Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit workers' largest union ratified its contract with the agency yesterday, closing eight months of negotiations that resulted in two strikes that snarled traffic throughout the region. A Service Employees International Union spokeswoman said in a statement yesterday that 87 percent of SEIU members had voted to approve the contract, which will include employee raises and measures to improve safety.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governing board that sets policies for California's 112 community colleges has approved new eligibility requirements for a popular financial aid program. The Board of Governors for the state community college system yesterday adopted regulations that say students who do not maintain at least a C-average or complete at least half of the units they attempted during two consecutive semesters would be at risk of losing their fee waivers.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates have failed to reach agreement on the best way to reduce overcrowding in California prisons. That leaves it to a panel of federal judges to decide whether to give the state more time. California remains about 4,000 inmates over that level and had been given until April 18 to meet the cap.

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California company has recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products because it was produced without a full federal inspection. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced yesterday that Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Calif., recalled 41,683 pounds of meat products.