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County pays $2 in damages, $197,505 in fees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newspaper report says Sacramento County paid $2 in damages and $197,505 in attorney fees to settle a civil rights case.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Paperwork tiff lets some suspects leave jail early in county

STOCKTON (AP) - A squabble over paperwork deadlines between San Joaquin County officials and state prison authorities is leading to the early release of parole violators.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Feds begin probe of BART worker deaths

OAKLAND (AP) - Federal accident investigators were in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday to examine the deaths of two transit workers who were struck by an out-of-service commuter train performing routine maintenance.

October 20, 2013 | | State


More instances of offshore fracking

LONG BEACH (AP) - The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of California's most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed.

October 20, 2013 | | State


Californa quake mapping has slowed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Very few earthquake faults in California have been mapped over the past two decades despite an ambitious campaign launched in the early 1970s to help scientists learn more about the state's seismic activity.

October 20, 2013 | | State


100-mule procession headed to Los Angeles

LONE PINE, Calif. (AP) - To celebrate the 100th birthday of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, 100 mules have set out from the eastern Sierra on a trek to the metropolis as part of a mobile art project.

October 20, 2013 | | State


High-speed chase closes US-Mexico border crossing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A high-speed chase that ended with authorities killing a suspected carjacker closed traffic Saturday into Mexico at one of San Diego's border crossings.

October 20, 2013 | | State


Bookish baby boy az in LA-area Barnes & Noble

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A woman walked into a Los Angeles-area Barnes & Noble looking for books and came out with a baby instead.

October 20, 2013 | | State


Another 14-foot ‘sea serpent’ found in Southern California

OCEANSIDE (AP) - For the second time in less than a week, a 'sea serpent' attracted gawkers on a Southern California beach.

October 20, 2013 | | State


Fire damages residential high-rise in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight people, including a young girl in critical condition, were taken to hospitals on Friday with injuries sustained in a residential high-rise fire in Los Angeles that was mostly confined to one apartment, authorities said.

October 18, 2013 | | State


Firefighter not charged in death after plane crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The firefighter who ran over and killed a survivor of a commercial air disaster in San Francisco was unaware of the girl's death at the time and will not be charged with any crimes, a prosecutor announced Friday.

October 18, 2013 | | State


Racial policy prison riots breaks law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after a riot based on their race, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

October 18, 2013 | | State


Twin brothers, 6, struck by elderly driver

MENLO PARK (AP) - Twin 6-year-old brothers were seriously injured when an SUV driven by a 90-year-old man jumped a curb and pinned them against a wall in the San Francisco Bay Area.

October 18, 2013 | | State


BART unions threaten strike

OAKLAND (AP) - Union workers are threatening to go on strike at midnight unless San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agrees to enter arbitration after a marathon negotiating session with management and its two largest unions came to a halt Thursday when both sides couldn't agree on a remaining set of issues.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Court allows LA impound policy pending appeal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops will be temporarily allowed while a state court examines its merits.

October 17, 2013 | | State


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Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


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