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Richmond may seize, condemn bad mortgages

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A working class San Francisco Bay Area city is considering invoking eminent domain to condemn and seize hundreds of underwater mortgages to help troubled homeowners. The controversial move would be the first of its kind in the country.

July 30, 2013 | | State


Judge rejects forest fire lawsuit

QUINCY (AP) - A Plumas County Superior Court judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California's largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California.

July 30, 2013 | | State


Car crashes into nail salon, 7 hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A car plowed through the window of a busy South Los Angeles nail salon, injuring seven people, according to firefighters and the store's owners.

July 30, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DUAL BIDS TO RECALL SAN DIEGO MAYOR GET UNDERWAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dueling efforts to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are underway as the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city ignores mounting calls that he resign over allegations of sexual harassment.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

July 29, 2013 | | State


1 injured in rampage after surfing contest

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Bicycle salesman Bert Etheredge locked down the shop where he works and sent customers and co-workers into a back room when he saw a raucous mob moving up the main street of a California beach town after a popular surf contest.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Calif. groups worry over environmental law reform effort

SACRAMENTO(AP) - A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects - the opposite of what lawmakers hope to achieve with the overhaul.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Fremont offers pay-to-stay jail program

FREMONT (AP) - A Northern California police department is offering an alternative for inmates who might actually want to pay for their stay in jail.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Task force created to help combat Valley Fever

FRESNO (AP) - A California Congressman has announced a new task force to increase awareness about the potentially deadly disease known as Valley Fever.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Los Angeles DWP spent millions on excessive worker extra sick days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A report says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent tens of millions of dollars on extra sick days for its employees, and some workers may have abused the system.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Public officials criticize Kaiser for rate hikes

OAKLAND (AP) - One of the state's biggest health insurers, Kaiser Permanente, is drawing complaints from employers who say the company's policies are no longer the quality care bargain they once were.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Gay bars boycotting Russian vodka

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Several gay bars in West Hollywood have boycotted Stolichnaya vodka - which is distilled from Russian ingredients - following the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia that ban gay pride events and "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."

July 26, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND CONSIDERS BANNING PROTEST 'VIOLENCE TOOLS' : OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland will consider banning so-called "tools of violence" from protests, two weeks after a waiter was struck in the face with a hammer during a demonstration against the Trayvon Martin trial outcome.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Short-term fix on tap for bad SF Bay Bridge bolts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews will install a temporary fix for broken seismic safety bolts on the new eastern section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge while long-term repairs are being conducted, but officials are still not sure if the work will allow the span to open Labor Day weekend, a spokesman said Friday.

July 26, 2013 | | State


99-year-old woman from Iran. 3,700 others become US citizens

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In nearly a century since her Iranian birth, Khatoun Khoykani has lived through revolutions and world wars.

July 26, 2013 | | State


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ONCE CALLED A HOAX

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney is trying to avoid a life prison sentence with a plea bargain in a kidnapping so elaborate and ...

September 29, 2016 | | State


$389M spent so far on measures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of California's 17 November ballot measures have raised nearly $390 million six weeks before the election, putting the state ...

September 29, 2016 | | State


Brown approves gender-neutral status for single occupant restrooms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets ...

September 29, 2016 | | State


Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

SANTA CLARA (AP) - More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was ...

September 29, 2016 | | State


Soda-tax battle bubbles up in the SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a ...

September 28, 2016 | | State


El Cajon ifficer guns down refugee in ‘shooting stance’

EL CAJON (AP) - The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance ...

September 28, 2016 | | State


Gun owners expect to fail in blocking new California laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The leader of a gun owners' group said Wednesday that he expects to fall short of forcing a statewide vote to overturn ...

September 28, 2016 | | State


Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

MORGAN HILL (AP) - Some evacuations were lifted Wednesday as firefighters, aided by cooler weather, held back the progress of a wildfire burning through bone-dry brush ...

September 28, 2016 | | State


Heat wave intensifies wildfires

MORGAN HILL (AP) - A grass fire along a Northern California highway spread to parched trees, and flying embers landed on nearby homes, setting at least ...

September 27, 2016 | | State


Blige, Clinton interview clips face ridicule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pair of clips teasing Mary J. Blige's interview with Hillary Clinton on her upcoming Apple Music show "The 411" isn ...

September 27, 2016 | | State


2 motorcyclists mourned after fatal crashes

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Organizers of a motorcycle event in California offered condolences Tuesday to the families of two rising young riders who died from crashes ...

September 27, 2016 | | State


Police shoot, wound man in San Diego area; protesters gathering

EL CAJON . (AP) - Police shot and wounded a man they said was acting erratically in a San Diego suburb on Tuesday, drawing an angry cluster ...

September 27, 2016 | | State


Man gets 50 years to life for killing teens in desert bunker

VICTORVILLE (AP) - A man who helped shoot a teenage couple in an abandoned Air Force bunker in the Mojave Desert was sentenced Tuesday to 50 ...

September 27, 2016 | | State


Woman struck by drone at party sues USC fraternity chapter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman is suing a University of Southern California fraternity because a drone fell on her head while it was photographing a ...

September 27, 2016 | | State


Brown vetoes in-person jail visitation mandate by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have required counties to offer in-person visitation for jail inmates.

September 27, 2016 | | State


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