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Calif. launches drone to aid wildfire battle

GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Falling tree branch kills Chico student

CHICO. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at California State University, Chico, has died after being struck in the head by a large tree branch that fell about 20 feet.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Closure to complicate Bay Area commute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters slogged through heavy traffic over the Depression-era San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the last time Wednesday before it is closed in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fast-food strikes taking place today

NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries today might run into striking workers instead.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Demos bicker over inmate count reduction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos.

August 28, 2013 | | State


San Jose approves foam food container ban

SAN JOSE (AP) - Plastic foam food containers may soon be a thing of the past in San Jose.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. HIGH COURT ALLOWS SEX PREDATOR'S RELEASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fire is largest ever in recorded Sierra history

GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 28, 2013 | | State


‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator gets 270 days in jail for assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Yosemite smoke triggers hazardous air alert in area in and around Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Worsening air pollution from the huge California wildfire more than 100 miles away triggered emergency warnings along parts of the eastern Sierra near Carson City where school children were kept inside and everyone was urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Tioga Road in Yosemite high country closing for fire suppression work

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A portion of Tioga Road impacted by a wildfire in Yosemite National Park will be closed beginning Wednesday while firefighters clear brush to slow the spread of the inferno.

August 28, 2013 | | State


City pays $1M to family of tree victim

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Newport Beach has paid more than $1 million to the parents of a woman crushed by a falling tree.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-SCHOOL EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX WITH TEENS: HEMET (AP) - A former assistant principal at a Hemet high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with three teenage students.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Agencies at odds over probe

Agencies at odds over probe

August 27, 2013 | | State


Governor proposes $315M prison fix

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send thousands of inmates to private prisons and vacant county jail cells, hoping to avoid what he said would be a mass release of dangerous felons.

August 27, 2013 | | State


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Chinatown racketeering, murder trial goes to jury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attorney for a man charged with murder and racketeering in an organized crime case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown railed ...

January 05, 2016 | | State


Mother of ‘affluenza’ teen agrees to be sent to Texas for charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving case agreed Tuesday to be sent ...

January 05, 2016 | | State


RECORD-TYING EL NINO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forced by drought to become miserly with water, Californians were warned against reverting to old habits Tuesday as the first of several ...

January 05, 2016 | | State


Twitter appears ready to expand beyond 140-character tweets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter appears ready to loosen its decade-old restriction on the length of messages in a bid to make its service more appealing ...

January 05, 2016 | | State


California officials focus on water conservation amid storms

FRESNO (AP) - State regulators said Tuesday they are confident that residents of drought-stricken California will meet long-term water conservation goals but worried that the onslaught ...

January 05, 2016 | | State


Reward in Mosque firebombing

TRACY (AP) - The FBI has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrests of the people who threw a Molotov cocktail at ...

January 05, 2016 | | State


HERE COME EL NINO STORMS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After all the talk, El Nino storms have finally lined up over the Pacific and started soaking drought-parched California with rain expected ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


State lawmakers push $2B plan to aid homeless

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would spend more than $2 billion on permanent housing to help the nation's largest homeless population, under a proposal outlined by ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


‘American Idol’ swan Song after 15 seasons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It started on June 11, 2002, with a couple of unfamiliar hosts posing in an empty theater and making an overblown declaration ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Ink & watercolors highlight next Grand Theatre exhibit

TRACY – The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents an exhibition surveying 15 years of ink and watercolor works, titled "Drawn from Nature – California Landscapes ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Workers return to San Bernardino offices following massacre

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Behind a chain-link fence and under heavy security, workers on Monday returned to their offices at the San Bernardino campus where 14 ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Spree suspect critically wounded by police

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man critically wounded in an officer-involved shooting on a Los Angeles-area freeway following a police pursuit and a crash on Monday ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Right-to-die foes fail to make ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that will allow terminally ill patients to legally end their own lives say they did not collect ...

January 04, 2016 | | State


Woman dies trying to save her dogs

SANGER (AP) - Authorities say a woman was killed in a Central California fire after running back into her home to save her dogs that had ...

January 03, 2016 | | State


2 of 3 killed at SoCal cemetery were married

ONTARIO (AP) - Authorities say a man and a woman killed by a former in-law in a murder-suicide at a Southern California cemetery were a married ...

January 03, 2016 | | State


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