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PROPOSED MEASURE WOULD CHANGE CRIME CLASSIFICATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's top prosecutor is seeking to reclassify some crimes that could save money which could be used to fund crime prevention and mental health services.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Feds killing barred owls to help spotted owl

ARCATA (AP) - An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Big Sur wildfire is close to full containment

BIG SUR (AP) - Officials are optimistic that a wildfire in California's Big Sur region that has destroyed 14 homes and several other buildings will soon be put out.

December 20, 2013 | | State


1,500 tested for TB at SoCal school

INDIO (AP) - More than 1,500 staff and students at a Southern California high school were tested for tuberculosis after one student was diagnosed with the bacterial infection last month, health officials said Friday.

December 20, 2013 | | State


News from across San Joaquin

BOY HELD IN ATTACK ON WWII VET WILL GO TO REHAB: FRESNO (AP) - A judge on Thursday decided to send a 12-year-old Fresno boy accused of helping beat and rob a World War II veteran to a rehabilitation program instead of a juvenile correctional facility.

December 20, 2013 | | State


2nd Mega winner still a mystery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The identity of the person whose Mega Millions ticket is worth half the $648 million jackpot remained a mystery Friday, but lottery officials said it's not unusual for big winners to delay claiming the prize while they seek advice about their new fortune.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Father who saw son killed by LA police on live television files $20 million claim

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father who saw his son killed by Los Angeles police on live television filed a $20 million claim against the city Friday.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Group sues state over new transgender law

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Groups trying to overturn a new California law allowing transgender students to choose public school restrooms and sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders have filed a lawsuit claiming state officials are unfairly refusing to count signatures seeking a referendum.

December 20, 2013 | | State


News from around california

ESCONDIDO POLICE CHIEF APOLOGIZES FOR GAG GIFT: ESCONDIDO (AP) - A Southern California police chief has apologized for a holiday party gag prize that included mug shots of intoxicated people.

December 20, 2013 | | State


California jobless rate continues positive trend

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped to 8.5 percent in November, the state Employment Development Department said Friday, continuing a positive trend after increasing temporarily over the summer.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Judge to hospital: Keep girl on support

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge on Friday ordered a California hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.

December 20, 2013 | | State


ACLU alleges racism at NorCal school district

EUREKA (AP) - A civil liberties group has accused a Northern California school district of pervasive racism and of condoning weekly traditions in which female students are groped.

December 19, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

PG&E FINED $14M OVER INCORRECT RECORDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been fined with $14.35 million for failing to promptly notify state officials of incorrect records related to a Northern California natural gas pipeline.

December 19, 2013 | | State


Student who spurs school lockdown killed by train

MOORPARK (AP) - Authorities say a student who spurred a lockdown with a threatening note at a Ventura County high school killed himself by stepping in front of a train.

December 19, 2013 | | State


Inmate isolation case goes to judge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge abruptly interrupted a weeks long hearing so that he could begin considering whether the prolonged solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates in California prisons violates their civil rights.

December 19, 2013 | | State


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Three pedestrians killed

REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.

December 19, 2014 | | State


PEEVEY: ‘I SURRENDER!’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Drunk man shot while entering wrong house

BENICIA (AP) - Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Protection sought for scenic region

WOODLAND (AP) - A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Sides ‘far apart’ in port talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

December 19, 2014 | | State


CHP, Oakland in tiff over plainclothes cops

OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said it told local police that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, but Oakland Police Department officials said they were not notified.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Carjacking suspect arrested in ‘Hobbit’ screening in SoCal

NATIONAL CITY (AP) - Moviegoers watching "The Hobbit" in San Diego County were treated to a real-life drama after police chased down a carjacking suspect who'd dashed into the theater and arrested him at gunpoint.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Exchange sign-ups exceed last year

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health care exchange has exceeded last year's insurance sign-ups during its first month of open enrollment as it nears a deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit over immigrant license data

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver's license databases to track down people for deportation.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Rim Fire supports need for controlled burns

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A fierce wildfire that scorched part of Yosemite National Park burned less intensely in places that had fires in recent years - a finding that researchers said Wednesday supports a belief that controlled burning often curtails extreme fires.

December 17, 2014 | | State


PG&E email alleges offer by regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a newly released email, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive says a state official offered to write the utility a favorable opinion for a proposed gas rate hike.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Rain could spell trouble for water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another storm moved into water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides.

December 16, 2014 | | State


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