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Bill seeks to tighten assault weapons law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that has the backing of California's attorney general would close a loophole in the nation's toughest assault weapons law, making it more difficult for guns to be swiftly reloaded with high-capacity magazines.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Officer who revealed corruption gets job back

BELL (AP) - A police sergeant from the city of Bell who was forced to retire after reporting corruption in local government has been given his job back, along with a $400,000 settlement.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Boy Scout files reveal repeat child abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators.

August 05, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• SUV plummets from SD mall parking garage : SAN DIEGO (AP) - A woman was injured when an SUV crashed through a barrier and plummeted three stories from a parking structure at a San Diego County mall, landing on its roof onto two parked cars.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Yosemite’s lost valley will be subject of vote in San Francsico

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - This fall San Franciscans will vote on a local measure with national implications: It could return to the American people a flooded gorge described as the twin of breathtaking Yosemite Valley.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Lightning storms this weekend raise Sierra Nevada fire danger

SONORA, Calif. (AP) - A series of dry lightning storms could spark wildfires throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains this weekend, officials warned Friday.

August 03, 2012 | | State


Illegals to pay $465 for temporary work permits

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Obama administration said Friday it will begin charging $465 this month for temporary work permits for many young illegal immigrants, as it laid out details of one its signature new policies on immigration.

August 03, 2012 | | State


USDA: Number of farmers markets up due to demand

FRESNO (AP) - As demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has increased, so too has the number of urban farmers markets sprouting up across the nation.

August 03, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

AUTHORITIES FIND GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE CLIMBER: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The search for a man who apparently spent the night atop San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is over.

August 03, 2012 | | State


Report: Mad cow in Hanford is documented as isolated case

HANFORD (AP) - A California Holstein discovered to have mad cow disease in April was an isolated case and didn't pose a threat to the food supply, a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

August 03, 2012 | | State


Special funds: No more deceptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A detailed review of more than 500 state special funds released Friday found hundreds of millions of dollars in accounting discrepancies but no instances beyond the state parks department in which government officials purposely underreported the amount of money.

August 03, 2012 | | State


Nurses union gives Brown tax initiative campaign on November ballot $1 million

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The politically influential California Nurses Association on Thursday announced its support for Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative and handed over a $1 million contribution to his campaign.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Pepper spray incident officer fired

DAVIS (AP) - The police chief at the University of California, Davis, overruled an internal affairs panel's recommendation and fired a lieutenant who soaked demonstrators with pepper spray - an incident that sparked protests after it was recorded and posted online, according to documents obtained by a newspaper.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Fire in Plumas National Forest more than doubles

BELDEN (AP) - Dry conditions and rocky terrain are hampering efforts to contain a fire in the Plumas National Forest in Northern California that is threatening dozens of structures, including trailer homes.

August 02, 2012 | | State


Court reverses ruling favoring debt collectors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a California ruling that favored debt collectors who send letters to a person's workplace.

August 02, 2012 | | State


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Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Police: GPS helped solve, didn’t deter killings of at least 4 women

SANTA ANA (AP) - GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Deadline arrives for exchange sign-up

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Body found in abandoned Ceres freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Northern California say a body was found inside a freezer at an abandoned auto shop.

April 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FORMER FIRE CHIEF PLEADS NO CONTEST TO RADIO THEFT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Southern California fire chief has pleaded no contest to stealing more than $300,000 of radio equipment to sell on eBay and setting a fire in a bungled attempt to hide the theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Drivers in fatal bus crash had clean records

ORLAND (AP) - Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Netflix’s Comcast deal improves quality of video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Trend persists of prisons as mental health housing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were scaled back, prisons and county jails have become the de facto housing for many who are mentally ill.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Injured man flown from fishing boat to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Coast Guard says an injured man has been picked up from a charter fishing boat off Baja California and flown to San Diego for medical treatment.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Did parolees wear GPS devices during killings

ANAHEIM (AP) - Two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Steinberg backs off ‘carbon tax’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Larger marine sanctuaries proposed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday proposed more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the Northern California coast, a move that would restrict the movements of cargo ships, aircraft and personal watercraft, and close the areas to oil and gas exploration.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Man comes to courthouse in stolen vehicle

SONORA (AP) - Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Landmark thermometer to be renovated, relit

BAKER (AP) - A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert will once again be a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.

April 14, 2014 | | State


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