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Stockton defendant doesn't participate in trial

STOCKTON (AP) - A former California Death Row inmate has failed to participate in his weeklong murder retrial even though he was serving as his own attorney.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Deal reached to ban plastic grocery bags in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Key California legislators have reached an agreement that could lead to a statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags at supermarkets, liquor stores and pharmacies by 2016.

January 23, 2014 | | State


State seeks 2-year delay on prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges Thursday to give the state two more years to reduce prison crowding to the level set by the court, and said inmates could be released early if the state fails to meet its goals.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Smith & Wesson won’t sell some pistols in California

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Corp. said Thursday it won't sell new models of its semi-automatic handguns in California to avoid complying with a provision in the state's gun law that took effect last year.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Brown wants loan for bullet train

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget includes a provision for a $29 million loan from the state to California's bullet train agency, according to a newspaper report.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Officer died of gunshot wound to chest

OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area transit officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer while they searched an apartment died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to autopsy results released Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | State


News from around california

CUSTOMER HITS JEWELRY STORE OWNER WITH HATCHET: EL CAJON (AP) - Authorities in San Diego County say a customer who became angry when his credit card transaction was denied struck the owner of jewelry store in the head repeatedly with a hatchet, then fled with the victim's gun.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Teen who stole Lamborghini gets life prison term

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of a series of crimes, including attempted murder and the theft of celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Driver dies when tire smashes into windshield

SAN DIMAS (AP) - A driver has died after a truck tire smashed into his windshield on a Southern California freeway.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Congressional bill would give water for fish to farmers

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner visited a dusty California field on Wednesday, joining Central Valley Republicans to announce an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what is certain to be a devastating year.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Search suspended for Folsom Lake plane wreckage

FOLSOM (AP) - A sonar expert has suspended the search for the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Folsom Lake nearly 50 years ago.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Brown: California challenged by drought

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered dual messages in his annual address to the Legislature: California's resurgence is well underway but is threatened by economic and environmental uncertainties.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Telescope spies water plumes on dward planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest object in the asteroid belt just got more attractive: Scientists have confirmed signs of water on the dwarf planet Ceres, one of the few bodies in the solar system to hold that distinction.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Couple welcomes identical triplets

LONG BEACH (AP) - A Southern California woman has given birth to identical triplets, instantly doubling the size of her family.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Mendocino County targeting marijuana growers stealing water

MENDOCINO (AP) - The sheriff of Mendocino County is vowing to crack down on illegal pot growers who he says steal millions of gallons of water during the growing season.

January 22, 2014 | | State


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Man shot by police was arrested day earlier

ORANGE . (AP) - A 31-year-old man shot and killed by police in Anaheim had been arrested a day earlier after running from authorities and crashing his truck into a construction site, police said Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Drought forces skiers to higher ground

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK - We've trudged through deep powder, braved icy slopes and weathered rain, wind and snow in an annual quest to reach a ski cabin in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park for the past 13 years. We always had skis on our feet - until this year.

April 03, 2015 | By BRIAN MELLEY The Associated Press | State


Californians with century-old water rights face restrictions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farms and other Californians that have been shielded from water reductions because of century-old claims could face new restrictions, the State Water Resources Control Board said Friday.

April 03, 2015 | | State


‘Price is Right’ model apologizes for $21K mistake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Price is Right" model Manuela Arbelaez thought she would have to come on down to the unemployment line after she mistakenly revealed the price of a new car on the game show.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Court: Yoga doesn’t bend rules on religious freedom in schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yoga taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn't violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Thousands more bikes could hit Bay Area roads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area riders could have thousands more bicycles to share.

April 03, 2015 | | State


7 San Francisco officers suspended over racist texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seven San Francisco police officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages have been suspended, and the police chief has recommended that they be fired.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Q&A on California’s drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.

April 03, 2015 | | State


California appeals court issues ruling about out-of-control kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state can remove an out-of-control child from the custody of a parent even if the mother or father is not to blame for the child's behavior, a California appeals court said Thursday.

April 02, 2015 | | State


California eyes deadline for shutting more oilfield wells

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday proposed an Oct. 15 deadline for starting to close more of the 2,000-plus oil-industry wells that funnel waste and other fluids into federally protected underground water reserves.

April 02, 2015 | | State


Stock split could cost Google $500M

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.

April 02, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TEACHER BURNED IN SCIENCE EXPERIMENT ACCIDENT: PALO ALTO (AP) - Fire officials in the San Francisco Bay Area say a high school teacher suffered first- and second-degree burns in a science experiment accident.

April 02, 2015 | | State


Kill the lawn, save the water

LONG BEACH (AP) - What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?

April 02, 2015 | | State


Schuller turned drive-in movie ministry into megachurch

ARTESIA (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller didn't wait for the faithful to flock to his upstart church in Southern California - he took his message to them.

April 02, 2015 | | State


Judge orders California to pay for inmate’s sex change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.

April 02, 2015 | | State


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