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OLD SF BUSES TO BE TURNED INTO HOMELESS SHOWERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco woman has a refreshing idea to help the homeless: Portable showers on old city buses.

October 14, 2013 | | State


Pumpkin from Napa weighs in at 1,985 lbs

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's Napa Valley apparently is good at growing more than grapes.

October 14, 2013 | | State


Analysis: Many LA buildings at risk during quake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,000 aging buildings in Los Angeles County could be at risk of falling down during a major earthquake, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times.

October 13, 2013 | | State


Man on trial for deadly family attack after breakup

SANTA ANA (AP) - When she was a college freshman, Shayona Dhanak told her Muslim boyfriend she was splitting with him because of her devout Hindu family's opposition. Two months later, her father and sister were killed, her mother attacked and the family's Southern California home doused with gasoline and set on fire.

October 13, 2013 | | State


Relics transform small SoCal Buddhist temple in Rosemead

ROSEMEAD (AP) - Although he'd been a practicing Buddhist for 20 years, until 10 months ago Dharma Master YongHua hadn't even seen so much as one of the sacred relics known as shariras that are so important to his faith.

October 13, 2013 | | State


New Tahoe bear battle tactics

LAKE TAHOE (AP) - It's not your average bear battle.

October 13, 2013 | | State


Brown vetoes sex abuse lawsuit bill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Saturday that would have allowed some sex abuse victims who are now barred by the statute of limitations to file lawsuits against private institutions that employed their abusers.

October 13, 2013 | | State


Teacher stabbed in front of students

LONG BEACH (AP) - Nearly 100 people attended a memorial Saturday to mourn an elementary school teacher who was fatally stabbed in the neck while watching her students play at a park.

October 13, 2013 | | State


Growing backlash to government surveillance

SAN JOSE (AP) - From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology that sprinkles the Internet with red flag terms to confuse would-be snoops.

October 13, 2013 | | State


BART, unions negotiate as streak deadline looms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With a strike deadline drawing ever closer, negotiators for San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system and its two unions prepared Sunday to resume contract talks that could prevent hundreds of thousands of commuters from having to find costlier and longer ways to work.

October 13, 2013 | | State


SF landmark Cliff House reopens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A landmark San Francisco restaurant that became a casualty of the federal government shutdown has gotten the green light to reopen.

October 13, 2013 | | State


Bay Area principal suspends 10 students over fight photo

PITTSBURG . (AP) - A photo posted on social media that appears to show a San Francisco Bay Area high school principal placing a student in a chokehold has led to the suspensions of 10 students and allegations of excessive force against the administrator.

October 11, 2013 | | State


Police seize $4M in pot in Bay Area raids

HAYWARD (AP) - Thirteen people are facing possible charges after a major marijuana seizure in the San Francisco Bay Area.

October 11, 2013 | | State


Brown vetoes semi-automatic rifle ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have imposed the nation's toughest gun ownership restrictions on Californians, saying it was too far-reaching.

October 11, 2013 | | State


Governor signs bills protecting Calif. workers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed several bills that seek to protect California workers who are immigrants or victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

October 11, 2013 | | State


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$11M deal to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) - Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

August 01, 2014 | | State


GOP hopeful goes homeless for a week

FRESNO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

July 31, 2014 | | State


People recall man looked out of place at Fresno shelter

FRESNO - Advocates for the homeless say a clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno shelter last week looked out of place.

July 31, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians to see 4.2 percent increase in health plan premiums

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Warwick knows her way to San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

July 31, 2014 | | State


SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Pipe break flooding UCLA submerged 960 cars in water

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Psych exam for young wildfire suspect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A girl suspected of starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California in May was ordered Wednesday to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Overhaul approved for Richmond refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron's troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported.

July 30, 2014 | | State


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