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Much needed rain, snow falls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drought-stricken California got some help Thursday from the weather - a prelude to a bigger storm for parts of the state over the weekend that could dump as much as 2 feet of snow in the northern Sierra and 6 inches of rain on Bay Area mountains.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Natural gas shortage hits California power supply

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use Thursday in a rare mid-winter conservation alert, after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors mull vandalism case against Bieber

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have presented evidence to prosecutors for a possible felony vandalism case against Justin Bieber.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Valley fever killed 3 prison workers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Illness caused by a soil-borne fungus killed three employees at two California prisons in recent years and sickened 103 others, according to a federal health care agency report made public Thursday.

February 06, 2014 | | State


LA jury acquits judge in dog droppings dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dispute over a bag of dog poop has ended in the acquittal of a Los Angeles County judge.

February 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• SCHOOL APOLOGIZES FOR BLACK HISTORY LUNCH MENU: CONCORD (AP) - Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students.

February 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Convicted killer sprung from state's death row: SAN JOSE (AP) - A man convicted of killing two San Jose jewelers more than 25 years ago has been released from death row.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Was attack on PG&E substation terrorism?

SAN JOSE (AP) - Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid was terrorism - despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Daytime shooting in Stockton leaves three wounded

STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton say three people were wounded when 40 to 50 gunshots rang out in a daytime shooting in a residential neighborhood.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Feds give $14M more for drought help

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers because of concerns about the survival of salmon and steelhead trout.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Firefighter handcuffed at SoCal crash scene

CHULA VISTA (AP) - A firefighter responding to a Southern California crash site was handcuffed and held in a patrol car for failing to move a fire truck immediately after police asked him to.

February 05, 2014 | | State


'Octomom’ faces more welfare fraud charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was charged with a fourth count of welfare fraud Wednesday after prosecutors said they discovered she wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Wheelchair catches fire, man dies

RED BLUFF (AP) - A Northern California man has died after his wheelchair caught fire, authorities say.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Board faults LAPD’s Dorner deployment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A civilian board that found eight officers violated Los Angeles Police Department policy in mistakenly firing on two women during the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner also faulted the department itself.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Brown urges CalPERS pension fund to address rising expenses

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday urged California's largest public pension fund to act quickly to address rising costs caused by retirees' longer life expectancies, saying failure to do so would widen the fund's liabilities by billions of dollars.

February 05, 2014 | | State


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‘Mountain View declares water shortage emergency

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mountain View has declared a water shortage emergency as the San Francisco Bay Area city faces the statewide drought.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Expert: Lost runner broke basic survival rule

AUBURN (AP) - A California runner who walked out of the wilderness after being lost for two bone-chilling nights didn't follow a basic rule of search-and-rescue - stay put, wilderness experts said Wednesday. Still, he beat the odds.

April 02, 2014 | | State


Nonprofit insurers lag in California’s insurance exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Small nonprofits offering insurance plans on California's health care exchange are lagging well behind major insurers in sign-ups, potentially undermining a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act, which sought to drive down costs by increasing competition.

April 02, 2014 | | State


July 4th fireworks green light

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The biggest Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Tahoe will go on as scheduled after tourism officials settled a lawsuit alleging the event polluted the lake in violation of the Clean Water Act.

April 01, 2014 | | State


$425M lottery winner finally comes forward

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sole winner of February's $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | | State


PG&E criminally charged in fatal blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Sierra snowpack survey forebodes tough summer

FRESNO (AP) - The Sierra snowpack in drought-stricken California measured at 32 percent of normal Tuesday at a time of year when it's supposed to be at its peak, the state's Department of Water Resources announced.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Economists: drought impact will be minor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's drought won't dry up the economy, but it may slow job growth marginally if it persists over several years, according to a forecast released Wednesday that stresses the state's thirsty history.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Runner found alive in snow after 2 days

AUBURN (AP) - A runner was found alive on Tuesday in snowy conditions, two days after he went missing near a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California, authorities said.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Sign-up deadline extended 2 weeks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The initial enrollment period for getting subsidized coverage may have passed, but California's health insurance exchange is offering a two-week extension to accommodate the crush of last-minute applicants.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Private email exempt from open records law

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California appeals court has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by public officials on their own devices are not public records regardless of the topic.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Senate Democrats cancel golf fundraiser

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Tuesday canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.

April 01, 2014 | | State


High volume, long wait at health site

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange experienced a high volume of users Monday, leading to a sluggish website and long wait times as consumers made their final enrollment dash to avoid a tax penalty.

March 31, 2014 | | State


Asiana: Jet partly to blame in SFO crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Asiana Airlines acknowledged in documents released Monday that its pilots failed to correct their fatally slow approach to a landing at San Francisco International Airport but also blamed the maker of the jet, saying it did not automatically maintain a safe speed.

March 31, 2014 | | State


FDA rule: Beer brewers hopping mad

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.

March 31, 2014 | | State


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