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AC Transit workers vote, reject second contract proposal

OAKLAND (AP) - Union officials say workers for a San Francisco Bay Area bus system have rejected a second tentative contract agreement in less than two months.

October 02, 2013 | | State


California ending current standardized tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill ending the standardized tests that California public school students have taken in reading, math and social science since 1999 received Gov. Jerry Brown's signature on Wednesday, despite a threat by the U.S. secretary of education to withhold federal funds if the state moved forward with the plan.

October 02, 2013 | | State


Health exchange back online after website upgrades

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Online enrollment for California's new health insurance exchange resumed Wednesday after technical glitches on the system's opening day forced overnight upgrades.

October 02, 2013 | | State


Jury rejects case against Michael Jackson promoter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than four years after Michael Jackson's death, a jury on Wednesday rejected the notion that the promoter of his ill-fated comeback concerts was linked to his demise, ending a long-running case that offered an unprecedented look into the singer's addiction struggles, concert preparations and his role as a parent.

October 02, 2013 | | State


News from around california

POLICE: WOMAN DROVE AROUND WITH DEAD NIECE IN CAR: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A woman who allegedly drove around for much of a day with the body of her 2-year-old niece in the car's back seat has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and torture-related charges.

October 02, 2013 | | State


Will firefighter face criminal charges in death of SF Airport air crash victim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors are deciding whether a firefighter racing toward a burning, crashed airliner in San Francisco should be criminally charged for running over a 16-year-old survivor who was lying on the runway, or whether the death was just a tragic accident.

October 02, 2013 | | State


SF supervisors back flexible work law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco legislation requiring businesses to consider requests for flexible work schedules from employees who serve as caregivers appears set to become law.

October 02, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

MAN IN ALLEGED ASSAULT CLAIMS SENIOR PRANK: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A former Northern California high school student charged with assaulting a teacher says he covered his face, jumped out from behind garbage cans and put a knife to the woman's side as part of a senior prank.

October 02, 2013 | | State


Stockton manager: City needs tax hike

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton's city manager says the only way the city can get out of bankruptcy is to raise sales taxes.

October 02, 2013 | | State


Facebook subsidizing Menlo Park apartments

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook will subsidize 15 units in an upscale 400-unit apartment complex in Menlo Park so they can be rented at below-market rates.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Calif. health exchange drawing heavy interest

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Thousands of Californians seeking to buy their own health insurance flooded call centers with questions and overloaded the state's online marketplace Tuesday on the first day of a new federal health care law that will dramatically change the way Americans buy health insurance.

October 01, 2013 | | State


2 charged in slaying of 8-year- girl

OAKLAND (AP) - Two people have been charged in connection with the slaying of an 8-year-old Oakland girl, who was fatally shot after answering the front door at her friend's apartment during a sleepover.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Power plant repaired, running after Rim Fire

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - San Francisco is getting full hydroelectric power again from Yosemite National Park after the last of two power plants shuttered during the Rim Fire reopened.

October 01, 2013 | | State


3 sightless athletes swim from Alcatraz to SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Max Ashton had one goal before heading off to college: swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Marriage ceremony includes groom wearing shackles

Wearing shackles

October 01, 2013 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Prop 45 seeks insurance rate review

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?

October 12, 2014 | | State


Lt governor candidates see job’s potential

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Bag makers launch push to overturn ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Newborn girl abandoned in trash bin

MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Blaze not showing much growth

APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.

October 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Historic drought is backdrop for $7.5B water bond vote

FRESNO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are hoping California's worsening drought persuades voters to approve borrowing billions of dollars for new water projects, treatment systems and conservation measures.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Proposition 47 lowers penalties for crimes such as drug possession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A projected 40,000 offenders each year would face lower penalties for crimes such as drug possession and petty theft if California voters approve Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Student held in school threat in California

YUCCA VALLEY (AP) - A student with a cache of weapons arrested for investigation of threatening to shoot, stab and assault staff members at his high school in the California desert community of Yucca Valley, authorities said.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Peevey departing CPUC in 3 months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator, under fire over emails showing secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday that he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Apply now: Obama gets a job offer

SANTA MONICA (AP) - He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Vehicle sparks caused Yosemite wildfire that killed air-tanker pilot

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Sparks from a vehicle caused a wildfire at the edge of Yosemite National Park that led to the death of a firefighting air-tanker pilot this week, officials said Thursday.

October 09, 2014 | | State


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