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GOVERNOR REJECTS RAISING CELLPHONE FINES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have raised the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. creates state-run private retirement plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will create the nation's first state-administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers, over the objection of critics who said it creates a new liability for taxpayers.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Shriver changed tune on recall run

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was told to "snap out of it" by her mother for her attempts to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a conversation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Calif. Gov signs bill for Reagan statue in Capitol

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill authorizing construction of a Ronald Reagan statue inside the California Capitol in Sacramento.

September 28, 2012 | | State


SoCal man behind anti-Muslim film had many aliases; never told authorities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Muslims across the Middle East outraged by an anti-Islam film made in America wanted swift punishment for the man behind the movie, and now Mark Basseley Youssef is behind bars. But he's jailed for lying about his identity, not because of the video's content.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CYCLISTS RIDE FOR CRITICAL MASS 20TH ANNIVERSARY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A throng of cyclists has hit the streets of San Francisco, where hundreds, likely thousands of people are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the raucous, leaderless ride and street party known as "Critical Mass."

September 28, 2012 | | State


Oakland to reduce black student suspension rates

OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland school board has agreed to allow federal officials to monitor the district's efforts to reduce the disproportionately high suspension rates of African-American students.

September 28, 2012 | | State


BART installs quake early-warning system

OAKLAND (AP) - A new earthquake early-warning system installed by Bay Area Rapid Transit will detect earthquakes precious seconds before the ground starts shaking, allowing trains to be slowed down in an effort to prevent derailments.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gay couples may get reprieve in deportation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security is planning to issue a policy memo stating that illegal immigrants with American same-sex partners are eligible to have their deportations put on hold under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority cases.

September 28, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown signs limited ban on "open carry" of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he had extended a ban on the open display of handguns in most California cities and towns to include rifles and shotguns.

September 28, 2012 | | State


2 men get life for acid deaths in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two men were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for their roles in a Mexican drug gang that dissolved victims' bodies in acid.

September 28, 2012 | | State


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A's pitcher Braden yells at police chief

September 28, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE SAYS PANHANDLING LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL: ARCATA . (AP) - A judge says a Northern California coastal city's law banning non-aggressive panhandlers within 20 feet of stores, intersections and parking lots is mostly unconstitutional.

September 27, 2012 | | State


GOP puts up little-known challenger to Feinstein

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With members of Congress across the country battling anti-incumbent fever, California's three-term U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein, would seem to be a natural target in her re-election bid.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Palo Alto residents to vote on pot clubs

PALO ALTO (AP) - The tony San Francisco Bay area city of Palo Alto, known for its trendy boutiques, high-end restaurants and proximity to Stanford University, will soon decide whether to allow a seemingly incongruous set of new businesses - medical marijuana dispensaries.

September 27, 2012 | | State


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LA mayor pushes quake resiliency plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti told business leaders Tuesday he hopes to have ordinances passed this year to advance his sweeping plan to make Los Angeles resilient to major earthquakes.

February 17, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE AT LOS ANGELES COFFEE SHOP: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a man has been hospitalized in extremely critical condition after setting himself on fire in the restroom of a Los Angeles coffee shop.

February 17, 2015 | | State


Taxpayer groups slam state buying new vehicles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state is drawing criticism from taxpayer groups for buying California's top elected officials new hybrid cars while many ordinary residents still struggle financially.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Many sex offenders killed in state prison

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager's cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. It was Ager, blood trickling from his mouth and a cloth noose tied around his neck.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

February 16, 2015 | | State


West Coast ports backing up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

February 16, 2015 | | State


17-year-old boy dies playing Russian roulette

CARSON (AP) - A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself early Monday during what authorities are describing as a game of Russian roulette in his apartment with other teens.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Security guard killed chasing cigar thieves

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say a security guard was shot and killed trying to stop a pair of men stealing cigars from a Northern California liquor store.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Medi-Cal rolls swell to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Citrus exports hurt by labor dispute

FRESNO (AP) - California's citrus growers already grappling with a fourth year of drought say their exports are taking a hit from a labor dispute at West Coast seaports, costing farmers millions of dollars a week.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Redding police chief says city attracts homeless with free services

REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.

February 15, 2015 | | State


USC adds humanist chaplains for nonbelievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Pot legalization backers eye 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous - and arguably most pot-infused - state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

February 13, 2015 | | State


Obama: Cyberspace is new ‘Wild West’

PALO ALTO (AP) - Cyberspace is the new "Wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he told the private sector it must do more to stop cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. every day.

February 13, 2015 | | State


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