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Lawsuit says California could have stopped slaying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims California officials could have stopped what it says was the "assassination" of a notorious California inmate who was stabbed 19 times just days after he was released into the general prison population last year.

October 06, 2016 | | State


BACKPAGE OFFICES RAIDED

DALLAS (AP) - State agents raided the Dallas headquarters of adult classified ad portal Backpage and arrested Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer on Thursday following allegations that adult and child sex-trafficking victims had been forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the site.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Judge questions Airbnb in fight over SF law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge expressed skepticism Thursday that a San Francisco ordinance setting fines for short-term rental websites that process bookings for unregistered units violates federal law.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Taser death victim went 14 minutes without medical care

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 66-year-old man who died this week after California police stunned him with a Taser during a struggle lay on the ground for 14 minutes without medical assistance because officers were in a standoff with his brother, who was threatening them with a gun, authorities said Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Sheriff: LA County sergeant was shot execution-style

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant was the victim of "a calculated execution" by a parolee with a long history of arrests who pumped bullets into his body as he lay wounded, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | | State


State tightens rule on popular agricultrure pesticide, citing health

FRESNO (AP) - California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation's most productive agricultural state as a chemical known to cause cancer, regulators said Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Person in clown suit tried to kidnap baby girl

CONCORD (AP) - Concord police say a person dressed in a clown suit tried to abduct an infant.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Teen shot by LA officer was suicidal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 16-year-old boy shot dead last weekend as he pointed a fake gun at police wanted to kill himself, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | | State


ONCE CALLED A HOAX

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney is trying to avoid a life prison sentence with a plea bargain in a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.

September 29, 2016 | | State


$389M spent so far on measures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of California's 17 November ballot measures have raised nearly $390 million six weeks before the election, putting the state as close as $50 million shy of record initiative fundraising with some of the heaviest spending yet to come.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Brown approves gender-neutral status for single occupant restrooms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

SANTA CLARA (AP) - More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was closed after mental health advocates said it was insensitive to the mentally ill.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Soda-tax battle bubbles up in the SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

September 28, 2016 | | State


El Cajon ifficer guns down refugee in ‘shooting stance’

EL CAJON (AP) - The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Gun owners expect to fail in blocking new California laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The leader of a gun owners' group said Wednesday that he expects to fall short of forcing a statewide vote to overturn recent California laws that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales.

September 28, 2016 | | State


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WAREHOUSE FIRE

OAKLAND (AP) - Terry Ewing was among the anxious family and friends who received confirmation Monday of what he already knew in his heart: His girlfriend ...

December 05, 2016 | | State


Colleagues paint caustic portrait of colony founder

OAKLAND (AP) - The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and ...

December 05, 2016 | | State


Congressional deal on drought

WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate leaders reached agreement Monday on a bipartisan bill to authorize $170 million for Flint, Michigan, and other cities beleaguered by ...

December 05, 2016 | | State


California lawmakers aim to protect illegal immigrants from Trump

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Monday urged President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from pursuing mass deportations and introduced urgent legislation to fund immigration lawyers and ...

December 05, 2016 | | State


Security upped after threatened attack on LA subway stop

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI and local law enforcement agencies say they have stepped up security on Los Angeles County's commuter rail system after ...

December 05, 2016 | | State


Manteca announces winners for parade, decorating trees

Winners of the Christmas Tree in the Park contest and the related scene along with the top parade entries have been announced by Manteca Chamber ...

December 05, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | State


California Supreme Court limits police searches during traffic stops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police officers may only conduct a search following a traffic stop if they believe there is probable cause a crime was committed ...

December 05, 2016 | | State


Biggest union reaches deal with Brown’s staff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

December 04, 2016 | | State


Warehouse fire death toll hits 33

OAKLAND (AP) - The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed to 33 on Sunday as firefighters ...

December 04, 2016 | | State


California state-worker union cancels Monday strike

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest public-employee union on Friday canceled a planned one-day strike, averting a potentially disruptive protest that would have kept up to ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


California treasurer asks Trump for guidance on pot, banking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang on Friday appealed to President-elect Donald Trump for guidance on how the state's projected $7 billion marijuana ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees remembered their fallen colleagues in silence late ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Prosecutor: Man admits guilt in deadly California bank heist

STOCKTON (AP) - A man pleaded guilty to a 2014 bank robbery and gunbattle with police in Stockton that ended with the death of a woman ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Sex assault report casts shadow on SF Bay Area high school

CONCORD (AP) - Accusations of an on-campus sex assault have pointed a negative light on a San Francisco Bay Area Catholic high school with a nationally ...

December 03, 2016 | | State


Cicely Tyson performs Langston Hughes at Ebony gala

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Cicely Tyson performed a Langston Hughes poem as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from Ebony magazine.

December 03, 2016 | | State


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