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Jury awards man $425K for false arrest

FRESNO (AP) - A federal jury has awarded a California man $425,000 who claimed he was wrongfully jailed by Fresno County authorities for violating his probation.

August 23, 2012 | | State


State will audit Calif. mental health spending

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state auditor will review some of California's mental health spending to determine whether money from a 2004 ballot initiative is being spent the way voters intended.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers exchange barbs over abortion bill over study of nurse practitioners’ role

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The national furor over a Missouri congressman's comments about rape and abortion spilled into the California Legislature on Thursday, stoking a partisan - and personal - exchange.

August 23, 2012 | | State


No charges for San Diego man, 88, suspected of aiding suicide of sick wife

SAN DIEGO (AP) - An 88-year-old man who was arrested shortly after the death of his wife on suspicion of aiding in her suicide won't be charged with any crime, San Diego County prosecutors decided Wednesday.

August 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEVELOPER PROPOSES MASSIVE THEME PARK IN TRACY: TRACY (AP) - A developer is proposing to build a $1.2 billion entertainment hub in Tracy that would be four times bigger than Disneyland.

August 22, 2012 | | State


More high school students pass exit exam for sixth straight year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The pass rate for California's high school exit exam increased slightly for the class of 2012, marking the sixth straight year of gains, state education officials announced Wednesday.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Judge ends lawsuit over. inmate dental care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has ended a lawsuit over poor dental care in California prisons, saying that conditions have improved in the seven years since the suit was filed.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Assembly votes to ban hunting for bear or bobcats using hounds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A hotly contested bill that would ban the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats in California moved a step closer to becoming law.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Costs of big wildfire season hits struggling state governments hard

MANTON (AP) - A huge wildfire in California is just the latest destructive blaze to stretch resources across the West during a fire season that has been one of the worst in years.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Bill would help injured student athletes at high profile California universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Wednesday approved first-in-the-nation legislation requiring California universities with the most high-profile sports programs to provide financial protections for student athletes who suffer career-ending injuries.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Calif. health officials warn of lead in licorice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials are warning consumers not to eat black licorice twist candies made by Red Vines because they contain too much lead.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Spending missteps make Brown tax plan a hard sell

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has made austerity a hallmark of his administration, telling state workers they must turn in their cellphones, selling off state vehicles, severely reducing employee travel and cutting billions from the general fund.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Brown jokes about 'Moonbeam' label in JPL visit

PASADENA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown briefly reinstated his "Governor Moonbeam" nickname during a visit Wednesday to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he thanked the NASA scientists who successfully landed the Curiosity rover on Mars.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Bill seeks to reduce police, student confrontation

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California State University campuses would be required to designate liaisons between student protesters and campus law enforcement under a bill approved by the Assembly.

August 22, 2012 | | State


Metal thieves find markets at illegal scrap yards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Metal thieves who have stripped wires from streetlights and statues from parks have found markets at illegal scrap yards in Southern California, authorities said.

August 22, 2012 | | State


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Modesto man attacked by pit bulls dies

MODESTO (AP) - A Modesto man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Indian casino kept closed during talks

COARSEGOLD (AP) - A casino in Central California shut down after an armed confrontation last week between tribal factions will remain indefinitely closed pending court-mandated talks, a judge ordered Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California high court declines appeal of high speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to consider an appeal of a case brought by opponents of the state's $68 billion bullet train project, delivering a crucial ruling that allows construction to go ahead as planned.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Florio recuses himself amid PG&E probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Davis student drowns rafting

WINTERS, (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old student at University of California, Davis drowned in a weekend rafting accident in Yolo County.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Similar ideas mark race for state elections chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Democratic candidate running to become California's top election official has worked in government since soon after graduating college and touts his familiarity with the political process.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California key to GOP, Demo House strategies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Political strategists mapping potential gains in the House next month are circling, of all places, California.

October 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

4 DOGS ATTACK ELDERLY COUPLE IN THEIR MODESTO HOME: MODESTO (AP) - Two people are in critical condition after being mauled by four pit bulls at a home in central California.

October 15, 2014 | | State


School, feds settle transgender complaint

DOWNEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other youngsters and was encouraged to change schools, it was announced Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Hillary Clinton calls for ending ‘word gap’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation needs to close a "word gap" between low-income children and their more affluent peers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Anaheim cutting power, water to shut down pot shops

ANAHEIM (AP) - Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Expensive wingding to celebrate swearing-in

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The first Latino to head the California Senate in more than 130 years will celebrate his new post with far more pomp and expense than a typical affair marking a change of leadership at the Capitol.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Tracy man pleads guilty in fake debt collections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Tracy businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail and wire fraud involving more than $5 million that his company collected from consumers with pending loans by impersonating authorities in threatening phone calls, federal prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | State


LA mayor urges conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to residents Tuesday amid a severe California drought - conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions on use in the future.

October 14, 2014 | | State


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