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Snacking deputy's crash costs Santa Clara County $5M

SAN JOSE (AP) - Santa Clara County is on the hook for a $5 million settlement in a crash involving a sheriff's deputy who allegedly took his eyes off the road while eating a McDonald's hamburger, a newspaper reported.

May 22, 2013 | | State


Brown defends California's business climate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown acted Wednesday as California's cheerleader-in-chief, countering the state's anti-business reputation in an address to hundreds of business, agriculture and education leaders.

May 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

POSTAL WORKER SENTENCED IN MAIL THEFT: SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay area postal worker accused of stealing thousands of pieces of mail to obtain credit cards has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

May 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LAWYER: TEEN USED 'MURDER KIT' ON GIRL'S PARENTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors say a teenager accused of murdering his girlfriend's parents was equipped with a "murder kit" to kill the Compton couple.

May 21, 2013 | | State


Montana man dies in Yosemite climbing accident

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A Montana man died in a rock climbing accident as he tried to climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, authorities said.

May 21, 2013 | | State


Unclaimed veterans' remains laid to rest

DIXON (AP) - The unclaimed remains of 35 military veterans, including some from World War I, and two military wives have been given formal military burials in Northern California.

May 21, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN JOSE (AP) - A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved - and disable it remotely.

May 21, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF OFFICIALS UPSET OVER ANTI-ISRAEL BUS ADS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several San Francisco supervisors want the city transit agency to donate revenue from an anti-Israel bus ad campaign to the city's Human Rights Commission after the agency did the same for an ad campaign that targeted Muslims.

May 21, 2013 | | State


Dolphin finds 130-year-old torpedo off San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy says a trained dolphin has found a 130-year-old torpedo off the San Diego coast.

May 21, 2013 | | State


Man survives 220-foot jump off Golden Gate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man was rescued by a sailing crew after jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge on Monday in one of the rare cases of someone actually surviving the 220-foot plunge.

May 21, 2013 | | State


Teacher arraigned on molestation charges

UNION CITY (AP) - An elementary school teacher in Northern California has been formally charged with dozens of counts of inappropriately touching several of his students.

May 21, 2013 | | State


Two suspects mistakenly dial 911 during crime

FRESNO (AP) - Two California men were in custody on Monday after accidentally dialing 911 on a cellphone before breaking into a car, authorities said.

May 20, 2013 | | State


Judge: Workers at UC hospitals can strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge affirmed on Monday that some workers at the five largest University of California medical centers can go on a planned two-day strike starting Tuesday.

May 20, 2013 | | State


3 charged in LA-area bank robbery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man has been charged with a Los Angeles-area bank robbery last summer in which his girlfriend - an assistant bank manager - reported being forced to wear what she thought was a bomb strapped to her midsection.

May 20, 2013 | | State


Hantavirus response followed policy

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be reviewed by National Park Service officials.

May 20, 2013 | | State


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Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke

LONG BEACH (AP) - A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides.

September 18, 2014 | | State


California health exchange addresses dropped policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of California's health exchange said Thursday that the state is trying to improve notifications to consumers whose policies are shifted from private insurance to Medi-Cal during income checks and eligibility updates.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Father arrested in stabbing of son

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles man found covered in blood and screaming has been arrested on suspicion of killing his 6-year-old son.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Man arrested in fast-growing wildfire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Republicans push diverse candidates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Republican Party is promoting one of its most diverse, youthful sets of candidates in years for this November's election. The question heading into this weekend's state party convention is whether it will matter in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Larry Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies.

September 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego judge denies license scan info request

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has tentatively denied a technology entrepreneur's request for license plate data collected on his vehicle from police scanners.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook CEO wants students learning tech

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies - and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Contempt charge for PG&E?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term.

September 18, 2014 | | State


HOAs barred from requiring luscious home landscaping

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.

September 18, 2014 | | State


500 Berkeley students missed sex abuse classes

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley says 500 incoming students have not taken a mandatory class on sexual violence.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Democratic state senator offered deal on DUI charges to avoid jail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol is being offered the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense, a prosecutor said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook name policy a real drag

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Patients sue over application backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.

September 17, 2014 | | State


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