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Students smear peanut butter at Sacramento school as senior prank

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than two dozen students at a Sacramento high school have been barred from walking at graduation after they spray painted profane graffiti and smeared peanut butter throughout the campus, school officials said.

June 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SCHOOL VANDALS CUT DOWN 70-FOOT TREE: SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Authorities say it may have been intended as a prank but it wasn't funny when vandals chopped down a 70-foot pine tree at a northern Los Angeles County high school.

June 07, 2012 | | State


Democrats, Gov. Brown discuss bridging $2B divide to avoid welfare reductions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic leaders are meeting privately with Gov. Jerry Brown to try to avoid about $2 billion in proposed welfare cuts as next week's budget deadline approaches, the state Senate leader said Thursday.

June 07, 2012 | | State


Elections officials: Get used to uncounted votes due to mail-in

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The waiting is the hardest part.

June 07, 2012 | | State


SF mulls tour bus limits in historic district

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of San Francisco's Alamo Square have learned that living in a neighborhood pictured on postcards and television shows such as "Full House" has challenges as well as charms.

June 07, 2012 | | State




Remodels of CSU presidents' homes cause outcry on cash strapped college campuses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University has spent $1 million in public and private funds over the past year renovating houses used by campus presidents, causing some to wonder why the system does not sell the homes in a time of fiscal austerity.

June 07, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Court upholds hit man case against ex-politician

June 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Ex-NBA star Johnson back in as Sac mayor

June 06, 2012 | | State


Report blasts handling of Occupy Berkeley protests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A University of California, Berkeley report released Wednesday criticizes campus police for jabbing and clubbing student protesters with batons during Occupy demonstrations last fall.

June 06, 2012 | | State


San Jose, San Diego voter imposed pension cuts may have ripple effect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Decisive victories for ballot proposals cutting retirement benefits for government workers in two of the largest cities in the U.S. emboldened advocates seeking to curb pensions in state capitols and city halls across the nation.

June 06, 2012 | | State


At least 800,000 ballots still uncounted

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The votes are all in for the California primary, but many remained uncounted Wednesday, leaving some contests still up in the air, notably the statewide question on whether to increase the tax on tobacco to fund cancer research.

June 06, 2012 | | State


Push to quash tobacco tax could echo beyond state

Push to quash tobacco tax could echo beyond state

June 06, 2012 | | State


PG&E making emergency gas 180 segments of pipeline system checks for corrosive leaks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric is checking for leaks in 180 segments of its natural gas pipeline system, including part of a line where an explosion killed eight people in 2010.

June 06, 2012 | | State


What $40,000 for Obama gets you in presidential fundraising

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you have $40,000 to spend, President Barack Obama's campaign has a deal for you.

June 06, 2012 | | State


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Sacramento shootout leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An early morning shootout in a Sacramento parking lot on Sunday left one man dead and at least four others wounded, authorities said.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Amelia Earhart namesake completes global flight

OAKLAND (AP) - Amelia Rose Earhart has completed the round-the-world flight that her namesake never finished nearly eight decades ago.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Foster children focus of California schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Man accused of starting wildfire while servicing an illegal marijuana grow

REDDING (AP) - A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned about 6 square miles of forested land in Northern California.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Santa Clara County sees spike in West Nile cases

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Santa Clara County has seen a sharp jump in birds infected with West Nile virus, which has prompted an increase in mosquito spraying that upsets many residents.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Immigrants flock to see saint statue

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants are flocking to churches in Southern California to see a wooden statue of a saint cherished by border-crossers who make the perilous journey to the United States.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Teen dies after hitting bridge atop tour bus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a teenage boy who struck a bridge while standing on the top section of a double-decker tour bus has died.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Drought shuts restrooms at some state parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is beginning to dry up the water supplies for some state parks, including some of the system's most popular places.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Fire in remote Sequoia forest spreading fast

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Firefighters aggressively attacked a California wildfire that spread quickly after starting Friday afternoon in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest, officials said.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Record low turnout as controller recount begins

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A lower percentage of voters went to the polls in the June primary in California than in any previous statewide election, the secretary of state said Friday as elections officials in Imperial and Kern counties began recounting ballots in the contested race for state controller.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers to visit Central America

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of California lawmakers will visit Central America next week to learn about the immigration challenges that are contributing to the U.S. border crisis.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Ex-chief of CALPERS found guilty of bribery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former head of the nation's largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

July 11, 2014 | | State


San Francisco parking spot app shuts down its service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney.

July 11, 2014 | | State


RACE FOR STATE CONTROLLER

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the disputed race for state controller, all sides can agree on one thing: A vote recount starting Friday is unprecedented in its scope, leaving California officials in uncharted territory.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Brown signs tax bill benefiting Tesla

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc.

July 10, 2014 | | State


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