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HOME, FORD TEAM UP ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - KB Home is teaming up with Ford Motor Co. in hopes of making energy efficiency a more compelling proposition to would-be homeowners who also drive hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

April 19, 2013 | | State


State failed to spend $455M on water projects

State failed to spend $455M on water projects

April 19, 2013 | | State


San Francisco mayor signs quake retrofit law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tenant advocates and property managers in San Francisco's hyperactive real estate market are fretting about new earthquake safety rules that will spike the cost of repairing older buildings and ultimately increase monthly rents.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SUN-POWERED PLANE COMPLETES BAY AREA TEST FLIGHT: MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe took to the skies Friday over the San Francisco Bay area in a successful test flight.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Feds release refinery fire investigation video

RICHMOND (AP) - Federal investigators released an animated video on Friday showing the events that led to a massive fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery last August, providing the clearest picture yet of the accident.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Law change makes child abuse hard to track

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Law enforcement officers and child welfare advocates are concerned about a little-noticed change to California's child abuse database, saying it could hamper their ability to keep tabs on hundreds of suspected abusers who work with kids outside the home, including teachers, coaches and clergy.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Bullet train agency changed bid criteria

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's high-speed rail authority changed its rules for selecting a company to build the first phase of the bullet train in a way that allowed a California bidder to emerge as the lead candidate despite having the lowest technical rating for safety and design quality, a newspaper reported Friday.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Van Dyke undergoing tests for 'cranial throbbing'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A spokesman for Dick Van Dyke says the actor is undergoing tests for "cranial throbbing" that's causing him to lose sleep.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Audit finds problems with specialty plates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors reported significant problems on Thursday in how California agencies collect and spend money from certain specialty license plate funds, including the loss of more than $22 million in revenue that could have been used for programs to help veterans, college students, firefighters and others.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Settlement reached in bullet train lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Man charged after alleged naked crawl through dog door

PERRIS (AP) - A Riverside County man has pleaded not guilty to burglary and indecent exposure after he allegedly crawled naked through a neighbor's dog door to seek sex.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Panel affirms firing of Stockton teacher over her porn sites

STOCKTON (AP) - State officials have affirmed a Stockton school district's decision to fire a 37-year-old high school teacher accused of using a school-issued laptop to help set up pornographic websites.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs money for gun-seizure program taking aim at felons, others

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's one-of-a-kind program to seize guns from felons, the mentally unstable and others prohibited from owning them is close to receiving more money after an Assembly vote Thursday.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CALIF. BOY HURT IN BOSTON BOMBINGS MAY LEAVE ICU: MARTINEZ (AP) - The mother of an 11-year-old Northern California boy injured in the Boston Marathon bombings says he has taken a huge step forward.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

APPEALS COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO GAY THERAPY BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.

April 17, 2013 | | State


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SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Pipe break flooding UCLA submerged 960 cars in water

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Psych exam for young wildfire suspect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A girl suspected of starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California in May was ordered Wednesday to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Overhaul approved for Richmond refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron's troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Defense attorney: Merced DA’s son is innocent

MERCED (AP) - The attorney for a California district attorney's son charged with murder says his client is innocent and authorities have arrested the wrong person.

July 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN FRANCISCO LEADERS PUT $15 WAGE ON BALLOT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors have voted in favor of The supervisors voted unanimously and without comment in favor of the move on Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors: PG&E lied

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Tuberculosis patient who refused care is arrested in Kern

STOCKTON (AP) - A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Crews make gains on fires in El Dorado County & Yosemite

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

July 29, 2014 | | State


New California fines for wasting water take effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Helicopter rescues teens on SF Bay area cliff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Highway Patrol helicopter plucked two teenagers clinging to the side of a San Francisco Bay Area cliff in a dramatic rescue captured on video.

July 29, 2014 | | State


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