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1-YEAR-OLD, FATHER SHOT AND KILLED IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland police say a 1-year-old boy and his 20-year-old father were killed when someone shot into the rear of a home.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Senate leader backs private prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate on Wednesday backed Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to send thousands of inmates to private prisons rather than free them early to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Study: Destructive Medfly entrenched; threatens state crops

FRESNO (AP) - Fruit flies that are highly destructive to crops are now permanently established in California and spreading, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Did abductor have crush on girl?

LAKESIDE (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Lake Tahoe has ‘amazing’ clarity rebound

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe experienced an "amazing" rebound in clarity in 2012 to mark a second straight year of improvement, although scientists say studies of long-term trends show climate change continues to take a toll on the waters.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Tracy teacher facing molestation charges

TRACY . (AP) - A Northern California elementary school teacher is facing charges that he molested 12 children.

August 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TRUCKEE POLICE TURN TO FACEBOOK TO NAME FIRST K-9: TRUCKEE (AP) - The Truckee Police Department is turning to Facebook to name is first-ever police K-9.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Districts get No Child Left Behind waivers

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Eight of California's largest school districts can ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday in announcing the first district-by-district waivers he had long tried to avoid.

August 06, 2013 | | State


Controller blasts Stockton accounting

STOCKTON (AP) - California's controller blasted the city of Stockton in a series of audits, saying a poor accounting system and several bad decisions led to it becoming the largest U.S. city at the time to ever declare bankruptcy.

August 06, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail land audit sought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers from the Central Valley want the state auditor to review the California High-Speed Rail Authority's moves to buy up land for the $68 billion project.

August 06, 2013 | | State


Redding man cuts off hands with power saw

REDDING (AP) - A Northern California man is accused of stabbing his father with a pair of scissors before using a power saw to cut off his own hands.

August 06, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING HARDWARE CLERK: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Daymond Agnew told investigators that his Sunday began when he heard a voice from Allah telling him to go to a California hardware store to help people.

August 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

UC RIVERSIDE STUDENT FACES MURDER PLOT TRIAL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A University of California, Riverside student has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she plotted to have two ex-boyfriends killed.

August 06, 2013 | | State


Man suspected of killing woman, taking kids

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials say the bodies of a woman and child have been found inside a burned house, and a man is suspected of killing the woman and abducting one or both of her children.

August 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

UC DAVIS ADDS HIGHLY PAID OFFICIAL TO BOOST IMAGE: SACRAMENTO AP) - The University of California, Davis, has added a position of associate chancellor for strategic communications at a $260,000 annual salary as part of a plan to improve the university's image.

August 05, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Top regulator wants PG&E pay $1.6B penalty billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top regulator on Friday proposed Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay $1.6 billion as the penalty for causing a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 13, 2015 | | State


‘Iron Man’ star Downey presents boy with bionic arm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just like Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero - at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy.

March 12, 2015 | | State


Flag flap at UC Irvine raises free speech debate

IRVINE (AP) - When student government representatives at the University of California, Irvine voted to ban all flags - including the American one - from their tiny office, they thought they had found a solution to a battle over freedom of speech that began when someone first tacked a U.S. flag to the wall in January. The flag had been at the center of an increasingly bitter game of cat-and-mouse, with some students taking it down repeatedly and others replacing it in the dark of night.

March 12, 2015 | | State


Olsen pushes reform package

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The top Republican in the California Assembly announced a government reform package on Thursday that she said would help make government more accountable and transparent.

March 12, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

March 12, 2015 | | State


Teen arrested after Oakland mother killed in crossfire protecting her kids

OAKLAND (AP) - A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with the murder of a young Oakland mother who was shot to death while shepherding her children to safety in the midst of a gunbattle, authorities said Thursday.

March 12, 2015 | | State


Underground hot springs found on Saturn moon?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - New research suggests there are hot springs bubbling beneath the icy surface of a tiny Saturn moon.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Police dogs buried in own cemetery

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - It's a place of honor for those who sniffed out crime and brought down crooks. On a bluff beneath tall oak trees and overlooking rolling green hills, police dogs from one California agency are laid to rest.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Woman who sent lewd text messages to teen sentenced to jail

NAPA (AP) - A Northern California judge has ordered a 35-year-old woman to spend three months in jail for sending sexually explicit messages to a high school teen.

March 11, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

•ACRAMENTO APPROVES CONTRACT FOR $8M ARENA SCULPTURE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento will pay $8 million for a sculpture by renowned artist Jeff Koons that will stand outside a new downtown sports arena.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Apple reopens iTunes, App stores after lengthy outage due to error

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has restored service to its widely used iTunes and app stores after a rare breakdown Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Review: Google laptop impresses

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- There's a lot to love about Google's new high-end Chromebook Pixel laptop: a vivid, high-resolution touch screen, powerful speakers and next-generation USB ports meant to standardize power chargers. All for $300 cheaper than the original model.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Assistant nurse gets 7 years to life for torture of two adopted children

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse's assistant who beat her young adopted son and daughter with cords, ropes and pipes and bound them with zip ties in their bedrooms while she went to work was sentenced Wednesday to as long as life in prison, prosecutors said.

March 11, 2015 | | State


State board suspends school Common Core accountability

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system on Wednesday for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.

March 11, 2015 | | State


DRINKING WATER & OIL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision.

March 10, 2015 | | State


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