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STATE REMOVES SIGNS OBJECTING TO TWIN TUNNELS: WALNUT GROVE (AP) - Activists opposed to California's $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are accusing state transportation workers who removed anti-tunnel yard signs of trying to silence them. The signs proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!" have disappeared over the past several days from yards fronting a state highway in Sacramento County. Transportation officials they were placed too close to the highway, violating state law. Caltrans spokesman Gareth Lacy says any private sign is forbidden within a state right of way. The state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees ...

July 11, 2013 | | State


D.C. Council rebukes Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council issued a legislative rebuke to Wal-Mart on Wednesday, approving a bill that would require the retail giant and other big-box chain retailers operating in the nation's capital to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

July 10, 2013 | | State


PROBE QUESTIONS SPEED CONTROLS

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

July 10, 2013 | | State


‘Shimming’ could allow Bay Bridge to open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials are studying a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that could allow the new span to open as scheduled on Labor Day, but they said Wednesday a decision had not yet been made on the work.

July 10, 2013 | | State


THINGS TO DO

The 2013 Stanislaus County Fair offers new showstoppers for food loving aficionados.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Around the State

POSSIBLE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT MISSING BOY'S HOME: MENIFEE (AP) - Authorities say they've found possible human remains at the Southern California home of an 11-year-old autistic boy who vanished over the weekend. Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez says investigators served a search warrant before dawn Wednesday at the Menifee home of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. He says investigators dug up some remains but they haven't determined whether they're human. Martinez also says investigators never ruled out foul play in the boy's disappearance.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Investigators interview Asiana Airlines pilots

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aviation investigators put more questions to the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Tuesday, trying to learn what was happening in the cockpit of the Boeing 777 as the plane made a dangerously low and slow approach before a crash-landing that killed two passengers.

July 09, 2013 | | State


From Country to Rock to Weird Al, Stanislaus County Fair has it all

Whether you prefer to tap your toes to country twang or get up and boogie-woogie to rockin' beats, the Stanislaus County Fair is likely to have some music to suit your fancy.

July 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PANEL: NEXT MARS ROVER SHOULD GATHER ROCKS, SOIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA-appointed team says the next rover sent to Mars should collect rocks and dirt and store them so that a later mission can return them to Earth. The team's report posted online Tuesday describes recommended science goals for the mission slated to launch in 2020. NASA last year said it planned to launch another rover to the red planet following the success of Curiosity, which made a dramatic touchdown near the Martian equator last August. To keep costs down, engineers will recycle spare parts where possible and ...

July 09, 2013 | | State


Giant sequoia smoldering after more than a year

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An ancient giant sequoia has been smoldering for more than a year in Sequoia National Park, with the small fire even surviving a full Sierra Nevada winter, National Park Service officials said.

July 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge delayed by broken rods

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day as it will take contractors until at least December to repair cracks in the bridge's seismic safety bolts, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Fire Chief: Victim possibly run over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials acknowledged Monday that one of their trucks responding to the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport may have run over one of the two teenage girls killed in the accident.

July 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PRODUCT MAY HAVE CAUSED FIREWORKS BLAST: The operator of a Southern California fireworks show that sprayed the crowd and injured more than three dozen people says a product malfunction appears to be the cause of the "catastrophic failure." Pyrotechnic operator Bruce Sussin said Monday that they immediately pulled the plug on the July 4 show when the problem occurred at a park in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles. Sussin says fire inspectors checked the site before the show by Bethpage, N.Y.-based Bay Fireworks and everything was fine. Sussin says he later heard that other operators reported similar ...

July 08, 2013 | | State


Plane parts found in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Part of the tail section of an Asiana jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was found in the waters of San Francisco Bay, and debris from the seawall was carried several hundred feet down the runway, a federal official said Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Bill restores rules on domestic violence cases

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state Senate has approved legislation that would reinstate mandates that police departments keep records of restraining orders and adopt standards for responding to domestic violence calls.

July 05, 2013 | | State


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Drought takes bite out of rice harvest

WOODLAND (AP) - California's deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that's bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Farmers suing state over water delivery cutbacks

FRESNO (AP) - Farmers in California's Central Valley are going to court to challenge the division of water during the state's ongoing drought.

October 29, 2014 | | State


California orders risk-based Ebola 21-day quarantine

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials announced Wednesday that the state is requiring a 21-day quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Oakland Mayor Jean Quan faces tough re-election fight

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland is working to shed its reputation as a mismanaged and crime-ridden city.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Missing hunter and dog found alive in NorCal

MANCHESTER (AP) - Family members say a 59-year-old hunter and his dog were found alive nearly a week after going missing on a hunting trip in a remote Northern California wilderness area.

October 29, 2014 | | State


California adding 21 names to memorial

LONG BEACH (AP) - California is adding 21 names to its Vietnam Veterans Memorial - sailors killed when their ship was struck by an Australian aircraft carrier.

October 29, 2014 | | State


‘Hoarders’ psychologist testifies at murder trial

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A psychologist who stars on a reality TV show testified at a murder trial that a California man accused of killing an animal control officer had a hoarding disorder and could have reacted violently to anyone trying to take away his many animals.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Nurses union claims California hospitals not ready for Ebola

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Five California hospitals that say they are ready to treat the Ebola virus lack proper training and equipment, a nurses union said Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Judge tosses ex-dictator’s suit against video game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 "Call of Duty" video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game's use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Man to be sentenced in dragging death of his elderly grandfather

WILLITS (AP) - A Northern California man accused of killing his 84-year-old grandfather by dragging him behind a pickup truck for nearly six miles will be sentenced Nov. 14 for first-degree murder.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Sheriff fires 1 after San Francisco hospital patient’s death in stairwell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff's Department officials say one staff member has been fired, two have been suspended, and five others are facing discipline a year after the body of a 57-year-old hospital patient was found in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her room.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Police shut down 12,000-light Halloween home with music

RIVERSIDE (AP) - It's no treat for a Southern California Halloween lover after police shut down his gigantic music-and-light show.

October 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT NOURISHES FAKE GRASS SALES: TORRANCE (AP) - Businesses that sell artificial grass are making some serious green in drought-stricken Southern California.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested for threat against school

MENIFEE (AP) - Riverside County authorities say two teens have been arrested for allegedly making an online threat against a Menifee charter school.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Move to clean up Santa Ana River

SANTA ANA (AP) - Conservationists are turning their attention to the restoration of the Santa Ana River in Southern California after recently approved legislation established a program to create a network of trails and river-bottom parks that could eventually connect scenic spots from Big Bear Lake to Huntington Beach.

October 27, 2014 | | State


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