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Lawyer says it is too early to pin Bay Bridge tanker accident on pilot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lawyer for the pilot of an empty oil tanker that clipped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says any speculation about "pilot error" being the cause is "highly premature."

January 09, 2013 | | State


Yosemite plan would ease traffic, shut ice skating rink

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors might miss the 1920s-era ice skating rink in the winter or the summer bike and raft rentals, but they'll likely be glad to hear that a plan released Tuesday to protect the river that runs through Yosemite National Park won't reduce the number of daily visitors.

January 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• ARTIFACT STOLEN FROM OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA: OAKLAND (AP) - Officials say what they're describing as a "valuable artifact" has been stolen in a break-in from the Oakland Museum of California.

January 09, 2013 | | State


RFK's son sues NY nurses over maternity ward fight

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A son of the late Robert F. Kennedy who was acquitted of criminal charges in a maternity ward scuffle is suing two nurses who said on TV that he hurt them.

January 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

OC CAT-HOARDER SENTENCED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT: SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who kept 110 cats in a filthy Orange County home where his grandchildren lived has been sentenced for child abuse and endangerment.

January 08, 2013 | | State


State aims to test students' critical thinking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Insurance chief criticizes Anthem rate hike

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Tuesday that Anthem Blue Cross' proposed rate hike for some of its small-group members is unreasonable, but the insurer says the increase reflects the rising cost of health care.

January 08, 2013 | | State


UC online courses attract few outside students despite $4M marketing blitz

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has spent more than $4 million marketing its new online courses, but so far it's attracting few students outside the UC system.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SMALL GROUP OF MOTORISTS CLOGGING SF AREA FREEWAYS: BERKELEY . (AP) - Researchers are blaming a small group of motorists for the San Francisco area's freeway traffic headaches.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Review board endorses gay teen's Eagle Scout bid

MORAGA (AP) - A review board has challenged the Boy Scouts of America's prohibition on gay members by recommending a local teenager for the rank of Eagle Scout, but the action won't have an immediate effect on the young man's status, his father said Tuesday.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Brown challenges court oversight of California prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Declaring that California's long-running prison crisis is over, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday challenged a federal court order by saying the state has done all it can to safely relieve overcrowding and improve medical and mental health care for inmates.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Republican favored in special Senate election

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A former state assemblyman is expected to win a special election to a GOP-leaning Senate district that covers a wide swath of rural Northern California.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Nonprofits may buy cross property

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit groups is ready to buy a portion of a Southern California mountaintop so a white cross can stay put.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Pilot who struck Bay Bridge had 3 prior accidents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The pilot of an empty oil tanker that crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was involved in three previous accidents, records obtained Tuesday show.

January 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• JUDGE REFUSES TO TOSS TICKET OVER CORPORATE CLAIM: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A Marin County man has failed to convince a judge to toss out a ticket for driving alone in the carpool lane despite his claims the incorporation papers riding along with him qualified as a person.

January 08, 2013 | | State


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Man drowns in ocean while saving son during vacation

SHELTER COVE (AP) - Authorities in Northern California say a Montana man drowned after rescuing his 13-year-old son, who slipped on a rock and fell into the ocean during a family vacation.

March 16, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

JUDGE NIXES LAWSUIT BY MAN SAYING HE WAS DUPED BY DATING APP: CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A judge has ruled against a man who sued a mobile dating app after he was arrested for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.

March 16, 2015 | | State


Meth lab in Wal-Mart restroom

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A restroom at a Wal-Mart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Keeping Californians in the dark

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California law appears clear: Access to information on how the Legislature conducts its business is a "necessary right of every person in this state." But decades after those words were written at the height of the Watergate era, the Assembly and Senate remain, in many ways, dark corners within government.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Police arrest 3 suspects for furnishing alcohol to minors

Manteca Police arrested three suspects on Saturday for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

March 15, 2015 | | State


SF investigates racist tweets by four officers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four San Francisco police officers are under investigation in connection with racially charged and homophobic text messages, police officials said.

March 15, 2015 | | State


LA police officer sought for questioning in fatal shooting

POMONA . (AP) - A car belonging to a rookie Los Angeles police officer wanted for questioning in a fatal shooting has been found, but the officer remained at large, police said Sunday.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Race pits Demos against each another

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democrat almost assuredly will win a state Senate seat in an east San Francisco Bay Area district where the party holds a 15-point registration edge. So why have unions poured $115,000 into a committee to support a Republican who dropped out of the race weeks ago?

March 15, 2015 | | State


Silicon Valley ballet company gets reprieve

SAN JOSE (AP) - A cash-strapped Silicon Valley ballet company has survived to dance another day.

March 15, 2015 | | State


WATER-WASTERS ELUDE FINES

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer of establishing statewide restrictions and gave communities a hammer to enforce them: a $500 fine for excessive watering of lawns, hosing down driveways and running decorative yard fountains with drinking water.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Bieber says he’s sorry at comedy roast

CULVER CITY (AP) - Justin Bieber really wants you to like him again. After being the butt of the joke for hours during the taping of his Comedy Central roast, the 21-year-old singer gave a contrition speech.

March 15, 2015 | | State


‘Zebra killer’ found dead in prison cell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the four men convicted of participating in a string of racially motivated attacks in the mid-1970s that killed 14 people and injured seven in San Francisco was found dead in his cell, California prison officials said Friday.

March 13, 2015 | | State


‘Citizen Kane’ film to play at Hearst Castle’s private theater

SAN SIMEON (AP) - For some movie buffs, showing Orson Welles' acclaimed film "Citizen Kane" at Hearst Castle is like having a screening of "Star Wars" on the Death Star.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Did Lyft cheat new drivers out of $1K bonuses?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Lyft ridesharing company took new drivers for a ride by cheating them out of promised $1,000 bonuses, according to a federal lawsuit announced Friday.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Brown: California good for business

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has a message for Republican governors planning to visit California to woo business from the state: Welcome.

March 13, 2015 | | State


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