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Natural gas shortage hits California power supply

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use Thursday in a rare mid-winter conservation alert, after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors mull vandalism case against Bieber

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have presented evidence to prosecutors for a possible felony vandalism case against Justin Bieber.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Valley fever killed 3 prison workers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Illness caused by a soil-borne fungus killed three employees at two California prisons in recent years and sickened 103 others, according to a federal health care agency report made public Thursday.

February 06, 2014 | | State


LA jury acquits judge in dog droppings dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dispute over a bag of dog poop has ended in the acquittal of a Los Angeles County judge.

February 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• SCHOOL APOLOGIZES FOR BLACK HISTORY LUNCH MENU: CONCORD (AP) - Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students.

February 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Convicted killer sprung from state's death row: SAN JOSE (AP) - A man convicted of killing two San Jose jewelers more than 25 years ago has been released from death row.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Was attack on PG&E substation terrorism?

SAN JOSE (AP) - Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid was terrorism - despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Daytime shooting in Stockton leaves three wounded

STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton say three people were wounded when 40 to 50 gunshots rang out in a daytime shooting in a residential neighborhood.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Feds give $14M more for drought help

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers because of concerns about the survival of salmon and steelhead trout.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Firefighter handcuffed at SoCal crash scene

CHULA VISTA (AP) - A firefighter responding to a Southern California crash site was handcuffed and held in a patrol car for failing to move a fire truck immediately after police asked him to.

February 05, 2014 | | State


'Octomom’ faces more welfare fraud charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was charged with a fourth count of welfare fraud Wednesday after prosecutors said they discovered she wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Wheelchair catches fire, man dies

RED BLUFF (AP) - A Northern California man has died after his wheelchair caught fire, authorities say.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Board faults LAPD’s Dorner deployment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A civilian board that found eight officers violated Los Angeles Police Department policy in mistakenly firing on two women during the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner also faulted the department itself.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Brown urges CalPERS pension fund to address rising expenses

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday urged California's largest public pension fund to act quickly to address rising costs caused by retirees' longer life expectancies, saying failure to do so would widen the fund's liabilities by billions of dollars.

February 05, 2014 | | State


LA abuse case dropped against teacher

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday dismissed a high-profile criminal case against a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles who was charged with inappropriately touching a female student.

February 05, 2014 | | State


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California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

FRESNO (AP) - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Ex-official leaves huge $150M debt for Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Governor pushing rainy-day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Lost sea lion in SJ Valley found mile from water

MERCED . (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson leads mayoral group

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Court rules for environmentalists in water fight over Delta smelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits for tracking parolees

SANTA ANA (AP) - A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Steinberg seeks review of GPS tracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Police: GPS helped solve, didn’t deter killings of at least 4 women

SANTA ANA (AP) - GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Deadline arrives for exchange sign-up

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Body found in abandoned Ceres freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Northern California say a body was found inside a freezer at an abandoned auto shop.

April 15, 2014 | | State


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