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SUSPECT IN PLAYSTATION 4 KILLING PLEADS NOT GUILTY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting another man who was trying to sell him a Sony PlayStation 4 gaming system.

December 09, 2013 | | State


LA deputies face federal charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal officials say 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies saw themselves as being "above the law," engaging in corruption and civil rights abuses that included beating inmates and visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to block an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system.

December 09, 2013 | | State


More freezing temperatures beset Calif. citrus

EXETER (AP) - California citrus growers say six nights of freezing temperatures will likely damage this year's orange crop but no disruption is expected to supplies.

December 09, 2013 | | State


News from around california

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Auto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early, according to the first independent study of crime trends driven by the "realignment" program to reduce the state prison population.

December 09, 2013 | | State


More details on $24.7B twin tunnels plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water officials on Monday released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.

December 09, 2013 | | State


Covered Calif. has backlog of 25,000 requests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange said Monday that it has a backlog of 25,000 paper applications that must be processed by Dec. 23 for the applicants to get health insurance starting in the new year, a daunting process that threatens to leave some people who applied for insurance weeks ago without coverage.

December 09, 2013 | | State


AG contends DNA same as fingerprints

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The constitutionality of California's controversial law mandating the collection of DNA samples from all arrestees whether they're charged with a crime or not was at issue Monday at a specially convened hearing of 11 federal appeals court judges.

December 09, 2013 | | State


Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Delta College puts together time capsule to mark 100th year in 2063

STOCKTON - Delta College's 100-year Time Capsule has been cleared for its voyage through time.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Paul Walker memorial draws thousands

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air Sunday as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the "Fast & Furious" actor died in a car crash.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Court to consider state’s blanket DNA collection

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court appeared ready last year to strike down as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy a controversial California law requiring police to collect DNA samples from every person arrested in the state.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Weather not cold enough to damage crops

FRESNO (AP) - From Los Angeles to San Francisco, people awoke to cold, sometimes near-freezing temperatures Sunday, but could take solace in the fact that their weather was not nearly as bad as that brought by the brutal storms dumping ice, wind and snow on much of the rest of the country.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Salvation Army ringer sets 105-hour ring record

COLTON (AP) - Salvation Army Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano got a jump on ringing in the New Year this holiday season by ringing a bell for a record 105 consecutive hours outside a Wal-Mart in Colton this week.

December 08, 2013 | | State


State exchange sharing data without consent

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California health exchange says it's been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.

December 08, 2013 | | State


State PUC to join in BART train probe

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say a state agency is also looking into why a disabled train stranded hundreds of passengers in a tunnel that sent at least nine people to the hospital.

December 06, 2013 | | State


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NBC’s Brian Williams apologizes for lying about coming under fire

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.

February 04, 2015 | | State


RadioShack worker accused of stealing nude phone photos

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former Northern California RadioShack employee was charged with stealing revealing photos from the smartphone of a woman who had brought in the device to have its cracked screen fixed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Stun gun used on diabetic driver

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - An officer feared he was in danger when he twice used a stun gun on a 78-year-old diabetic driver with low blood sugar who crashed into several cars and refused orders to stop, police say.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Plan slaps drivers with $52 annual fee for roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most California drivers would pay an extra $52 a year under a proposal to raise $2 billion a year to fix the state's crumbling roads, bridges and highways.

February 04, 2015 | | State


College: More stress, less time to socialize

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Today's high school seniors aren't partying and socializing as much as their parents' generation - they're too busy trying to get into college, and when they get there, some don't feel good about themselves, a new survey reports.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Suspect: ‘I did kill those cops’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man charged with killing two Northern California sheriff's deputies stunned a courtroom Wednesday by blurting out that he committed the crimes and is ready to be executed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Family of slain Stockton bank heist hostage blames police

STOCKTON (AP) - The family of a bank robbery hostage who was shot and killed in Stockton blamed police for the death Wednesday and demanded the city take financial responsibility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers aim to limit exemptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SILICON VALLEY BOOMING

SAN JOSE (AP) - A study released Tuesday shows Silicon Valley's tech economy is continuing to boom, with 58,000 new jobs and 42,000 new residents last year and all indications the record growth will continue.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Finishing college growing divide between rich, poor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is a growing divide between who earns a bachelor's degree by age 24, with the gap between the nation's richest and poorest students doubling during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Court panel questions federal attempt to close pot dispensary

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court questioned Tuesday why the Department of Justice was trying to shut down a large California medical marijuana dispensary in light of recent indications the department would not go after pot stores.

February 03, 2015 | | State


State violates rights of disabled inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must stop housing disabled inmates in isolation cells solely because prisons lack housing to accommodate wheelchairs and other assistance, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WATER BOARD APPROVES SANTA BARBARA DESALINATION PERMIT: SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A state board has approved a permit to allow the city of Santa Barbara to restart its desalination plant and tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water amid an historic drought.

February 03, 2015 | | State


CALIFORNIANS USE 22% LESS WATER

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Feds: California rail project is infringing on fox habitat

FRESNO (AP) - California's $68 billion high-speed rail was chastised by federal officials for infringing on the habitat of the protected kit fox.

February 03, 2015 | | State


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