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Santa Maria settles teen sex lawsuit

SANTA MARIA (AP) - The city of Santa Maria agreed to pay $185,000 to a teenager who claimed she was repeatedly raped while she was a police Explorer by an officer who was later killed while resisting arrest.

November 24, 2012 | | State


County sued over denial of oil drilling plan

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - The oil exploration company Excelaron LLC has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County after the Board of Supervisors rejected a plan for extracting crude oil from beneath rural Huasna Valley.

November 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Highway 101crash: PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman died and her sister was critically injured when they were thrown from their SUV after it crashed into a California Highway Patrol car and flipped over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.

November 24, 2012 | | State


Calif. city building a "tsunami-resistant" port

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - It doesn't matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City. Churning water rushes into the boat basin and then rushes out, lifting docks off their pilings, tearing boats loose and leaving the city's main economic engine looking as if it has been bombed.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Ex-fiancee of man charged in OC killings arrested

COSTA MESA (AP) - Police arrested the ex-fiancee of a stage actor charged with beheading a neighbor, scattering his body parts in a park and killing the neighbor's friend two years ago.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Senior home staff had complained about suspect

TORRANCE (AP) - Residents and staff members at a senior high-rise in California had complained in the past about erratic behavior by an elderly man now suspected of killing two women and himself at the facility, authorities and employees said.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Man pleads not guilty to killing, cooking wife

VISTA (AP) - A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife after police found her severed head in a freezer and her body parts cooking on the stove at their Oceanside home.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Man pleads no contest in burglary of Jobs' home

PALO ALTO (AP) - A California man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs' house and stealing computers and the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet has pleaded no contest to burglarizing homes across the San Francisco Bay area.

November 22, 2012 | | State


SpongeBob Christmas special goes 3-D

LOS ANGELES (AP) - How does "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" squeeze even more fun out of our porous little hero and the Bikini Bottom gang? By turning the animated characters three-dimensional for their holiday special.

November 21, 2012 | | State


San Francisco sheds part of free-spirited past with citywide ban on public nudity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.

November 21, 2012 | | State


SF approves 220-square-foot apartments

SF approves 220-square-foot apartments

November 21, 2012 | | State


Ex-'Price is Right' model gets $8.5M in damages

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The producers of "The Price is Right" owe a former model on the show more than $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a jury determined Wednesday.

November 21, 2012 | | State


Terror suspects grew up in suburbia, played pickup hoops, video games

UPLAND (AP) - Three of the young men swept up in a federal terrorism probe grew up in the Southern California suburbs where they played pick-up basketball, ran for homecoming court and sparred in video games with neighborhood kids - a far cry from the wannabe terrorists described by the FBI.

November 21, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DISNEY WORKER INJURED ON SPACE MOUNTAIN: ANAHEIM (AP) - Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.

November 21, 2012 | | State


Interior Sec. to decide Calif. oyster farm's fate

POINT REYES STATION (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Marin County on Wednesday on a fact-finding mission to decide the fate of a family-run oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

November 21, 2012 | | State


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Good Samaritan beaten, run over, dies

FRESNO (AP) - A good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by twin brothers was brutally beaten by the suspects before being run over by a driver, police said.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Video shows officer punching woman on freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Water reporting rules expanded for loggers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators have expanded water reporting requirements for logging companies in response to the state's ongoing drought, a newspaper reported.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Drama mounts for water-bond measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature adjourned for its summer recess Thursday without meeting its top remaining priority: overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond scheduled to go before voters this fall.

July 03, 2014 | | State


State regulators up enforcement powers as water use fails to drop

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators voted to give themselves tough new drought enforcement powers after learning that most water rights holders haven't responded to their orders to use less.

July 03, 2014 | | State


California wildfires grow in north, south

JULIAN (AP) - Crews scrambled Thursday to corral a wildfire that burned two homes in Southern California and threatened hundreds of others as an older, larger blaze endangered more homes in rural Northern California.

July 03, 2014 | | State


Murrieta is latest immigration flashpoint

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When American flag-waving protesters forced busloads of migrants to leave Murrieta earlier this week, the Southern California city became the latest flashpoint in an intensifying immigration debate that could heat up even more as patriotism surges on the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature on Thursday, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their monthlong summer recess.

July 03, 2014 | | State


College’s restrictive free-speech rules targeted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A student who claims his right to free expression was violated has sued Citrus College in Southern California, one of four schools around the nation targeted by a free-speech group.

July 02, 2014 | | State


TB outbreak at Sacramento high school campus

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | State


California moves to speed up quake fault mapping

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A plan to study earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development is moving forward again in California after funding was approved from Gov. Jerry Brown.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Mountain lion spotted near San Mateo homes

SAN MATEO (AP) - State wildlife officials are warning residents in a San Francisco Bay Area community to be on the lookout for a mountain lion that may still be in the area.

July 02, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BODY OF MISSING ABALONE DIVER FOUND: MENDOCINO (AP) - The body of a San Francisco man who went missing while diving for abalone has been discovered.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley wildfire burns at 3,800 acres

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A raging wildfire in rural Northern California that spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County continues to grow, officials said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Jurors keep deliberating in beaten fan case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors told a judge Wednesday they were deadlocked in a negligence lawsuit filed by a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered severe brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium.

July 02, 2014 | | State


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