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GOVERNOR REJECTS RAISING CELLPHONE FINES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have raised the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. creates state-run private retirement plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will create the nation's first state-administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers, over the objection of critics who said it creates a new liability for taxpayers.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Shriver changed tune on recall run

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was told to "snap out of it" by her mother for her attempts to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a conversation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. Gov signs bill for Reagan statue in Capitol

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill authorizing construction of a Ronald Reagan statue inside the California Capitol in Sacramento.

September 28, 2012 | | State


SoCal man behind anti-Muslim film had many aliases; never told authorities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Muslims across the Middle East outraged by an anti-Islam film made in America wanted swift punishment for the man behind the movie, and now Mark Basseley Youssef is behind bars. But he's jailed for lying about his identity, not because of the video's content.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CYCLISTS RIDE FOR CRITICAL MASS 20TH ANNIVERSARY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A throng of cyclists has hit the streets of San Francisco, where hundreds, likely thousands of people are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the raucous, leaderless ride and street party known as "Critical Mass."

September 28, 2012 | | State


Oakland to reduce black student suspension rates

OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland school board has agreed to allow federal officials to monitor the district's efforts to reduce the disproportionately high suspension rates of African-American students.

September 28, 2012 | | State


BART installs quake early-warning system

OAKLAND (AP) - A new earthquake early-warning system installed by Bay Area Rapid Transit will detect earthquakes precious seconds before the ground starts shaking, allowing trains to be slowed down in an effort to prevent derailments.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gay couples may get reprieve in deportation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security is planning to issue a policy memo stating that illegal immigrants with American same-sex partners are eligible to have their deportations put on hold under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority cases.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown signs limited ban on "open carry" of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he had extended a ban on the open display of handguns in most California cities and towns to include rifles and shotguns.

September 28, 2012 | | State


2 men get life for acid deaths in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two men were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for their roles in a Mexican drug gang that dissolved victims' bodies in acid.

September 28, 2012 | | State


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A's pitcher Braden yells at police chief

September 28, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE SAYS PANHANDLING LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL: ARCATA . (AP) - A judge says a Northern California coastal city's law banning non-aggressive panhandlers within 20 feet of stores, intersections and parking lots is mostly unconstitutional.

September 27, 2012 | | State


GOP puts up little-known challenger to Feinstein

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With members of Congress across the country battling anti-incumbent fever, California's three-term U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein, would seem to be a natural target in her re-election bid.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Palo Alto residents to vote on pot clubs

PALO ALTO (AP) - The tony San Francisco Bay area city of Palo Alto, known for its trendy boutiques, high-end restaurants and proximity to Stanford University, will soon decide whether to allow a seemingly incongruous set of new businesses - medical marijuana dispensaries.

September 27, 2012 | | State


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California universities battle over Alzheimer’s research expertise

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One university's effort to poach a star faculty member at another Southern California university has devolved into a legal battle that ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


Japanese firm apologizes to POWs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Saying they felt a "deep sense of ethical responsibility for a past tragedy," executives from a major Japanese corporation gave an unprecedented ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


Health enrollment surpasses projections

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California has enrolled 2.3 million people under an optional expansion of the state's Medicaid program - nearly three times more than the ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


Baby believed kidnapped near Los Angeles found safe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 13-month-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from a California motel was found safe, and two men were arrested on suspicion ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


Police arrest father of girl found dead with four others

MODESTO (AP) - A man was arrested Sunday in the deaths of his daughter, two other girls and two women whose bodies were found in a ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


5th drowning in 3 weeks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are working to recover the body of a man they say drowned near the The victim is a 24-year-old ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


Demi Moore ‘in shock’ after man drowns in her pool

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demi Moore said she is stunned and saddened by the death of a 21-year-old man Sunday in the backyard pool of a ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


More rain hits SoCal on 2nd day of storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A second day of showers and thunderstorms in southern and central California was expected to bring heavy rain and set more rainfall ...

July 19, 2015 | | State


HITCHHIKING ROBOT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Final beach fouled by oil spill reopened

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The last of several Southern California beaches soiled by last spring's massive oil spill reopened Friday to enthusiastic crowds that quickly ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Bus-safety mandates introduced after deadly California crash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker proposed sweeping bus-safety reforms Friday that were recommended by federal officials who investigated a fiery bus crash that killed ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Oakland may drop plan to sell land for at-market high-rise housing

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland has paused a plan to sell land for a luxury high-rise in the sparkling Lake Merritt district, possibly killing the idea after ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


Kidnapping suspect : Victim merits apology

DUBLIN (AP) - The 38-year-old man charged in the kidnapping of a Northern California woman that police initially dismissed as a hoax says his alleged victim ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


SF ballot to include freeze on luxury housing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A proposal to freeze the construction of luxury housing in a San Francisco neighborhood has qualified for the Nov. 3 ballot.

July 17, 2015 | | State


DESTROYS 20 VEHICLES

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire swept across a Southern California freeway in a mountain pass, destroying 20 vehicles and sending motorists running to safety ...

July 17, 2015 | | State


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