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Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State


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Afghanistan war veteran fatally shot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Pandora founder’s vacation home plans rile Marin town

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a 17-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Eureka voters nix hiking minimum

EUREKA (AP) - Voters in the North Coast city of Eureka bucked the election tide last week and defeated a ballot measure that would have raised the local minimum wage to $12 an hour.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Oversight of nursing home chains lacking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Public Health does not try to determine how nursing home chains compare on key quality measures even though the information would be valuable and potentially life-saving for consumers, a newspaper in the state capital reported Sunday.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Homeless advocates stage subway protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for the homeless staged a symbolic sleep-in at a downtown San Francisco subway station to protest a new police practice of rousting and citing people who bed down in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations.

November 09, 2014 | | State


DeMaio concedes San Diego House race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Immigrant lawyer hopes to inspire others

CHICO (AP) - Sergio Garcia is a civil litigation lawyer in California who represents clients in car accidents.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Fresno mom files claim over girl’s school special ed ‘cage’

FRESNO (AP) - The mother of a developmentally disabled girl has filed a legal claim - the precursor to a lawsuit - against her daughter's former special education teacher for allegedly putting the child in a gated enclosure that the mother said amounted to a cage.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge wrong-way driver arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 32-year-old woman whom authorities say drove the wrong way and caused a multi-vehicle crash on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

November 09, 2014 | | State


Prisoners freed quickly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ballot measure passed by voters this week is already freeing California suspects from jail as their felony charges are reduced to misdemeanors, and people previously convicted of the charges receive reduced sentences as they appear in court.

November 07, 2014 | | State


PG&E backs out of Oakley power plant

OAKLEY (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is backing out of plans for a power plant in a Contra Costa County city.

November 07, 2014 | | State


Subway extension to Beverly Hills breaks ground

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The subway is coming to Beverly Hills.

November 07, 2014 | | State


GOP blocks Democratic legislative supermajorities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republicans scored a major election victory on Friday by blocking Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature after flipping an Assembly seat in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area.

November 07, 2014 | | State


Man arrested after calf found in back seat of his car

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police in Southern California have arrested a suspected calf rustler after the animal was found in the back seat of his car.

November 07, 2014 | | State


Jerry McNerney retains House seat

STOCKTON (AP) - Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney has won re-election to his Northern California congressional seat after a strong challenge from Republican Tony Amador in a race that was not expected to be so close before Election Day.

November 07, 2014 | | State


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