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Fake schools draw scrutiny from federal investigators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master’s degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:25 p.m. | | Fake schools draw scrutiny from federal investigators  Comments 0 Comments

Nearly half of all homicides in Los Angeles County unsolved

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly half of all killings in Los Angeles County went unsolved over the past eleven years, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:24 p.m. | | Nearly half of all homicides in  Los Angeles County unsolved Comments 0 Comments

Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO  (AP) — The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.

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Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:30 p.m. | | Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown Comments 0 Comments

Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to “adopt” a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine’s Day.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:24 p.m. | | Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions Comments 0 Comments

Court: Rent control applies to formerly teen-aged tenant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco resident has succeeded — for now — in preventing his landlord from nearly doubling his rent because his parents moved out of the apartment where his family had lived since he was a young teenager.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:23 p.m. | | Court: Rent control applies to  formerly teen-aged tenant Comments 0 Comments

DMV retracts advisory on rideshare registration

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The California Department of Motor Vehicles retracted on Saturday an advisory requiring anyone who transports people for money to commercially register their vehicles.

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SJ judge Kronlund objects to court ban on judges in Scouting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that practice “invidious” discrimination against gays came against the wishes of some jurists with children who are Boy Scouts or who are active in Scouting themselves.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:00 p.m. | | SJ judge Kronlund objects to court ban on judges in Scouting Comments 0 Comments

YouTube assault case: Educator pleads guilty

RIVERSIDE  (AP) — A California educator who was confronted with allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube has pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges involving two victims.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 6:59 p.m. | | YouTube assault case:  Educator pleads guilty Comments 0 Comments

Public-worker payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion post-recession

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California’s public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:05 p.m. | | Public-worker  payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion  post-recession Comments 0 Comments

Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch

LIVINGSTON  (AP) — Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 6:59 p.m. | | Bird flu found  at Foster Farms  turkey ranch Comments 0 Comments

State employee brought loaded gun into work

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The California Highway Patrol said Friday that it has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state’s office.

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Treasurer John Chiang nixes run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) —  California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 8:14 p.m. | | Treasurer John Chiang nixes run for US Senate Comments 0 Comments

Boy fatally stabbed with scissors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed with scissors in front of an East Los Angeles middle school, and authorities are looking for another boy who attacked him.

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California unemployment falls to 7 %

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — California’s unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from a month earlier, but the state added just 700 jobs in December, a disappointing number after good job gains in November.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 7:35 p.m. | | California unemployment falls to 7 % Comments 0 Comments

Fewer kindergarteners skip vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fewer California parents opted out of vaccinations for their children entering kindergarten last year following the adoption of a law that makes it harder to go without the shots, state figures show.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 7:31 p.m. | | Fewer kindergarteners skip vaccinations Comments 0 Comments

$300,000 in stolen fine wine recovered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 7:31 p.m. | | $300,000 in stolen fine wine recovered Comments 0 Comments

CPUC fines PG&E $530,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 7:30 p.m. | | CPUC fines PG&E $530,000   Comments 0 Comments

California billionaire to skip senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not enter the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, a move that reshaped the early contest that has attracted a pack of potential candidates.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 9:57 p.m. | | California  billionaire  to skip senate race Comments 0 Comments

Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 9:58 p.m. | | Old phone unveiled 100 years  after first coast-to-coast call Comments 0 Comments

Yosemite climber says he hopes historic feat inspires others

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Kevin Jorgeson’s hands still bear souvenirs from the historic climb Dawn Wall of El Capitan he completed with his partner last week. The scabs on his fingertips are so thick that track pads on computers and phones don’t register his touch.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 9:58 p.m. | | Yosemite climber says he hopes historic feat inspires others Comments 0 Comments

Authorities charge inmate with two 1976 ‘Gypsy Hill’ murders

REDWOOD CITY (AP) — Northern California prosecutors on Thursday charged an Oregon prison inmate with two counts of murder in the serial killings of six young women that terrified the region nearly 40 years ago.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 10:02 p.m. | | Authorities charge inmate with  two 1976 ‘Gypsy Hill’ murders Comments 0 Comments

Beautician to stars cleared of murder plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A skin-care specialist to the stars was acquitted Thursday of charges that she plotted to murder a rival beautician she mistakenly blamed for stalking her.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 10:01 p.m. | | Beautician to stars cleared of murder plot Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

8 ARRESTED AS SAN JOSE POLICE SHUT DOWN HOME-BASED CASINO: SAN JOSE  (AP) —  San Jose police say eight people have been arrested after officers broke up a home-based casino with roughly 15 video gambling machines.

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Woman, 84, killed in Tulare County by hit-run driver

VISALIA (AP) — Authorities in Tulare County are search for a hit-and-run driver who killed an 84-year-old woman.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 9:55 p.m. | | Woman, 84, killed  in Tulare County  by hit-run driver Comments 0 Comments

Magnets used to plant drugs under cars

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drug smugglers are turning “trusted travelers” into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.

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Deputies fatally shoot man they say killed police dog during search

SAN JACINTO (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man they believe killed a police dog during standoff at a Southern California home.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Deputies fatally shoot man they  say killed police dog during search Comments 0 Comments

Police use patrol car to stop pit bull rampage

SAN MATEO (AP) — A police officer in California resorted to hitting two pit bulls with his patrol car to stop a neighborhood rampage in which the dogs attacked several people, including a city sanitation worker, and charged a woman pushing two children in a stroller.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Police use patrol car  to stop pit  bull rampage Comments 0 Comments

Measles cases casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Measles cases casts spotlight  on anti-vaccine movement  Comments 0 Comments

Replacing turf with water-saving plants

ROSEVILLE (AP) — Officials in the Placer County city of Roseville have approved a plan to tear up turf on some public property and replace it with water-saving plants amid the state’s historic drought.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 8:32 p.m. | | Replacing turf with water-saving plants Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

POLICE PROBE OFFICER’S SHOVE OF MAN IN WHEELCHAIR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities are investigating an altercation between a police officer and a man in a wheelchair that was captured on video and circulated online.

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2 firefighters fired in ethics probe

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — Two state firefighters were fired Wednesday and another has resigned after an ethics investigation that stemmed from the killing of a battalion chief’s girlfriend.

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Mother: Aid-in-dying bill carries daughter’s legacy

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The mother of a young woman whose battle with brain cancer drew widespread attention to her desire to legally end her life with prescribed drugs in California appeared Wednesday in the state Capitol to push for aid-in-dying legislation.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 6:33 p.m. | | Mother: Aid-in-dying bill  carries daughter’s legacy Comments 0 Comments

Governor, UC president get OK to meet as committee of 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano received clearance on Wednesday to form an unusual “committee of two” that will look at ways of resolving their standoff over state funding for higher education and the necessity of tuition increases.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 6:28 p.m. | | Governor, UC  president get  OK to meet as committee of 2 Comments 0 Comments

Officials begin testing mystery goo as Bay Area bird death toll rises

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area officials have begun laboratory tests and necropsies on dead seabirds found coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like dirty rubber cement.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 6:33 p.m. | | Officials begin testing mystery goo as Bay Area bird death toll rises Comments 0 Comments

MJC gets OK to offer bachelor’s degrees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Modesto Junior College is one of 15 California community colleges that received preliminary approval Tuesday to start offering career-oriented bachelor’s degrees, a step that represents a first for the nation’s largest college system and that supporters said is needed to ensure residents are prepared for jobs that in the past may have required only two years of training.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 6:35 p.m. | | MJC gets OK to offer bachelor’s degrees Comments 0 Comments

Lawmakers to pursue right-to-die legislation

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 6:40 p.m. | | Lawmakers to  pursue right-to-die legislation Comments 0 Comments

Google, Fidelity fuel Elon Musk’s SpaceX with $1B

HAWTHORNE (AP) — SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 6:34 p.m. | | Google, Fidelity  fuel Elon Musk’s  SpaceX with $1B Comments 0 Comments

Report says California school funding plans are too complex

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A review of California’s new school funding formula released Tuesday found its goals and performance metrics are so complex that none of the districts studied met all the requirements.

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Stockton hostage seeks money for injuries

STOCKTON (AP) — A woman who survived a deadly bank robbery and hostage situation in Stockton last summer seeks $500,000 from the city.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LIGHT QUAKE SHAKES CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA: KING CITY (AP) — A light earthquake has shaken a Central California region southeast of Monterey Bay.

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Brown, UC president to study finances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano have agreed to try to iron out their differences on tuition increases, the state’s duty to fund higher education and the university’s responsibility to control costs by tackling them together with help from their respective staffs and outside experts.

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Fight threatens health coverage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A contract dispute between health insurance provider Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals is threatening to force nearly 280,000 consumers in Northern and Central California to find new doctors.

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Tahoe tiny critter population plunges

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) — Researchers at Lake Tahoe are trying to figure out why some of the tiniest creatures and plants at the bottom of the alpine lake appear to be disappearing at an alarming rate.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 8:58 p.m. | | Tahoe tiny critter population plunges Comments 0 Comments

Last ‘Freedom Train’ makes its final excursion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The last of the nation’s “Freedom Train” rides paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. made its final trip in California on Monday after more than 30 years of operation.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 TEACHERS ARRESTED ON ALLEGATIONS OF SEX WITH STUDENTS: SANTA ANA (AP) — Authorities say two teachers have been arrested following allegations they had sex with high school students on an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.

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California rates 50th for guidance counselors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California ranks worst in the nation when it comes to providing students with guidance counselors, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and authorities say the scarcity disproportionately affects the state’s most vulnerable students because there simply are not enough counselors to track transient students and make sure they are taking the right credits to graduate.

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Coughing neighbors: Bay Area rethinks outdoor cooking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The booming popularity of outdoor kitchens among homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area has an increasing number of their neighbors coughing and hacking from the smoke, leading air-quality officials to consider tightening rules on wood-burning pizza ovens and smokers.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 8:08 p.m. | | Coughing neighbors:  Bay Area rethinks outdoor cooking Comments 0 Comments

Cosby welcomed by audience in Turlock

TURLOCK (AP) — Bill Cosby was embraced by fans on Sunday during his first performance in California since allegations of past sexual assaults surfaced.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 8:08 p.m. | | Cosby welcomed by audience in Turlock Comments 0 Comments

Plan to implode Candestick Park scrapped

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s Candlestick Park will be torn down instead of blown up following concerns that a planned implosion of the venerable stadium might create health problems for people living nearby.

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