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CPUC fines PG&E $530,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California billionaire to skip senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not enter the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, a move that reshaped the early contest that has attracted a pack of potential candidates.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Yosemite climber says he hopes historic feat inspires others

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Kevin Jorgeson's hands still bear souvenirs from the historic climb Dawn Wall of El Capitan he completed with his partner last week. The scabs on his fingertips are so thick that track pads on computers and phones don't register his touch.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Authorities charge inmate with two 1976 ‘Gypsy Hill’ murders

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Northern California prosecutors on Thursday charged an Oregon prison inmate with two counts of murder in the serial killings of six young women that terrified the region nearly 40 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Beautician to stars cleared of murder plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A skin-care specialist to the stars was acquitted Thursday of charges that she plotted to murder a rival beautician she mistakenly blamed for stalking her.

January 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

8 ARRESTED AS SAN JOSE POLICE SHUT DOWN HOME-BASED CASINO: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say eight people have been arrested after officers broke up a home-based casino with roughly 15 video gambling machines.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Woman, 84, killed in Tulare County by hit-run driver

VISALIA (AP) - Authorities in Tulare County are search for a hit-and-run driver who killed an 84-year-old woman.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Magnets used to plant drugs under cars

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Deputies fatally shoot man they say killed police dog during search

SAN JACINTO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man they believe killed a police dog during standoff at a Southern California home.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Police use patrol car to stop pit bull rampage

SAN MATEO (AP) - A police officer in California resorted to hitting two pit bulls with his patrol car to stop a neighborhood rampage in which the dogs attacked several people, including a city sanitation worker, and charged a woman pushing two children in a stroller.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Measles cases casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Replacing turf with water-saving plants

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Officials in the Placer County city of Roseville have approved a plan to tear up turf on some public property and replace it with water-saving plants amid the state's historic drought.

January 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

POLICE PROBE OFFICER'S SHOVE OF MAN IN WHEELCHAIR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities are investigating an altercation between a police officer and a man in a wheelchair that was captured on video and circulated online.

January 22, 2015 | | State


2 firefighters fired in ethics probe

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two state firefighters were fired Wednesday and another has resigned after an ethics investigation that stemmed from the killing of a battalion chief's girlfriend.

January 22, 2015 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SHERIFF'S OFFICIALS CURB DEPUTY IN-CAR COMPUTER USE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A year after a deputy hit and killed a bicyclist while driving and typing on his in-car computer, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has implemented new rules governing the use of technology while driving.

March 10, 2015 | | State


San Francisco floats soda warning labels on advertising

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco could become the first city in the country to require warning labels on advertising for soda and other sugary beverages.

March 10, 2015 | | State


Homeless veteran finds, returns ring of Columbine survivor

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A survivor of the Columbine High School massacre who lost his championship football ring more than a decade ago got it back after an improbable discovery by a homeless veteran in California.

March 09, 2015 | | State


Learning about unconscious bias

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When law enforcement officers from around the U.S. visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles for training these days, they are faced with a choice between entering a door marked "prejudiced" and another marked "unprejudiced."

March 09, 2015 | | State


Colleges compete for share of $50M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A community college working to put its students on the path to law school, a California State University branch offering a computer science degree that can be completed in three years, and a University of California campus using intensive summer classes to make sure transfer students hit the ground running.

March 09, 2015 | | State


HIV-positive firefighter alleges harassment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco firefighter filed a legal claim alleging that colleagues and managers harassed and discriminated against him after learning he tested positive for HIV.

March 09, 2015 | | State


Park Service floats plan to move Alcatraz ferry to Ft. Mason

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of an upscale San Francisco neighborhood are complaining about plans to move the Alcatraz ferry from its longtime home on the Embarcadero to Fort Mason because it would snarl traffic in the wealthy residential neighborhood and hurt businesses on Fisherman's Wharf that depend on the ferry traffic.

March 09, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN INJURED WHEN E-CIGARETTE EXPLODES: SANTA ANA (AP) - An exploding e-cigarette has left a Santa Ana man with burns to his face and hands.

March 09, 2015 | | State


American flag ban draws lawmakers’ rebuke

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When a California college student council banned the display of the American flag from a common area in the student government offices, the action was quickly denounced by the student body president and a higher student panel overturned it two days later.

March 09, 2015 | | State


Raccoon’s freedom costs San Francisco carpenter his job

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A carpenter has been fired for freeing a raccoon that had been trapped by exterminators at the San Francisco construction site where he worked.

March 09, 2015 | | State


Bay Bridge lights go dark for 11 months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 25,000 lights on the San Francisco Bay Bridge will be turned off for 11 months for bridge maintenance.

March 06, 2015 | | State


2 San Francisco airport workers charged in smuggling scheme

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport have been charged with allowing methamphetamine to be smuggled through carry-on luggage at an airport checkpoint in exchange for money.

March 06, 2015 | | State


Passengers gouged for airport water? Yes, charge legal papers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A court fight over retail operations at one of the nation's busiest airports led to a charges Friday that passengers are being gouged on bottled water prices.

March 06, 2015 | | State


Cougar dies after being tranquilized outside SoCal mall

TEMECULA (AP) - A mountain lion that was tranquilized after it wandered into the parking lot of a Southern California mall has died.

March 06, 2015 | | State


CHP car hit with bullet on highway

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California Highway Patrol car was hit with a bullet from a passing motorist while the officers were on an unrelated vehicle stop.

March 06, 2015 | | State


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