT

THE 9th DISTRICT: In a swing district in the Central Valley, the 9th Congressional District, Ivy League-educated law student Ricky Gill has established himself as a newcomer to watch in the GOP. He turns 25 this month - the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House- and has snagged endorsements from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Gill has raised more than $1.1 million, about equal to the amount raised by the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jerry McNerney. National Republicans consider Gill one of their top hopes for defeating a Democratic incumbent this year.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Political reforms translate into tight House races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Members of Congress are facing a new reality in California: competitive elections.

May 08, 2012 | | State


New Border Patrol strategy targets repeat crossers

SAN DIEGO (AP) - With border crossings at a 40-year low, the U.S. Border Patrol announced a new strategy Tuesday that targets repeat crossers and tries to find out why they keeping coming.

May 08, 2012 | | State


Biggest celebration set for May 27 along waterfront

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge is turning 75 this year. And what a historic span it's been. Big, bold and orange, the bridge is a beloved symbol of San Francisco and one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the world.

May 08, 2012 | | State


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Voters favor Brown’s re-election

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has a big lead as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term, far outpacing any of the three top Republican challengers, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Complaint alleges American River flows too slowly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Environmental and fishing groups have filed a complaint alleging the federal government's operation of two California dams is harming fall-run Chinook salmon and steelhead in the American River because the water is too warm and flows too slowly.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Water deliveries remain at 0 pending further study

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water managers are determining if recent storms helped California's dwindling water supplies enough to warrant increases in water deliveries to farms and thirsty cities.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Clinton urges tech to invest in training

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based training programs for U.S. workers.

April 08, 2014 | | State


‘Sharknado 2’ unleashes flying sharks on New York on July 30

PASADENA . (AP) - Get ready for more flying sharks.

April 08, 2014 | | State


No charge for baby’s sea rescue

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship and scores of personnel to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the Mexican coast. But the San Diego couple will not have to repay the federal government for the dramatic evacuation at sea, the agencies said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Judge upholds Lake Tahoe plan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A federal judge has upheld a regional plan regulating development in the scenic Lake Tahoe Basin straddling the Nevada-California line in the Sierra Nevada.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Hang gliders land at horse track

ARCADIA (AP) - Two hang gliders made unplanned landings in the parking lot of a Southern California horse track after being caught in unpredictable winds.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Man charged with 9 contract killings

FRESNO (AP) - Prosecutors are calling a Central California man a contract killer and have charged him with murdering nine people in three counties.

April 08, 2014 | | State


LA saves 87M gallons of water during storms

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles saved 87 million gallons of water during last month's storms by turning off the hose.

April 08, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA BIKE-SHARE COULD EXPAND: OAKLAND (AP) - A bicycle sharing program popular in San Francisco and Silicon Valley could soon expand to the East Bay.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Whale of a fight stalls in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker Yee pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Evidence against Calderon sealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand jury testimony and other potential evidence against indicted California state Sen. Ronald Calderon should not be handed over to his attorney at this time, a federal judge said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | State


School to let kids give Bible coins

APPLE VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district will allow students to hand out Bible coins on campus, saying teachers who banned them violated the children's rights of free expression.

April 08, 2014 | | State


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