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SoCal wildfire is 40 percent contained

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Firefighters stopped the spread of a 311-acre wildfire in the heavily vegetated Santa Ana River bottom Friday, despite gusty Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions amid a late-winter heat spell.

March 01, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SURFACES IN HOMELESS DEATH CASE: FULLERTON (AP) - An attorney for a popular bar says his client did nothing wrong by making a police call that set in motion a fatal confrontation between several Fullerton officers and a mentally ill homeless man.

March 01, 2013 | | State


Cities lose bid to halt high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto lost a bid to block the California high-speed rail line along the Caltrain corridor south of San Francisco after a judge dismissed a five-year-old lawsuit.

March 01, 2013 | | State


Shark protections set to go into effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Great white sharks off the coast of California will likely enjoy greater protection, as state officials consider whether to add the predator to California's list of endangered species.

March 01, 2013 | | State


1 of nation's oldest teachers retires at 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rose Gilbert wanted to be a schoolteacher since she was in the first grade and was inspired by the teacher who taught her to read and write.

March 01, 2013 | | State


California ocean protection zones helping struggling fish species

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A five-year scientific assessment of California's first marine protection zones established off the Central Coast has found that some struggling fish species are showing early signs of recovery, officials said on Thursday.

February 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TOLL OFFICIALS APPROVE $5.6M BAY BRIDGE BASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay area transportation officials have agreed to spend up to $5.6 million to pay for part of the inaugural celebration for the new east span of the Bay Bridge.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND MAYOR PUTS LOCK-PICKING CLASS IN NEWSLETTER: OAKLAND . (AP) - The mayor of a California city struggling with a spike in burglaries and other crimes is apologizing for promoting a class about how to pick locks in her newsletter.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Slain Santa Cruz police officers were taken by surprise, didn’t draw weapons

Slain Santa Cruz police officers were taken by surprise, didn't draw weapons

February 28, 2013 | | State


California Senate takes field trip to south state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate is embarking on what may be an unprecedented field trip to Southern California next week to view career education programs that proponents say should be the model throughout California.

February 28, 2013 | | State


LA appeals court ruling on homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse lower court rulings that prevent city workers from summarily removing and destroying homeless people's property left on Skid Row sidewalks.

February 28, 2013 | | State


'Girls Gone Wild' files for bankruptcy over debts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire has filed for bankruptcy in a move it says is an effort to restructure its legal affairs after several disputed court judgments.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Calif. support of gay marriage at 61 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A record 61 percent of Californians now approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a poll released Thursday.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Jails house 1,100 long-term inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California counties are housing more than 1,100 inmates serving sentences of five years or more in jails designed for stays of a year or less, according to the first report detailing the size of that population under Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment strategy to reduce state prison overcrowding.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers move on health insurance rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers took the first step Thursday toward passing new consumer protections, such as guaranteeing coverage even with pre-existing conditions, under the federal health care overhaul.

February 28, 2013 | | State


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Self-driving cars now need a permit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

September 16, 2014 | | State


San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Brown signs first California groundwater pumping rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Livermore prep students arrested in hazing incident

LIVERMORE (AP) - Police say two football players from a San Francisco Bay Area high school are under arrest after holding down a freshman teammate and shaving part of his head.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Woman convicted in baby in car case

ATWATER (AP) - A Central California mom accused of leaving her infant in a hot car while she went grocery shopping has been convicted of felony child endangerment.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Robbery suspects tried to make off with $15,600

STOCKTON (AP) - Court documents indicate the suspects in a July bank robbery in Northern California stole $15,600 before two of them and a hostage died in a shootout with police.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Experienced cyclists cruising past crashing waves off Southern California's scenic Pacific Coast Highway know they must be vigilant of cars whizzing past and don't expect that to change with a new bike safety law.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Weed woman in wildfire’s path lost almost everything

WEED (AP) - Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Exploring ‘graveyard of ships’ near San Francisco

GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) - Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Australian mosquito appears in California

MONTEREY PARK . (AP) - Officials say an Australian mosquito has made what is believed to be its first U.S. appearance in the Los Angeles area.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Central California teacher attacked, robbed on campus

FRESNO (AP) - Police are trying to identify the man who attacked and robbed a Central Valley elementary school teacher working on campus over the weekend.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns 100 homes in Weed

WEED (AP) - A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Friday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Teen charged as accessory in deadly bank heist

STOCKTON (AP) - A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of moving what had been an intended getaway car two days after a deadly Northern California bank robbery, police said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | State


SoCal swelters in heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California roasted in triple-digit temperatures Monday and forecasters predicted potentially record-setting heat for at least another day - along with extreme fire danger for baking hillsides.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Voters support legal path for immigrants

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters broadly support a path to legalization for immigrants in the U.S. without proper documents, despite widespread worry about the effects of illegal immigration, a new poll shows.

September 15, 2014 | | State


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