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Toy gun buyback asks kids to give up play pistols

HAYWARD (AP) - Organizers of a Northern California gun buyback are looking to get weapons off the streets. But gun owners shouldn't show up looking to hand over their arms, unless they shoot rubber bands, Nerf bullets or imaginary lasers.

June 10, 2013 | | State


SF sues over high-capacity magazines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is suing three gun accessories companies and one gun show promoter, alleging they sold disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as repair kits in violation of California law, the city attorney said Monday.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Legislative leader: Budget deal is near

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature's Democratic leaders are close to a state budget deal that maintains fiscal balance, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and other lawmakers said Monday ahead of a budget committee vote on many of the outstanding issues.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies of liver disease

CORCORAN (AP) - California prison officials say a 44-year-old death row inmate convicted of beating a 90-year-old woman to death with a baseball bat has died from liver disease.

June 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HUGE SHARK CAUGHT BY ANGLER OFF CALIF. WASN'T PREGNANT : LONG BEACH . (AP) - Scientists who dissected the huge mako shark caught off the Southern California coast have found that the female shark had gallons of sea water and a seal or sea lion in her stomach.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Injured dog that saved 2 girls honored

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Every dog has its day, but few canines get a motorcade on their return home.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Another limo fire, 10 women escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ten women - some of them in their 90s - escaped unharmed from a limousine that began smoking and caught fire in Northern California just more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on a nearby bridge.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Threat forces LA-to-Texas flight to land in Ariz.

PHOENIX (AP) - The FBI says a "telephonic bomb threat" against a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Texas led to the plane being diverted to Phoenix on Monday afternoon.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF PRIDE CONFIRMS MANNING WON'T BE HONORED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration have confirmed that the U.S. soldier who has acknowledged providing classified documents to WikiLeaks no longer will not be honored during this month's celebration.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Gunman killed 6 in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A gunman with an assault-style rifle killed at least six people in Santa Monica on Friday before police shot him to death in a gunfight in the Santa Monica College library, authorities said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Senators upset about exchange secrecy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Five Republican U.S. senators said Friday they have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether California is inappropriately concealing details of contracts for its health insurance exchange.

June 07, 2013 | | State


State senator gets subpoena in federal probe at Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the state Senate's top Democrats said Friday that he has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, days after another senator's Capitol offices were searched by the FBI.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Utility to close troubled nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a jolt to the nation's nuclear power industry, Southern California's San Onofre plant was shut down Friday for good after its owners surrendered in a costly and drawn-out fight over whether it was too damaged to operate safely.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Serial killer Richard Ramirez dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Richard Ramirez, the demonic serial killer known as the Night Stalker who left satanic signs at murder scenes and mutilated victims' bodies during a reign of terror in the 1980s, died early Friday in a hospital, a prison official said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Raley’s website possible cyberattack target

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California supermarket chain is advising customers who used their credit or debit cards at any of its stores to check their statements, saying its computer network may have been the target of a cyberattack.

June 07, 2013 | | State


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Drought sends California skiers packing

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Warm temperatures and drought conditions in the West have changed the migratory patterns of birds and wildlife, but are also impacting another group: skiers, especially cross country skiers.

February 08, 2015 | | State


SpaceX calls off launch of weather satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory - and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt - after a critical radar-tracking system failed.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Whooping cough outbreak raises vaccine concerns

ELK GROVE (AP) - A Sacramento County city with a large number of whooping cough cases despite a high immunization rate is revealing the limitations of the current vaccine used to protect against the disease, a newspaper reported.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Evacuations remain after fire chars eastern Sierra towns

SWALL MEADOWS, Mono County (AP) - Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Jenner phone records, texts could be issue in fatal crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators will likely seek Bruce Jenner's cellphone records to determine if the Olympic gold medalist was texting when he was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a chain-reaction crash in Malibu that killed a woman, authorities said Sunday.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Suspect shot after chase from Stockton to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a suspected truck thief was shot by California Highway Patrol officers following a roughly 50-mile chase from Stockton to Sacramento.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Brown seeks taxes for fixing roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Worst of storm appears to be over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California was hit by a second wet and windy storm on Sunday, though it appeared to do far less damage than a similar system two days earlier.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Oil fracking puts environmentalists & Brown at odds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy.

February 06, 2015 | | State


UC system to require measles shots

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students entering the University of California system in 2017 will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new immunization rules announced Friday.

February 06, 2015 | | State


TB exposure for 16 people at high school

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sixteen people at a Northern California high school have tested positive for tuberculosis exposure after a student was diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

February 06, 2015 | | State


Storm hits slams Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A storm sweeping down the West Coast pelted parts of the San Francisco Bay Area with much-needed rain Friday, triggered flooding that swamped several homes in Washington state, and unleashed hurricane-force winds in Nevada.

February 06, 2015 | | State


Facebook, LinkedIn helping women in tech

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.

February 06, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WOMAN BATTLES NAVAJO NATION OVER HUSBAND'S BODY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman who was ordered to return her husband's body to the country's largest American Indian reservation for burial said she's not ready to stop fighting to have his remains laid to rest at a California veterans cemetery.

February 05, 2015 | | State


State OKs dumping into drinking water

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.

February 05, 2015 | | State


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