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Woman sentenced for phony 911 calls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles woman accused of making hundreds of phony and harassing 911 calls has been sentenced to jail.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Hispanic achievement gap persists

PAJARO (AP) - As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the country, which is going through a slower but similar demographic shift.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Farm town develops school success formula

SANGER AP) - When Yadir Sanchez arrived in this San Joaquin Valley agricultural town at age 5, she joined a well-traveled path to academic failure that children of other Mexican farmworkers had been on for years.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Tech startups create virtual farmers markets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sara Pasquinelli doesn't shop at the grocery store much anymore. The busy mother of two young boys buys nearly all her food from a new online service that delivers to her front door - but it doesn't bring just any food.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Lodi helps soldier replace stolen gifts

LODI (AP) - Army Cpl. Chris Petrossian was in Afghanistan when his frightened wife called to say robbers stole the thousands of dollars' worth of Christmas gifts he had ordered online and shipped to his Northern California home.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Santana reunites with ex-bandmate, now homeless

OAKLAND (AP) - A news reporter for a San Francisco television station has reunited rock guitarist Carolos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn't seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Fresno police seeking teens who shot teacher

FRESNO (AP) - Police were searching Saturday for four teenage boys they say shot and injured a teacher who fought back during an attempted robbery at a Fresno California high school.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Child porn found on garage sale computer

CHICO (AP) - A Northern California man who gave away a broken computer at a garage sale has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison after child pornography was found on the discarded device.

December 22, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Arean

PROPOSED MEASURE WOULD CHANGE CRIME CLASSIFICATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's top prosecutor is seeking to reclassify some crimes that could save money which could be used to fund crime prevention and mental health services.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Feds killing barred owls to help spotted owl

ARCATA (AP) - An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Big Sur wildfire is close to full containment

BIG SUR (AP) - Officials are optimistic that a wildfire in California's Big Sur region that has destroyed 14 homes and several other buildings will soon be put out.

December 20, 2013 | | State


1,500 tested for TB at SoCal school

INDIO (AP) - More than 1,500 staff and students at a Southern California high school were tested for tuberculosis after one student was diagnosed with the bacterial infection last month, health officials said Friday.

December 20, 2013 | | State


News from across San Joaquin

BOY HELD IN ATTACK ON WWII VET WILL GO TO REHAB: FRESNO (AP) - A judge on Thursday decided to send a 12-year-old Fresno boy accused of helping beat and rob a World War II veteran to a rehabilitation program instead of a juvenile correctional facility.

December 20, 2013 | | State


2nd Mega winner still a mystery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The identity of the person whose Mega Millions ticket is worth half the $648 million jackpot remained a mystery Friday, but lottery officials said it's not unusual for big winners to delay claiming the prize while they seek advice about their new fortune.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Father who saw son killed by LA police on live television files $20 million claim

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father who saw his son killed by Los Angeles police on live television filed a $20 million claim against the city Friday.

December 20, 2013 | | State


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Suit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Rift escalates between LA teachers, district

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.

February 25, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


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