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MODESTO HOMEOWNER SHOOTS AND KILLS MARIJUANA BURGLAR: MODESTO (AP) - Investigators say a homeowner has shot and killed a burglar who broke into his Modesto indoor marijuana garden.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Chevron refinery fire highlights pollution concerns; one of state’s 10 worst emitters

RICHMOND (AP) - A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.

August 08, 2012 | | State


California official replaced after killing Idaho mountain lion

FRESNO (AP) - The California Fish and Game Commission removed its president on Wednesday, months after he was criticized for killing a mountain lion in Idaho.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers order audit of state parks funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks department will be subject to an independent audit to examine how and why nearly $54 million in two special funds went unreported even as budget cuts were threatening to close 70 parks.

August 08, 2012 | | State


New call for conservation as Southern Cal bakes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Edison is ramping up the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages as sweltering temperatures send electricity use climbing.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Critics blast state retirement plan for private workers that could cost billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a bill that would create the nation's first state-run retirement program for private-sector workers testified Wednesday that California taxpayers cannot afford to take on the potential for billions of dollars in new liabilities at a time when the state's public pension systems already are facing massive shortfalls.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Romney equates California to Greece

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drew sharp rebukes from California Democrats on Wednesday for comparing the nation's most populous state to struggling European countries.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Official: Budget cuts to blame for fire's spread

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A Sacramento fire official said budget cuts are in part to blame for the spread of a fire in a city neighborhood.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers demand audit of mental health initiative to see if voters’ will is being ignored

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two lawmakers on Wednesday requested a detailed audit to determine whether the state has spent mental health funding from a 2004 ballot initiative the way voters intended.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Temperatures soaring in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After weeks of mild summertime temperatures, Southern Californians are sweltering in a heat wave expected to last for days and potentially test an electrical grid lacking one major power plant.

August 07, 2012 | | State


NASA gives a peek of rover's Mars journey

PASADENA (AP) - NASA's latest adventure to Mars has given the world more than just glimpses of a new alien landscape.

August 07, 2012 | | State


Get ready to be burned by higher gas prices

RICHMOND (AP) - A major fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries that sent hundreds of people to hospitals with complaints of breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday.

August 07, 2012 | | State


Police: Woman stole baby after faking being pregnant

GARDEN GROVE (AP) - A woman caught trying to steal a newborn girl from a Southern California hospital had faked a pregnancy with her estranged husband, and needed the baby to continue the deception after her due date passed, according to Garden Grove police.

August 07, 2012 | | State


9th Circuit sides with feds in wiretap ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned an order that the federal government pay attorney fees and damages of an Islamic group that claimed it was the target of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program.

August 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

LA BANS SKATEBOARD "BOMBING" AFTER 2 DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials voted Tuesday to respond to two teen deaths by banning skateboard "bombing," where skaters zoom down steep hills at up to 40 mph.

August 07, 2012 | | State


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State inmates can appeal compassionate release denials

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill inmates can appeal judicial denials of compassionate early release from their prison sentences.

March 05, 2015 | | State


GOP lawmaker launches bid for US Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A two-term Republican legislator who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California, a state that hasn't sent a GOP senator to Washington since the 1980s.

March 05, 2015 | | State


Chain of kidney transplants begins at Bay Area hospital

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zully Broussard thought she was going to help one person by donating a kidney.

March 05, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• STORE OWNER SUES LOTTERY WINNER FOR HALF OF PRIZE: MILPITAS (AP) - A woman who won $1 million from the California lottery is being sued by a San Francisco Bay Area liquor store owner who sold her the winning scratch-off ticket.

March 05, 2015 | | State


Government failures preceded man’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

March 04, 2015 | | State


Manslaughter charge for mom in infant’s death

WOODLAND (AP) - The mother of an infant found dead near the Sacramento River was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and abusing or endangering the health of a child.

March 04, 2015 | | State


Children in Southern California breathing easier today, study says

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Smog-covered mountains, gritty sidewalks, smelly fumes from traffic-choked freeways. The Los Angeles area was a tough place to breathe several decades ago. Now a study shows how much that has changed, especially for the region's youngest residents.

March 04, 2015 | | State


Thieves crash truck into SF electronics store

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the most recent smash-and-grab in San Francisco, thieves again drove a truck into a store and stole high-end merchandise.

March 04, 2015 | | State


Court upholds Sunnyvale’s ban of 11+ bullet gun- magazines

SUNNYVALE (AP) - An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a San Francisco Bay Area city's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets.

March 04, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

LAWYER FOR WOMAN PUNCHED BY CHP OFFICER JAILED FOR CONTEMPT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The lawyer for a bipolar woman who was beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer has been declared in contempt of court and sent to jail until she answers questions from a federal judge.

March 03, 2015 | | State


Sierra snowpack far below normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California received a double dose of bad drought news on Tuesday, with state officials saying the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal and that residents again aren't coming close to meeting Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent cut in water use.

March 03, 2015 | | State


UC capping non-resident enrollment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Non-resident enrollment will be capped at the University of California's Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses next year to address concerns that California students are being displaced, but the system also does not plan to admit more residents to any of its campuses unless it gets more state funding, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | State


Teachers charged with giving cocaine to students

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two teachers have been charged with having sex with students and providing alcohol and cocaine to them during an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.

March 03, 2015 | | State


Family of girl declared brain- dead sues hospital

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after her sleep apnea operation went awry filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on Tuesday detailing the emotional, chaotic hospital drama that included a court battle over ending life support.

March 03, 2015 | | State


Man killed by LA police was wanted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless ex-convict killed on Skid Row by Los Angeles police had an active warrant for violating probation in a bank robbery case, a U.S. marshal said Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | State


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