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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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Brown asked not to appeal teacher ruling

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican lawmakers on Thursday asked Gov. Jerry Brown to resist union pressure to appeal a Los Angeles judge's decision striking down tenure and other job protections for California teachers.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Border Patrol halts immigrant flights to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday it has stopped transporting Central American children and families to San Diego after they are arrested in South Texas, halting the short-lived experiment that sparked a backlash in one city when protesters blocked a road and forced the rerouting of busloads of immigrants.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Congresswoman says CHP beating video is police brutality

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Officials: Juvenile started wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring, officials said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Teachers to attest to reporting abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California teachers applying for or renewing their credentials will be required to acknowledge that they understand their responsibility to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or county welfare officials, and not just school administrators, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | State


You may soon get $500 fine for water waste

GLENDALE (AP) - Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Teen dies after jumping on iPhone thief’s car

SANTA ANA (AP) - Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a new iPhone 5S on condition she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Rubi Rubio already had broken two phones, so Hernandez told her daughter if she broke this one it would be her last.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Dodgers partly responsible in beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit on Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Bieber pleads no contest in vandalism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Lawyer proclaims incompetence in case

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California defense attorney dropped his client in the middle of a murder trial, saying he's incompetent to represent the man any further.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Pit bull killed after chewing off ears of 4-yerar-old boy

FONTANA (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a dog that had chewed off the ears of a 4-year-old boy at a home in Fontana.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Water levels at Lake Mead drop to new low

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Drought in the southwestern U.S will deplete the vast Lake Mead on the Colorado River this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Man left in cell for days: Buck passing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed college student who was kept in a San Diego cell for five days without food or water, but they did nothing because they assumed someone else was responsible, investigators said Tuesday in a report that faulted the workers and other officials for an incident that led to nationwide changes in the agency's detention policies.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Tree toppled onto coaster; left riders dangling in air

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - An entire tree fell onto a roller coaster's tracks in California, dislodging the front car and keeping nearly two dozen riders hanging 20 to 30 feet in the air for hours, according to the state agency that investigates workplace accidents.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers tour shelter for children

PORT HUENEME (AP) - California lawmakers and religious leaders said Tuesday they were pleased with conditions of a temporary shelter in Ventura County for children caught crossing the border, but they're worried about the young immigrants' future.

July 08, 2014 | | State


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