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LARGEST STATE WORKERS UNION RATIFIES FURLOUGH DEAL: SACRAMENTO, (AP) - California's largest state workers union has ratified a furlough agreement to reduce employees' pay by roughly 5 percent for a year.

July 03, 2012 | | State


Couple tries for year of daily Disneyland visits

ANAHEIM (AP) - It seems like a dream as flighty as Tinkerbell and as quirky as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

July 03, 2012 | | State


Pair agree to plead guilty in TSA bribery scam

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two suspected drug couriers have agreed to plead guilty in a case that involved former Transportation Security Administration screeners who were bribed to smuggle marijuana onto planes leaving Los Angeles International Airport, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

July 03, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

UC Berkeley settles case with photojournalist

July 03, 2012 | | State


‘City councilman faces sex offense charges on SoCal

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California city councilman was charged with sexually assaulting seven women when he was a high-ranking county executive in what prosecutors said Tuesday was an abuse of power and public trust.

July 03, 2012 | | State


Children could have more than 2 parents under bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California children could have more than two legal parents if a bill speeding through the Legislature becomes law.

July 02, 2012 | | State


Controller appeals ruling over pay

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state controller announced Monday that he is appealing a judge's decision that prevents him from blocking lawmakers' pay if they fail to pass a balanced budget on time.

July 02, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MAMMOTH LAKES VOTES TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY: MAMMOTH LAKES (AP) - Officials in the town of Mammoth Lakes say they've voted unanimously to file for bankruptcy, in the face of a $43 million judgment that's more than twice the town's budget.

July 02, 2012 | | State


Key provisions in state foreclosure bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here are key provisions in California's homeowner protection bill, which writes into state law the national mortgage settlement reached with five top lenders, and expands it to all mortgages:

July 02, 2012 | | State




Immigrants express shock at return of Mexico's PRI , may stay in USA

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mexico's new president may dissuade some immigrants from returning home, despite promising economic opportunities there and a faltering U.S. job market.

July 02, 2012 | | State


Kinkade estate dispute to remain public for now

SAN JOSE (AP) - Hearings in the dispute between Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend over the late artist's $66 million estate will not be conducted behind closed doors - at least for now, a judge ruled on Monday.

July 02, 2012 | | State


Homeowner protection before Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would become the first state to write into law much of the national mortgage settlement negotiated this year with the nation's top five banks, and expand it to all lenders, under wide-ranging legislation state lawmakers approved Monday.

July 02, 2012 | | State


Priest assault trial nearing conclusion

SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Jesuit priest Jerold Lindner was last seen in court more than a week ago, scurrying down a back staircase as a woman demanded he look her in the eye while she accused him of sexual assault.

July 02, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Vallejo police shoot, kill robbery suspect

July 02, 2012 | | State


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Deputy who shot teen won’t face charges

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun he mistook for an assault rifle.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Water district recycling waste water form lawns

PLEASANTON (AP) - A Northern California water district is offering residents recycled wastewater to use on their lawns and plants, as it tries to cut water use during the drought.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Homes flooded after levee breaks in Fresno County

SANGER (AP) - Water officials are looking into what caused a levee to burst, sending flood waters rushing across a Fresno County highway and into farmland and five homes.

July 07, 2014 | | State


LA nurse sentenced for sex with corpse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse who committed a sex act with a corpse at a Southern California hospital has been sentenced to two years in county jail.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Sentencing delayed for lawmaker in fraud case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sentencing has been delayed a second time for a state lawmaker who was suspended after his conviction for perjury and voter fraud.

July 07, 2014 | | State


San Franciscans in the dark about flood hazards

SAN FRANCISCO - A citywide effort is tackling a problem that few residents think about: rising seas and coastal erosion.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Man convicted on terror charges appeals

LODI (AP) - Nine years ago the FBI made a startling announcement: A "sleeper cell" of al-Qaida operatives was uncovered in this Central Valley community.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Northern state wildfire challenge firefighting crews

WINTERS (AP) - A rural fire in Northern California raged throughout the night, challenging firefighters Sunday with rising temperatures and the threat of shifting winds, officials said.

July 06, 2014 | | State


California shark bite victim feared for his life

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Steven Robles was an hour into his regular weekend swim off some of Southern California's most popular beaches when he came face-to-face with a great white shark.

July 06, 2014 | | State


State office building racks up $60 million in ongoing repairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - During her final years working for the state tax board, Peggy Robinson went to work afraid of the building mold that she says left her with constant coughing, headaches and skin rashes.

July 06, 2014 | | State


San Jose man blows off hands with fireworks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California man igniting illegal fireworks blew off both of his hands when a device exploded prematurely, police said.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Perez seeks recount in California controller race after placing third

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez said Sunday he will request a recount of votes cast in the June 3 primary contest for state controller, in which preliminary results show he does not have enough votes to advance to the November general election.

July 06, 2014 | | State


State restricts access to water well records

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A decades-old law barring the public from viewing records of water wells throughout California is drawing criticism amid the state's drought from those who believe the information locked away could help scientists and water policy specialists better protect the groundwater supply.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Homeless parolees weigh on counties

SANTA ANA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them stay clean, find jobs and avoid committing new crimes.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Good Samaritan beaten, run over, dies

FRESNO (AP) - A good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by twin brothers was brutally beaten by the suspects before being run over by a driver, police said.

July 04, 2014 | | State


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