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GUN, AMMO BILLS PENDING IN LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers have introduced a dozen bills seeking further restrictions for guns and ammunition, and promise that more are on the way:

January 29, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

GNOMES TO STAY ONUTILITY POLES FOR NOW : OAKLAND (AP) - Small paintings of gnomes that have popped up on utility poles have become a community sensation in Oakland, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to say Tuesday that it will keep them in place for now.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Push for Calif. quake warning system

PASADENA (AP) - Californians could have critical seconds to seek safety or shut down important systems before the onset of damaging shaking under legislation introduced Monday to build an $80 million earthquake early warning system.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Scientists work on snakeskin-like bio-warfare suit

LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists are designing a snakeskin-like protective suit that would shield its wearers against a chemical or biological attack.

January 28, 2013 | | State


California speaker seeks to expand Medi-Cal coverage for poor, disabled

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez introduced legislation Monday to expand Medicaid in California under the federal Affordable Care Act, extending the health care program for the poor and disabled to include more than 1 million additional people.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Woman swept away by 'sneaker' wave in NorCal

EUREKA (AP) - A woman was swept out to sea by a large wave and drowned on a Northern California beach Sunday in the third such tragedy in the region this winter, authorities said.

January 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

POLICE CALLED FOR LOUD MUSIC FIND INDOOR POT FARM: ARCADIA (AP) - Police responding to a loud music call found a Southern California home filled with marijuana plants.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Chris Brown investigated for possible assault

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said early Monday.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Lancaster mayor sues nearby city for voter discrimination via district voting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mayor of Lancaster has taken on pit bulls and motorcycle gangs in the past. On Monday, the flamboyant politician said he is going after the high-desert city next door.

January 28, 2013 | | State


California. health care exchange at a glance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - How many people are uninsured in California, and how many of those are projected to get insurance under the exchange?

January 28, 2013 | | State


Arsonist gets death for fire that killed 5

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - An arsonist was given the death penalty Monday for killing five men who died of heart attacks during a wildfire nearly a decade ago that ripped through the hills east of Los Angeles.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Half dozen stranded hikers rescued in SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A half-dozen stranded hikers have been rescued safely in Southern California mountain areas.

January 28, 2013 | | State


SUV purchase prompts warning from FPPC

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former legislative leader violated state law when he used campaign money to purchase a state vehicle and have it titled under his name, California's campaign watchdog said Monday.

January 28, 2013 | | State


LA targets immigrant birthing hotels

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County is planning a crackdown on makeshift maternity wards where mothers from other countries stay while giving birth so their children will be U.S. citizens.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Invasive plants clogging Delta waterways

STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal officials are trying to get a jumpstart this year on an annual herbicide spraying program to combat an invasive plant that has clogged Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waterways and harbors in the summer.

January 28, 2013 | | State


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Increased California heroin use gets attention

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some states, including California, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in California:

April 06, 2014 | | State


Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment

NEW YORK (AP) - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.

April 06, 2014 | | State


California immigration holds drop

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Startup aims to poach workers at tech bus stops in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Where some see a queue of engineers awaiting private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco startup sees an opportunity to lure talent from top Silicon Valley tech firms.

April 06, 2014 | | State


About 100 arrested in party brawl

ISLA VISTA (AP) - About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a rock- and bottle-throwing melee.

April 06, 2014 | | State


State lawmakers propose reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Suspect in Home Depot lot killing pleads guilty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors say a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi man in a Home Depot parking lot in Northern California has confessed to the crime.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Search continues for missing Bay Area woman

MILL VALLEY (AP) - Authorities are searching on rugged Mount Tamalpais for a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman who has been missing for a week.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Sen. Yee’s campaign spending questioned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator indicted on federal charges used campaign money to pay for flights to the Philippines and events at a San Francisco restaurant, activities that have possible links to gun-running and bribery allegations, a newspaper reported Friday.

April 04, 2014 | | State


2 tunnels found under California-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the U.S.-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a 73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal authorities said Friday.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley conditions free speech

SAN JOSE (AP) - The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Attorney general candidate wants death penalty for corrupt lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California attorney general said Friday that state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Family files suit after veteran killed by Lodi police

LODI (AP) - The family of a Gulf War veteran who was fatally shot by police filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming the officers used excessive force.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Officer accused of illegally obtaining pain pills

CONCORD (AP) - A Concord police officer has been placed on paid leave after being accused of taking pain medication from senior citizens.

April 04, 2014 | | State


San Jose mayor planning pension initiative in 2016

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday that he is pressing ahead with a proposed ballot initiative that would give local governments more leeway to cut public employees' future pension benefits, saying he will target the 2016 ballot after losing a court challenge this year.

April 04, 2014 | | State


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