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‘‘Dumb Starbucks’ in Los Angeles offering free drinks tied to comedy duo

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall.

February 10, 2014 | | State

Health exchange call centers expanding

FRESNO (AP) - The executive director of California's health insurance exchange said Monday that he is hiring 400 call-center workers, many in Fresno, with the goal of alleviating telephone backlogs that have frustrated those applying for health care.

February 10, 2014 | | State

Stockton police shoot, kill suspect with bayonet

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say an officer shot and killed a 45-year-old domestic violence suspect who refused to drop a bayonet.

February 10, 2014 | | State

Google subsidiary to run Moffett Federal Airfield

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A Google subsidiary has been picked to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the company's top executives.

February 10, 2014 | | State

Chefs plead guilty to serving whale meat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a Southern California restaurant that has since closed.

February 10, 2014 | | State

Man kills suspect in home invasion robbery

HAYWARD (AP) - Police say the San Francisco Bay Area homeowner who shot and killed a man during a home invasion robbery knew the suspect.

February 10, 2014 | | State


uEXPLOSIVES FOUND IN HOME WHERE MAN LOST HAND: REDDING (AP) - Shasta County's sheriff says bomb technicians found 40 pounds of explosives at the home of a Redding man whose hand was severed during an explosion and that authorities still want neighbors within a 1,000-foot radius to evacuate.

February 09, 2014 | | State

Covered California removes web doctor directory again

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange pulled its online doctor directory again after some physicians were wrongly listed as accepting patients' coverage plans, spurring a blame game between insurers and providers.

February 09, 2014 | | State

About ‘working’ companion dogs

DEAR DIDI: I was at Costco the other day and there was dog in the store wearing a vest that only said "In Training". I asked what the dog was in training for because she had a very grey muzzle and looked to be on the older side. The owner said "Companion Dog". I am very confused about the terms Therapy Dog, Companion Dog, Service Dog, Comfort Dog, and Working Dog. I know you've touched on this before but can you define these terms clearly for me? Obviously I would LOVE to take my well behaved dog into stores ...

February 09, 2014 | Didi mcelroy | State

‘Covered California planning for budget deficit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Covered California, held up as a jewel in the nation's up-and-down health care overhaul, is setting aside nearly $200 million to fight off projected budget shortfalls as it prepares for what it says is a challenging financial future without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid.

February 09, 2014 | | State

Storm brings snow, rain but still way too little

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months produced impressive amounts of rain and snow over the weekend, National Weather Service forecasters said Sunday.

February 09, 2014 | | State

Inland Empire draws LA residents despite lack of jobs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the recession, Los Angeles County lost tens of thousands of residents to the eastern counties of the Inland Empire despite the area's staggering unemployment rate, new Census Bureau estimates reveals.

February 09, 2014 | | State

Rain reveals leaks on new Bay Bridge section

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While the weekend rain was a welcome sight in many parts of drought-hit Northern California, California transportation officials said the moisture reached a place it shouldn't have - inside a new, $6.4 billion section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

February 09, 2014 | | State

Man taking photo in tree gets electrocuted, killed

TUSTIN (AP) - Authorities say a 27-year-old Tustin man was electrocuted and killed while perched in a tree to shoot a photograph of the sunset.

February 09, 2014 | | State


• $48K RAISED TO SAVE SF'S 'DOGGIE DINER' HEADS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The restaurant chain that they advertised is long gone, but San Francisco's Doggie Diner heads are still beloved by city residents.

February 08, 2014 | | State

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Mormons: Promote ‘traditional family,’ but show compassion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A high-ranking Mormon leader Tuesday reiterated the religion's commitment to promoting families led by married heterosexual couples, but also urged ...

October 28, 2015 | | State

Airbnb battles hostile SF ballot measure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Travelers worldwide may love using Airbnb to book vacation stays, but the company that revolutionized home-sharing faces a hostile ballot measure in ...

October 25, 2015 | | State

Dermatologist for Michael Jackson, other stars, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dr. Arnold Klein once said, "Put me next to a patient, give me a needle and I'm really happy."

October 25, 2015 | | State

Suspect steals police car, leads wild chase ending on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man suspected of stealing a San Francisco police car led authorities on a dangerous chase across city streets onto Treasure Island ...

October 25, 2015 | | State

Movie star Maureen O’Hara , dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fiery-haired and feisty, Maureen O'Hara could handle anything the world and Hollywood threw at her. Director John Ford punched her in ...

October 25, 2015 | | State

Law aims to help immigrant crime victims to obtain visas

SANTA ANA (AP)) - Nubia Rodriguez was assaulted and kidnapped by an ex-boyfriend, crimes that made her eligible for a special visa for immigrants in the ...

October 25, 2015 | | State

Another small quake hits East Bay area

SAN RAMON (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake hit the San Ramon area early Saturday morning, the latest in a ...

October 25, 2015 | | State

Bismarck school gets historic postcard from Stockton man

STOCKTON (AP) - A nearly 100-year-old postcard of Bismarck High School found its way home thanks to a good-humored California antique store patron.

October 25, 2015 | | State

High speed rail costs soar

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's ambitious Los-Angeles-to-San-Francisco high-speed rail project will likely miss its 2022 deadline and go over its $68 billion budget, a newspaper ...

October 25, 2015 | | State

‘Back to the Future’ fans transform town

FILLMORE (AP) - For one day only, a picturesque town about 60 miles north of Los Angeles was transformed into Hill Valley, the fictional hometown of ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Bill Walton stoked Amgen Tour will start in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton was so stoked to hear that the 2016 Amgen Tour of California will start in his ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Major drug tunnel found

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after discovering one of the longest cross-border tunnels between the U.S ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Authorities suspect Odom overdosed on cocaine, drugs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lamar Odom is believed to have overdosed on cocaine and other drugs before he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel, according ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

State eyes people eligible for health care subsidies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Heading into a third enrollment season with less fanfare and a more modest budget, California health exchange officials said Thursday they will strategically ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Court OKs longer sentence for laughing defendant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says a judge did not overstep his authority when he doubled a defendant's prison sentence after the ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

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