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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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No ‘narcissists’: Festivals ban selfie sticks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.

March 30, 2015 | | State


Endangered bighorn sheep now in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. (AP) - For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

March 30, 2015 | | State


Climbing temperatures end ski season in south state

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Ski lifts are coming to an early stop in Southern California.

March 30, 2015 | | State


Man jailed twice in a weekend for drunken driving

SONOMA (AP) - A Northern California was arrested twice in one weekend on suspicion of drunken driving.

March 30, 2015 | | State


Cynthia Kelly, older sister of Gov. Jerry Brown, dies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Cynthia Kelly, the older sister of Gov. Jerry Brown who had a zest for life, has died, his office said Monday. She was 81.

March 30, 2015 | | State


Missing college athlete died on LA freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A University of California, Berkeley soccer player who disappeared after leaving a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said Monday.

March 30, 2015 | | State


24 percent of voters registered without preference

SACRAMENTO (AP) - New state figures continue the trend of the fastest growing segment of the California electorate registering without any political affiliation.

March 30, 2015 | | State


UNEQUAL PAY

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Women working for California lawmakers earn less than their male counterparts, according to a newspaper's analysis reported Saturday that exposes an inequality perpetuated by those who set state policy.

March 29, 2015 | | State


Court ruling opens door for execution of murderer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has affirmed the mental competency of a man sentenced to die for kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Idaho boy in 2005.

March 29, 2015 | | State


Timberlake offers positive words for youngsters tormented by teasing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mr. SexyBack said he wasn't always one of the cool kids.

March 29, 2015 | | State


Berkeley student missing after leaving party in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities and concerned relatives and friends sought the public's help on Sunday in finding a University of California, Berkeley student who went missing after he left a party near the University of Southern California.

March 29, 2015 | | State


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


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