Calif. law will require OT for domestic workers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California.
Under the new law, domestic workers must be paid time-and-a-half if they work more than nine hours in a shift or more than 45 hours in a week. Part-time baby-sitters are exempt.
The overtime requirement will take effect in January and end in January 2017 unless renewed by the Legislature.
Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco initially sought to require meal and rest breaks for housekeepers, nannies and workers who care for the disabled and elderly, but those provisions were eliminated.
Brown signed AB241 Thursday. He vetoed a broader bill last year, citing concerns about the proposal's increased costs.
New York and Hawaii also have protections for domestic workers.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-CALIFORNIA STUDY
Calif. becomes laboratory for Affordable Care Act
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A national health policy nonprofit has made California the focal point of a long-term research project to examine whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to expectations for the uninsured.
The Kaiser Family Foundation announced the beginning of its two-year effort on Thursday, releasing the initial results of interviews with 2,000 randomly selected Californians who had lacked health insurance for at least two months.
The study will follow the respondents as they examine their options under the federal health care law. The act reaches its most notable public milestone next Tuesday when the exchanges that act as marketplaces for insurance shopping open for business.
California is home to 15 percent of the nation's uninsured residents, or roughly 7 million people who were without health insurance at some point in 2012.
Dodgers: Slain fan was son of team security guard
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers say the 24-year-old man who was fatally stabbed during a postgame confrontation in San Francisco was the son of one of the team's security guards.
Spokesman Jared Kaufer said Thursday that Jonathan Denver's father worked security at Dodger Stadium.
San Francisco police say Denver was walking with his father, brother and two other people not far from the San Francisco Giants' ballpark Wednesday night when their group exchanged words with some Giants fans who were leaving a nightclub.
The exchange turned physical and Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, was stabbed to death.
Denver attended the game with his relatives but left in the eighth inning of what turned out to be a 6-4 Giants victory. His attackers did not attend the game.
Police Chief Greg Suhr says two people are in custody and one of them is facing face homicide charges.
Man dies after struck many times with road sign
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 50-year-old man died after being beaten with a road sign, punched and kicked outside the Anchorage Community Mental Health Services building, and four people are in custody.
Police in a Thursday statement identified the victim as Ferdinand Marquez, who lives in both California and Alaska, where he was a seasonal fishing boat employee. His body was found just before Wednesday near the East Anchorage facility.
Police say surveillance video from nearby businesses show Marquez was struck multiple times with the sign in an attack by four suspects.
Police arrested 24-year-old David Walent, 18-year-old Jerrick Blankenship, 22-year-old Matt Martin and 33-year-old Lewis Martin. All were arraigned Thursday on murder charges.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Castro says they're not certain of his hometown in California, but believe he has family in Hayward, Calif.
5 arrested in California-Nevada recycling fraud
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities have arrested five people who allegedly bought bottles and cans from recycling centers in Nevada and then redeemed them for cash in California.
The California Department of Justice said on Thursday that the suspects were charged with conspiracy, grand theft, and recycling fraud as part of the scheme valued at more than $300,000.
Authorities say the five Nevada residents turned in large amounts of aluminum and plastic containers at recycling centers in Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley.
California charges a fee on the sale of soft drinks and beer to encourage recycling and reduce littering. The money goes into a state fund unless consumers redeem their beverage containers to get the fee back. Nevada does not charge such a fee.
The state estimates that redemption of out-of-state containers costs California up to $50 million annually.
Google retools Internet search engine
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Google says it recently overhauled the closely guarded formula that runs its influential Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers.
The modifications were made as part of an update called "Hummingbird" that Google rolled out without disclosing. It's a change that could have a major impact on traffic to other websites.
Google disclosed the existence of the new search formula at an event held in the Menlo Park, Calif. garage where CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin started the company 15 years ago.
Google is describing Hummingbird as the most dramatic alteration to its search engine since it revised the way it indexes websites three years ago as part of a redesign called "Caffeine."