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State lawmaker promises fix after Israel flap

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker on Wednesday promised to introduce a fix to an Assembly resolution that stirred controversy a day earlier because it urged California colleges and universities to crack down on demonstrations against Israel.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Law restricts pension cuts for existing workers; PERS unfunded by $100B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The bulk of the projected savings in the public pension reform deal announced by Gov. Jerry Brown won't be felt for decades because most of the proposed changes will affect government workers who have yet to be hired.

August 29, 2012 | | State


NorCal wildfire expected to be fully contained

REDDING (AP) - A major Northern California wildfire that once threatened thousands of homes and led to a massive evacuation could be fully contained by late Wednesday, officials said.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Police: 100-year-old driver hits 11 near South Los Angeles elementary school

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 100-year-old man backed his car on to a sidewalk and hit 11 people, including nine children, across from an elementary school in South Los Angeles just after classes had ended Wednesday, authorities said.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Yosemite officials say 1,700 visitors at risk for disease

YOSEMITE (AP) - The rustic tent cabins of Yosemite National Park - a favorite among families looking to rough it in one of the nation's most majestic settings - have become the scene of a public health crisis after two visitors died from a rodent-borne disease following overnight stays.

August 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CURIOSITY BEAMS NEW WILL.I.AM SONG FROM MARS: PASADENA . (AP) - Will.i.am has premiered his new single - from Mars.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Prosecutors reject burglary case against Lohan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan will not be prosecuted for a burglary at a home where she had been a houseguest, prosecutors determined Tuesday.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Bill would protect clergy from gay weddings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Religious officials who do not want to perform gay weddings will not have to worry about jeopardizing their nonprofit status if a bill approved by the state Assembly becomes California law.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Red flag alert may hinder 2 NorCal fires

REDDING (AP) - A series of red flag warnings issued Tuesday had fire officials concerned about containing two major wildfires in Northern California.

August 28, 2012 | | State


California cellphone fines could rise under bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will consider a bill that would raise the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers denounce anti-Semitism at California colleges & universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Assembly resolution urging California colleges and universities to squelch nascent anti-Semitism also encouraged educators to crack down on demonstrations against Israel, angering advocates for Muslim students.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Brown gets partial reform win Overall proposal angers labor leaders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced systemic reforms to California's badly underfunded public pension system that he says will save taxpayers billions of dollars over time, but he also was unable to persuade his fellow Democrats to give him some of the fundamental changes he had sought.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Mangoes sicken 73 in California with salmonella

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California public health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 73 people and has been linked to salmonella-tainted mangoes.

August 28, 2012 | | State


Comparing pension plans: What Brown wanted and got

Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a 12-point pension reform proposal 10 months ago and announced an agreement with Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday. Here are highlights of his proposal and what he got:

August 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Feinstein calls for fed probe into gas price spike AC

August 28, 2012 | | State


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4 NorCal faults primed for big quakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dog needs 1,000 stitches after beating, stabbing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An animal rescue group says a dog that required more than 1,000 stitches after being stabbed and beaten is recovering in Los Angeles.

October 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

STOCKTON TURNS TO STATE FOR HELP AFTER SHOOTINGS: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police have called in the state Department of Justice after a series of weekend shootings left five people dead.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Probe sought in California no-bid health contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Caltrans equips fleet with high- tech devices for $2.5 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

October 12, 2014 | | State


California gives no-bid health contracts worth $184 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Missing woman found in Maine shack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities an unrelated family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Thousands pack SF waterfront for Fleet Week return

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship and the acrobatics of the Navy's precision flight team.

October 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Prop 45 seeks insurance rate review

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?

October 12, 2014 | | State


Lt governor candidates see job’s potential

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Bag makers launch push to overturn ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

October 10, 2014 | | State


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