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Governor signs bill to speed up gun seizures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation expanding the ability of state agents to seize firearms from nearly 20,000 Californians who are not allowed to have them.

May 01, 2013 | | State


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COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING SEASON OPENS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commercial salmon fishermen are heading to sea from San Francisco and other area ports in what is expected to be a strong fishing season.

May 01, 2013 | | State


Police doubt kidnapping try in Placerville linked to killing of girl in Valley Springs

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to determine if there's a link between a brazen kidnapping attempt involving a 15-month-old California girl and the killing of an 8-year-old girl in her home - though they acknowledged the likelihood is slim.

May 01, 2013 | | State


Monster suing SF over energy drinks

SAN FRANCSCIO (AP) - Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduces the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Woman faces attempted murder charges for tainting OJ at Starbucks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California woman faces attempted murder charges after police say she tried to sneak orange juice bottles spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol inside a Starbucks.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Inmate-removal order over Valley Fever complicates Calif. prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Already facing a potential contempt order, Gov. Jerry Brown now must leap another hurdle to meet a court-ordered deadline this week to say how he will reduce crowding in California prisons.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

NO BACKPACKS ALLOWED AT 2013 BAY TO BREAKERS IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No backpacks, large bags or containers will be allowed at this year's Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco as officials heighten security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Vulnerable inmates ordered out of 2 Central Valley prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal official who controls medical care in California prisons on Monday ordered thousands of high-risk inmates out of two Central Valley prisons in response to dozens of deaths due to Valley fever, which is caused by an airborne fungus.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Nesting swallows could delay Petaluma bridge work

SONOMA (AP) - State transportation officials' inability keep swarms of swallows off a Sonoma County bridge is threatening to delay an $82 million project to replace the bridge structure.

April 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SANTA CLARA THREATENS AMBULANCE TERMINATION: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Santa Clara County officials are threatening to terminate the contract of an ambulance company that they say has repeatedly responded too slowly to emergencies.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Killer on the loose: Valley Springs on lockdown

VALLEY SPRINGS . (AP) - A region of oak-studded hills in California, where big-city dwellers come to get away from crime, was on lockdown on Monday, two days after a mysterious intruder stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death at home before being spotted by her 12-year-old brother.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider moratorium on oil fracking in San Joaquin Valley

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Efforts to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in California receive their first public hearing Monday as opponents try to ensure that the oil drilling technique does not endanger public health.

April 29, 2013 | | State


3 divers killed over weekend abalone diving off California

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Three recreational abalone divers died in separate incidents over the weekend in Northern California, where powerful rip currents were reported.

April 29, 2013 | | State


SF Bay Bridge has bolts similar to banned bolts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has more than 1,200 bolts made from galvanized steel that is virtually identical to a high-strength alloy that a nationwide group of transportation officials banned for use on bridges because the bolts can crack, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

April 28, 2013 | | State


Fatal stabbing of girl, 8, prompts manhunt

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Residents of a rural Northern California county were being told Sunday to keep their doors locked and report anyone considered suspicious as authorities continued the search for the killer of an 8-year-old girl.

April 28, 2013 | | State


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Scientists try to predict number of US Ebola cases

STANFORD (AP) - Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.

November 02, 2014 | | State


Arrests in Santa Ana Halloween hit and run crash that killed 3 girls

SANTA ANA (AP) - Police have made multiple arrests in connection with the Halloween hit-and-run deaths of three teenage girls who were out trick-or-treating in a Los Angeles suburb, authorities said Sunday.

November 02, 2014 | | State


4 dead after boat capsizes off coastline

BODEGA BAY (AP) - A large wave capsized a fishing boat off the coast of Northern California Saturday, leaving four of the five people aboard dead, authorities said.

November 02, 2014 | | State


Man guilty of ex-girlfriend’s murder

WINTERS AP) - Jurors have found a 30-year-old man with a history of domestic violence guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend last year as she sat in her car in the middle of a Northern California farming town.

November 02, 2014 | | State


Storm dampens Giants parade, Halloween

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A much-needed, if poorly timed, storm rolled into California, dampening the Giants' World Series championship parade in San Francisco and promising to force candy-seeking ghosts and witches throughout Northern California to cover up with rain jackets in the evening.

October 31, 2014 | | State


Spacecraft for tourists explodes during test flight

MOJAVE (AP) - A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.

October 31, 2014 | | State


Mailed ballots suggest low turnout of California voters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California appears to be on track for another low-turnout election as county clerks and analysts report that mail ballots are trickling in slowly compared with previous election cycles.

October 31, 2014 | | State


Man found in bed with 10-year-old arrested

POMONA (AP) - Authorities making Halloween probation checks on convicted sex offenders have arrested a man in Pomona after allegedly finding him in bed with a 10-year-old girl.

October 31, 2014 | | State


Painted faces need painstaking removal

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.

October 31, 2014 | | State


Three counties voting on fracking bans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production.

October 31, 2014 | | State


$13.5M award in Jehovah’s Witnesses molest case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Jehovah's Witnesses were ordered to pay $13.5 million to a Southern California man who said he was molested as a child by a church member.

October 31, 2014 | | State


LA officials: No active fault under project site

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles building officials have signed off on geologist reports that found no active earthquake fault under the site of a proposed 16-story residential-office development in Hollywood.

October 31, 2014 | | State


California eyes $500B in water spending

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state's top water officials said.

October 30, 2014 | | State


Dignity Health pays $37 million to settle lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A large hospital chain based in Northern California agreed Thursday to pay $37 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal Medicare program.

October 30, 2014 | | State


Man charged with SWAT officer’s murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspected Mongols motorcycle gang member was charged with murder Thursday in the killing of a Pomona SWAT officer during a crackdown on the group.

October 30, 2014 | | State


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