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POLICE ARREST 21 PEOPLE IN LA WAL-MART PROTEST: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police arrested 21 people protesting Wal-Mart's working conditions and firing practices, including seven company workers and 12 members of the clergy, in a downtown rally Thursday.

September 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY SF CITY VEHICLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say a woman died after she was struck by a city maintenance vehicle in a park.

September 05, 2013 | | State


Siskiyou votes for secession from state

YREKA (AP) - Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Tsunami would swamp state’s economy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If a monster earthquake struck off Alaska's coast, tsunami waves would rush toward California, crippling the nation's busiest port complex and flooding coastal communities, a report released Wednesday suggests.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Senate panel backs plan to increase prison rehab

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday backed a plan to spend $200 million this year on rehabilitation programs instead of renting thousands of cells in private prisons and county jails to meet a federal court demand that California reduce its inmate population.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Immigrant fights to become lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A majority of California Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant Wednesday to grant a law license to Sergio Garcia, who graduated law school and passed the state's bar exam but has been living illegally in the United States for 20 years.

September 04, 2013 | | State


Cause of Rim Fire could take months to determine

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - There was no evidence of an illegal marijuana grow near the spot where a raging wildfire started near Yosemite National Park, a federal forestry official said Wednesday.

September 04, 2013 | | State


State may drop STAR tests for new tests taken on computers

BERKELEY . (AP) - California education officials proposed Wednesday to immediately do away with the standardized reading, math and social science tests used to measure student learning and school performance since the late 1990s.

September 04, 2013 | | State


LA schools may have to spend millions to buy keyboards for iPads

LA schools may have to spend millions to buy keyboards for iPads

September 03, 2013 | | State


$428M spent on waterway trash-fighting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California communities are spending $428 million dollars a year to keep plastic and other trash off the streets and keep it from polluting waterways and beaches, an environmental group said in a new report.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Oakland Zoo to breed Sierra’s endangered yellow-legged frog

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California zoo has established a center to study and breed endangered amphibians and reptiles, including the rare mountain yellow-legged frog.

September 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS OYSTER FARM CLOSURE: POINT REYES (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to renew the lease of a popular oyster farm operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Own a gun & live with a felon? You may have to lock up your gun

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that appears headed to the governor would require gun owners to lock up their weapons if they live with a convicted felon or anyone else who is prohibited from owning a firearm.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Containment not expected until Sept. 20

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A relatively cool and humid Labor Day allowed fire crews to make major progress Monday toward corralling a massive wildfire searing the edge of Yosemite National Park.

September 03, 2013 | | State


New $6.4B Bay Bridge opens to traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been opened to traffic after years of delays and cost overruns, carrying its first drivers across the bay late Monday night just hours before the beginning of the work week.

September 03, 2013 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

LOS BANOS PRIEST ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE: LOS BANOS (AP) - A former Los Banos Catholic priest has been charged with possession of child pornography following a 10-month investigation by the city's police department.

June 10, 2015 | | State


SF’s sexy ads promote water saving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Too sexy for the drought?

June 10, 2015 | | State


Oil spill cleanup costs reaches $62 million

GOLETA (AP) - The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday.

June 10, 2015 | | State


California bounces back as world’s 7th largest economy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After taking a significant recession-era hit, California's economy has bounced back up to the seventh largest in the world as the state's gross domestic product reached $2.3 trillion in 2014, show figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

June 10, 2015 | | State


Demos propose Prop 13 businesses overhaul to reflect current values

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California businesses would pay billions more in property taxes under a longshot bid by two Democratic lawmakers to unravel some of the voter-approved tax limits in Proposition 13.

June 10, 2015 | | State


Wal-Mart violated state minimum wage laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wal-Mart could be on the hook for more than $100 million in back pay after a federal judge ruled the company failed to pay California minimum wage to truck drivers for activities that included inspecting and washing their trucks, an attorney said Wednesday.

June 10, 2015 | | State


High-speed rail: Gutting communities?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has compared the state's high-speed rail line to construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the great cathedrals of Europe. Isobel Cook doesn't see it that way.

June 09, 2015 | | State


California lawmaker proposes 300 percent tax for water guzzlers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's worst water-guzzling residents and businesses could get slapped with 300 percent taxes on their bills under drought-inspired legislation that was proposed Tuesday but faces a tough path before it could actually affect local water bills.

June 09, 2015 | | State


Riverside sues over water restrictions

RIVERSIDE (AP) - The city of Riverside has sued a state agency over water restrictions intended to combat the drought, claiming the rules are unfair because the city has ample groundwater supplies.

June 09, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRAFFIC FINE POLICY BANNED IN CALIFORNIA COURT SYSTEM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Motorists in some California counties will no longer have to pay traffic tickets before they can contest them in court under a new rule adopted Monday by the state court system's governing body.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Dublin starts work on water park during

DUBLIN (AP) - In the midst of the California drought, construction has started on a city water park in Dublin, a suburb of San Francisco.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Death penalty sought in fatal bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors will seek a death sentence against a man charged with killing a bank-robbery hostage that he used as a human shield in a shootout with police, officials said Monday.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Demos push $2B higher spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With California's budget deadline a week away, Democratic state lawmakers are using higher revenue estimates to bolster their argument for spending more on social programs for the poor despite Gov. Jerry Brown's cost concerns.

June 08, 2015 | | State


Kaiser, workers reach tentative contract

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Kaiser Permanente and unions representing 105,000 health care workers across the United States have reached a tentative labor agreement.

June 08, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

NEW PACT WITH CASINO TRIBE: JACKSON. (AP) - State lawmakers are ratifying a new agreement with an Indian tribe that runs a popular Northern California casino.

June 08, 2015 | | State


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