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SOLO ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 99 KILLS SCHOOL POLICE OFFICER: LODI - The driver who died when her Honda Accord clipped another car and veered into a tree off Highway 99 Thursday morning was a Stockton school district police officer.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Man suspected of running illegal dental office out of his bathroom

VENTURA (AP) - Ventura County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man suspected of illegally practicing dentistry out of his apartment.

December 20, 2012 | | State


$66M Kinkade estate dispute settled

SAN JOSE (AP) - Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend have reached a settlement after a dispute over the late artist's $66 million estate, their attorneys said Wednesday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Senator Boxer views National Guard as way of boosting for school safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is proposing to give schools more money for security improvements and to make greater use of the National Guard.

December 19, 2012 | | State


State picks retiree to head prisons system

SACRAMENTO ` (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed a retired corrections chief from Pennsylvania to head California's prison system as it transitions to a smaller institution with a higher concentration of violent felons.

December 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

HIGWHAY REOPENS AFTER SHOOTING AT GOV'T CAR: CUPERTINO (AP) - Authorities say traffic on a San Francisco Bay area highway is open again after a vehicle driven by a U.S. Marine was apparently struck by gunfire.

December 19, 2012 | | State


San Jose water district adding fluoride

SAN JOSE (AP) - The nation's largest city without fluoridated drinking water will finally add tooth decay-fighting fluoride to its water, ending years of debate over how San Jose should treat its tap water.

December 19, 2012 | | State


Music, roses at singer Jenni Rivera's memorial

UNIVERSAL CITY (AP) - Jenni Rivera's "celestial graduation" was marked by festive music, heartfelt speeches in Spanish and English and passionate chants of "Jen-ni! Jen-ni!"

December 19, 2012 | | State


Officials continue search for plane in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Clear skies are helping authorities search for a small plane that disappeared from radar over the backcountry of Yosemite National Park.

December 19, 2012 | | State


I-5 in Northern California reopens after crashes

YREKA (AP) - Northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in far Northern California have reopened after a series of traffic collisions involving about 60 vehicles shut down the roadway.

December 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

UNION SAYS IT WON'T COUNT RALEY'S CONTRACT VOTES: WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - A tentative contract agreement between a Northern California supermarket chain and its workers has hit a snag.

December 18, 2012 | | State


Teachers pension fund reviewing firearm holdings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest teachers' pension fund announced Tuesday that it was reviewing its firearms holdings after determining that its investment in a gun maker was linked to one of the weapons used in last week's Connecticut school massacre.

December 18, 2012 | | State


Man arrested on suspicion of making threat

SUISUN CITY (AP) - A Northern California man was in custody Tuesday after police said he made threatening comments on the Internet related to the deadly Connecticut school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead.

December 18, 2012 | | State


State releases draft fracking regulations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators released draft rules Tuesday that would govern hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," involved in oil recovery.

December 18, 2012 | | State


Police arrest juvenile over hoax celebrity calls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have arrested a juvenile they say is responsible for making prank calls that reported violence at the homes of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher and led officers to respond in force to the stars' homes.

December 18, 2012 | | State


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Two health initiatives on ballots top $100 million

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Silicon startup unveils gun tech for cops

WATSONVILLE (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.

October 24, 2014 | | State


SF officer admits thefts from suspects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former San Francisco police officer indicted along with two officers in a corruption investigation has acknowledged stealing more than $5,000 in computers, gift cards and other property from people during searches.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Suspect arrested in death of deputies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A suspect was arrested Friday afternoon after two Northern California sheriff's deputies were killed during a series of shootings that spanned about six hours and 30 miles across two Northern California counties. A third deputy and a bystander were also shot during the spree.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Jury: Free castrated sex offender who preyed on young girl victims

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California jury on Friday found that a castrated sex offender who preyed on young girls should no longer be considered a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Triple shooting was murder-suicide

LA QUINTA (AP) - Authorities say an argument between three siblings over who inherited their mother's house in the Palm Springs area led one of them to shoot the other two before turning the gun on himself.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Reagan astrologer, Joan Quigley, dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons to take new balance after riots

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Firm fined for underpaying workers

FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Steinbeck heirs fight over movie rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Driver attacked after ice cream truck kills boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

October 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.

October 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.

October 22, 2014 | | State


1000 plus SF inmates to get computer tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Study looks at lane splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.

October 22, 2014 | | State


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