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SALINAS THIEF ASSAULTS, ROBS AND SHOOTS DEPOSITOR: SALINAS (AP) - Salinas police say a man headed for a Northridge Mall bank to make a deposit had to be treated at a hospital after being robbed and shot in the leg.

June 12, 2012 | | State


Dispute over Thomas Kinkade's will heads to court

SAN JOSE (AP) - Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend took their dispute over the late painter's estate to court on Tuesday as handwritten notes allegedly written by Kinkade that could be central to the clash were made public for the first time.

June 12, 2012 | | State


Guard says he was fired from bar over police call

SANTA ANA (AP) - A false police report by a bar manager triggered events leading to a deadly confrontation between officers and a homeless man in Orange County, a former bouncer alleged in a lawsuit.

June 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Odor forces flight back to Oakland airport

June 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

FOOD LABELING, 3-STRIKES JOIN CROWDED NOV. BALLOT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's secretary of state has certified two more initiatives for the November election, when voters will have to decide at least eight ballot measures.

June 11, 2012 | | State


DesertXpress Vegas-California rail project renamed

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Developers planning high-speed rail service between Las Vegas and Southern California announced Monday they are giving the project a new name.

June 11, 2012 | | State


Gang member accused in attack that killed 4

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police identified a paroled gang member on Monday as the suspect in a late-night weekend assault that left four people dead, including the gunman, in a Sacramento home, authorities said.

June 11, 2012 | | State


Ice chunk falls from sky, crashes on Bay Area roof

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating whether a chunk of ice that tore through the roof of a Northern California home fell from an airplane.

June 11, 2012 | | State


LAUSD must rate teachers on pupil progress

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District is violating state law by not including measures of student achievement, including test scores, in teacher evaluations and must do so, a Superior Court judge ruled on Monday.

June 11, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Alameda County board chooses Lockyer's replacement

June 11, 2012 | | State


NASA rover on target for August landing on Mars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two months before NASA is set to land its most sophisticated rover on Mars, engineers on Earth are busy troubleshooting a nagging concern with the rover's drill that could contaminate rock samples gathered for study.

June 11, 2012 | | State


'Escape from Alcatraz' gets anniversary attention 50 years after prison break

ALCATRAZ ISLAND (AP) - For 20th century crime buffs, few capers match the intrigue and ingenuity of the "Escape from Alcatraz," the 1962 prison break three inmates pulled off with stolen spoons, dummy heads and a raincoat raft.

June 11, 2012 | | State


DesertXpress Vegas-California rail project renamed

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Developers planning high-speed rail service between Las Vegas and Southern California announced Monday they are giving the project a new name.

June 11, 2012 | | State


Fight after Bay to Breakers race ends in death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who was severely injured in a fight after San Francisco's Bay to Breakers race last month has died, and police are again pleading with those who may have seen or recorded the confrontation.

June 11, 2012 | | State


Democrats talk budget ahead of Friday deadline to address $16 billion deficit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders met Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown as they chased a deadline this week to approve a budget that addresses California's nearly $16 billion deficit. The leaders are at odds with the Democratic governor over $2 billion in cuts to welfare, in-home and child care and Cal Grants, but said they made progress in their talks.

June 11, 2012 | | State


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Police: 4 arrested in killing of USC student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing of a Chinese student who attended the University of Southern California, Los Angeles police said Monday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Governor Brown takes dig at Texas guard plan for border with Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail."

July 28, 2014 | | State


Groups seek probe into pepper spray use in juvenile detention

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California civil rights organizations filed a complaint Monday with the Justice Department asking for a federal investigation into the use of pepper spray in San Diego County's juvenile detention facilities.

July 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA CAREER COLLEGES CLOSE ABRUPTLY: SAN JOSE (AP) - A company that operated five health care career colleges in California has abruptly closed its campuses 10 days after filing for bankruptcy.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


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