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• NEW LIGHTS TO ADD PIZAZZ TO SF-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is getting spruced up with 25,000 white LED lights, transforming the gray, workhorse of a bridge into a light sculpture.

December 28, 2012 | | State


Volunteers toughen up bobcat kitten who's too nice

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice.

December 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ARREST OVER DEAD NEWBORN IN STRAWBERRY FIELD: CAMARILLO (AP) - A Ventura County sheriff's sergeant says DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a woman believed to be the mother of a dead newborn found in a Camarillo strawberry field.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Shipping lanes tweaked to protect whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ship traffic off the California coast will be re-routed under new rules designed to protect slow-moving endangered whales from ship collisions.

December 27, 2012 | | State


LA gun buyback collects more than 2,000 weapons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A one-day gun buyback program in Los Angeles brought in 2,037 firearms.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Birdwatchers furious over cutting of refuge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles bird lovers are squawking after the Army Corps of Engineers razed 80 acres of a San Fernando Valley wildlife refuge.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley's $2 billion light rail among least efficient in United States

SAN JOSE (AP) - A $2 billion light-rail system built to serve San Jose and some surrounding cities in Silicon Valley has become among the least efficient in the country and suffers from low ridership and high operating costs.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Heavy snows halt missing plane search in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials are suspending the search for a missing plane until spring.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Plans under way to refurbish LA market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand Central Market, a bustling downtown landmark that saw its glory days decades ago, is hoping to recover some of its fashionable luster as the gritty neighborhood gentrifies.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Woman set on fire in LA as she sleeps

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than 10 years, the homeless woman slept on the same plastic bus stop bench at a busy intersection in the San Fernando Valley, no matter how cold it was or if it was raining.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA MAN DIES CLIMBING VOLCANO IN ECUADOR: QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Authorities in Ecuador say an American expert on teen sexual health has died while climbing a volcano in the South American nation.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Stores in Sacramento mall open after fight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say all the stores of Sacramento's Arden Fair Mall shopping center are open again after a lockdown during a fight in the mall's in the food court.

December 27, 2012 | | State


California's snow pack levels about 146% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.

December 26, 2012 | | State


Beer sales help rebuild NorCal monastery

VINA (AP) - Monks in a small Northern California town are rebuilding a centuries-old Spanish monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely source: beer.

December 26, 2012 | | State


Wash. man held in Greyhound bus attack

DUNSMUIR (AP) - A 66-year-old Washington man is in custody on suspicion of stabbing two people aboard a Greyhound bus in far Northern California.

December 26, 2012 | | State


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Los Angeles making quiet bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Glamour, celebrities, perfect weather. A revitalized and growing downtown. Iconic venues and political support. With these virtues, Los Angeles looks like an ideal fit to host the 2024 Olympics.

November 26, 2014 | | State


THANKSGIVING

SAN JOSE (AP) - Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

November 25, 2014 | | State


Window washer fights for life after 11-story fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 58-year-old window washer who fell 11 stories from a building onto a moving car is "fighting for his life" and opens his eyes when relatives speak to him, his family said.

November 25, 2014 | | State


LA jails to ADA access for inmates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has given initial approval to an agreement that requires the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to improve conditions in its jails for inmates using wheelchairs and others with impaired mobility.

November 25, 2014 | | State


Transcript: Men debated via txt about killing their final victim

SANTA ANA . (AP) - Late at night, the two convicted sex offenders exchanged text messages debating whether to kill their next victim or spare the life of the pretty, young woman they had picked up just hours before.

November 25, 2014 | | State


HP earnings show continued struggle despite 3-year effort

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead.

November 25, 2014 | | State


Deals: Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

November 25, 2014 | | State


Sizing up what Appleā€™s $700B market cap could buy

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's market value surpassed $700 billion in Tuesday trading, an unprecedented milestone among U.S. companies.

November 25, 2014 | | State


Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.

November 25, 2014 | | State


Google creating high tech spoon that steadies tremors for people

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

November 25, 2014 | | State


Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users

SAN FRANCIOSCO (AP) - Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers."

November 25, 2014 | | State


Drought forces SF to use groundwater

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's pristine tap water from mountain runoff in the Sierra Nevada soon may be a little less pure.

November 24, 2014 | | State


Amid drought, Burbank not washing 300 city vehicles

BURBANK (AP) - To help save water during California's historic drought, the city of Burbank is getting dirty.

November 24, 2014 | | State


Assistant US attorney named to California state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In his effort to diversify the judicial branch, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday nominated a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general to fill a vacant seat on the California Supreme Court

November 24, 2014 | | State


UC Berkeley students leave campus in protest

BERKELEY (AP) - UC Berkeley students fighting tuition hikes system-wide walked out of classes and around the city in a peaceful protest.

November 24, 2014 | | State


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