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Santa Clara: Free Wi-Fi via high tech meters

SANTA CLARA (AP) - The city of Santa Clara flipped on a big Internet switch this week, becoming what it says is the first in the country to use wireless, digital "smart meters" on homes as channels for free citywide outdoor Wi-Fi.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Lawyers argue about prison mental health care conditions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday struggled with how to gauge whether conditions for mentally ill inmates in California prisons have improved enough under federal oversight to return control of the facilities to the state, as Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge goes to 100% digital toll system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drivers approaching the majestic Golden Gate Bridge experienced something new on Wednesday- no human toll collectors.

March 27, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MAN HURT FLYING KITE FROM MOVING VEHICLE: RIVERSIDE . (AP) - A 22-year-old man was critically hurt in Southern California when he fell off the trunk of a car while attempting to fly a kite from the moving vehicle.

March 27, 2013 | | State


San Jose approves $7M Samsung incentives

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose has approved a $7 million incentive package to keep Samsung Semiconductor in Silicon Valley and trump an open invitation from Austin, Texas, to expand its operations there.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN SHOT WHILE DEFENDING FAMILY IDENTIFIED: SAN LEANDRO (AP) - Authorities have identified a Northern California man who was shot and killed while defending his mother-in-law from thieves.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Broken rods on new Bay Bridge span checked

OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials in California are investigating why nearly three dozen threaded steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge snapped when workers tightened the fittings.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Alameda County gets $1.5 million grant to reduce rape kit backlog

OAKLAND. (AP) - The Alameda County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that it has received a $1.5 million grant to reduce its backlog of unanalyzed rape kits.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Ruling next week in Stockton bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge said Wednesday he would not issue a ruling in the Stockton bankruptcy case until next week.

March 27, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SANTA PAULA POLICE FIND COUNTERFEIT MONEY IN TRASH: SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - Counterfeit money found burning inside a Ventura County trash container has been turned over to the Secret Service for investigation.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Authorities: Neighbor claims battery by Justin Bieber

CALABASAS (AP) - Deputies were investigating claims made Tuesday by a neighbor that Justin Bieber attacked and threatened him during an argument in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

March 26, 2013 | | State


PG&E reports progress on safety recommendations in aftermath of explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than two and a half years after a pipeline explosion killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb, a Northern California utility said Tuesday it has made sure that all of its gas transmission lines coursing through urban areas are running at safe operating pressures.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Petraeus making his first speech at USC dinner since leaving CIA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Petraeus, who has remained largely in seclusion since being forced to resign as head of the CIA after the disclosure of an extramarital affair, returns to the public spotlight Tuesday with a speech and an apology before a group of military students and veterans.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Giffords' husband pulls dog off sea lion on SoCal beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The daughter of former astronaut Mark Kelly was walking her dog Shiner on Goff Island Beach when the dog bolted, ripping the leash from her hand and fatally attacking a beached baby sea lion.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Budget cuts hobble community colleges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Student enrollment at California's community colleges has fallen dramatically in recent years as campuses slashed teaching staffs and course offerings in response to unprecedented cuts in state funding, according to a report released Tuesday.

March 26, 2013 | | State


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State employee brought loaded gun into work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday that it has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state's office.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Treasurer John Chiang nixes run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Boy fatally stabbed with scissors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed with scissors in front of an East Los Angeles middle school, and authorities are looking for another boy who attacked him.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California unemployment falls to 7 %

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from a month earlier, but the state added just 700 jobs in December, a disappointing number after good job gains in November.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Fewer kindergarteners skip vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer California parents opted out of vaccinations for their children entering kindergarten last year following the adoption of a law that makes it harder to go without the shots, state figures show.

January 23, 2015 | | State


$300,000 in stolen fine wine recovered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.

January 23, 2015 | | State


CPUC fines PG&E $530,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California billionaire to skip senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not enter the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, a move that reshaped the early contest that has attracted a pack of potential candidates.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Yosemite climber says he hopes historic feat inspires others

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Kevin Jorgeson's hands still bear souvenirs from the historic climb Dawn Wall of El Capitan he completed with his partner last week. The scabs on his fingertips are so thick that track pads on computers and phones don't register his touch.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Authorities charge inmate with two 1976 ‘Gypsy Hill’ murders

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Northern California prosecutors on Thursday charged an Oregon prison inmate with two counts of murder in the serial killings of six young women that terrified the region nearly 40 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Beautician to stars cleared of murder plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A skin-care specialist to the stars was acquitted Thursday of charges that she plotted to murder a rival beautician she mistakenly blamed for stalking her.

January 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

8 ARRESTED AS SAN JOSE POLICE SHUT DOWN HOME-BASED CASINO: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say eight people have been arrested after officers broke up a home-based casino with roughly 15 video gambling machines.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Woman, 84, killed in Tulare County by hit-run driver

VISALIA (AP) - Authorities in Tulare County are search for a hit-and-run driver who killed an 84-year-old woman.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Magnets used to plant drugs under cars

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.

January 22, 2015 | | State


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