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Largest public pension fund earns dismal 1%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest public pension fund collected a dismal 1 percent annual return on its investments, a figure far short of projections that will likely bring pressure on California's state and local governments to contribute more money, officials said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


170 homes under threat from Placer blaze

FORESTHILL (AP) - Firefighters are struggling to contain a blaze that has consumed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of others in Placer County.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Death penalty tossed in killing of rocker's mom due to prospective juror’s dismissal over views

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday tossed out the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering rock guitarist Dave Navarro's mother and her friend nearly 30 years ago - a ruling that could affect the cases of Scott Peterson and other death row inmates.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PLEAS DELAYED FOR COUPLE IN DRUG PLANT ARREST: SANTA ANA (AP) - A husband and wife accused of planting drugs in the car of a school aide they believed mistreated their son have appeared in court.

July 16, 2012 | | State


State treasurer seeks divorce amid public troubles with wife’s substance abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has filed for divorce from his wife, who resigned her seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors earlier this year after her problems with substance abuse and marital troubles played out publicly.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Imperial County's kids with asthma more likely to visit ER

CALEXICO (AP) - Children with asthma in the dusty and impoverished Imperial County are far more likely to visit the emergency room, costing taxpayers for care often covered by state and federal health care programs.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Boxing club coach arrested in child sex probe

SANTA ANA (AP) - The coach of a prominent Southern California youth boxing club was arrested on suspicion of molesting one of his teenage athletes, police said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


CSU must choose tuition hike or enrollment cut

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University is facing the bleak choice of either raising tuition or shrinking enrollment if voters reject tax increase measures on the November ballot and a $250 million funding cut goes into effect, officials said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Catalina Island fighting proposed water rate hike

AVALON (AP) - Residents and business owners of Santa Catalina Island have formed a coalition to fight against a proposal to dramatically raise their water rates.

July 15, 2012 | | State


Cities eye plan to seize mortgages

FONTANA (AP) - In the foreclosure-battered inland stretches of California, local government officials desperate for change are weighing a controversial but inventive way to fix troubled mortgages: Condemn them.

July 15, 2012 | | State


Man recovers car 42 years after theft

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Texas man whose prized sports car was stolen 42 years ago recovered the vehicle in California after spotting it on eBay, authorities said Sunday.

July 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PLACER COUNTY FIRE DESTROYS HOME, 3 OUTBUILDINGS: FORESTHILL (AP) - Firefighters are bracing for an another day of high temperatures and strong afternoon winds as they battle a wildfire burning in a rugged area of thick woods near the Placer County community of Colfax.

July 15, 2012 | | State


Aging anti-war sculpture debate

SANTA MONICA . (AP) - For decades the big, black mass of chain link that's piled up outside the Civic Center has alternately awed and inspired, annoyed and confounded, and, perhaps most often, simply divided residents of this otherwise famously tolerant beach town.

July 15, 2012 | | State


Secret buyouts at state parks HQ

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A high-ranking official at the California Department of Parks and Recreation carried out a secret vacation buyout program last year for himself and other employees at the department's headquarters, just as the agency was planning to close 70 state parks due to budget cuts.

July 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA TOBACCO TAX SUPPORTERS CALL FOR RECOUNT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tobacco tax supporters want a recount of ballots in parts of Los Angeles County to see if California's barely-defeated Proposition 29 might swing the other way.

July 13, 2012 | | State


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SF protest at transit stations leads to arrests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Demonstrators shut down two San Francisco transit stations Friday morning and two people were arrested during a protest to bring attention to what they say are unfair charges against 14 activists accused of blocking rail service two months ago.

January 16, 2015 | | State


Motorist fires gun during road-rage incident

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police are looking for a motorist who fired gunshots and struck a man's car following a road-road incident in Northern California.

January 16, 2015 | | State


California girls’ basketball coach suspended after lopsided 161-2 win

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California high school basketball coach has been suspended and faces accusations of mercilessly running up the score after his team won a game 161-2, one of the most lopsided scores in state history.

January 16, 2015 | | State


Man scooped up by garbage truck survives ride

WOODLAND (AP) - A man searching for his wallet in a trash bin in Northern California was scooped up by a garbage truck and taken on a long ride.

January 16, 2015 | | State


A COLD ODYSSEY

TRUCKEE (AP) - After more than two months spent cold, wet, frostbit and blistered, Justin Lichter and Shawn Forry just wanted a few moments of comfort.

January 16, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

INMATE WHO ESCAPED WORK CAMP TRIES TO FLEE COURT: STOCKTON (AP) - A jail inmate suspected of trying to rob a bank after escaping from a FGrench Camp work camp tried to escape again during a courtroom appearance.

January 16, 2015 | | State


Carson likens Islamic State to patriots

CORONADO (AP) - Republican presidential prospect Ben Carson on Thursday compared the Islamic State group to American patriots willing to die for freedom.

January 15, 2015 | | State


SF mayor calls housing city’s top priority

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With San Francisco's home prices soaring, Mayor Ed Lee unveiled plans Thursday to try to increase the city's stock of affordable housing and help more people buy homes.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Nominations add intrigue to Oscar race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Oscar nominations added intrigue if not diversity to an Academy Awards race by favoring one late-season release ("American Sniper") over another ("Selma").

January 15, 2015 | | State


Contractor in Navy bribery scheme pleads guilty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday - only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Teens to face murder trial in killing of student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Los Angeles teenagers were ordered Thursday to stand trial on murder charges in the slaying of a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Contractor in Navy bribery scheme pleads guilty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday - only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Trump scraps plans to develop seaside golf range

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Donald Trump said Thursday that he is abandoning plans to build luxury homes on the driving range of the 18-hole seaside golf course he owns in Los Angeles County.

January 15, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

13 MORE CALIFORNIA MEASLES CASES TIED TO DISNEY OUTBREAK: LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials confirmed that 13 new measles cases are connected to an outbreak at Disney theme parks last month, bringing the total number of illnesses to 39.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Illegals can now get Mexican birth certificates at consulates

SANTA ANA (AP) - For Mexicans living in the U.S. illegally and hoping to stay in the country under President Barack Obama's new immigration policy, things just got one step simpler.

January 15, 2015 | | State


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