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Arson fires put San Jose neighborhood on alert

SAN JOSE . (AP) - San Jose residents remained on high alert Monday as authorities search for a serial arsonist they believe is responsible for nearly a dozen fires in the city within a week.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Addiction counselor's DUI murder case begins

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An alcohol counselor driving drunk at night struck a pedestrian and continued on for another 2 miles while the man was lodged in her windshield, a prosecutor said in an opening statement Monday.

January 13, 2014 | | State


'Octomom' charged with welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman did porn films, boxed D-list celebrities, even endorsed birth control for dogs after giving birth in 2009 to eight babies after she received in vitro fertility treatments.

January 13, 2014 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

OAKLAND SETTLES WITH SUSPECT WOUNDED BY OFFICER: OAKLAND (AP) - A man who was shot by Oakland police after authorities say he robbed another man at gunpoint is set to receive a $125,000 settlement from the city.

January 13, 2014 | | State


DUI suspect flees in patrol car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested a man who took off in a police cruiser after being stopped for possibly driving drunk.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Analyst : California budget plan 'prudent'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is on the right track with his 2014-15 budget proposal by recommending that California devote billions of dollars in new revenue to start paying down its massive debts, the Legislative Analyst's Office said Monday.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Bear turns heads on Lake Tahoe ski slopes

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - An unusual sight for winter turned some skiers' heads on the slopes at Lake Tahoe: a black bear.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Suit: Fireworks violate Clean Water Act

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the tourism agency and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines.

January 12, 2014 | | State


High fire, wind warnings in Southern Cal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire and weather officials are urging Southern Californians to heed high fire and wind warnings over the next three days after a third year of especially dry conditions.

January 12, 2014 | | State


Tech firms displace SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The arrival of Twitter and other tech companies in San Francisco's long-neglected Mid-Market corridor is pushing more homeless people into adjacent neighborhoods.

January 12, 2014 | | State


School funding reform on tap

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After months of sometimes angry debate, California education officials are set to take up rules this week aimed at making good on Gov. Jerry Brown's promise to invest in the state's future by overhauling how public schools are funded and directing more money to the neediest students.

January 12, 2014 | | State


Modesto pays S150K for shooting of peeping suspect

MODESTO . (AP) - The city of Modesto is paying $150,000 to settle a lawsuit by a suspected peeping Tom who was shot three times by an off-duty detective.

January 12, 2014 | | State


Unz: Boost wages to $12-an-hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrats across the nation are eager to make increasing the minimum wage a defining campaign issue in 2014, but in California a proposal to boost the pay rate to $12 an hour is coming from a different point on the political compass.

January 12, 2014 | | State


State tax grab may force Jurupa Valley to no longer exist as city

JURUPA VALLEY (AP) - California's youngest city evokes memories of the old West: residents ride horses against a backdrop of hardscrabble hills, and political wrangling takes place in a store that once sold cowboy boots.

January 12, 2014 | | State


Regulators approve first shellfish farm off Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California regulators approved this week development of the first shellfish farm in federal waters off Southern California that could produce about 2.6 million pounds of Mediterranean mussels a year.

January 12, 2014 | | State


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Massive traffic expected in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Stranded woman rescued after giving birth in forest

OROVILLE (AP) - Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Group seeking to pull plug on offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

June 30, 2015 | | State


New laws affect lead ammo, paid sick leave, smartphones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Firefighters getting handle on Markleeville

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - After nearly two weeks, a 28-square-mile blaze south of Markleeville in Alpine County is more than 55 percent contained.

June 30, 2015 | | State


Farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor

RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) - A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Legislature passes strict vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Wet weekend helps wildfire fights

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - A damp weekend helped firefighters stop the growth of a huge Southern California wildfire, one of many burning around the state.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Teen cleared of slaying arrested on same charge

MERCED (AP) - A teenager spent the night at a central California jail after he was arrested on a warrant for a murder charge a judge had cleared him of months earlier.

June 29, 2015 | | State


Lightning strikes spark new wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.

June 28, 2015 | | State


35 counties extend health care to illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers tie $20 million in grants to police use of force

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state budget that takes effect on Wednesday includes $20 million in grants for local law enforcement agencies, but lawmakers are linking the money to the national debate over killings by police.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Pest fruit flies found in Cupertino

CUPERTINO (AP) - A state lab has found a fruit fly infestation in a Northern California neighborhood.

June 28, 2015 | | State


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