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SILICON VALLEY TECH EXEC CONVICTED OF LEGO THEFTS: PALO ALTO (AP) - A former Silicon Valley software executive has been convicted of burglary for cheating Target stores out of Lego collectors' sets.

August 02, 2013 | | State


So how safe is high speed rail?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California high-speed rail officials sought Thursday to reassure the public about safety in the wake of deadly European train crashes this summer.

August 01, 2013 | | State


BART workers vow to strike in 72 hours

OAKLAND (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay Area transit unions are set to go on strike and shut down one of the region's major train systems if they don't reach agreement on a new contract.

August 01, 2013 | | State


Pot farm pollution: Too dangerous for state to deal with?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With parts of Northern California's scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used on the pot plants.

August 01, 2013 | | State


Southern California Catholic school fires gay teacher after his wedding

GLENDORA (AP) - A gay teacher at a Catholic high school in Southern California lost his job after his wedding pictures were published in a local newspaper, according to the teacher's lawyer.

August 01, 2013 | | State


LA man may have died from West Nile virus

CARSON (AP) - Authorities say a Los Angeles County man infected with the West Nile virus has died and health officials are trying to determine whether the illness caused his death.

August 01, 2013 | | State


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SAN JOSE TEACHER CONVICTED OF MOLESTING 5 KIDS: SAN JOSE, (AP) - A San Jose school teacher accused of blindfolding children and making them perform oral sex in his classroom has been convicted of molesting five students.

August 01, 2013 | | State


Poll: Californians likes Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys a record high 54 percent approval rating among California voters as he heads into a likely re-election campaign next year after a relatively smooth state budget process, according to a new poll the Public Policy Institute of California released Wednesday.

July 31, 2013 | | State


LA schools go back to basics in new lunch menu

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to spruce up its lunch menu, with cafeteria ladies dishing out chicken tandoori, sushi, and broccoli and beef with brown rice.

July 31, 2013 | | State


Ruling for family in boy's park death

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials at a national park in Northern California knew of the dangers posed by a retaining wall that gave way and crushed a 9-year-old boy to death, but failed to close it as required by their safety program, a federal judge ruled.

July 31, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

UNMANNED SUB HAS PROBLEMS DURING LAKE TAHOE TEST: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE . (AP) - An unmanned submarine designed to explore earthquake faults has run into motor problems during a test at Lake Tahoe.

July 31, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND COUNCIL SUPPORTS HAMMER BAN AT PROTESTS: OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland City Council has given tentative approval to a ban on hammers and other so-called tools of violence at demonstrations.

July 31, 2013 | | State


Student left in DEA cell to get $4M

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 25-year old college student has reached a $4.1 million settlement with the federal government after he was abandoned in a windowless Drug Enforcement Administration cell for more than four days without food or water, his attorneys said Tuesday.

July 30, 2013 | | State


San Diego sues mayor over lawsuit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city of San Diego sued Mayor Bob Filner Tuesday to require that he pay any costs incurred from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former communications director, dealing another setback to the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city amid mounting calls that he resign.

July 30, 2013 | | State


JPMorgan owes California $124M

WASHINGTON (AP) - JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million on Tuesday to settle accusations by U.S. energy regulators that it manipulated electricity prices.

July 30, 2013 | | State


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Insurer pays off lawsuit with coins

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An insurance company settled a lawsuit with a Los Angeles man by dropping off buckets full of thousands of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, his attorney said Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Son in family found dead stabbed parents

TURLOCK (AP) - One of two adult sons in a family of four found dead inside a California home in June fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there, police said.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Ships to be paid to slow to save whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cargo ships will be paid to slow down to avoid hitting whales and cut air pollution, under a new voluntary program being launched off Southern California.

August 06, 2014 | | State


No contest pleas in theft of Paul Walker car part after crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men have pleaded no contest to stealing part of the Porsche in which "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker died.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Guilty plea by man who hid camera in dressing room to get photos of girls

SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who hid a video camera in a dressing room at an Orange County college to record young girls taking off their clothes has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Insurers launch records info exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two California insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication and improve patient outcomes.

August 05, 2014 | | State


Officials lift evacuation in one NorCal wildfire

BURNEY (AP) - Officials say evacuation orders have been lifted for one of two wildfires in Northern California.

August 05, 2014 | | State


300 rescued after boat hits sand bar in drought ravaged Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Authorities say about 300 people out for a cruise on Lake Tahoe had to be rescued after their boat hit a sand bar and stranded them offshore.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Owners claim 150-pound tortoise found strolling on suburb street

ALHAMBRA (AP) - A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Few roles for Hispanics in top movies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.

August 04, 2014 | | State


NorCal wildfire menaces Burney homes

BURNEY (AP) - Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town on Monday, at a time when firefighters in Oregon and Washington state also aim to combat destructive blazes.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Family of Cal player who died in offseason training sue over death

BERKELEY (AP) - Attorneys representing the family of former California football player Ted Agu are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors can seek death in salon rampage but can’t use informant

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County prosecutors can seek the death penalty for a man who admitted killing eight people at a hair salon, but they can't use evidence improperly gleaned from a jailhouse informant in the case, a judge ruled Monday.

August 04, 2014 | | State


UC Santa Barbara No. 3 party school

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Defense calls Silk Road search illegal

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for a San Francisco man charged with operating an online marketplace for illegal drugs are asking a judge to toss out most of the evidence against him, saying the Fourth Amendment protects their client from "indiscriminate rummaging" through his entire online history.

August 04, 2014 | | State


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