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BART TO TRY BIKE EXPERIMENT AGAIN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency plans to again experiment with allowing bikes aboard all trains during peak commuting hours.

February 19, 2013 | | State


Webcam catches women harassing seals on CA beach

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A webcam set up to monitor a San Diego seal colony around the clock has captured two women harassing the animals.

February 18, 2013 | | State


Legislature renews debate over rural fire fee

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An annual fire-prevention fee that is unpopular with some rural property owners is headed back before the state Legislature, as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to expand its use and opponents try to kill it.

February 18, 2013 | | State


Scholar compiles Mien-English dictionary

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California missionary and linguist has compiled a comprehensive dictionary for the Mien language, a fast-fading idiom spoken by thousands of refugees from Laos who have resettled in cities throughout the U.S.

February 18, 2013 | | State


Hypothermia, drugs cited in teen's Tahoe death

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A California teen who went missing in South Lake Tahoe on New Year's Eve and was found a few days later near a snow bank likely died of hypothermia and had drugs in her system, according to autopsy results released Monday.

February 18, 2013 | | State


San Diego County has unwanted beetlemania

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's beetlemania in San Diego County. But there are no screams of joy.

February 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHP: NAPA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR 6TH DUI

February 18, 2013 | | State


Around the state

• Yacht sets record from New York to SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A racing yacht named after one of the world's fastest cars has docked in San Francisco after what organizers said was the fastest passage of a single-hulled sailing vessel from New York to San Francisco.

February 17, 2013 | | State


Geography will play larger role in health premiums

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Whether it's the densely populated Southern California coast or the mountains of rural Northern California, geography is going to play a larger role in the cost of health insurance under the federal health care overhaul set to take effect next year.

February 17, 2013 | | State


Soledad brands self as Gateway to Pinnacles National Park

SOLEDAD (AP) - Soledad, the Salinas Valley farm town that hugs Highway 101, is hoping for a much-needed economic boost now that a nearby protected mountain area called the Pinnacles has been designated as a national park.

February 17, 2013 | | State


California officials push to recover cost of fires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials are pushing hard- some say too hard - for money to recover the costs of fighting wildfires, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

February 17, 2013 | | State


Fugitive rapist captured, his father arrested

FRESNO (AP) - A convicted rapist was captured in Mexico, and his father - a California Highway Patrol assistant chief - was arrested for allegedly helping him flee, authorities said.

February 17, 2013 | | State


Brown lets stand 80% of killer parole decisions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report shows Gov. Jerry Brown let stand 80 percent of a state board's decisions to parole murderers from California prisons.

February 15, 2013 | | State


Senators urged Sierra Club to not delay Tahoe plan just before group filed lawsuit

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein urged the Sierra Club not to delay implementation of a new plan to guide future development at Lake Tahoe - shortly before the environmental group sued over it.

February 15, 2013 | | State


Dorner was hiding in nearby condo

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner hid in a mountain condominium as a door-to-door manhunt took place outside and, after he finally made his break, apparently killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head amid a fierce gun battle with police.

February 15, 2013 | | State


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State unemployment rate dips to 7.2%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

December 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN SHOCKED 20 TIMES DURING JAIL BOOKING SUES: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Whaling protesters in contempt of court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Special needs tot’s wheelchair stolen

CORONA (AP) - Southern California police are searching for an expensive wheelchair stolen from the home a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Three pedestrians killed

REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.

December 19, 2014 | | State


PEEVEY: ‘I SURRENDER!’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Drunk man shot while entering wrong house

BENICIA (AP) - Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Protection sought for scenic region

WOODLAND (AP) - A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Sides ‘far apart’ in port talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

December 19, 2014 | | State


CHP, Oakland in tiff over plainclothes cops

OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said it told local police that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, but Oakland Police Department officials said they were not notified.

December 19, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Carjacking suspect arrested in ‘Hobbit’ screening in SoCal

NATIONAL CITY (AP) - Moviegoers watching "The Hobbit" in San Diego County were treated to a real-life drama after police chased down a carjacking suspect who'd dashed into the theater and arrested him at gunpoint.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Exchange sign-ups exceed last year

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health care exchange has exceeded last year's insurance sign-ups during its first month of open enrollment as it nears a deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit over immigrant license data

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver's license databases to track down people for deportation.

December 17, 2014 | | State


Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.

December 17, 2014 | | State


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