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State senators get ethics training after scandals
SACRAMENTO — State senators participated in a two-hour ethics training session Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year that have damaged the Legislature’s image. Two lawmakers have been charged with corruption and bribery, while a third was c...
By Judy Lin The Associated Press FULL STORY
Survey says state supports Common Core standards
SAN FRANCISCO — As other U.S. states move to delay or halt implementation of the shared learning framework known as the Common Core, the new national math and language standards still enjoy solid support in California, according to a survey released Wednesday. The survey by the Public Policy Inst...
By Lisa Leff The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says. On Wednesda...
By Eric Tucker The Associated Press FULL STORY
Candidates tout reform in secretary of state race
SACRAMENTO — Four candidates vying to be the next secretary of state offered competing visions on Wednesday for controlling political fundraising and how they would best improve access and transparency for California elections. A recent Field Poll shows Republican Pete Peterson, executive directo...
By Fenit Nirappil The Associated Press FULL STORY
High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two d...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances
TOKYO — President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. The ominous standoff between Ukraine and Russia is threatening to overshad...
By Julie Pace The Associated Press FULL STORY
Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the ...
By Zeona Karam and Diaa Hadid The Associated Press FULL STORY
Tech Tips: Add second layer of protection online
NEW YORK — If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it’s that passwords don’t offer total protection. Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows hackers to grab the information a...
By Anick Jesdanun The Associated Press FULL STORY
Amid Russia attack warning, Ukraine is in a security bind
DONETSK, Ukraine — Russia’s foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. “Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Ru...
By Yuras Karmanau The Associated Press FULL STORY
Russian social media CEO quits and flees country
MOSCOW — The founder of Russia’s leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company’s ownership. The slow-motion ouster o...
By Laura Mills The Associated Press FULL STORY
Michigan man among first in U.S. to get ‘bionic eye’
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he’s re...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Body found at home tented for fumigation
WESTMINSTER — Authorities say a man found dead at an Orange County home that was tented for fumigation did not live there. The Orange County Register reports the man was found unresponsive in the patio area of the residence in Westminster Tuesday evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Po...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California mom, TSA settle breast milk lawsuit
PHOENIX — A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. Stacey Armato, who filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, said Wednesday that...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
City settles with homeless to leave landfill
ALBAN — A Northern California city has reached a settlement with a group of homeless people who filed a federal lawsuit to prevent their eviction from a waterfront landfill. The city of Albany says Wednesday that it will pay 28 homeless people $3,000 each to leave the Bulb, a 40-acre site along ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Light showers, possible hail arriving tonight
Bay Area residents should expect rainy weather to arrive tonight and continue through the weekend, b..
Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
JERUSALEM — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brin..
Paul McCartney to close Candlestick Park with farewell concert in August
Music legend Paul McCartney will perform the final concert at San Francisco's soon-to-be-demolished ..
FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
WASHINGTON — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and requ..
Man, 84, arrested for shooting at Daly City medical facility
Police in Daly City have arrested an 84-year-old man in connection with a shooting at a medical cent..
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