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Search suspended for missing Gilroy woman

GILROY (AP) - Citing a lack of evidence, authorities said Sunday they have no plans to resume the search for a missing California woman they believe may have been killed by her son, an Iraq War veteran who shot his sister before killing himself this week.

March 18, 2012 | | State


Analyst expects lower revenue from Brown tax plan for November ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislative Analyst's Office on Friday estimated that a compromise tax measure for the November ballot would generate about $2.2 billion less in the first year than estimates from Gov. Jerry Brown's Department of Finance.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Co-founder of 'Kony' video group detained

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A co-founder of the group behind a viral video about a brutal African warlord was detained by police and hospitalized after witnesses saw him running through streets in his underwear, screaming and banging his fists on the pavement.

March 16, 2012 | | State


San Francisco DA questions sincerity of sheriff's guilty plea regarding domestic violence charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An irritated district attorney said he has some concerns about the sincerity of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment in a domestic violence case.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Heavy tube wear a mystery at nuke reactor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Forty-five days after a radioactive water leak prompted a Southern California utility to shut down a nuclear reactor, investigators Friday sought to pinpoint why tubing in the plant eroded at an alarming rate while the prospect of an extended repair job raised questions about summertime power supply.

March 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

EX-MODESTO OFFICER FACING SEX CHARGES: MODESTO (AP) - A former Modesto police officer is facing charges that he sexually assaulted a woman while on duty.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Church regrets pig rodeo, BBQ at retreat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Santa Barbara church said Friday it regrets holding a weekend youth retreat that included teenaged boys chasing down grease-covered pigs before eating them in a luau-style barbecue.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Polling, campaign strategy forced initiative deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In less than a week, Gov. Jerry Brown went from resignation over the prospect of facing multiple tax initiatives on the November ballot to announcing a key political merger with a competing proposal pushed by a teachers union.

March 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WATER BOARD OKS $3.6M PG&E TOXIC SETTLEMENT CLAIM: HINKLEY . (AP) - A Southern California water board has agreed to accept $3.6 million from Pacific Gas & Electric to settle claims that the utility failed to stem toxic chromium pollution in a Mojave Desert town that inspired the movie "Erin Brockovich."

March 15, 2012 | | State


Feds settle with PG&E over 2004 forest fires with fine of almost $30 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest utility and two tree-trimming subcontractors have agreed to pay nearly $30 million to settle federal lawsuits over the cause of wildfires in two national forests, federal authorities said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Rain, wind lead to at least 1 fatality

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A late winter storm that brought heavy rain and winds to Central and Northern California was blamed for at least one death and threatened to flood a popular beach boardwalk while a new storm was bearing down on the region.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Beanbag hit Occupy protester, not gas canister

OAKLAND (AP) - An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest last fall was hit by a beanbag round fired by a police officer, not a tear gas canister, his lawyer said.

March 15, 2012 | | State


California home sales jump in February

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home sales rose sharply in California last month as investors snapped up the lowest-priced properties, often paying cash, a research firm reported Thursday. Prices continued to fall.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Report: Squabbling over aging SF ambulances

March 15, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown reaches California tax deal with group for November ballot measure

LONG BEACH (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he has reached a deal with a rival group to combine forces on a November ballot initiative to raise sales and income taxes, a move that will allow Democratic-leaning interests to align behind a single, high-stakes budget proposition.

March 14, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• WIKILEAKS FIGURE HONORED IN PRIDE PARADE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An imprisoned U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will serve as an honorary grand marshal in this year's San Francisco Pride parade.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Dreams dashed in fatal bus crash

ORLAND (AP) - It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650 miles north.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Mickey Rooney to be laid to rest in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mickey Rooney will be laid to rest alongside Hollywood royalty.

April 11, 2014 | | State


High-paid school official suspended

LAWNDALE (AP) - The superintendent of a small Southern California school district who makes more than the president of the United States has been put on administrative leave while his salary is reviewed.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Poll: Republican leads race for secretary of state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Field Poll finds little-known Republican Pete Peterson leading in the race for California secretary of state, although four in 10 voters remain undecided.

April 11, 2014 | | State


New charges coming in Chinatown case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors said Friday more charges and defendants are expected to be added to a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

April 11, 2014 | | State


High-speed rail allowed to seize parcels

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board says the agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project can acquire four parcels in Fresno County through eminent domain if necessary.

April 11, 2014 | | State


SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

April 11, 2014 | | State


LA mayor wants greener streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hoping to give a new look to a city where the car is king, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that he planned to add plazas, trees and artwork to some of the city's busiest streets to lure walkers, cyclists, new cafes and shops.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Assembly passes change to campaign disclosure bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that would force political nonprofits to reveal the names of campaign donors no longer applies retroactively under an amendment pushed by Republican lawmakers and approved Thursday by the Assembly.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Ex-city official gets nearly 12 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Pharmacy syringe sales permanent?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Thursday to make permanent a program that allows pharmacies to sell syringes to drug users as a way to prevent diseases spread by needle-sharing.

April 10, 2014 | | State


LA deputies, shot, kill unarmed man who was victim of attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a man who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Judge blasts excessive pepper spray use against mentally ill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Teacher suspended for science projects

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students and parents are calling for the return of a popular Los Angeles high school science teacher who was suspended from the classroom after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators.

April 10, 2014 | | State


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