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AT&T agrees to buy DirecTV for $48.5B

DALLAS (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara County pondering fracking ban

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A proposal by an environmental group to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County is headed to the board of supervisors on Tuesday.

May 18, 2014 | | State


1950s crooner Jerry Vale dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.

May 18, 2014 | | State


State gearing up for bad wildfire season

SAN DIEGO (AP) - All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week - while the governor warned the state was gearing up for what could be one of the drought-stricken region's worst wildfire seasons.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Gay marriage seeps in DA’s race in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The voter initiative banning gay marriage dominated California's political landscape six years ago, and it still casts a shadow over the race for district attorney in Sacramento County.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Oakland girl critical after being shot in her neck

OAKLAND, . (AP) - An 8-year-old Oakland girl was in critical condition after a stray bullet struck her in the neck while she was playing on her front porch with her younger brother, authorities said Saturday.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Revelers, 40,000 runners turn out for wild Bay to Breakers race in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An estimated 40,000 runners took to the streets Sunday for the iconic and offbeat San Francisco footrace Bay to Breakers, an event famed for the mingling of committed racers with scantily clad revelers in a party-like atmosphere.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Schools vying to host emissions lab

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four California universities are vying to become the new home for the state's motor vehicle emissions laboratory responsible for clean air research.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Modesto grass fire damages nine townhouses

MODESTO (AP) - Fire authorities in Modesto say they believe a fast-moving grass fire that damaged or destroyed nine town houses was caused by people.

May 18, 2014 | | State


A man dies after palm tree falls on top of him

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An East Los Angeles man was killed when the top of a palm tree fell on top of him.

May 18, 2014 | | State


2 bodies found in Folsom Lake boat mishap

FOLSOM (AP) - Two bodies have been recovered from a lake east of Sacramento, where a boat with four men on board capsized a week ago.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Hiker robbed, murdered on remote Sierra trail

RED BLUFF (AP) - Friends and colleagues in Massachusetts on Sunday were mourning a beloved civic leader who authorities say was murdered while hiking on a remote Northern California trail.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Was wildfire outbreak arson?

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 57-year-old man was charged with arson Friday in one of at least 10 wildfires that erupted in Southern California this week, and investigators were working to determine whether other blazes in the unusually early and intense outbreak were ignited by something as ordinary as sparks from cars or something more sinister.

May 16, 2014 | | State


Catholic school sued over alleged up-skirt video

SAN MATEO (AP) - Students at a San Francisco Bay Area all-boys Catholic school that counts Barry Bonds and Tom Brady among its alumni regularly harassed female instructors and competed to get up-skirt videos of them, and school officials did not do enough to stop them, according to a lawsuit filed by a female teacher.

May 16, 2014 | | State


Billboard Awards can use Michael Jackson hologram

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge ruled Friday that the Billboard Music Awards can use a hologram of deceased pop icon Michael Jackson at this weekend's show, rejecting efforts from tech companies seeking to block the digital performance.

May 16, 2014 | | State


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San Franciscans in the dark about flood hazards

SAN FRANCISCO - A citywide effort is tackling a problem that few residents think about: rising seas and coastal erosion.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Man convicted on terror charges appeals

LODI (AP) - Nine years ago the FBI made a startling announcement: A "sleeper cell" of al-Qaida operatives was uncovered in this Central Valley community.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Northern state wildfire challenge firefighting crews

WINTERS (AP) - A rural fire in Northern California raged throughout the night, challenging firefighters Sunday with rising temperatures and the threat of shifting winds, officials said.

July 06, 2014 | | State


California shark bite victim feared for his life

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Steven Robles was an hour into his regular weekend swim off some of Southern California's most popular beaches when he came face-to-face with a great white shark.

July 06, 2014 | | State


State office building racks up $60 million in ongoing repairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - During her final years working for the state tax board, Peggy Robinson went to work afraid of the building mold that she says left her with constant coughing, headaches and skin rashes.

July 06, 2014 | | State


San Jose man blows off hands with fireworks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California man igniting illegal fireworks blew off both of his hands when a device exploded prematurely, police said.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Perez seeks recount in California controller race after placing third

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez said Sunday he will request a recount of votes cast in the June 3 primary contest for state controller, in which preliminary results show he does not have enough votes to advance to the November general election.

July 06, 2014 | | State


State restricts access to water well records

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A decades-old law barring the public from viewing records of water wells throughout California is drawing criticism amid the state's drought from those who believe the information locked away could help scientists and water policy specialists better protect the groundwater supply.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Homeless parolees weigh on counties

SANTA ANA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them stay clean, find jobs and avoid committing new crimes.

July 04, 2014 | | State


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


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