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Video shows vapor cloud before refinery fire

RICHMOND (AP) - An internal Chevron Corp. surveillance video shows a towering vapor cloud engulfing an area of its refinery for two minutes before it ignited into a volatile blaze, federal investigators said Tuesday.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Computer problems trigger delays at DMV offices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The computer network at the California Department of Motor Vehicles went down for several hours Tuesday, triggering delays as clerks at field offices throughout the state processed driver's licenses and registrations by hand.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Congressman Cardoza resigns

MODESTO (AP) - Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza, whose growing dislike for Washington politics was a factor in his decision not to seek re-election, announced Tuesday that he won't even finish out his term.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Home of late Steve Jobs burglarized

August 14, 2012 | | State


New geek chic: Mohawks in, pocket protectors out

PASADENA (AP) - Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Californians told to go easy on air conditioning

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to ease off the air conditioning to conserve electricity, and schools in inland areas closed early Tuesday as the state sweltered through another day of triple-digit heat.

August 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING BABY, TOT IN HOT CAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a locked car to go dress shopping last weekend in the midst of California's heat wave.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Brown’s twin tunnels better than nothing

If there's such a thing as a sure thing in politics, it is this: If the water plan announced late last month by Gov. Jerry Brown ever passes the state Legislature, it will surely become the object of a statewide referendum much like the 1982 vote that defeated a somewhat similar plan endorsed by Brown.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Camp aims to lift clown frowns during slow economy

Camp aims to lift clown frowns during slow economy

August 14, 2012 | | State


Audit of state’s oil spill fund finds accounting errors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state audit released Tuesday is blaming at least four years' worth of lax accounting for misstating the balance of a state oil spill fund by millions of dollars.

August 14, 2012 | | State


209 News

Modesto police shoot suspect in stabbing

August 14, 2012 | | State


Flash mob trashes historic Balboa Park lily pond

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police are investigating a huge midnight water-gun fight that left the historic lily pond at Balboa Park trashed and partly drained, causing an estimated $10,000 in damage.

August 13, 2012 | | State


State Senate leader apologizes for TV blackout of hearing on Nov. 6 tax initiative

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Calling it a mistake, the leader of the state Senate apologized Monday for his office's last-minute decision not to televise a legislative hearing that included testimony about Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative on the November ballot.

August 13, 2012 | | State


Endangered status requested for great white sharks

MONTEREY (AP) - Conservation groups are asking the federal government to give protected status to great white sharks on the Pacific Coast.

August 13, 2012 | | State


Brown's office launches climate change website

SACRAMENTO .(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday launched a website to document the effects of climate change and respond to those who question it, calling them climate change "denialists."

August 13, 2012 | | State


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Wildfire burns 100 homes in Weed

WEED (AP) - A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Friday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Teen charged as accessory in deadly bank heist

STOCKTON (AP) - A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of moving what had been an intended getaway car two days after a deadly Northern California bank robbery, police said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | State


SoCal swelters in heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California roasted in triple-digit temperatures Monday and forecasters predicted potentially record-setting heat for at least another day - along with extreme fire danger for baking hillsides.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Voters support legal path for immigrants

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters broadly support a path to legalization for immigrants in the U.S. without proper documents, despite widespread worry about the effects of illegal immigration, a new poll shows.

September 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SHEET METAL REFLECTION CAUSE OF CALIFORNIA FIRE : CORONA (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that prompted evacuations over the weekend in the Cleveland National Forest was started by the sun's rays reflecting off sheet metal that edged a homeowner's backyard garden, fire officials said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | State


State Sen. Wright resigns after sentencing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Emails show PG&E, CPUC collusion?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Meters raise change for homeless

PASADENA (AP) - The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change.

September 14, 2014 | | State


‘Pop-up’ wetlands provide bird habitat during state drought

YUBA CITY (AP) - For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys.

September 14, 2014 | | State


$1M to evaluate its happiness

SANTA MONICA (AP) - As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica's Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Rising inequity in income slows state tax growth

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Oakland deck collapse injures 9

OAKLAND (AP) - Nine people were hurt during a Northern California family gathering when a deck collapsed, authorities said Sunday.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Hundreds evacuate from 3 California wildfires

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two out-of-control wildfires in California are forcing hundreds of residents to flee from their homes.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Cabbies cry foul over body odor test

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Wildfire erupts in Southern California forest

SANTA ANA (AP) - Flames chewed through brush in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest and sent up a huge column of smoke Friday, but authorities did not order evacuations and said no homes were immediately threatened by the blaze.

September 12, 2014 | | State


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