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PACHECO COMPANY HIT WITH $11.9M JURY VERDICT: PACHECO (AP) - A jury has ordered a Contra Costa County landscape architecture company and its owners to pay nearly $12 million to a man who was struck and injured by its truck.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Report says $10M bridge deal included book

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials overseeing construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had agreed to pay nearly $10 million to a San Francisco-based public relations firm for services that included thousands of dollars to conduct tours and produce a video and commemorative book, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.

December 13, 2012 | | State


State prison psychiatrist suspended after making $800,000 during 2011

SOLEDAD (AP) - A California prison psychiatrist who was paid more than $800,000 last year is under investigation and suspended amid allegations that time records were falsified, it was reported Wednesday.

December 12, 2012 | | State


Man fatally mauled by pit bulls in Selma

SELMA (AP) - Authorities say a Fresno County man is dead after being mauled by pit bull dogs.

December 12, 2012 | | State


Receiver starts prison layoffs as inmates ebb

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal receiver who controls health care in California prisons is issuing layoff notices to more than 2,200 employees as inmate crowding eases.

December 12, 2012 | | State


Police search campus for robbery suspects

FULLERTON (AP) - Students at Cal State Fullerton barricaded themselves inside classrooms and dorm rooms Wednesday night as police searched for two suspects in a jewelry store robbery, while another suspect was caught after a high-speed pursuit that ended on a baseball field where the Los Angeles' police chief was giving away toys.

December 12, 2012 | | State


Judge approves director to oversee Oakland police

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday approved a plan to have a court-appointed director oversee the embattled Oakland Police Department instead of ordering an unprecedented federal takeover of the agency.

December 12, 2012 | | State


Feds auction prime land for oil development

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal government auctioned off nearly 18,000 acres of oil leases on prime public lands on Wednesday in Central California, home to prized vineyards, several endangered species and one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the country.

December 12, 2012 | | State


Brown being treated for prostate cancer

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated for early stage prostate cancer but will stay on the job throughout his nearly four-week treatment, his office said Wednesday, calling the typically energetic 74-year-old chief executive's prognosis "excellent."

December 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SONOMA COUNTY WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING $1.6M : SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A 44-year-old Sonoma County woman has been convicted of embezzling nearly $1.6 million from her employer.

December 12, 2012 | | State


Inmates must pay $3 for medical attention

SANTA ANA (AP) - Inmates at a Southern California jail must now pay $3 to see a nurse.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Suspect lived with girlfriend's rotting corpse in Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a California murder suspect lived with his girlfriend's rotting corpse for months.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Prison for trafficker in bogus exercise equipment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California trafficker of counterfeit Bowflex and Malibu Pilates exercise equipment has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Online petition calls on University of California system board to scrap new logo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's new logo isn't getting high marks from some students, staff and alumni.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Port audit finds questionable spending

OAKLAND (AP) - Audits found that employees at one of the nation's largest ports claimed nearly $200,000 in questionable expenses in 2011, and officials are trying to determine if the spending violated federal and state laws.

December 11, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LIGHT QUAKE SHAKES CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA: KING CITY (AP) - A light earthquake has shaken a Central California region southeast of Monterey Bay.

January 20, 2015 | | State


Brown, UC president to study finances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano have agreed to try to iron out their differences on tuition increases, the state's duty to fund higher education and the university's responsibility to control costs by tackling them together with help from their respective staffs and outside experts.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Fight threatens health coverage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A contract dispute between health insurance provider Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals is threatening to force nearly 280,000 consumers in Northern and Central California to find new doctors.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Tahoe tiny critter population plunges

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Researchers at Lake Tahoe are trying to figure out why some of the tiniest creatures and plants at the bottom of the alpine lake appear to be disappearing at an alarming rate.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Last ‘Freedom Train’ makes its final excursion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The last of the nation's "Freedom Train" rides paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. made its final trip in California on Monday after more than 30 years of operation.

January 19, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 TEACHERS ARRESTED ON ALLEGATIONS OF SEX WITH STUDENTS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities say two teachers have been arrested following allegations they had sex with high school students on an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.

January 19, 2015 | | State


California rates 50th for guidance counselors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California ranks worst in the nation when it comes to providing students with guidance counselors, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and authorities say the scarcity disproportionately affects the state's most vulnerable students because there simply are not enough counselors to track transient students and make sure they are taking the right credits to graduate.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Coughing neighbors: Bay Area rethinks outdoor cooking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The booming popularity of outdoor kitchens among homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area has an increasing number of their neighbors coughing and hacking from the smoke, leading air-quality officials to consider tightening rules on wood-burning pizza ovens and smokers.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Cosby welcomed by audience in Turlock

TURLOCK (AP) - Bill Cosby was embraced by fans on Sunday during his first performance in California since allegations of past sexual assaults surfaced.

January 19, 2015 | | State


Plan to implode Candestick Park scrapped

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Candlestick Park will be torn down instead of blown up following concerns that a planned implosion of the venerable stadium might create health problems for people living nearby.

January 18, 2015 | | State


Ellison to underwrite wildlife center

SAN JOSE (AP) - One of the world's richest men, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, is using some of his wealth to establish a wildlife breeding and rehabilitation center in Northern California that will focus on helping endangered insects, reptiles and amphibians thrive.

January 18, 2015 | | State


Brown tackles $72B health liability

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After tackling pension changes for public employees and teachers, Gov. Jerry Brown is now setting his sights on another big debt: retiree health care benefits.

January 18, 2015 | | State


Nurses and Kaiser reach contract deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The union that represents about 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses in Northern and Central California has reached a tentative contract with the medical provider and canceled a two-day strike planned for next week at 86 hospitals and clinics.

January 18, 2015 | | State


University of California ties coach bonuses to academics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The academic performance of student athletes will be a factor in how coaches and athletic directors at University of California campuses are evaluated and compensated under a new policy approved by university President Janet Napolitano and made public Friday.

January 18, 2015 | | State


Unknown substance killing seabirds in SF Bay

OAKLAND (AP) - An unknown, viscous substance has been found in dozens of seabirds, including 20 dead ones, on the San Francisco Bay's eastern shores, rescuers and state wildfire officials said Saturday.

January 18, 2015 | | State


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