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Jury awards $6.5M for death after police mistook water nozzle for gun

SANTA ANA (AP) - A federal jury in Southern California awarded $6.5 million in damages Thursday to the family of a man fatally shot by police while he held a pistol-gripped water nozzle they mistook for a gun.

April 04, 2013 | | State


2nd lost hiker rescued after 5 days

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA . (AP) - Rescuers who plucked a young woman on Thursday from a steep, rocky canyon wall said she was exhausted, had trouble breathing and likely could not have survived much longer than another day in the rugged Southern California wilderness.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Californians due $2B in power rebates?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California electricity consumers could see up to $2 billion in new refunds from energy wholesalers that profited during the state's energy crisis more than a dozen years ago if a federal judge's recommendation holds up at trial, state regulators said Thursday.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Under bill, birthplace not required on voter forms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voting applicants who fail to list their birthplace on the registration form would still be deemed eligible to cast a ballot under a bill approved Thursday by the state Assembly.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Parents: Antioch teacher abused autistic students

ANTIOCH (AP) - The parents of three autistic San Francisco Bay Area kindergarten students are suing a teacher who slapped, pinched and verbally abused their kids and picked the nose of one student and made him eat it.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

4 GET LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDER OF SF SHOP OWNER: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Four men have received life prison terms after being convicted of killing a San Francisco store owner to prevent him from testifying in a robbery case.

April 04, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail a highlight of Brown's China trip

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will be eyeing China's massive high-speed rail system as he tries to lure billions of dollars in investments to California during his trip to the country next week.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Police say boy, 11, made up San Pedro kidnap tale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say an 11-year-old boy was lying when he told detectives he was kidnapped by a man in a black mask as he walked home from his San Pedro school.

April 04, 2013 | | State


State board pursues case against Bay Bridge pilot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state board unanimously voted Thursday to take action to suspend or revoke the license of the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Detroit Electric to sell $135K sports car

DETROIT (AP) - More than 100 years after it began making cars, Detroit Electric is back in business.

April 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

2 MEN CHARGED IN KIDNAPPING OF 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A convicted felon planned to burglarize a San Fernando Valley home but ended up kidnapping a 10-year-old girl at knifepoint and sexually assaulting her after his partner in crime fled, authorities revealed Wednesday.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Beverly Hills eatery gives no-shows Twitter roast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When 20 percent of your dinner reservations don't show, what's a restaurant owner to do? Usually nothing; it's an unsavory fact of restaurant life that not everyone who says they'll be there, will.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Report outlines abuses by prison staff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California parole agent was accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another. Numerous corrections department employees allegedly had sex with inmates, including juveniles.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

ROLLING STONES CONCERTS SET FOR SAN JOSE, OAKLAND: NEW YORK (AP) - Call it satisfaction: The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Stanford to help develop online learning system

PALO ALTO (AP) - Stanford University announced Wednesday that it is joining an initiative co-founded by Harvard and MIT to develop a computer system that allows colleges to offer free online courses, a collaboration that school officials said would benefit both educators and students around the globe.

April 03, 2013 | | State


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Grand jury probes PG&E ties with CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.

May 22, 2015 | | State


Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.

May 22, 2015 | | State


Biomass fire may burn thru Saturday

TRACY - Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

May 21, 2015 | | State


California home prices hit 7.5-year high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Regulators deny request to idle PG&E nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

May 21, 2015 | | State


5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Man arrested after stealing dump truck

COLMA (AP) - Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.

May 21, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Appeals court delays sex change surgery for inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

May 21, 2015 | | State


UC board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents this fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


Riparian farmer water cuts to apply broadly

STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Parole could end inmate’s effort for sex change surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

May 20, 2015 | | State


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