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4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


High school asked to abandon Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Suspect in bus passenger fire charged as adult

OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Thief gets away with 140,000 pounds of nuts from Escalon facility

ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from around California

HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED

November 06, 2013 | | State


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Eldorado plans $50M in upgrades at Reno casinos

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Eldorado Resorts plans to make more than $50 million in improvements at its three casinos in downtown Reno over the next three ...

September 26, 2016 | | State


Tech firm bias against Asians?

PALO ALTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing a fast-growing Silicon Valley software company of systematically discriminating against Asian ...

September 26, 2016 | | State


Governor vetoes ban on public smoking at colleges

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed plans to ban smoking and tobacco use on public university campuses in California.

September 26, 2016 | | State


Market at Delta College reduces rates for vendors

STOCKTON - San Joaquin Delta College's Market at Delta College has been a mainstay of the Stockton scene for over 30 years. Delta's Market ...

September 26, 2016 | | State


Bus from Yosemite going too fast before deadly crash

OAKHURST (AP) - Authorities say a bus carrying students from China was going too fast around a curve when it went off the road and hit ...

September 26, 2016 | | State


3-year-old girl shot and killed in Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - A 3-year-old girl riding in a car with her family was killed by a stray bullet in a Stockton neighborhood where a shooting ...

September 26, 2016 | | State


Fire forces evacuation of 300 homes

CLOVERDALE (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire prompted the evacuations of 300 homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, while fire crews continued to battle a blaze burning ...

September 26, 2016 | | State


Farmers drill wells as groundwater limits loom

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farmers in central California are drilling more and deeper wells than ever before to pump water for their fruit orchards and sprawling fields ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


Man charged with hitting mayor with pie released on bail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who was charged with assault and battery after Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson was hit in the face with a pie ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


Woman in custody after police chase, hostage standoff

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A woman who authorities said led police on a pursuit along a Southern California interstate early Saturday and then fled into an apartment ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


Motorcyclist fatally shot near Truckee

TRUCKEE (AP) - A motorcyclist was shot to death on Interstate 80 near Truckee, prompting authorities to close the highway for hours to investigate.

September 25, 2016 | | State


1 Chinese tourist dead, 11 hurt in bus crash near Yosemite

OAKHURST (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says one passenger was killed and 11 were injured when a tour bus carrying students from China hit a ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


2 men arrested, teen detained in California triple slaying

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Two men were arrested and a 17-year-old girl was detained Sunday on suspicion of killing three people inside a Southern California home ...

September 25, 2016 | | State


Unusual power source: Gridlocked roads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than just using energy - they could be producing it.

September 25, 2016 | | State


CALIFORNIA POT FARM VIOLENCE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The four brothers were badly beaten, cold and terrified for their lives when they appeared before dawn at a stranger's Northern ...

September 22, 2016 | | State


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