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ONCE CALLED A HOAX

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney is trying to avoid a life prison sentence with a plea bargain in a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.

September 29, 2016 | | State


$389M spent so far on measures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of California's 17 November ballot measures have raised nearly $390 million six weeks before the election, putting the state as close as $50 million shy of record initiative fundraising with some of the heaviest spending yet to come.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Brown approves gender-neutral status for single occupant restrooms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

SANTA CLARA (AP) - More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was closed after mental health advocates said it was insensitive to the mentally ill.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Soda-tax battle bubbles up in the SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

September 28, 2016 | | State


El Cajon ifficer guns down refugee in ‘shooting stance’

EL CAJON (AP) - The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Gun owners expect to fail in blocking new California laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The leader of a gun owners' group said Wednesday that he expects to fall short of forcing a statewide vote to overturn recent California laws that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

MORGAN HILL (AP) - Some evacuations were lifted Wednesday as firefighters, aided by cooler weather, held back the progress of a wildfire burning through bone-dry brush and threatening hundreds of structures in California's Santa Cruz Mountains.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Heat wave intensifies wildfires

MORGAN HILL (AP) - A grass fire along a Northern California highway spread to parched trees, and flying embers landed on nearby homes, setting at least eight homes on fire, authorities said.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Blige, Clinton interview clips face ridicule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pair of clips teasing Mary J. Blige's interview with Hillary Clinton on her upcoming Apple Music show "The 411" isn't winning over social media users.

September 27, 2016 | | State


2 motorcyclists mourned after fatal crashes

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Organizers of a motorcycle event in California offered condolences Tuesday to the families of two rising young riders who died from crashes in two separate races over the weekend.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Police shoot, wound man in San Diego area; protesters gathering

EL CAJON . (AP) - Police shot and wounded a man they said was acting erratically in a San Diego suburb on Tuesday, drawing an angry cluster of protesters that believed it to be another instance of law enforcement shooting an unarmed black man.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Man gets 50 years to life for killing teens in desert bunker

VICTORVILLE (AP) - A man who helped shoot a teenage couple in an abandoned Air Force bunker in the Mojave Desert was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Woman struck by drone at party sues USC fraternity chapter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman is suing a University of Southern California fraternity because a drone fell on her head while it was photographing a frat party.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Brown vetoes in-person jail visitation mandate by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have required counties to offer in-person visitation for jail inmates.

September 27, 2016 | | State


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Biggest union reaches deal with Brown’s staff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

December 04, 2016 | | State


Warehouse fire death toll hits 33

OAKLAND (AP) - The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed to 33 on Sunday as firefighters ...

December 04, 2016 | | State


California state-worker union cancels Monday strike

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest public-employee union on Friday canceled a planned one-day strike, averting a potentially disruptive protest that would have kept up to ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


California treasurer asks Trump for guidance on pot, banking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang on Friday appealed to President-elect Donald Trump for guidance on how the state's projected $7 billion marijuana ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees remembered their fallen colleagues in silence late ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Prosecutor: Man admits guilt in deadly California bank heist

STOCKTON (AP) - A man pleaded guilty to a 2014 bank robbery and gunbattle with police in Stockton that ended with the death of a woman ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Sex assault report casts shadow on SF Bay Area high school

CONCORD (AP) - Accusations of an on-campus sex assault have pointed a negative light on a San Francisco Bay Area Catholic high school with a nationally ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Cicely Tyson performs Langston Hughes at Ebony gala

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Cicely Tyson performed a Langston Hughes poem as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from Ebony magazine.

December 03, 2016 | | State


Cheeky notices condemning hate appear on SF commuter trains

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Official looking yet unauthorized notices warning against racist, sexist and homophobic behavior have been found on San Francisco Bay Area commuter trains.

December 03, 2016 | | State


California ponders legal pot, paying taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's legal marijuana industry is expected to involve everything from backyard growers to sprawling fields in the farm belt, storefront sellers ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


Sheriff: California woman found with message burned on skin

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California woman abducted while jogging was branded by two female captors who kept their faces covered during the three weeks they ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


California fugitive and sister arrested, 1 still at large

SAN JOSE (AP) - One of two inmates who sawed their way out of a Northern California county jail and vanished last week was recaptured late ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


More mosques receive hate-filled letters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several more mosques nationwide have reported receiving a hate-filled letter from California that warns Muslims to leave the country or face genocide.

November 30, 2016 | | State


Asylum not automatic for former gang members

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Immigrants in the United States illegally are not automatically eligible for asylum on the basis that they are former gang members who ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


IRS seeks names of virtual currency users in tax probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The IRS obtained a court order Wednesday allowing it to seek the names of people who may have failed to pay taxes ...

November 30, 2016 | | State


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