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DA ASSIGNS PROSECUTOR TO 1991 FIRE DEATH: MURPHYS (AP) - A California district attorney says she has appointed a prosecutor with experience in arson investigations to the case of a New York man charged with killing his son and now under investigation in the fire death of his wife more than two decades ago.

June 06, 2013 | | State


PUC lawyer says why he resigned from PG&E probe

SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - A lead attorney probing a deadly pipeline explosion for state regulators says he quit the investigation because he disagreed with managers handling of the case.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Latinos stuck in poverty amid bounty of San Joaquin Valley

FRESNO (AP) - On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she's done since childhood.

June 06, 2013 | | State


FBI started asking about state lawmaker back in 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI started seeking information about the business and political dealings of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom, a former state assemblyman, as long ago as 2005, though the investigation only came to light this week when agents raided Ron's Sacramento offices.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BILL WOULD CHARGE 911 FEES ON PREPAID CELLPHONES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians who use prepaid cellphones would pay a little more to add minutes under a bill moving through the Legislature.

June 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SF BAGGAGE HANDLER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO THEFT: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A San Francisco International Airport baggage handler accused of stealing items from passengers' bags has pleaded not guilty.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Her challenge is to keep Brown focused

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anne Gust Brown, the wife, chief adviser and de facto chief of staff of Gov. Jerry Brown, acknowledged her role in keeping her intellectual but sometimes unfocused husband on track during his second stint in the governor's office.

June 05, 2013 | | State


CPUC legal team probing PG&E blast resigns

SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - The lead attorneys probing a deadly pipeline explosion for California regulators have abruptly quit the investigation, putting the integrity of the probe in jeopardy, a San Bruno city official said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | State


SF, NY officials to meet over cellphone thefts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies.

June 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TACO BELL FIRING RIDGECREST EMPLOYEE FOR TACO LICKING: RIDGECREST. (AP) - Taco Bell is firing a California employee who was photographed licking a stack of taco shells.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Parole denied for Manson follower

CHINO (AP) - Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was denied parole Wednesday for the 20th time.

June 05, 2013 | | State


CPUC enforcement division” ‘Time to throw book at PG&E’

SAN FRANCISCO - The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday said "it is time to throw the book at PG&E" in a brief replying to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the CPUC's penalty consideration cases regarding PG&E's pipeline safety.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FORMER SANTA CLARA POLITICIAN FACING NEW CHARGE : SAN JOSE (AP) - A longtime California politician convicted of using campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction has been charged in a separate case involving an illegal campaign flier, prosecutors said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Serial murder suspect interviews possible jurors

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.

June 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-UCI PROFESSOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN OC ARSONS: SANTA ANA (AP) - A former University of California, Irvine professor has pleaded not guilty to charges he set a series of fires at his son's high school and elsewhere after the boy committed suicide.

June 04, 2013 | | State


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Bill would add ‘parent’ box to birth certificates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Thursday that would make California the latest state to modify birth certificates to accommodate same-sex couples who become parents, but not before generating criticism from a Republican lawmaker.

August 14, 2014 | | State


Assembly passes $7.5B water bond, sending it to state Senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature on Wednesday was on the verge of placing a revamped water bond on the November ballot, a package that includes billions of dollars to build new reservoirs in a state enduring its third year of drought.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Sheriff defends Williams’ death details release

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Sheriff's officials in the San Francisco Bay Area defended their decision to release details about how actor Robin Williams killed himself, saying state law requires they be disclosed to the public.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Immigration judge sues over recusal from Iranian cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An immigration judge has sued the Justice Department, alleging that an order recusing her from hearing the cases of Iranian immigrants because of her involvement in the Iranian-American community is discriminatory.

August 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TOE DISPUTE PROMPTS ARREST OF BEAUTY CONTESTANT: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Officials say a 22-year-old beauty pageant contestant has been arrested in California after being caught on video walking comfortably in high heels while collecting workers' compensation benefits after saying she had a broken toe.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Candidate’s first vote is one for himself

FRESNO (AP) - The first time Art Moore cast a ballot, he filled in the bubble next to his name in California's June primary for a seat in the U.S. House.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Prosecutor charged with misconduct

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - State Bar officials have filed disciplinary charges against a Central California prosecutor accused of changing a transcript to make it sound like a suspected child molester had acknowledged he was guilty.

August 13, 2014 | | State


San Francisco transit workers facing sanctions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of San Francisco transit workers who participated in a sickout that stalled the city's world-famous cable cars and disrupted bus and light-rail service are facing possible financial penalties.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Judge: Teach English learners

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge Tuesday ordered the state of California to educate all children who don't speak English, saying it needs to take action after reports showed a quarter of school districts failed to meet that state and federal requirement.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Man pleads not guilty to Rim Fire

FRESNO (AP) - A Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires - the devastating Rim Fire - when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court, a federal judge said Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Apple’s tech jobs mostly filled by white & Asian men

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Authorities: Man admits killing four family members

GOLETA (AP) - A Southern California man told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Demos make public push for water bond

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders made a public push Tuesday for their latest plan to pay for water projects a day ahead of scheduled votes in the Legislature.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Coroner: Robin Williams died by hanging

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Struggling with depression, Robin Williams tried to cut his wrist and hanged himself in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


State offers workers generous plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health insurance plans offered to state employees in California and elsewhere are relatively generous, with government picking up a large share of deductibles and co-pays, according to a report released Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


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