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Selling fake clicks becomes big business

SAN JOSE (AP) - Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

January 05, 2014 | | State


Mom clear to take brain dead daughter

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge said Friday that the mother of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery can remove her daughter from a California hospital if she assumes full responsibility for the consequences.

January 03, 2014 | | State


News from around california

JUDGE SAYS SF COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAN REMAIN ACCREDITED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco judge has ruled that a private commission can't revoke the accreditation of one of the nation's largest community colleges until a trial can be held to determine if the action is lawful.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Walker crash: Car was going 100 mph?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver, according to a coroner's report released Friday.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Man hopes law license will help immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation.

January 03, 2014 | | State


California winner of $648M lottery jackpot forgot he had bought tickets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's $324 million Mega Millions jackpot winner Steve Tran had a 3 a.m. epiphany earlier this week that spurred him from sleep and had him fumbling through a pile of lottery tickets on top of his dresser.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Dog owner arrested after Akita’s alleged attack on 3-year-old

MURIETTA (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested after his 3-year-old Akita allegedly attacked a toddler at a home improvement store.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Police: No reason to hold man before priest killed in Eureka

EUREKA . (AP) - When the body of the Rev. Eric Freed was discovered in the rectory of his church on New Year's Day, police immediately had a suspect: A man released from jail hours earlier who was spotted on church grounds by a security guard, questioned by a police officer, and then seen again by the same guard, this time holding a wooden stake.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Sierra snowpack 20% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first Sierra snow survey of the winter on Friday confirmed the fears of state water managers, who are warning of drought conditions in the coming year unless the state receives significantly more rain and snow.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Architect pleads no contest in fireman’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A German architect pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of a Los Angeles firefighter crushed in the collapse of a ceiling during a fire at a luxury home the architect designed and built in the Hollywood Hills.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Talks ordered in brain dead girl case

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered settlement talks between lawyers for a California hospital and a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Police arrest suspect in priest killing

EUREKA (AP) - Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the killing of a respected priest and educator who was found dead on New Year's Day in a church rectory in Northern California.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-CHP dispatcher arrested in drug, weapons case involving Hells Angels

WOODLAND (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol dispatcher and her husband are facing various charges after authorities say they orchestrated deals for drugs and weapons in Yolo County.

January 02, 2014 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

WOMAN KILLED, BABY INJURED CROSSING FREMONT STREET: FREMONT (AP) - A 19-year-old woman has been killed and a 3-month-old boy she was carry has life-threatening injuries after they were struck by a vehicle on New Year's Eve in Fremont.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Bullet train in limbo after legal setbacks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials overseeing California's $68 billion high-speed rail project have taken pains in recent weeks to assure the public that construction plans are moving ahead, characterizing a series of recent setbacks as "a bump in the road."

January 02, 2014 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 PENGUIN CHICKS HATCH AT CALIFORNIA ACADEMY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Berkeley may require warning labels on gas pumps in city

BERKELEY (AP) - Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers.

November 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego advances plan to recycle wastewater for drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Restaurateur guilty of serving whale meat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Dry Central Valley town home to 7,000 gets portable showers

EAST PORTERVILLE. (AP) - Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Appeals court blocks sex-offender electronic reporting requirement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered sex offenders in California don't have to disclose their email addresses, Internet service providers, screen names and other electronic information to authorities as required by a voter-approved law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | State


DMV opens temp outlets to meet immigrant demand

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles has opened three new temporary outlets as it expects to issue over 1 million licenses to people in the country illegally.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook’s newest app unbundles Groups feature for 1.35 billon users

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Oakland zoo works to save endangered NorCal frogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wildlife biologists at the Oakland Zoo are working to save the highly endangered yellow-legged frog.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

November 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego considers using recycled water for drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dismissed only a few years ago by residents of California's second-largest city, San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought.

November 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN STOCKTON POLICE CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say a man was arrested after he rammed several cars, hit a pedestrian with his vehicle and then led police on a 10-mile chase.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Mass murder Charles Manson getting hitched

CORCORAN (AP) - Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Shopping center planned former Candlestick site

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Candlestick Park will become the site of a 500,000-square-foot "urban outlet" shopping center under a new agreement announced Monday between home builder Lennar Corp. and retail developer Macerich.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Not guilty plea in bloody Stockton bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - The surviving suspect in a bank robbery that left a hostage and two suspects dead in a shootout with police pleaded not guilty in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

November 17, 2014 | | State


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