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Remains ID'd as teen missing since 1968

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Ernstein was walking home from school when she vanished on March 19, 1968.

September 06, 2012 | | State


California saves $85M under Jerry Brown travel ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's travel ban has saved California taxpayers at least $85 million since he took office, state officials announced Thursday.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Visible from space: Curiosity tire tracks on Mars

PASADENA (AP) - NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars, in a way so big that it can be seen from space.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Fire evacuation over in south, possible in north as blaze grows in Colusa County

WILLIAMS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California battled to save nearly two dozen homes being threatened by a pair of fires, while dozens of evacuees who fled a fire in Southern California four days ago were allowed to go home.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Hollywood-style bank heist

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities investigating a bizarre bank heist on Thursday searched the home of a bank manager who was told to strap what she believed was a bomb to her midsection and was forced to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Discrimination claim against In-N-Out chain

September 06, 2012 | | State


Facebook stock up on Zuckerberg's no-sale pledge

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's stock increased nearly 5 percent on Wednesday following a disclosure that its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, won't sell stock in the company for at least a year.

September 05, 2012 | | State


NASA Dawn spacecraft traveling to dwarf planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Next and final stop: The biggest object in the asteroid belt.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Report: Teacher fund lax on anti-spiking efforts; audits each district every 48 years

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report released Wednesday by the state controller's office found that the nation's largest teacher pension fund has been so lax about detecting pension spiking at California school districts that it is on pace to audit each district once every 48 years.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Paraplegic awarded $1.5M from Fresno Kaiser hospital

FRESNO (AP) - A man who was left partially paralyzed by an infection has been awarded $1.5 million from a Fresno medical center.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Court denies LA's bid to take Skid Row property

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles cannot seize property left temporarily unattended on sidewalks by Skid Row's homeless residents, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in a denying an appeal by the city.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Bank robbed; device strapped to manager

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two masked gunmen kidnapped a bank manager, strapped what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forced her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her Bank of America branch when it opened Wednesday morning, authorities said.

September 05, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY POLICE CAR CHASING SUSPECT : WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 17-year-old who police say stole a car and then led West Sacramento police on a chase that ended up killing a pedestrian is being charged with murder.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Investigator says suspect shot CHP officer in head

MARTINEZ (AP) - The suspect killed in a shootout following a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway had shot a California Highway Patrol officer in the head without warning, leaving him in critical condition, authorities said Wednesday.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Feds grant SF shrub endangered status

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To an average person, it may just be a drab clump of evergreen leaves indistinguishable from the other plants in the Presidio woods. But the rediscovered San Francisco shrub now has the protection of the federal government.

September 05, 2012 | | State


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Brown signs $1B water plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Chances of being locked up vary widely across state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The number of inmates in California's county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves like Marin and San Francisco far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places like Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.

March 27, 2015 | | State


‘Hospitality ambassador’ beats homeless man

BERKELEY (AP) - A man has been fired from his job as a hospitality ambassador in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating a homeless man.

March 27, 2015 | | State


4.1 quake shakes SJ Valley; no damage

COALINGA (AP) - A series of small earthquakes jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage.

March 27, 2015 | | State


San Francisco inmates forced to fight?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Internet outages reveal gaps in infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

March 27, 2015 | | State


SolarCity says it will hire 300 new employees in sales

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Solar installer SolarCity said Friday it plans to hire at least 300 new employees in 2015 as it opens a larger office in Roseville, California.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Yellen: A rate increase possible

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.

March 27, 2015 | | State


ltera stock soars on report of sales talks with Intel

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Altera's stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel.

March 27, 2015 | | State


Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be biz coach

LONG BEACH (AP) - A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."

March 26, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles River restoration could cost city up to $1.2 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state - more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Arkansas lawmaker urges ban on wine from California over egg-laying cage law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.

March 26, 2015 | | State


Woman who sued Kaiser over lost leg due to delays awarded $28.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said treatment delays by Kaiser Permanente doctors forced the amputation of her leg.

March 26, 2015 | | State


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