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CASTRO VALLEY SUPPORTS NOW-SIGNLESS BURGER JOINT : CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Residents of a San Francisco Bay area suburb are speaking up to support a 1950's-style sign that county planners ordered removed from a new hamburger restaurant.

January 21, 2013 | | State


Kardashian’s LA home target of fake 911 call

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are looking for the person who called 911 and falsely reported an emergency at a former Malibu residence of the Kardashians.

January 20, 2013 | | State


Marines studying mindfulness-based training in bid to make troops tougher

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - The U.S. Marine Corps, known for turning out some of the military's toughest warriors, is studying how to make its troops even tougher through meditative practices, yoga-type stretching and exercises based on mindfulness.

January 20, 2013 | | State


Neighbors in SF sheriff domestic violence case sue Ross Mirkarimi over his remarks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The neighbors who played a key role in the domestic violence case involving San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi are suing the sheriff and his wife, Eliana Lopez, claiming defamation.

January 20, 2013 | | State


Jurors will hear shooter’s recordings

SANTA ANA (AP) - Prosecutors say they won't call a jailhouse informant to the stand in the trial of a man charged with murdering eight people in a 2011 Seal Beach beauty salon shooting.

January 20, 2013 | | State


Davis researcher hurt in explosion arrested

DAVIS (AP) - A University of California, Davis, researcher who was injured in an explosion at his campus apartment early Thursday has been arrested, police said.

January 20, 2013 | | State


20 Nev. lawmakers attend invitation-only NRA event

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nearly one-third of Nevada's 63 lawmakers attended an invitation-only event the National Rifle Association hosted Saturday at a Las Vegas shooting range, organizers said.

January 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• SF POLICE REPORT CITY'S SECOND HOMICIDE OF YEAR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are looking for a gunman who shot and killed a 26-year-old man as he drove near Fillmore and Geary streets in San Francisco Saturday evening.

January 20, 2013 | | State


State engineers question rail oversight as bids for first 30-mile section submitted

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California prepares to embark on its largest public works project in decades, a union that represents state engineers is questioning whether all the construction work will be thoroughly scrutinized.

January 20, 2013 | | State


Courts under siege from budget cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A famous judge sits in a cold, shuttered courtroom pushing papers while the California Supreme Court chief justice fumes over the state of court funding.

January 20, 2013 | | State


209 news briefs

• SERVICES SET FOR GALT OFFICER KILLED BY SUSPECT: GALT (AP) - Authorities say the public is invited to attend funeral services for a Galt police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

January 20, 2013 | | State


World’s best big wave surfers compete

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As swells lumbered across the Pacific toward Northern California, nearly two dozen of the world's best big wave surfers went to meet them on Sunday, a half-mile offshore at the famed surfing break known as Mavericks.

January 20, 2013 | | State


“Holy windfall”: Batmobile sells for $4.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Holy windfall, Batman!" The Batmobile just sold for $4.2 million.

January 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MISSING BERKELEY WOMAN, BOYFRIEND FOUND DEAD: MANTON (AP) - A missing Berkeley woman and her boyfriend have been found dead in a rural area in Shasta County.

January 18, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker expense payments flow over holiday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers adjourned Friday for the long holiday weekend, but they will keep getting daily expense payments even while they're not in Sacramento.

January 18, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Paul Revere of Raiders rock band dies from cancer at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76.

October 05, 2014 | | State


Dog owner gets 15 years in fatal mauling

LANCASTER (AP) - The morning walk that would be the last of Pamela Devitt's life was more than just a routine stroll. It was part of the retiree's effort to keep fit for her golden years with a young grandson.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Is ‘brain-dead’13-year-old dead?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Debate over the definition of "brain-dead" reignited this week when a California family and its lawyer asked a judge to declare that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.

October 03, 2014 | | State


California reports 14 cases of virus hitting kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least 14 children in California recently have been infected with a virus that has caused hundreds of respiratory illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide, public health officials said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Shark attack closes beaches at California air base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - Three beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed through the weekend after a 28-year-old surfer survived an attack by a shark, authorities said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Environmentalists divided over water bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ruling lets Stockton cut employee pension benefits

STOCKTON (AP) - U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation - pension funds or creditors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Attorney general: Crime dropping significantly across California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Utility, others appeal $1.4 billion penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.

October 02, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Legislature withholds nepotism report

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff hiring friends and relatives despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Tribe’s casino plan to go before voters

MADERA (AP) - A Native American tribe's plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Girl’s family seeks reversal of brain-death ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Men wearing GPS devices indicted for killings

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two sex offenders were indicted Thursday after authorities said they raped and killed four women while the men wore GPS tracking monitors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-firefighter to stand trial for fatal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures has been ordered to stand trial for homicide and other charges.

October 02, 2014 | | State


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