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Officer acquitted in beanbag gun death

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Tahoe golf course opens months early

KINGS BEACH (AP) - The mild winter has taken a toll on Sierra ski resorts but the lack of snow has some golfers hitting the links much earlier than usual at a course with a long history on Lake Tahoe's north shore.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SUV-train crash kills 6

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal investigators looking into a fiery commuter train wreck that killed six people zeroed in Wednesday on what they called the big question on everyone's mind: Why was the driver of an SUV stopped on the tracks, between the lowered crossing gates?

February 04, 2015 | | State


NBC’s Brian Williams apologizes for lying about coming under fire

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.

February 04, 2015 | | State


RadioShack worker accused of stealing nude phone photos

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former Northern California RadioShack employee was charged with stealing revealing photos from the smartphone of a woman who had brought in the device to have its cracked screen fixed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Stun gun used on diabetic driver

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - An officer feared he was in danger when he twice used a stun gun on a 78-year-old diabetic driver with low blood sugar who crashed into several cars and refused orders to stop, police say.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Plan slaps drivers with $52 annual fee for roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most California drivers would pay an extra $52 a year under a proposal to raise $2 billion a year to fix the state's crumbling roads, bridges and highways.

February 04, 2015 | | State


College: More stress, less time to socialize

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Today's high school seniors aren't partying and socializing as much as their parents' generation - they're too busy trying to get into college, and when they get there, some don't feel good about themselves, a new survey reports.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Suspect: ‘I did kill those cops’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man charged with killing two Northern California sheriff's deputies stunned a courtroom Wednesday by blurting out that he committed the crimes and is ready to be executed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Family of slain Stockton bank heist hostage blames police

STOCKTON (AP) - The family of a bank robbery hostage who was shot and killed in Stockton blamed police for the death Wednesday and demanded the city take financial responsibility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers aim to limit exemptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SILICON VALLEY BOOMING

SAN JOSE (AP) - A study released Tuesday shows Silicon Valley's tech economy is continuing to boom, with 58,000 new jobs and 42,000 new residents last year and all indications the record growth will continue.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Finishing college growing divide between rich, poor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is a growing divide between who earns a bachelor's degree by age 24, with the gap between the nation's richest and poorest students doubling during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Court panel questions federal attempt to close pot dispensary

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court questioned Tuesday why the Department of Justice was trying to shut down a large California medical marijuana dispensary in light of recent indications the department would not go after pot stores.

February 03, 2015 | | State


State violates rights of disabled inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must stop housing disabled inmates in isolation cells solely because prisons lack housing to accommodate wheelchairs and other assistance, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | | State


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Fire scares Los Angeles as larger blazes burn across West

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A brush fire that broke out Sunday near downtown Los Angeles threatened a densely populated, hilly neighborhood along a freeway as sizzling ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


Small plane crashes BART train tracks

HAYWARD (AP) - A small plane crashed on commuter train tracks in the San Francisco Bay Area, killing the pilot and disrupting train service.

June 19, 2016 | | State


Fire burns 6 buildings, displaces 40 people in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fire that burned six buildings and displaced 40 people on the edge of San Francisco's Mission District has been contained.

June 19, 2016 | | State


Business group sues to block Islamic center in Costa Mesa

COSTA MESA (AP) - A business owners association has sued to block an Islamic group from opening a center at an Orange County business park near ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


Homeless man charged in fire deaths is illegal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless man charged with setting a fire that killed five people at a vacant Los Angeles building was in the country ...

June 19, 2016 | | State


UC Merced expanding

MERCED (AP) - The University of California's youngest, smallest and most ethnically diverse campus reached a milestone in its journey to becoming a major feature ...

June 16, 2016 | | State


Open-legislature ballot measure hits a nerve

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers would be stripped of their ability to make last-minute changes to bills and all public hearings would be videotaped under a ...

June 16, 2016 | | State


Elimination of contentious welfare policy?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governor of California has given in to liberal lawmakers who want to repeal a welfare policy that critics call racist, ineffective and ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


High-speed rail lawsuit delays cost $63 million, add 17 months

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another $63 million was added Tuesday to the cost of California's high-speed rail project and the completion date for the first 29-mile ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


Democrats advance 12 gun control bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats on a California legislative panel voted Tuesday to advance a dozen proposed gun control measures, including one that requires people to turn ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


Prosecutor bumps Stanford sex assault judge from new case

PALO ALTO . (AP) - A Northern California judge at the center of a recall campaign after his handling of a Stanford University sexual assault case was ...

June 14, 2016 | | State


Apple makes Siri smarter, adds software improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors' recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into ...

June 13, 2016 | | State


Armed man headed to gay pride parade wasn’t allowed to have guns

LOS ANGELES. (AP) - An Indiana man arrested in California over the weekend with three assault rifles had been ordered by a judge in April to ...

June 13, 2016 | | State


Performing pilot whale, Bubbles, dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bubbles, a short-finned pilot whale that lived at SeaWorld San Diego for nearly 30 years, has died, the park reported.

June 12, 2016 | | State


POLICE NEVER GAVE UP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California mother was reunited Thursday with her abducted son, laying eyes on him and wrapping her arms around him for the ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


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