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4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


High school asked to abandon Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Suspect in bus passenger fire charged as adult

OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Thief gets away with 140,000 pounds of nuts from Escalon facility

ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from around California

HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED

November 06, 2013 | | State


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Pit bull badly mauls woman in Pinole

PINOLE (AP) - A 40-year-old woman in the San Francisco Bay Area was severely mauled by her family pit bull.

March 02, 2015 | | State


San Jose: Competition where being blind is cool

SAN JOSE – The order of the day was competition, but the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge on Saturday was as much about camaraderie, coolness and compassion.

March 01, 2015 | | State


Some farmers to go without federal water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Nearly 16 tons of marijuana seized at California border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Agents at a Southern California border crossing have seized nearly 16 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that supposedly was hauling mattresses.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Federal court rejects challenge to micro-stamping gun safety law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Gas prices soar in state as fuel supplies shrink

LONG BEACH (AP) - Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Thieves crash car thru SF electronics store

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thieves drove a car through a high-end electronics store in the latest crash-and-grab heist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Illegal street race kills 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police on Thursday asked for the public's help to find the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang that veered out of control during a street race in the San Fernando Valley and plowed into spectators, killing two men and critically injuring a third.

February 26, 2015 | | State


Illegals given another chance to stay in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.

February 26, 2015 | | State


2nd commuter with measles prompts warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in Northern California are warning Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters for a second time this month that they may have been exposed to measles on trains.

February 26, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers demand swastikas be removed from Sacramento house

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Thursday demanded that a Sacramento man take down poster-size swastikas displayed in front of his house, calling the signs racist and vulgar but acknowledging the person had a right to free speech.

February 26, 2015 | | State


Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

EASTON (AP) - After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives - together.

February 26, 2015 | | State


Assembly leader backs $75 real estate fee

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a proposal Wednesday to expand affordable housing in California by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks

OXNARD (AP) - A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Man who bit off fingertip pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who bit off a fingertip during a fight at a Rose Bowl concert in Pasadena has pleaded no contest to mayhem.

February 25, 2015 | | State


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