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BART PORN UNDER INVESTIGATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit police are investigating an amateur pornographic video apparently shot on a moving train. Deputy Chief Ben Fairow tells the San Francisco Chronicle the cell phone video shows a "partially disrobed" couple having intercourse on a seat at the end of a BART train car. The video was apparently filmed by a third party, and the man and woman in the video appear to know that someone is filming them. The video quality is good enough that investigators are hopeful that they'll be able to identify the couple.

July 12, 2013 | | State


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STATE REMOVES SIGNS OBJECTING TO TWIN TUNNELS: WALNUT GROVE (AP) - Activists opposed to California's $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are accusing state transportation workers who removed anti-tunnel yard signs of trying to silence them. The signs proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!" have disappeared over the past several days from yards fronting a state highway in Sacramento County. Transportation officials they were placed too close to the highway, violating state law. Caltrans spokesman Gareth Lacy says any private sign is forbidden within a state right of way. The state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees ...

July 11, 2013 | | State


D.C. Council rebukes Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council issued a legislative rebuke to Wal-Mart on Wednesday, approving a bill that would require the retail giant and other big-box chain retailers operating in the nation's capital to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

July 10, 2013 | | State


PROBE QUESTIONS SPEED CONTROLS

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

July 10, 2013 | | State


‘Shimming’ could allow Bay Bridge to open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials are studying a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that could allow the new span to open as scheduled on Labor Day, but they said Wednesday a decision had not yet been made on the work.

July 10, 2013 | | State


THINGS TO DO

The 2013 Stanislaus County Fair offers new showstoppers for food loving aficionados.

July 10, 2013 | | State


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POSSIBLE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT MISSING BOY'S HOME: MENIFEE (AP) - Authorities say they've found possible human remains at the Southern California home of an 11-year-old autistic boy who vanished over the weekend. Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez says investigators served a search warrant before dawn Wednesday at the Menifee home of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. He says investigators dug up some remains but they haven't determined whether they're human. Martinez also says investigators never ruled out foul play in the boy's disappearance.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Investigators interview Asiana Airlines pilots

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aviation investigators put more questions to the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Tuesday, trying to learn what was happening in the cockpit of the Boeing 777 as the plane made a dangerously low and slow approach before a crash-landing that killed two passengers.

July 09, 2013 | | State


From Country to Rock to Weird Al, Stanislaus County Fair has it all

Whether you prefer to tap your toes to country twang or get up and boogie-woogie to rockin' beats, the Stanislaus County Fair is likely to have some music to suit your fancy.

July 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PANEL: NEXT MARS ROVER SHOULD GATHER ROCKS, SOIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA-appointed team says the next rover sent to Mars should collect rocks and dirt and store them so that a later mission can return them to Earth. The team's report posted online Tuesday describes recommended science goals for the mission slated to launch in 2020. NASA last year said it planned to launch another rover to the red planet following the success of Curiosity, which made a dramatic touchdown near the Martian equator last August. To keep costs down, engineers will recycle spare parts where possible and ...

July 09, 2013 | | State


Giant sequoia smoldering after more than a year

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An ancient giant sequoia has been smoldering for more than a year in Sequoia National Park, with the small fire even surviving a full Sierra Nevada winter, National Park Service officials said.

July 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge delayed by broken rods

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day as it will take contractors until at least December to repair cracks in the bridge's seismic safety bolts, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Fire Chief: Victim possibly run over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials acknowledged Monday that one of their trucks responding to the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport may have run over one of the two teenage girls killed in the accident.

July 08, 2013 | | State


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PRODUCT MAY HAVE CAUSED FIREWORKS BLAST: The operator of a Southern California fireworks show that sprayed the crowd and injured more than three dozen people says a product malfunction appears to be the cause of the "catastrophic failure." Pyrotechnic operator Bruce Sussin said Monday that they immediately pulled the plug on the July 4 show when the problem occurred at a park in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles. Sussin says fire inspectors checked the site before the show by Bethpage, N.Y.-based Bay Fireworks and everything was fine. Sussin says he later heard that other operators reported similar ...

July 08, 2013 | | State


Plane parts found in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Part of the tail section of an Asiana jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was found in the waters of San Francisco Bay, and debris from the seawall was carried several hundred feet down the runway, a federal official said Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


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Lawmakers eye $1.3B for housing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers called Monday for California to spend $1.3 billion next year to help workers afford housing and to shelter homeless people ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Man gets 17 years in prison for steroid- fueled gym slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A court sentenced a Northern California man to 17 years to life in prison on Monday for beating a fellow gym patron ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


California Assembly approves tobacco- free college campuses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Monday approved banning tobacco use on all California State University and community college campuses, building on a package of ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Evicted SoCal centenarian gets new home

LA QUINTA (AP) - A 100-year-old woman evicted from her apartment has a new home in the Southern California desert after a newspaper reported on her ...

April 25, 2016 | | State


Couple whose baby was mauled by dog gave up on 911 calls

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Solar-powered plane completes journey across Pacific Ocean

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered airplane on a mission to fly around the world landed in California, completing a risky, three-day flight across a great ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Hundreds walk pooches to protest dog-walking limits in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of dog owners walked their poodles, corgis, dachshunds and many mutts to protest the proposed limits on dog-walking in San Francisco ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Jurors misusing Internet may face fines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors who threaten to derail trials by researching them on Google or posting comments about them on Twitter are often dismissed with ...

April 24, 2016 | | State


Group files suit against Santa Clara over cross in park

SANTA CLARA (AP) - An atheists' group has filed a lawsuit against the Northern California city of Santa Clara because of a large granite cross at ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


Late-season storm dumps rain, snow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A late-season storm moving through California pounded the San Francisco Bay region with rain Friday and brought snow to the southern Cascade ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


Pet terrier-mix fatally mauls 3-day-old baby

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 3-day-old boy was mauled to death by the family dog while they were in bed with the child's parents, police ...

April 22, 2016 | | State


1996: Spreckels Sugar’s Manteca plant to close

100 years ago

April 22, 2016 | | State


EASTERN SIERRA OVERDUE

RENO (AP) - The Sierra's eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


Man faces charge for hoax devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who forced a standoff outside the California Capitol that shut down business for hours had fake explosives in his car, police ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


Lawmakers reject greater twin tunnels scrutiny

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have rejected legislation that would have added protections for water contractors in a massive project to ship water from Northern to ...

April 19, 2016 | | State


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