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CALIFORNIANS PUNCH SHARKS TO SAVE THEMSELVES: EUREKA (AP) - Two Californians say they survived separate shark attacks over the past few days by punching the beast in the head.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Operation Boo targets paroled sex offenders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California parole agents have arrested 85 sex-offender parolees during an annual statewide Halloween sweep known as "Operation Boo."

November 01, 2012 | | State


Illegal immigrants to avoid deportation in some crimes in Alameda County

OAKLAND (AP) - A new policy in Alameda County is instructing prosecutors to consider filing lesser criminal charges for some legal immigrants in an effort to avoid convictions with mandatory deportation.

November 01, 2012 | | State


LA woman charged in work visa fraud case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of a Los Angeles employment agency was indicted Thursday on immigration fraud charges that allege she filed more than 100 false work visa petitions on behalf of illegal immigrants who wanted to remain in the United States.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Danville man charged with milking trust funds

November 01, 2012 | | State


Brown pleads for votes for struggling tax hike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With time running out and his odds growing longer, California Gov. Jerry Brown pleaded with voters Wednesday to support his $6 billion-a-year tax increase and warned of deep cuts unless residents send more money to Sacramento.

October 31, 2012 | | State


Dog soaked in lighter fluid, then set ablaze

CAMARILLO (AP) - A Southern California basset hound named Buddy is dead after someone soaked the dog in lighter fluid and set him on fire.

October 31, 2012 | | State


Surge in mail-in voting could delay results

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With as many as half of California voters expected to cast their ballots by mail and several statewide contests narrowing to dead heats, Election Day has the potential to morph into election week.

October 31, 2012 | | State


Smugglers' SUV gets stuck atop border fence

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October 31, 2012 | | State


It’s the wild, wild West as California House races attracting record spending

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California, once an afterthought in the battle for control of Congress, has become a top target for deep-pocketed political action committees and other groups in an all-out effort to win districts stretching from the farming towns of the Central Valley to the beach communities of San Diego.

October 31, 2012 | | State


Surfer bitten by shark grateful to be alive

EUREKA (AP) - A 25-year-old California surfer who survived a brutal shark attack said Wednesday he punched the shark in the head until it finally released him.

October 31, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SF MAN ARRESTED IN POST-WORLD SERIES VANDALISM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police have arrested a man in connection with the vandalism of a city bus during celebrations following the Giants World Series victory.

October 31, 2012 | | State


Election concerns at a glance

Some concerns with the voting process have arisen in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election, including:

October 31, 2012 | | State


Judge expected to OK look at Ariz. donation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge signaled that she planned to approve a request Wednesday from the state's political watchdog agency to investigate the donors behind an $11 million campaign contribution from an Arizona nonprofit.

October 31, 2012 | | State


SF goes orange, black for Giants parade

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ecstatic baseball fans crammed the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a confetti-drenched parade and rally honoring the World Series champion Giants - a Halloween treat made even sweeter as a repeat performance from 2010.

October 31, 2012 | | State


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Suit targets soccer concussions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Ride-sharing drivers need insurance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster child, and investigators are asking for the public's help to find other possible victims.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Terrorism suspect denies he’s part of US attack plot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A terrorism suspect from California who was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists said in jailhouse interviews that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Bill addresses HOA watering

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BAN ON 'GAY PANIC DEFENSE' HEADS TO GOVERNOR: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Feds allow logging after Big Rim fire

SONORA. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Assembly OKs groundwater management bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

If you've been investing for a while, you know the financial markets go through "up" and "down" cycles. And you may respond to these normal market cycles by going through emotional cycles. But this can lead to problems.

August 27, 2014 | | 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


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