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MAN ARRESTED IN MANHATTAN BEACH SEX STING SUES : MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - A man arrested in a Manhattan Beach sex sting has sued the city claiming police unfairly targeted him and violated his privacy when they publicized his name and released his photo.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Covered California removes directory

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state's insurance exchange, Covered California, has pulled its online directory of medical providers after acknowledging it is riddled with wrong information.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Doctor gets 11-year sentence in illegal prescriptions case

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California doctor has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for illegally prescribing drugs to his patients at nightly meetings in Starbucks stores.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Lt. Gov. Newsom leads pot legalization panel

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The push to legalize marijuana in California received a boost Thursday as the state's Democratic lieutenant governor announced that he was leading a blue ribbon panel that plans to study the issue with the goal of producing a legalization initiative for the November 2016 ballot.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Yosemite reopens immediately after shutdown vote

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park is reopening to visitors Wednesday night with the end of the 16-day partial government shutdown

October 17, 2013 | | State


Castle museum gets retired Air Force One jet

ATWATER (AP) - A San Joaquin Valley air museum has added a high-profile plane to its collection: Air Force One.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Court considers school's May 5 US flag ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday wrestled with the novel question of whether it was offensive for Northern California high school students to display the American flag during a school day dedicated to celebrating Mexican heritage.

October 17, 2013 | | State


Mayors advance pension reform plan

SANTA ANA (AP) - Mayors of five California cities have filed papers with the state to place an initiative on next year's ballot that would amend the state's constitution to allow local governments to negotiate changes in pension benefits for current and future employees.

October 16, 2013 | | State


Cupertino endorses Apple plan

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's plans for a massive new campus in Silicon Valley that co-founder Steve Jobs likened to a spaceship have cleared a major hurdle.

October 16, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

PLANE MAKES OAKLAND EMERGENCY LANDING; NO INJURIES: OAKLAND (AP) - Officials say an Alaska Airlines flight en route from San Jose to Honolulu was forced to make an emergency landing in Oakland shortly after takeoff after the crew reported a possible bird strike.

October 16, 2013 | | State


Body found in forest missing Turlock man

STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST (AP) - Authorities believe a body found by hunters in the Stanislaus National Forest is a missing Turlock man who disappeared in 2012.

October 16, 2013 | | State


BART trains run as unions continue talks

OAKLAND (AP) - The contentious talks between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its two largest unions have dragged on for six months - a period that has seen a chaotic dayslong strike, a cooling-off period and frazzled commuters wondering if they'll wake up to find the trains aren't running.

October 16, 2013 | | State


Yellow fever mosquito detected in SJ Valley

CLOVIS (AP) - A mosquito capable of carrying deadly yellow fever, dengue and other diseases has been detected in California as vector control agents scramble to control its spread.

October 16, 2013 | | State


Police find stolen car with kids safe in back seat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say two children, ages 1 and 3, are safe after taking a ride with a thief who stole a car with them in the back seat.

October 16, 2013 | | State


LA schools leader wants to slow iPad rollout

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The leader of the nation's second-largest school district moved Tuesday to put the brakes on an ambitious $1 billion plan to place iPads in the hands of every student after some of the first to get them used the devices to tweet, text and play games rather than study.

October 15, 2013 | | State


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PG&E faces penalty in judge-shopping

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California should ban all back-channel contacts between the state's largest utility and the utility's state regulators, groups representing rate-payers and others urged a state administrative judge Tuesday after the release of emails showing regulators and utility executives secretly negotiating rate cases and other matters.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Water use drops 11.5% in August

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians facing fines for wastefulness significantly cut their water usage this summer, as community wells run dry, farm fields turn to dust and key reservoirs shrink to a fraction of their capacity.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Biggest increases, decreases in August water consumption

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water suppliers serving more than 3,000 customers must submit monthly production numbers to the State Water Resources Control Board, which imposed statewide water restrictions in July.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Tutor charged in grade fixing scandal

SANTA ANA (AP) - A private tutor who fled the country after allegedly hacking a Southern California high school computer and changing student grades was arrested and charged Monday, authorities said.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Reports show huge cash advantage for Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has nearly $24 million left for his re-election campaign after spending very little so far this year, while his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, has about $680,000 left for the final month of the campaign.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Man, woman shot to death along river in Modesto

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities have detained a suspect in the shooting death of two people along the Tuolumne River in Modesto.

October 06, 2014 | | State


COZY RELATIONSHIP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility released an email Monday saying the state's top regulator privately asked the company to donate more than $1 million to support a state-backed environmental ballot initiative.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Hot air balloon dips into ocean; 3 saved

ENCINITAS (AP) - A romantic ride in a hot air balloon turned into a rescue operation, with lifeguards and surfers saving three people after the basket dipped into the ocean off a Southern California beach.

October 06, 2014 | | State


SWIMMING POOLS

SANTA ANA (AP) - California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state's ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope.

October 05, 2014 | | State


Paul Revere of Raiders rock band dies from cancer at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76.

October 05, 2014 | | State


Dog owner gets 15 years in fatal mauling

LANCASTER (AP) - The morning walk that would be the last of Pamela Devitt's life was more than just a routine stroll. It was part of the retiree's effort to keep fit for her golden years with a young grandson.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Is ‘brain-dead’13-year-old dead?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Debate over the definition of "brain-dead" reignited this week when a California family and its lawyer asked a judge to declare that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.

October 03, 2014 | | State


California reports 14 cases of virus hitting kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least 14 children in California recently have been infected with a virus that has caused hundreds of respiratory illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide, public health officials said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Shark attack closes beaches at California air base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - Three beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed through the weekend after a 28-year-old surfer survived an attack by a shark, authorities said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Environmentalists divided over water bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers.

October 02, 2014 | | State


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