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EXPLOSIVE DEVICE TRIGGERS MODESTO HIGH LOCKDOWN: MODESTO - Modesto High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday, following a report of a shooting and the discovery of a possible explosive device near the campus.

April 10, 2013 | | State


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CATHEDRAL CITY MAYOR PRO TEM ARRESTED: CATHEDRAL CITY (AP) - A City Council member in Cathedral City has been arrested and charged with stealing public funds.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Study: Alternative needed for strawberry fumigant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Despite long-standing concerns about pesticide exposure, a report issued Tuesday suggests California strawberry growers will have to keep using a contentious set of fumigants to keep the state's $2.3 billion strawberry industry competitive, even as the state ultimately seeks to restrict the chemicals' use.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Long lines form as Powerball ticket sales comes to California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hopeful Californians with $2 to spare waited in long lines as Powerball lottery tickets went on sale for the first time in the state.

April 09, 2013 | | State


4 a.m. last call bill already fuels debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The last call for drinks is 2 a.m. in California, but one lawmaker believes that's just too early to set down the shot glasses and beer steins.

April 09, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley farmer ousted from major hospital board after Obama racial slur

RIVERDALE (AP) - A prominent San Joaquin Valley farmer has been forced to step down as head of a major hospital board after making a racist statement about President Barack Obama in an email.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Mojave Desert Joshua trees in unusual heavy bloom on desert

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Joshua trees, those spiky sentinels of the Mojave Desert, are having a blossom bonanza and nobody is quite sure why.

April 09, 2013 | | State


State mounts joint raid on Calif. jobs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California sends tomorrow's technology, Hollywood blockbusters and terrific pinot noir to the world. Now, the governors of Utah and Virginia want the Golden State to export more of something else: jobs.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FORMER LIVERMORE LAB WORKERS SUE

April 09, 2013 | | State


Bill seeks to punish Scouts for gay ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members - a move intended to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Brown trip gives Newsom chance to shine

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As Jerry Brown begins his first trip out of the country as governor, the man who might someday seek to replace him finds himself overseeing the affairs of the nation's most populous state - if only temporarily.

April 09, 2013 | | State


SF Exploratorium set to open in new $300M digs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Exploratorium, San Francisco's interactive science and activities museum, is set to open at its new $300 million digs along the bay with more space and new exhibits, including a rain chamber that will allow people to experience past storms.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Ventura County fire contained; mop up underway

FILLMORE (AP) - Ventura County firefighters have contained the remnants of a wildfire that burned two homes and threatened more than 100 others in Fillmore on Tuesday, officials said.

April 09, 2013 | | State


209 News

MODESTO LOSES 140 JOBS: MODESTO - The news isn't good for workers at Post cereal's Modesto plant.

April 09, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs bill limiting high-cost school bonds that can’t be paid off early

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers advanced a bill on Monday aimed at restricting the use of high-cost school bonds that prevent districts from paying off the debt before the bonds mature.

April 08, 2013 | | State


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Pilot dies in crash fighting Yosemite fire

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a pilot is dead after his air tanker crashed while fighting a California wildfire near Yosemite National Park.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Air tanker crashes while fighting fire in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An air tanker fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in Northern California smashed into a steep canyon wall Tuesday, but there was no immediate word on the condition of the pilot, who was believed to be the only person aboard, officials said.

October 07, 2014 | | State


More than 50 sperm whales spotted

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - More than 50 sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting that had whale watchers and scientists giddy with excitement.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Twitter sues FBI & DOJ

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Police: Principal found with drugs, young woman

RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - The principal of a private Marin County high school resigned following his arrest at a hotel room where authorities said Tuesday he was found with drugs and a passed-out woman roughly 30 years younger than him.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Demos outspent GOP in state election races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Newly filed campaign finance reports show the Republican candidates for statewide office are lagging Democrats in every race, while candidates in the contest that is believed to be the closest, the nonpartisan race for schools superintendent, are more closely matched.

October 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 BOYS PLUNGE OUT APARTMENT WINDOW : HAWTHORNE (AP) - Two toddlers have fallen out of a Southern California apartment window and one is in critical condition.

October 07, 2014 | | State


PG&E faces penalty in judge-shopping

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California should ban all back-channel contacts between the state's largest utility and the utility's state regulators, groups representing rate-payers and others urged a state administrative judge Tuesday after the release of emails showing regulators and utility executives secretly negotiating rate cases and other matters.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Water use drops 11.5% in August

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians facing fines for wastefulness significantly cut their water usage this summer, as community wells run dry, farm fields turn to dust and key reservoirs shrink to a fraction of their capacity.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Biggest increases, decreases in August water consumption

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water suppliers serving more than 3,000 customers must submit monthly production numbers to the State Water Resources Control Board, which imposed statewide water restrictions in July.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Tutor charged in grade fixing scandal

SANTA ANA (AP) - A private tutor who fled the country after allegedly hacking a Southern California high school computer and changing student grades was arrested and charged Monday, authorities said.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Reports show huge cash advantage for Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has nearly $24 million left for his re-election campaign after spending very little so far this year, while his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, has about $680,000 left for the final month of the campaign.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Man, woman shot to death along river in Modesto

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities have detained a suspect in the shooting death of two people along the Tuolumne River in Modesto.

October 06, 2014 | | State


COZY RELATIONSHIP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility released an email Monday saying the state's top regulator privately asked the company to donate more than $1 million to support a state-backed environmental ballot initiative.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Hot air balloon dips into ocean; 3 saved

ENCINITAS (AP) - A romantic ride in a hot air balloon turned into a rescue operation, with lifeguards and surfers saving three people after the basket dipped into the ocean off a Southern California beach.

October 06, 2014 | | State


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