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BILL CALLS FOR CONSIDERING BRIDGE SUICIDE BARRIERS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Suicide barriers could be included on more California bridges as a result of a bill advancing through the Legislature.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Judge will hear lawsuit over high-speed rail bonds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials on Thursday agreed to drop a request to consolidate all lawsuits challenging California's use of voter-approved high-speed rail bonds, allowing a trial seeking to prevent the state from spending bond money to begin later this month.

May 16, 2013 | | State


No spike in parolee arrests found in state prison realignment aftermath

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Corrections department researchers have found no spike in arrests of parolees since responsibility for many ex-convicts shifted to local authorities under the state's prison realignment law, according to a study released Thursday.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Salinas man arrested in kiddie porn case; child is rescued

SALINAS (AP) - A central California man appeared in federal court on Thursday after his arrest in connection with a nationwide child pornography manhunt, and a child thought to be a victim was rescued, federal authorities said.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Delta management plan embraced by Stewardship Council

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California agency on Thursday unanimously adopted a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

May 16, 2013 | | State


California fuels $550M Powerball jackpot

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The numbers sum up the frenzy that has taken over the Golden State since it became the newest in the nation to join the madness over Powerball, which saw its jackpot soar Thursday to $550 million.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Ripon crime lab analyst pleads in drug theft case

RIPON (AP) - A former state crime lab forensic analyst accused of stealing drugs being held as evidence is facing 16 months behind bars after pleading guilty to an embezzlement charge.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Brown: Review UC graduation rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In his pursuit to hold down the cost of a college education in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday asked the University of California to identify which factors have the greatest effect on campus graduation rates.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Major budget infusion for education

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget proposes a $17 billion infusion for California's K-12 schools over the next four years, a dramatic turn-around after years of teacher layoffs and program cuts that were common during the recession.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Body of missing 9-year-old found

CLEARLAKE (AP) - Authorities found the body on Wednesday of an autistic Northern California 9-year-old who went missing from her family's vacation home, ending an exhaustive, emotional search for the girl.

May 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HIKERS WON'T HAVE TO PAY $160K RESCUE COSTS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.

May 15, 2013 | | State


SF loses federal grant for new fireboat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Fire Department has lost a $7.8 million federal grant for what would have been its first new fireboat in 50 years because it didn't spend the money in time, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

May 15, 2013 | | State


LA buildings emptied after devices found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A police bomb squad detonated 17 homemade explosive devices found in an apartment on Wednesday after a routine traffic stop revealed a potentially dangerous liquid in a man's car, authorities said.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Is boy mature enough to aid murder defense?

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Attorneys for a 12-year-old California boy charged with killing his sister said Wednesday they wonder if he is mature enough to aid his defense.

May 15, 2013 | | State


6 charged with embezzling $15M from SF schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Six current and former San Francisco school district employees were charged Tuesday with embezzling about $15 million in grant money from the district, officials said.

May 14, 2013 | | State


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Evacuations remain after fire chars drought dry eastern Sierra

SWALL MEADOWS, Mono Conty (AP) - Four firefighters were injured battling a wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and destroyed 40 homes in an area that could see more wildfires as the state enters its fourth year of drought.

February 09, 2015 | | State


California pledges changes in protecting underground water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California has proposed closing by October up to 140 oilfield wells that state regulators had allowed to inject into federally protected drinking water aquifers, state officials said Monday.

February 09, 2015 | | State


West Coast seaports fully reopen as contract talks resume

LOS ANGELES (AP) - West Coast seaports fully reopened Monday after two days during which no ships were unloaded amid a labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers.

February 09, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER KIDNAPPED, RAPED IN ANTIOCH: ANTIOCH (AP) - A pizza delivery woman was kidnapped and raped at gunpoint by a teen customer who was later arrested by Antioch police.

February 09, 2015 | | State


SERRA: SAINT OR SINNER?

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. Boulevards, public squares, freeways and elementary schools bear his name. A 26-foot statue of the priest looms over Interstate 280 in San Francisco.

February 08, 2015 | | State


She worries dog has a screw loose

DEAR DIDI: I am terribly confused about my dog's intentions. He is a German Shepherd mix and is 1.5 years old. He always seems very happy with his tail wagging yet he got into a fight at the dog park for the first time this past week. Luckily, no one was hurt but we were completely taken by surprise. He was wagging and looked happy, then lashed out at the dog he was meeting. Does this mean he has a screw loose? -Scared Doggy Mommy

February 08, 2015 | Didi McElroy | State


Las Vegas Strip too snooty?

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tear down your red velvet ropes, Las Vegas.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Drought sends California skiers packing

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Warm temperatures and drought conditions in the West have changed the migratory patterns of birds and wildlife, but are also impacting another group: skiers, especially cross country skiers.

February 08, 2015 | | State


SpaceX calls off launch of weather satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory - and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt - after a critical radar-tracking system failed.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Whooping cough outbreak raises vaccine concerns

ELK GROVE (AP) - A Sacramento County city with a large number of whooping cough cases despite a high immunization rate is revealing the limitations of the current vaccine used to protect against the disease, a newspaper reported.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Evacuations remain after fire chars eastern Sierra towns

SWALL MEADOWS, Mono County (AP) - Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Jenner phone records, texts could be issue in fatal crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators will likely seek Bruce Jenner's cellphone records to determine if the Olympic gold medalist was texting when he was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a chain-reaction crash in Malibu that killed a woman, authorities said Sunday.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Suspect shot after chase from Stockton to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a suspected truck thief was shot by California Highway Patrol officers following a roughly 50-mile chase from Stockton to Sacramento.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Brown seeks taxes for fixing roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Worst of storm appears to be over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California was hit by a second wet and windy storm on Sunday, though it appeared to do far less damage than a similar system two days earlier.

February 08, 2015 | | State


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