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2 tunnels found under California-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the U.S.-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a 73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal authorities said Friday.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley conditions free speech

SAN JOSE (AP) - The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Attorney general candidate wants death penalty for corrupt lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California attorney general said Friday that state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Family files suit after veteran killed by Lodi police

LODI (AP) - The family of a Gulf War veteran who was fatally shot by police filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming the officers used excessive force.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Officer accused of illegally obtaining pain pills

CONCORD (AP) - A Concord police officer has been placed on paid leave after being accused of taking pain medication from senior citizens.

April 04, 2014 | | State


San Jose mayor planning pension initiative in 2016

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday that he is pressing ahead with a proposed ballot initiative that would give local governments more leeway to cut public employees' future pension benefits, saying he will target the 2016 ballot after losing a court challenge this year.

April 04, 2014 | | State


West Coast lawmakers seek funding for quake alert

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two dozen U.S. lawmakers from California, Washington and Oregon are calling for funding of an earthquake warning system designed to give residents a few seconds of notice of imminent shaking after a quake occurs.

April 04, 2014 | | State


3.7-magnitude quake in Napa Valley

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Geologists are reporting a 3.7-magnitude earthquake in Northern California.

April 04, 2014 | | State


CEO out for expressing views on gay rights

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

April 03, 2014 | | State


1.2 million enroll in California health plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange announced Thursday that enrollment in private insurance plans had exceeded 1.2 million by an initial deadline earlier this week, although officials acknowledged they have more work ahead to reduce the number of people who remain uninsured.

April 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• CHP PLANE HELPS IN ARREST OF OAKLAND MOTORCYCLIST: OAKLAND (AP) - A motorcyclist doing wheelies and other stunts at high speeds on a Bay Area freeway was arrested after a California Highway Patrol airplane caught him on video.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FireChat ignites new way to communicate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FBI: Consultant played key role in weapons case involving senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Assembly Demos denounce outsourcing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic resolution denouncing the outsourcing of government functions to private contractors passed the Assembly on Thursday after prompting a spirited partisan debate about the role of government.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Drought bill targets homeowner association rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.

April 03, 2014 | | State


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SF plan requires new buildings to recycle water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker wants to require new buildings to use non-drinking water for flushing toilets and hydrating plants.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Storm brings rain & snow, but little relief

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At a hardware store in the Santa Cruz mountains, manager Greg Kirksey listened to weather forecasters and prepared for the storm days ahead of schedule.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats push to extend health, legal rights to illegal immigrants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to federal inaction over immigration reform, California Democrats on Tuesday announced a package of 10 bills that would extend health care, legal rights and business protection to immigrants who are illegally living in the state.

April 07, 2015 | | State


South state agency to ration water to districts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's Metropolitan Water District is planning to ration imported water that it supplies to more than two dozen agencies and cities, the Los Angeles Times reported.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Police: Father tried to kill his 2 kids with carbon monoxide

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Northern California man who is accused of trying to kill himself and his two children with carbon monoxide.

April 07, 2015 | | State


LA man to get Navy Cross for Afghanistan war heroics

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - The Marine Corps said Tuesday that a gunnery sergeant will receive the service's second-highest award for enduring heavy assault in Afghanistan while his team leader and another Marine were ushered to safety after being shot and seriously wounded.

April 07, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND CALIFORNIA

SEA LION PULLS MAN WITH FISH INTO SAN DIEGO BAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials say a 62-year-old man holding a fish he caught on a boat in a San Diego bay was pulled overboard by a sea lion.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Kamala Harris raises $2.M million for US Senate bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrat Kamala Harris has raised $2.5 million since mid-January for her U.S. Senate run in California, giving her an early financial edge in the 2016 contest, her campaign announced Monday.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Woman arrested for lighter fluid douse on another

RICHMOND (AP) - An off-duty firefighter tackled a woman who investigators say was trying to set a person on fire in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Sacramento water districts consider merger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two water agencies serving a combined half million people in suburban Sacramento are seeking to merge, saying they can better survive California's historic drought as a larger organization.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Woman arrested for lighter fluid douse on another

RICHMOND (AP) - An off-duty firefighter tackled a woman who investigators say was trying to set a person on fire in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Bullet from man’s gun pierces wall, hits sleeping boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A sleeping 8-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the head when a masked gunman arguing with the boy's father opened fire inside a Los Angeles home and a bullet went through a bedroom wall, police said.

April 06, 2015 | | State


‘Furious 7’ generates $143.6M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The high-octane "Furious 7" peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend, picking up a stunning $143.6 million from 4,004 locations to easily top the domestic box office, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Costly special committees do little

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges met just once in its two-year existence, but it provided its Democratic chairman 14 personal aides at a cost of $644,000.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Rain, snow falling on north state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Cold weather bringing rain and snow to Northern California is expected to linger through mid-week but do little to ease a drought gripping the state, forecasters said Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


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