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Ex-SF Giants Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

Ex-SF Giants Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

A former payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after she admitted to embezzling $2.2 million. Read More »

L.A. Fire Department Pays Firefighter Nearly $500,000 After Sex Abuse Jokes

L.A. Fire Department Pays Firefighter Nearly $500,000 After Sex Abuse Jokes

When Anthony Almeida's fellow firefighters learned that he had been sexually abused by a priest as a child, some apparently thought that was hilarious. It certainly proved great fodder for lewd jokes. But there's little to laugh at now -- as the Los Angeles City Fire Department recently agreed to pay Almeida... Read More »

Postal Worker Dies From Stroke After Pit Bull Attack

Postal Worker Dies From Stroke After Pit Bull Attack

An attack by an unleashed pit bull on a San Diego-area letter carrier contributed to the postal worker's death two days later from a stroke, authorities say. The carrier, 59-year old Diane Jansen of Sun City, had been working her route for 5½ years in the northern San Diego suburb of Escondido. Read More »

Calif. Teacher Placed On Leave After Students Discover Her Porn Past

Calif. Teacher Placed On Leave After Students Discover Her Porn Past

A California middle-school science teacher who moonlighted as a porn actress has been placed on leave after administrators discovered that the videos could be seen by anyone online -- including her students. The teacher, Stacie Halas, 31, was removed from her classroom at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate... Read More »

NYC Car Wash Workers Seek Unionization To Improve Wages, Working Conditions

NYC Car Wash Workers Seek Unionization To Improve Wages, Working Conditions

Working at a car wash may be better than digging a ditch, as the 1970s hit song says, but employees in New York City who work cleaning cars and trucks say pay and working conditions need vast improvement. A report released Tuesday shows that car-wash workers are paid less than minimum wage, routinely denied... Read More »

Recovery Bypasses Silicon Valley Non-Tech Workers

Recovery Bypasses Silicon Valley Non-Tech Workers

By Marcus Wholsen MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Daniel Macias is the face of Silicon Valley seldom seen by those who don't live there. When he was 19, he wasn't starting what would become one of the world's most successful tech companies, like Mark Zuckerberg did at that age when he founded Facebook. Macias spent... Read More »

Report: Silicon Valley Sees Growth In Jobs, Wealth

Report: Silicon Valley Sees Growth In Jobs, Wealth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday. Read More »

Police Officers' Photos With Scantily Clad Women Trigger Investigation

Police Officers' Photos With Scantily Clad Women Trigger Investigation

Images of police officers posed with scantily clad women have triggered an investigation in Modesto, Calif., after the racy photos were sent to its police department, City Hall and news media earlier this week. The photos show two uniformed Modesto police officers along with several woman wearing revealing... Read More »

California Car Wash Workers To Get $1 Million In Settlement

California Car Wash Workers To Get $1 Million In Settlement

Working at a car wash may not be the most glamorous job, but for workers at several of them in California it's gotten a little more rewarding. Owners of eight car washes across the state have agreed to pay more than $1 million in back wages and penalties for underpaying the workers and denying them rest and... Read More »

Nurses' Strike Over Health Care Could Affect Yours

Nurses' Strike Over Health Care Could Affect Yours

Hospitals have become the latest enemy of the common man. A few months after 23,000 registered nurses in California staged a one-day strike, they're planning to do it again. And in the coming weeks, 6,000 New York nurses are poised to follow suit. There are rumblings of the same thing in New Jersey and... Read More »

Calif. Startup Sees Entrepreneur-Ship As Visa Solution

Calif. Startup Sees Entrepreneur-Ship As Visa Solution

By Brooke Donald SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) -- You've heard of tech companies starting in a Silicon Valley garage. What about on a ship? That's the idea being floated by a California startup that wants to dock a vessel off the coast to house foreign entrepreneurs who have dreams of creating the next Google... Read More »

Unemployment Drops In Three-Quarters Of U.S. States

Unemployment Drops In Three-Quarters Of U.S. States

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates fell in three-quarters of U.S. states last month, a sign that many parts of the country are experiencing modest job gains. Unemployment rates fell in 36 states in October and rose in only 5, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Rates were... Read More »

Workers, Students Join Occupy Rally In Oakland

Workers, Students Join Occupy Rally In Oakland

By Terence Chea and Lisa Leff OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters marched in the streets of Oakland on Wednesday as they geared up with labor unions to picket banks, take over foreclosed homes and vacant buildings and disrupt operations at the nation's fifth-busiest... Read More »

Obama Heads West To Talk Jobs

Obama Heads West To Talk Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is heading west Monday morning to pitch his American Jobs Act in Las Vegas and speak at campaign events there and in California. Read More »

Cities With The Highest, Lowest Unemployment Rates

Cities With The Highest, Lowest Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates fell in roughly two-thirds of large U.S. cities in August, despite zero job growth nationwide. Here are the cities with the highest and lowest rates: 10 Cities With The Highest Unemployment Rates -- August 2011 El Centro, Calif. 32.4 Yuma, Ariz. 29.4 Merced, Calif.... Read More »

23,000 California Nurses On Strike

23,000 California Nurses On Strike

Nurses in California are willing to play the ultimate card -- the countless services they provide to the state's ailing and ill. Read More »

5 States With The Highest Unemployment Rates

5 States With The Highest Unemployment Rates

Fresh statistics last week showed that more than half of U.S. states saw the number of jobless workers rise in August compared to July -- yet more evidence that the nation's stagnant employment picture remains stuck in neutral. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia reported unemployment rate increases,... Read More »

DA: Yogurt Store Owner Put Naked Employee In Box

DA: Yogurt Store Owner Put Naked Employee In Box

ALHAMBRA, Calif. -- The owner of a Southern California yogurt shop has been charged with attacking an employee, removing her clothes, binding her with tape and locking her in a box. Read More »

Timeline Of A Revolutionary: The Rise of Steve Jobs

Timeline Of A Revolutionary: The Rise of Steve Jobs

On Oct. 6, news spread that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had died. Of course, many people probably heard about his demise on products he invented, from the iPhone to the iPad. The news of his death comes just 42 days after Jobs formally announced his plans to step down as the chief executive of Apple. "I have... Read More »

Energy States Lead Job Creation In First Half Of 2011

Energy States Lead Job Creation In First Half Of 2011

Energy-producing states have experienced unemployment levels well below those of other states in recent years, thanks in part to a boom in energy exploration that's been driven by high oil prices. It's perhaps little surprise then that states that significantly contribute to the nation's production of oil,... Read More »

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