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Crews search for family who abandoned sinking boat

MONTEREY (AP) - Crews searched by sea and air and sought the public's help Monday as they ramped up their efforts to find a husband and wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls to the Coast Guard the day before, saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast and they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and a life ring.

February 25, 2013 | | State


LA school mourns death of popular student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A school assembly at Harvard-Westlake school is being held so students and staff can have time together to grieve the death of popular and talented student Justin Carr.

February 25, 2013 | | State


Athletes cash in on Calif. workers' comp

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's workers' compensation system has awarded millions of dollars in benefits for job-related injuries to thousands of professional athletes, including many who played for out-of-state teams, according to a report.

February 24, 2013 | | State


2 scuba divers die Point Lobos on Monterey coast

CARMEL (AP) - Two scuba divers have died while diving off the coast of California's Monterey County, authorities said.

February 24, 2013 | | State


Parolees disarming tracking devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thousands of California parolees, many of them sex offenders, are removing court-ordered GPS monitors, often with little risk of serving time because state prisons are too full to hold them, according to an investigation.

February 24, 2013 | | State


4-pound goldfish, plague Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Researchers at Lake Tahoe are raising new concerns about nonnative, warm-water fish invading the mountain lake's chilly waters, including giant, minnow-gulping goldfish weighing as much as 4 pounds.

February 24, 2013 | | State


PG&E boosts training after deaths of 3 workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. are boosting the utility's training on safety procedures after the deaths of three workers in three years, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

February 24, 2013 | | State


Suspect fatally shot by 2 gang task force members

STOCKTON (AP) - A robbery suspect pulled over by two members of a gang task force in Stockton on Saturday night was shot and killed when the suspect tried to run them over, authorities said.

February 24, 2013 | | State


Cutting edge tunnels poised to open

PACIFICA (AP) - Two slick new mile-long tunnels are undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide south of San Francisco to a smooth, Alpine-like passageway unlike any in the U.S. today.

February 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEWER STUDENTS FORCE CLOSURE OF SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fewer students have forced Sacramento school trustees to shutter seven campuses.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Californians back citizenship for illegals in certain instances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nine in 10 California voters say they support allowing illegal immigrants who have been in the country for several years to stay and become citizens if they have a job, learn English and pay any back taxes they may owe, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Court OKs treatment requirement for California grown almond crop

FRESNO (AP) - An appeals court ruled Friday that federal officials have the authority to require that all California almonds be treated for salmonella following outbreaks linked to almonds from the state.

February 22, 2013 | | State


8 officers involved in mistaken ID shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly shot newspaper delivery women while guarding a target of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner remain out of the field pending an internal investigation.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Gas prices see spike of 59 cents in month

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's still February, but California gas prices are springing forward.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Federal budget cutbacks will hit Yosemite park

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut.

February 22, 2013 | | State


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2 cent per ounce soda tax on SF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Agency may hire ‘water cops’

SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.

July 22, 2014 | | State


IRS employee charged with ID theft

FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Stockton bank robber linked to 2 other heists

STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

July 21, 2014 | | State


Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Brown signs laws imposing tighter gun rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.

July 18, 2014 | | State


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