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Rare Mercedes fetches $10.7 million at auction

August 20, 2012 | | State


State parks sought to spend extra money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Parks and Recreation searched for ways to spend extra money every year despite facing the threat of park closures and forgoing upkeep at its 278 properties, a newspaper reported Sunday.

August 19, 2012 | | State


Calif. protests court order for inmate reduction

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is protesting a federal court order to provide a timetable for releasing prison inmates to ease overcrowding at state prisons.

August 19, 2012 | | State


Tougher heat rules for farmworkers?

FRESNO (AP) - With temperatures in the Central Valley recently surpassing 110 degrees and state regulators investigating two possible heat-related deaths in the fields, the California legislature is considering new laws that would strengthen rules for protecting farmworkers from heat.

August 19, 2012 | | State


Special needs kids stay in traditional schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives that aren't always readily open to those requiring special education.

August 19, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• STATE MULLS DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR YOUNG MIGRANTS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles is uncertain whether to issue driver's licenses to young immigrants who obtain temporary residency under President Obama's reprieve program.

August 19, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WASHINGTON MOVES TO RECYCLE TRANSPORT FUNDS IN CA: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Obama administration wants to recycle $43 million in unspent highway funds in California.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Twice recalled councilman giving it another try

FULLERTON (AP) - A twice-recalled Southern California councilman is giving it another try.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Brown seeks special session on health care reform issues before year’s end

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has told California lawmakers that he intends to call a special legislative session on health care reform at the end of the year.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Trio charged with defrauding tribe of $18M at Thunder Valley casino

LINCOLN (AP) - Three men have been indicted on federal charges of defrauding a casino-operating Indian tribe of more than $18 million through a kickback scheme involving the tribal administrator, federal prosecutors said Friday.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Thunderstorms trigger mud flows in SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fast-moving thunderstorms dumped heavy rain that triggered flash floods and mud flows in rural areas of the San Bernardino Mountains.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Stockton, other cities dispute amount of redevelopment money sought by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's finance department said 27 local governments have failed to pay or have underpaid the state after the governor tried to sweep up billions of dollars from community redevelopment agencies that were eliminated this year.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Trade group sues LA to halt ban on dispensaries

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A medical marijuana trade group is suing Los Angeles to stop the city from implementing a ban on prescription pot dispensaries.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Clown had iPad stolen from Steve Jobs' home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Families waiting for San Francisco's cable cars on a recent morning couldn't help but notice Kenny the Clown, who wore a curly rainbow wig as he twisted brightly colored balloons into animal shapes for visitors, blasting Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" from an iPad at his feet.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Moody's: More cities at risk of bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it expects more municipal bankruptcies and defaults in California, the nation's largest issuer of municipal bonds.

August 17, 2012 | | State


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Evidence against Calderon sealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand jury testimony and other potential evidence against indicted California state Sen. Ronald Calderon should not be handed over to his attorney at this time, a federal judge said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | State


School to let kids give Bible coins

APPLE VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district will allow students to hand out Bible coins on campus, saying teachers who banned them violated the children's rights of free expression.

April 08, 2014 | | State


LAPD officers tamper with antennas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police officers tampered with recording gear in dozens of patrol cars to avoid being monitored, and avoided discipline for the altered cars, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Did police station shooter want to be a cop?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police say the man suspected of shooting up a Los Angeles police station and wounding an officer had been rejected after applying to become a policeman.

April 08, 2014 | | State


New Elk Grove social media effort feeds the hungry

ELK GROVE (AP) - A Northern California city has launched a social media venture that connects residents in need with excess food that would otherwise go to waste.

April 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CAR CRASH KILLS TODDLER, INJURES 4 INCLUDING CHEF: NAPA (AP) - A car crash on a busy highway in Northern California on Sunday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured four people, including a well-known chef.

April 07, 2014 | | State


2 students arrested over teacher fight

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Police arrested two Santa Monica High School students over a video-recorded classroom fight between a teacher and a pupil that sparked condemnation from a district official and a backlash from parents.

April 07, 2014 | | State


California Senate erases websites of three suspended lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

April 07, 2014 | | State


One in four inmates using drugs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Girls stabbed during sleepover recovering

MODESTO (AP) - Two teenage girls stabbed in Northern California on Saturday are in stable condition at a hospital, and that a third younger victim is improving, authorities said.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Vandals flip over four Smart cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four Smart cars were flipped over in an apparent vandalism spree Monday in two San Francisco neighborhoods.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Massive rockfall at Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail.

April 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TOLLS TO INCREASE BY $1: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters traveling across San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge are paying an extra dollar in tolls.

April 07, 2014 | | State


‘We’re all paying:’ Heroin spreads misery

NEW YORK (AP) - On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old - a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose that day.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Increased California heroin use gets attention

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some states, including California, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in California:

April 06, 2014 | | State


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