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EXPANSION OF AMERICAN RIVER ALCOHOL BAN CONSIDERED: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento officials are mulling whether to expand a holiday ban on alcohol on the American River after a recent event was marred by violence and arrests.

July 17, 2012 | | State


LA prosecutor calls US Bank a slumlord in lawsuit due to condition of foreclosures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney's office has renewed its call to blame mortgage lenders for urban blight sparked by the collapsed housing market, saying in a lawsuit that US Bank is a slumlord that illegally evicted homeowners and then neglected the abandoned properties.

July 17, 2012 | | State


CSU mulls fiscal woes, pending deficit, but OKs president pay hikes of 10%

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University leaders on Tuesday wrestled with ways to resolve a grim financial picture as they approved 10 percent pay hikes to two new campus presidents.

July 17, 2012 | | State


Canadian elephants flying to California

SAN ANDREAS (AP) - For elephants to fly, you have to do more than load trunks on a plane.

July 17, 2012 | | State


Teen reaches deal in classroom hazing case

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - An 18-year-old student charged in a brutal California classroom hazing case that allegedly involved sex crimes reached a plea deal Monday and will testify against his teacher, prosecutors said.

July 16, 2012 | | State


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


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Lawsuit seeks to legalize prostitution

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for California sex workers are seeking to legalize the world's oldest profession.

April 16, 2015 | | State


Cities: water reduction order unrealistic, unfair

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought.

April 16, 2015 | | State


California’s deadliest roadkill spots

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Busy freeways running alongside park land and marshes make San Francisco Bay Area roads a "ring of death" for wildlife, according to a new statewide roadkill report that tracks the deadliest traffic spots for wildlife.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Ruling on pot classification upsets advocates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Sierra drought keeping several Lake Tahoe boat ramps closed

TAHOE CITY (AP) - A lingering drought that has made for a dismal skiing season in the Sierra Nevada is also going to take a toll on boaters at Lake Tahoe this summer.

April 15, 2015 | | State


‘Entopreneurs’ feed growing appetite for edible insects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Experts remove whale carcass south of SF

PACIFICA (AP) - When a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore on a beach south of San Francisco, people stopped to look, snapped pictures of the massive mammal and even reached out and touched the creature that looks more like a dark ocean rock than the largest tooth predator on earth.

April 15, 2015 | | State


120 days for clubbing death of 925 chickens

FRESNO (AP) - A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Where can sex offenders reside?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities and counties are grappling with how far they can go to restrict where sex offenders can live amid a shifting legal landscape.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Lobbying for California to go to pot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.

April 14, 2015 | | State


LA OKs all- girls science, tech school

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district on Tuesday approved the creation of an all-girls school focused on science, technology, engineering and math in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects.

April 14, 2015 | | State


‘Game of Thrones‘ hit by piracy from Twitter app users

LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Drought not a big hit to economy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Elusive mountain lion captivates Los Angeles then quickly vanishes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.

April 14, 2015 | | State


NorCal water boards vote on water cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two large San Francisco Bay Area water districts are considering adopting state-ordered cuts in water use and possibly increasing rates.

April 14, 2015 | | State


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