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Santa Clara approves 49ers stadium parking

January 11, 2012 | | State


Ex-welfare kids won't face parents' old debts

OAKLAND (AP) - California will no longer allow counties to seek refunds from former welfare recipients who were minors when their caregivers were overpaid.

January 10, 2012 | | State


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Driver gets prison in deadly Ceres crash

January 10, 2012 | | State


California community college leaders call for system overhaul

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California community college leaders have signed off on major policy changes aimed at boosting graduation and transfer rates in the 112-campus system, despite concerns the measures could hurt disadvantaged students.

January 10, 2012 | | State


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BART to San Jose set for federal OK

January 10, 2012 | | State


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Man arrested for death threat against Oakdale mayor

January 10, 2012 | | State


More retirements point to new era in California House of Representative races

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long-serving U.S. Rep. Wally Herger announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in November, the latest sign that a political shake-up is under way in California that will have implications from Washington to Sacramento.

January 10, 2012 | | State


State revenue drops even farther than when Brown rolled out figures last week

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just a week after Gov. Jerry Brown made his pitch for tax hikes and more spending cuts, the state controller on Tuesday reported that California is collecting less tax revenue than the governor projected and warned lawmakers that more cuts may be needed if the slide continues.

January 10, 2012 | | State


Rescue owner arrested in Kern County; hundreds of animals seized by officers

ROSAMOND (AP) - A man says he never expected to be arrested when he called for help at the animal rescue where he was facing eviction.

January 10, 2012 | | State


Euthanasia to control shelter population unpopular in poll

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seven in 10 pet owners say they believe animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize animals only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted.

January 09, 2012 | | State


US Supreme Court rejects appeal in Skid Row killings based on jailhouse informant’s lies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected California's plea to reinstate murder convictions in the 1970s-era Skid Row Stabber case in Los Angeles.

January 09, 2012 | | State


185 California cities, counties just say no to medical pot sales

More and more states are saying yes to medical marijuana. But local governments are increasingly using their laws to just say no, not in our backyard.

January 09, 2012 | | State


Death sentence for 1998 killing overturned

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday reversed the death sentence for a man who was convicted of killing a woman who was robbed, raped, tortured and beaten while walking to a Long Beach store to use $6 worth of food stamps.

January 09, 2012 | | State


Dad pleads guilty to tossing son off boat who missed getting hot by another boat

SANTA ANA (AP) - A drunken father who tossed his 7-year-old son overboard in a busy Orange County harbor, forcing another boat to veer to avoid hitting the boy, pleaded guilty Monday to felony child abuse and endangerment.

January 09, 2012 | | State


Marine accused of losing control in war crime that left 24 Iraqis dead including unarmed kids

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A Marine sergeant charged in the biggest criminal case against U.S. troops in the Iraq war made a series of fatal assumptions and lost control of himself when he and his squad killed 24 Iraqis, including unarmed women and children, a military prosecutor said Monday.

January 09, 2012 | | State


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Court rules for Yelp in suit over online ratings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Five high school students sickened by pot brownies

RICHMOND (AP) - Authorities say five students got sick - including two who were rushed to the hospital unconscious - after eating marijuana brownies that were sold at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Brown, Kashkari debate tonight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't have much on the line as he faces his Republican challenger in the only gubernatorial debate scheduled so far this election season.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Deadly cobra slithers around suburb in LA

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Southern California animal control officers hunted Wednesday for a highly venomous cobra that bit a dog and then slithered off into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.

September 03, 2014 | | State


PG&E appealing $1.4B penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 03, 2014 | | State


State senator sentencing in perjury case is delayed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of California state Sen. Rod Wright for lying about his legal residence, as his defense completes paperwork seeking a new trial.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Drought sends hay hay prices soaring

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The cost of feeding horses and cows in California is climbing as the drought sends hay prices to historic highs, a newspaper reported.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Judge nixes language in soda tax measure

BERKELEY (AP) - A judge has removed the words "high-calorie" and "sugary drinks" from a soda tax measure set to go before voters in Berkeley in November.

September 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FORM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

RIGHT-TO-DIE GROUP DENIED BOOTH AT AGING EXPO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Visitors browsing the booths at this week's AARP convention on aging in San Diego won't find one featuring Final Exit Network.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Bullet-train foes seek state State Supreme Court review

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court's ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Two judges censured by watchdog agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Brown seeks federal aid for Napa quake

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is turning to the White House in hopes of securing federal aid for the Napa Valley earthquake.

September 02, 2014 | | State


California experiment could lose funding

PASO ROBLES (AP) - Scientists seeking to put seismic sensors deep in the San Andreas fault to study the mechanics of earthquakes are in danger of losing their funding, a newspaper reported.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Jolts doesn’t stop Napa harvest

NAPA (AP) - The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.

September 02, 2014 | | State


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