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Teen planned to sell Guy Fieri’s car

MARIN (AP) - A Northern California teenager convicted of stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini planned to sell the car and also commit a jewelry heist, according to court documents.

January 31, 2014 | | State


State says gang members can change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prison officials revealed new rules Friday that they say will make California the first state to recognize that inmates can quit prison gangs and put that lifestyle behind them, allowing them to escape the tough restrictions that gang members are subject to.

January 31, 2014 | | State


Pension measure less likely to make ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure aimed at controlling public pension costs in California is less likely to make it onto the state's November ballot after proponents said they would sue to challenge the ballot language.

January 31, 2014 | | State


Convicted state lawmaker introduces crime bill to reduce gravity of his felonies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of eight felonies this week introduced a bill that would have allowed those in similar circumstances to have their crimes reduced to misdemeanors.

January 31, 2014 | | State


California weighs illegal immigrant license rules

SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants who are in the United States illegally are often called "undocumented" despite carrying a long list of papers: passports, consular ID cards, birth certificates from their home countries, and those of their children born here.

January 31, 2014 | | State


California flu deaths jump to 147 surpassing last season’s count

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials said Friday that 147 people in the state have died from the flu this season, surpassing last season's death toll.

January 31, 2014 | | State


SNOWPACK: 12% OF NORMAL

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State surveyors checking California's snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.

January 30, 2014 | | State


Brown: Flush less, take shorter showers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown provided some very practical guidance for Californians amid a deepening drought: Take shorter showers, turn off the water while brushing teeth, and "don't flush more than you have to."

January 30, 2014 | | State


‘Ghost guns’ face rules under bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require people who assemble homemade guns to register the weapons and acquire serial numbers before they could legally own them.

January 30, 2014 | | State


Ripon council honors pair for service to community & Senior Commission

William (Bill) Hunter and Jake Van Duyn could be seen at many of the community events in Ripon.

January 30, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | State


Report: Caltrans. needs ‘modernizing’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Department of Transportation desperately needs fundamental reforms to help a changing state move people and goods more efficiently, according to a report released Thursday.

January 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

uMAN LEADS CHP ON 3.5-HOUR CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - A man driving a stolen big rig truck in Northern California led the state highway patrol on a 3 ½-hour chase early Thursday before being taken into custody.

January 30, 2014 | | State


State cracks down on computer boot camps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California consumer protection officials are threatening to close a number of fast-paced, fast-growing computer coding boot camps that train people to work in the technology industry, saying they failed to get licensed as private schools before they started accepting students.

January 30, 2014 | | State


Cal State leader unveils plan to speed graduation

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - California State University's chancellor announced a $50 million plan to increase graduation rates by hiring more advisers and tenure-track faculty and boosting the number of online courses.

January 30, 2014 | | State


Report on killing of teen being sent to DA

SANTA ROSA. (AP) - Investigators have given a Northern California prosecutor their final report on a sheriff deputy fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy carrying a toy rifle.

January 30, 2014 | | State


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State mandates low-water lawns on renovated, new homes & buildings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Federal agencies defend response to SoCal oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State Senate offers 24-hour rides for drunken members

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California senators too drunk to drive can turn to a 24-hour ride service funded by taxpayers, a local newspaper reports.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.

May 29, 2015 | | State


Competency trial for 2012 mass shooting

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Alameda County jury will have the final say on whether a mentally ill man is competent enough to stand trial for a 2012 massacre at a small nursing college.

May 29, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | State


Arrest in Ripon attempted murder

A Ripon man has been arrested on charges he stabbed a relative,

May 29, 2015 | | State


Cemetery annual meeting Wednesday

The East Union Memorial Cemetery will have its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center on Moffat Boulevard.

May 29, 2015 | | State


State to vote on water limits for new lawns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators are expected to vote today on water limits for new lawns as the historic drought persists in parched California.

May 29, 2015 | | State


After security scandal, a tech firm says it’s changing focus

PALO ALTO (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup says it's shutting down operations and shifting to a new business model after it was blamed earlier this year for turning unwitting computer users into targets for annoying web ads - and hackers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Rebates drive grass removal frenzy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that's providing a big boost to landscapers.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Cupertino cancels fireworks

CUPERTINO. (AP) - The Cupertino sky will be free of July 4 fireworks this year.

May 28, 2015 | | State


New tech is changing restaurant reservations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Bills reinstating penalties for some crimes shelved

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A key legislative panel on Thursday shelved several attempts to scale back a ballot measure that California voters approved to reduce penalties for some crimes, including stalling a bill that would have made stealing firearms a felony once again.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Steel rod fails test on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | | State


Training turns into real deal

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.

May 28, 2015 | | State


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