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Man dies after being struck by train in Modesto

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities in central California say a man who walked on to tracks carrying cans has died after being struck by a train in Modesto.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Teen uses Internet to describe captivity

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hannah Anderson says a longtime family friend "tricked" her into visiting his house, tied up her mother and younger brother in his garage and kidnapped her, setting off a massive search that stretched across much of the western U.S.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING SINGER AT BLUES FEST: HAYWARD (AP) - A woman has been charged with felony counts of assault and elder abuse in an attack on 73-year-old R&B singer Lester Chambers at a Northern California blues festival where he had just dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Immigration reform activists rally

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Hundreds of people from across California descended Wednesday on Bakersfield by car and bus to rally for an immigration overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants lacking legal status.

August 14, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GUN RANGE MANAGER HELD FOR BEING FELON WITH GUN: CORONA (AP) - The manager of a Southern California shooting range is fighting arrest for being a convicted felon in possession of a gun - in fact, lots of them.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Visalia man finds, turns in $6,900 in cash found near DMV office

VISALIA (AP) - A California man is being praised for his honesty after he turned in $6,900 in cash he found near a Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Central Valley.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BODY ID'D AS MISSING FEDERAL INVESTIGATOR: OAKLAND (AP) - A woman's body found near a Northern California park last week is that of a missing federal investigator, authorities said Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | State


New Bay Bridge could open on Labor Day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Plans to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as scheduled on Labor Day got a boost when federal officials signed off on a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts that have threatened to delay the opening by months.

August 13, 2013 | | State


LA allows veggie gardens between curb and sidewalk

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city officials have voted to allow green thumbs and gardening enthusiasts to plant vegetable gardens in public parkways between the curb and the sidewalk.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Filner: San Diego better off with him serving as mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner responded to a recall effort over sexual harassment allegations by touting progress the city has made during his term.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Inmate chokes doctor at Mule Creek State Prison

IONE (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California prison doctor is recovering after an inmate attacked her.

August 13, 2013 | | State


California paternity-rights bill on hold

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill sparked by a custody dispute involving "The Lost Boys" actor Jason Patric that would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights in court is on hold after failing to clear a legislative panel Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CORONA TEACHER CHARGED WITH ALLEGED STUDENT SEX: CORONA (AP) - Prosecutors have filed 16 felony counts against a 31-year-old Riverside County high school teacher suspected of having sex with students on school grounds.

August 13, 2013 | | State


NYPD wrongly targeted minorities, federal judge rules

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest police department illegally and systematically singled out large numbers of blacks and Hispanics under its stop-and-frisk policy, a federal judge ruled Monday while appointing an independent monitor to oversee major changes, including body cameras on some officers.

August 12, 2013 | | State


Holder plans for federal prosecutors to back off mandatory drug sentences

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift Monday in federal sentencing policies, targeting long mandatory terms that he said have flooded the nation's prisons with low-level drug offenders and diverted crime-fighting dollars that could be far better spent.

August 12, 2013 | | State


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Suit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Rift escalates between LA teachers, district

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.

February 25, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


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