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PRODUCT MAY HAVE CAUSED FIREWORKS BLAST: The operator of a Southern California fireworks show that sprayed the crowd and injured more than three dozen people says a product malfunction appears to be the cause of the "catastrophic failure." Pyrotechnic operator Bruce Sussin said Monday that they immediately pulled the plug on the July 4 show when the problem occurred at a park in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles. Sussin says fire inspectors checked the site before the show by Bethpage, N.Y.-based Bay Fireworks and everything was fine. Sussin says he later heard that other operators reported similar ...

July 08, 2013 | | State


Plane parts found in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Part of the tail section of an Asiana jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was found in the waters of San Francisco Bay, and debris from the seawall was carried several hundred feet down the runway, a federal official said Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Bill restores rules on domestic violence cases

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state Senate has approved legislation that would reinstate mandates that police departments keep records of restraining orders and adopt standards for responding to domestic violence calls.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers OK 4.5% state worker raises

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rebounding state revenue bolstered by temporary tax increases recently approved by voters are paying off for California's largest public employees' union.

July 05, 2013 | | State


BART commuter service resumes

OAKLAND (AP) - Commuter rail service resumed Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area after unions called off a strike and agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while bargaining continues.

July 05, 2013 | | State


State resurgent under Brown, spending a worry

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is drawing praise and glowing reviews from the national media for his deft political maneuvering in closing a $25 billion budget deficit and restoring some of California's financial luster after years of recession.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Fireworks accident injures more than 30

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - When a July Fourth fireworks display exploded and sent red and white bursts into spectators at a Southern California park, Paulina Mulkern saw shrapnel headed straight for her 4-year-old cousin.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Great America’s Gold Striker. roller coaster screams exceed decibel limit

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A Northern California roller coaster appears to have been a little too much fun.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Swastika using rocks found on black Tracy councilwoman's lawn

TRACY (AP) - Police are investigating an apparent hate crime where several landscape rocks were arranged in the form of a swastika on the lawn of an African-American city councilwoman.

July 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SUSPECTED TAGGER DIES RUNNING FROM DEPUTIES ON FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Highway Patrol officials say a suspected tagger running from deputies across a Southern California freeway was struck and killed by a car.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Probation in dark on some arriving inmates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - County probation officials say they aren't consistently getting required notice about inmates being released to their supervision, making it harder to monitor felons and potentially endangering the public.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Threats force 3 officers off street duty after shooting attacking dog

HAWTHORNE (AP) - Three police officers have been pulled from street duty for their safety in Southern California after a widely circulated video showed an officer fatally shooting a Rottweiler and drew numerous death threats.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Body identified as ocean swimmer who went missing

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A body found in the waters off the Central Coast last week has been identified as missing Cal Poly student Stefan Wagner, according to sheriff's officials.

July 05, 2013 | | State


BART talks resume as strike goes on

OAKLAND (AP) - Striking San Francisco Bay Area rail workers and transit agency officials returned to the bargaining table on Thursday for talks that one union leader described as "frustrating."

July 05, 2013 | | State


Ex-US border inspector sentenced in bribery case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former U.S. border inspector has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking more than $50,000 to wave drug-laden vehicles from Mexico through his lane.

July 05, 2013 | | State


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Teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Stockton pensions like other debt

STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.

October 01, 2014 | | State


San Francisco to pay $15M in fatal park hit-and-run

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Monterey law bans sitting, lying on sidewalks

MONTEREY (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.

October 01, 2014 | | State


SF expands free public Wi-Fi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Caltrans: Bay Bridge tower rods exposed to water

OAKLAND (AP) - State officials say hundreds of steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been exposed to water that could cause corrosion.

October 01, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 920 CHICKENS KILLED WITH GOLF CLUB: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in central California are searching for one or more suspects who broke into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killed more than 900 birds with a golf club.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Police nab suspect after he’s invited into home

PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California have arrested a fraud suspect accused of evading police for more than four hours by befriending a homeowner who invited him into his home for a meal.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Man convicted in 1994 nicotine-poison death

SANTA ANA (AP) - A former nuclear engineer on Tuesday was convicted of murder for poisoning his wife with a lethal dose of nicotine in Southern California in 1994.

September 30, 2014 | | State


What’s PayPal’s first solo move?

SAN JOSE (AP) - PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division.

September 30, 2014 | | State


NEW GUN RESTRICTION

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed.

September 30, 2014 | | State


SF supervisor pushes predictable work schedules for employees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Bye, bye plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC reviewing admissions, tuition

OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California will examine whether it admits too many out-of-state and international students as it develops a budget for the next academic year that might include the system's first tuition increases in four years, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Mayor of SoCal city shot to death

BELL GARDENS (AP) - The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said.

September 30, 2014 | | State


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