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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


Woman says she was thrown handcuffed from LAPD car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles police saying she was somehow ejected from a moving police car while handcuffed.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Water dispute bubbling in wine region

PASO ROBLES (AP) - Wine connoisseurs may be enjoying the latest Zinfandel or Syrah from the Paso Robles region, but residents are complaining the growing number of vineyards is straining the local water supply.

September 02, 2013 | | State


Yellow jacket problems on the rise at Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at Lake Tahoe have been responding to an uptick in reports of problems with pesky yellow jackets.

September 02, 2013 | | State


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Victims group sues over slow executions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A victims' rights organization sued California state officials on Thursday as it seeks to speed up executions that have been on hold since 2006.

November 06, 2014 | | State


UC make take tuition from $12,192 today to $15,564 by autumn of 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tuition at the University of California's 10 campuses would increase by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years under a plan UC President Janet Napolitano unveiled Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | State


Oakland mayor loses re-election

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland voters elected Councilwoman Libby Schaaf as the city's new mayor, ousting Mayor Jean Quan after a turbulent tenure marked by constant turnover among city officials and criticism of her handling of Occupy Oakland protests.

November 06, 2014 | | State


Big spenders, as usual, end up with victories

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Statewide polling this summer found that most voters supported a ballot initiative to lift a decades-old cap on courtroom damages for medical negligence. The favorable opinions didn't last.

November 06, 2014 | | State


Oakland mayor loses re-election

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland voters elected Councilwoman Libby Schaaf as the city's new mayor, ousting Mayor Jean Quan after a turbulent tenure marked by constant turnover among city officials and criticism of her handling of Occupy Oakland protests.

November 06, 2014 | | State


Man shot to death in Palmdale McDonald’s

PALMDALE (AP) - Authorities are looking for an attacker who shot a man to death inside a McDonald's restaurant in Palmdale.

November 06, 2014 | | State


House Democrats struggle as their voters stay home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A handful of Democratic congressional incumbents are fighting for their political lives as a national tide in favor of Republican candidates appeared to reach California, where the GOP hopes to stem a gradual decline within the nation's largest congressional delegation.

November 05, 2014 | | State


California GOP emboldened by showing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long shunted to the political margins, California Republicans showed signs of a small revival on Election Day, thanks in large part to a lukewarm turnout by Democrats who dominate politics in the nation's most populous state.

November 05, 2014 | | State


GPS no panacea against crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California law mandating GPS monitoring of sex offenders can provide a false sense of security for the public, according to a report released Wednesday.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Teacher unions revel in win by California’s schools chief

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The victory of a union-backed incumbent over a reform-minded political novice in the unusually heated race for California's K-12 schools chief on Wednesday had leaders of state and national teachers unions expressing satisfaction that voters were more interested in supporting teachers than holding them responsible for what ails public education.

November 05, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TEEN REMOVED AFTER TWEETING FROM POLLING PLACE: WESTMINSTER (AP) - A teenage poll worker who was tweeting obscenities and taking photos of voters was removed from an Orange County polling place on election day.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Vacation rental firm sues SF over law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A vacation-home rental website has sued San Francisco, claiming a new law making it legal for residents to rent out their homes online for short periods unfairly gives rivals such as Airbnb an advantage.

November 05, 2014 | | State


$7.5B water bond gets OK; now what?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Passing a $7.5 billion water bond may turn out to be the easy part. Agreeing on how to spend all the money could be much harder.

November 05, 2014 | | State


GOP close to ending Demo supermajority

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans on Wednesday moved closer to preventing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature as a few races remain too close to call.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Fracking ban passes in 2 of 3 California counties

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Voters in California's Santa Barbara County rejected a ban on fracking and most other intensive drilling in the oceanside county's more than century-old oil fields, while two other California coastal communities with comparatively little oil adopted stringent prohibitions.

November 05, 2014 | | State


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