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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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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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