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Senator wants probe at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer pressed federal regulators Wednesday to open a probe at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant after uncovering documents that she said suggest the utility that runs it took shortcuts that compromised safety.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Officials to research coyote hunting laws

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state game commission on Wednesday declined to intervene in a controversial coyote hunting contest, although members did ask for a legal opinion on whether the board has authority to regulate contests in the future.

February 06, 2013 | | State


SoCal tour bus collision death toll rises to eight

LOMA LINDA (AP) - The driver of a pickup truck struck by a careening tour bus died Wednesday at a California hospital, bringing the death toll from the mountain road crash to eight.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

7 INJURED AS SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CAR STOPS QUICKLY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seven people were injured Wednesday when a San Francisco cable car carrying about 50 passengers came to a sudden stop in the city's Nob Hill neighborhood, authorities said.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Blind bike racer refuses to give in to disability

MILL VALLEY (AP) - A Northern California man who lost his eyesight to diabetes has refused to give up on his lifelong love of athletics, including as a competitive mountain biker.

February 05, 2013 | | State


State may force gun owners to buy insurance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons.

February 05, 2013 | | State


California Supreme Court hears pot shop ban case involving cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Members of California's highest court expressed skepticism Tuesday over claims that the state's medical marijuana laws prohibit local governments from banning storefront pot shops.

February 05, 2013 | | State


Jobs, income, IPOs up in Silicon Valley

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The Silicon Valley is leading the rest of the country out of the recession with increased jobs, income and initial public offerings last year, according to a new regional report.

February 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

2-YEAR-OLD DIES AFTER DRINKING CLEANING SOLUTION: MERCED . (AP) - Merced County officials say a two-year-old boy has died after his grandmother gave him what she thought was a bottle of water to drink, but the bottle actually contained a cleaning solution.

February 05, 2013 | | State


Attorney general sues Standard & Poor's

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's attorney general on Tuesday joined the U.S. Department of Justice and several other states in seeking billions of dollars in damages from the debt rating agency Standard & Poor's for its alleged role in the mortgage crisis.

February 05, 2013 | | State


Attorney general sues Standard & Poor's

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's attorney general on Tuesday joined the U.S. Department of Justice and several other states in seeking billions of dollars in damages from the debt rating agency Standard & Poor's for its alleged role in the mortgage crisis.

February 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

2 DEAD IN CRASH NEAR PIGEON POINT LIGHTHOUSE: PESCADERO (AP) - Two men are dead after their car flipped on Highway 1 near California's Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

February 05, 2013 | | State


College basketball coach, fiance found dead

IRVINE (AP) - A college basketball coach and her fiance were found shot to death in a car at their upscale condominium complex in Southern California, and authorities say they have no motive or suspects in the killing.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Pot shops face next legal crisis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's medical marijuana stores, which experienced a boom in 2009 when the U.S. Department of Justice said prosecutions were a low priority and then a bust in the form of a federal crackdown, are facing another existential watershed closer to home.

February 04, 2013 | | State


Napolitano trumpets border security

SAN DIEGO (AP) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in San Diego to trumpet what she calls dramatic improvements in border security.

February 04, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Boy hurt in quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Quake major test for hard-luck Vallejo

VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.

August 26, 2014 | | State


US eager to cater to Chinese

COSTA MESA (AP) - On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.

August 26, 2014 | | State


UC Berkeley cuts off waterfall access

GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Fresno mayor touts independence in bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


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