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High-speed rail begins search for artifacts

FRESNO. (AP) - Backhoes began digging up a parking lot in downtown Fresno on Monday in search of underground tunnels and artifacts from an 1880s-era Chinatown neighborhood that lies in the path of California's planned high-speed rail network.

October 21, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

TECH COMPANIES LEAD BAY AREA BUYING BINGE: SAN JOSE (AP) - Internet giants are buying up businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country by the hundreds.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Man, wife arrested after accidental store shooting in SoCal

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A husband and wife were arrested after a gun they were carrying accidentally went off inside a Southern California Sam's Club store.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Hopes rise for end to BART strike

OAKLAND (AP) - Representatives of the San Francisco Bay Area's transit rail system and its striking unions returned to the bargaining table Monday, raising hopes among the region's frustrated commuters that a four-day work stoppage that has gridlocked highways and doubled travel times is about to end.

October 21, 2013 | | State


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


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One climber just 1,000 feet from El Capitan top

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - One of the men making a grueling ascent of a half-mile of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park is now just 1,000 feet from finishing the groundbreaking climb.

January 09, 2015 | | State


Harris, Newsom among potential replacements

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sen. Barbara Boxer's retirement will leave California with an open Senate seat for the first time in nearly a quarter-century and no shortage of potential candidates to fill the powerful position.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

January 08, 2015 | | State


She hopes Internet fame translates to TV

PASADENA (AP) - A 380-pound North Carolina woman whose dancing video was seen by more than six million people online last year is trying to be the next reality TV star.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Feds criticize CPUC regulators for poor pipeline oversight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California utility regulators are plagued by investigative backlogs and poorly documented probes that rarely result in penalties against companies, federal authorities said in an audit.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Newspaper’s building defaced after it uses ‘illegals’ in headline

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The Santa Barbara News-Press building was defaced with paint and graffiti after the paper referred to immigrants as "illegals" in a front-page headline.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Sex offenders will take lie-detector tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California will make paroled sex offenders take periodic lie detector tests as a way to gauge their behavior patterns and perhaps prevent new sex crimes.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Netflix says it wants to stream ‘The Interview’

PASADENA (AP) - Netflix wants to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its 53 million worldwide subscribers, the streaming service's chief content officer said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Team says it will stop sales of shirts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that produced T-shirts for the Oakland Athletics with a logo created by a teenager will stop making and selling the attire in a gesture of goodwill, the team said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Attendants fired for refusing to fly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thirteen flight attendants filed a federal complaint Wednesday against United Airlines saying they were fired for refusing to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a plane with the words "BYE BYE" and a pair of faces scrawled on it, their attorneys said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Audit blasts financial management

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit released Wednesday criticizes the financial management of California's court system, saying questionable spending by the agency that helps administer its budget cost cash-strapped courts millions of dollars.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Federal judge blocks ban on foie gras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats press Gov. Brown to increase spending for poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anticipating a second year of surplus, Democratic state lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Jerry Brown to increase spending on welfare, health care, child care and other social programs to assist the poor.

January 07, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WOMAN PLUNGING SAN DIEGO TOILET PULLS UP 5 1/2-FOOT SNAKE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials in San Diego are trying to sort out how a 5 1/2-foot snake wound up in a toilet at an office building.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Knife attack on transgender spurs hate crime charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man has been charged with hate crimes after prosecutors say he stabbed a transgender woman who fled a San Francisco bus to escape his taunts about her gender preference.

January 07, 2015 | | State


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