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Assembly considers softening Three Strikes law in bid to ease prison overcrowding, save money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some state lawmakers want to ask voters to revise California's Three Strikes law as a way to reduce prison sentences and save money on corrections, but they're having a hard time getting the issue through the Legislature.

January 30, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

New pesticide rules stoke West Nile fears

January 30, 2012 | | State


Yosemite proposal means fewer hikers on Half Dome

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - There was a time not long ago when a climb to the top of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome was a solitary trek attempted by only the most daring adventurers.

January 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Davis, Dujardin win lead honors for Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Deep South drama "The Help" won three prizes Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including best actress for Viola Davis and supporting actress for Octavia Spencer.

January 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

4 MEN STABBED LEAVING WEDDING RECEPTION: HALF MOON BAY (AP) - Authorities say four men are hospitalized in critical condition after they were stabbed as they left a wedding reception in Half Moon Bay.

January 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Police focus on SUV in fatal train crash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Investigators on Sunday were trying to determine what motivated the driver of a sport utility vehicle to ignore a downed crossing arm and flashing lights and pull the vehicle into the path of an oncoming commuter train in Sacramento.

January 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


After lull, Occupy protest resurfaces in Oakland as police arrest more than 400

OAKLAND (AP) - For weeks the protests had waned, with only a smattering of people taking to Oakland's streets for occasional weekend marches that bore little resemblance to the headline-grabbing Occupy demonstrations of last fall.

January 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


State news briefs

HUNDREDS OF PRISON EMPLOYEES GET LAYOFF NOTICES: SACRAMENTO, (AP) - California prison officials have sent layoff notices to 545 employees, including 140 guards, as the inmate population declines to comply with a federal court order.

January 27, 2012 | | State


End of prison oversight not certain since state hasn’t started all new medical facilities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The court-appointed receiver overseeing California's prison health care system said Friday the state must keep its promise to spend more than $2 billion for new medical facilities before the federal courts can end an oversight role that has lasted six years.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Judge tosses state standards for revoking parole says not fair for convicted criminals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's voter-approved standards for revoking parole violate parolees' rights to legal representation and tips the scale toward sending them back to prison, a federal judge ruled.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Lawmakers want reversal in CPUC San Bruno probe

January 27, 2012 | | State


Actress' claim to be gay by choice riles activists

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cynthia Nixon learned the hard way this week that when it comes to gay civil rights, the personal is always political. Very political.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Court ruling on new political redistricting maps could expand Democratic majority

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Friday upheld a new political map drawn by the state's independent redistricting commission in a ruling that gives Democrats their long-awaited opportunity to control two-thirds of a legislative chamber, the threshold needed to pass tax increases.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Doctor convicted in Jackson death seeks release

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death asked a judge Friday to release him from jail pending his appeal.

January 27, 2012 | | State


California passes new auto emission rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seeking to influence other states and Washington, California air regulators passed sweeping auto emission standards Friday that include a mandate to have 1.4 million electric and hybrid vehicles on state roads by 2025.

January 27, 2012 | | State


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US sailor hit by helicopter blade in critical condition

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military says a sailor was hit by a helicopter rotor blade at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, north of San Diego.

February 23, 2018 | | State


Judge: Kern County’s redistricting diluted vote of Latinos

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Election districts for the board of supervisors in a Central California county illegally dilute the voting power of Latinos and deprive them of ...

February 23, 2018 | | State


Balancing act for harassment discipline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Sen. Tony Mendoza's resignation this week spared his fellow lawmakers from a difficult decision about appropriate punishment after an investigation found ...

February 23, 2018 | | State


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