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AFTER OPPONENT'S TAUNT, FEINSTEIN TAKES TO TWITTER: WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein is no longer a no-show on social media.

January 30, 2012 | | State


Bill would give lawmakers control of court budgets, take power from court bureaucracy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Monday narrowly approved legislation that would return control of California's $3 billion court budget to the Legislature, stripping some authority from the court bureaucracy in a move opposed by the state's chief justice.

January 30, 2012 | | State


Dry winter reduces Sierra Nevada snowpack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say recent storms have not made up for this year's dry winter, leaving California's snowpack at below average levels.

January 30, 2012 | | State


Occupy protest rekindles debate about flag-burning

OAKLAND (AP) - Many in the crowd outside Oakland City Hall shouted "Burn it! Burn it!" as masked protesters readied to set fire to an American flag. That's when a woman emerged from the scrum, screaming for them to stop, that it would hurt the cause.

January 30, 2012 | | State


Assembly considers softening Three Strikes law in bid to ease prison overcrowding, save money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some state lawmakers want to ask voters to revise California's Three Strikes law as a way to reduce prison sentences and save money on corrections, but they're having a hard time getting the issue through the Legislature.

January 30, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

New pesticide rules stoke West Nile fears

January 30, 2012 | | State


Yosemite proposal means fewer hikers on Half Dome

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - There was a time not long ago when a climb to the top of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome was a solitary trek attempted by only the most daring adventurers.

January 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Davis, Dujardin win lead honors for Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Deep South drama "The Help" won three prizes Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including best actress for Viola Davis and supporting actress for Octavia Spencer.

January 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

4 MEN STABBED LEAVING WEDDING RECEPTION: HALF MOON BAY (AP) - Authorities say four men are hospitalized in critical condition after they were stabbed as they left a wedding reception in Half Moon Bay.

January 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Police focus on SUV in fatal train crash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Investigators on Sunday were trying to determine what motivated the driver of a sport utility vehicle to ignore a downed crossing arm and flashing lights and pull the vehicle into the path of an oncoming commuter train in Sacramento.

January 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


After lull, Occupy protest resurfaces in Oakland as police arrest more than 400

OAKLAND (AP) - For weeks the protests had waned, with only a smattering of people taking to Oakland's streets for occasional weekend marches that bore little resemblance to the headline-grabbing Occupy demonstrations of last fall.

January 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


State news briefs

HUNDREDS OF PRISON EMPLOYEES GET LAYOFF NOTICES: SACRAMENTO, (AP) - California prison officials have sent layoff notices to 545 employees, including 140 guards, as the inmate population declines to comply with a federal court order.

January 27, 2012 | | State


End of prison oversight not certain since state hasn’t started all new medical facilities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The court-appointed receiver overseeing California's prison health care system said Friday the state must keep its promise to spend more than $2 billion for new medical facilities before the federal courts can end an oversight role that has lasted six years.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Judge tosses state standards for revoking parole says not fair for convicted criminals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's voter-approved standards for revoking parole violate parolees' rights to legal representation and tips the scale toward sending them back to prison, a federal judge ruled.

January 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Lawmakers want reversal in CPUC San Bruno probe

January 27, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Bullet-train foes seek state State Supreme Court review

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court's ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Two judges censured by watchdog agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Brown seeks federal aid for Napa quake

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is turning to the White House in hopes of securing federal aid for the Napa Valley earthquake.

September 02, 2014 | | State


California experiment could lose funding

PASO ROBLES (AP) - Scientists seeking to put seismic sensors deep in the San Andreas fault to study the mechanics of earthquakes are in danger of losing their funding, a newspaper reported.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Jolts doesn’t stop Napa harvest

NAPA (AP) - The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.

September 02, 2014 | | State


URBAN FARMING TAX BREAK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break, a newspaper reported.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Birds on old Bay Bridge pose challenge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews demolishing the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have run into an unusual challenge: birds that won't leave.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Cal Poly SLO seeks OK to cover felon donor’s name on scoreboard

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is asking a judge to allow the university to cover up the name of a convicted felon on its stadium scoreboard.

September 01, 2014 | | State


5 wounded in shooting at Livermore party

LIVERMORE (AP) - A suspect is in custody in connection with a shooting at a house party in the San Francisco Bay Area that left five people wounded.

September 01, 2014 | | State


LA’s mayor pushing for $13.25 an hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has used Labor Day to call for raising the city's minimum wage.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Warmer weather expected around NorCal wildfire

HAPPY CAMP . (AP) - Crews battling a wildfire in a far Northern California forest that has led to the evacuation of 250 homes are bracing for warmer, dryer weather.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Thieves use backhoe in ATM heist attempt

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno ATM machine is out of service after thieves tried to break it open using a stolen backhoe.

September 01, 2014 | | State


Casino night set Sept. 27 benefits Give Every Child a Chance tutoring

The Give Every Child a Chance 14th Casino Night & Auction will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St., Manteca.

August 31, 2014 | | State


SoCal school retires divisive Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.

August 31, 2014 | | State


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