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LATHROP – Janice Bowlin wanted to create a safe, family-friendly environment where kids – small and tall – could literally bounce of the walls.

February 14, 2014 | James Burns | State


GECAC offers $9,000 in scholarships

Give Every Child a Chance (GECAC) is offering the Service Challenge Scholarship.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Probe into Lodi police shooting could take a year

LODI (AP) - Police say it could be a year before an investigation is complete into the death of an Army veteran who was shot and killed by Lodi officers.

February 14, 2014 | | State


School district sued over tug- of-war lost fingers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two former high school students who lost fingers in a tug-of-war accident have sued a Southern California school district.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Bowl-a-thon seeks challenge teams to help underwrite free tutoring

The challenge is on to see determine who the better bowlers are while at the same time helping struggling kids succeed in school.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Mayor’s chili cook off takes place Feb. 23

Manteca Mayor's Committee on the Arts is holding their Chili Cook Off on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Yosemite plan includes recreational activities

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park will cap visitors at current levels in its most popular areas, but it will add campsites and maintain bike and raft rentals under a plan announced Friday to protect the river that runs through its heart.

February 14, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO ABOUT 3 OTTERS THAT WERE FATALLY SHOT: PACIFIC GROVE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say three California sea otters were fatally shot on the Monterey Peninsula and are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Bay Area officials warn of measles exposure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area health officials issued a public warning that a college student with measles could have exposed thousands of others when he attended classes and rode public transit.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Camel escapes, attacks man in south state

PALMDALE. (AP) - A camel escaped from an enclosure in a Southern California high desert community Friday, stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it, and chased other people before it calmed down and was corralled.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Boy credited for 911 call as little sister choked

SOUTH PASADENA AP) - A 9-year-old southern California boy who called 911 as his little sister choked on a grape has been saluted by authorities, who say his quick thinking saved precious minutes and possibly her life.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Lt. Gov: Stop bullet train, redirect money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once a strong supporter of California's high-speed rail project, told a conservative radio show host Friday that he no longer backs the bullet train and would like to see the money diverted to other projects.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Appeals court agrees to hear high-speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration won at least a partial victory Friday in the legal wrangling over California's high-speed rail project when a state appellate court said it would hear an expedited review of two lower court rulings.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Big shark fin bust in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said Friday.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Sheriff to destroy explosive-laden home

REDDING (AP) - Authorities prepared Friday to burn down a mobile home where they said more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material was found, making it risky for deputies to walk the California property and forcing the evacuation of dozens of nearby residents.

February 14, 2014 | | State


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Girl talks to pope, then dad freed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.

March 28, 2014 | | State


San Onofre nuclear plant breaks rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year, government regulators said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man survives car being squashed

ALAMEDA (AP) - A San Francisco man narrowly survived being squashed after a propane tank exploded nearby, sending a large piece of metal smashing into the rear end of the man's car.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Jail cook suspected of smuggling drugs

MERCED, (AP) - A cook at a county jail in Central California is behind bars after officials say he smuggled in marijuana, tobacco and cell phones for inmates.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man faces 16 years for cruelty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man faces 16 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of torturing and killing dogs.

March 28, 2014 | | State


California Senate suspends three Democratic lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Governor urges three state senators to resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on three Democratic state lawmakers involved in separate criminal proceedings to resign from office, saying it is the best way to "restore public confidence."

March 28, 2014 | | State


GOP leader thinks he met sting agent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff said Friday that he believes he unwittingly met with an FBI undercover agent during a meeting set up by Sen. Leland Yee and one of Yee's campaign aides, both of whom now face federal charges.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Workers escape large garage collapse in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A portion of a parking garage being built to house buses in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on Friday, just minutes after nearly 200 construction workers were alerted that something was wrong and fled to safety, officials said.

March 28, 2014 | | State


California sees late surge in enrollment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is seeing a late surge in the number of people signing up for health insurance coverage ahead of next week's deadline - and state officials are encouraging more people to apply.

March 28, 2014 | | State


FBI sting shows underworld of San Francisco Chinatown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood's history of gambling houses, opium dens and occasional gangland-style murders.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra

COLFAX (AP) - There's gold in them dry hills!

March 27, 2014 | | State


State Democrats reel from scandal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."

March 27, 2014 | | State


Control advocates: Arrest is setback

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case.

March 27, 2014 | | State


PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 27, 2014 | | State


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