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Los Angeles jury recommends death in mistaken killing of 4 including boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The third Los Angeles jury to hear penalty evidence against a man convicted of four gang killings recommended death Monday for Charles Ray Smith in a case that involved the murder of a 10-year-old boy.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Past turmoil in Santa Monica gunman's home

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - The mother of a gunman who fatally shot five people in Santa Monica once said the shooter's father had threatened to kill her at least twice during years of turmoil in the family, according to court records obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Toy gun buyback asks kids to give up play pistols

HAYWARD (AP) - Organizers of a Northern California gun buyback are looking to get weapons off the streets. But gun owners shouldn't show up looking to hand over their arms, unless they shoot rubber bands, Nerf bullets or imaginary lasers.

June 10, 2013 | | State


SF sues over high-capacity magazines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is suing three gun accessories companies and one gun show promoter, alleging they sold disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as repair kits in violation of California law, the city attorney said Monday.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Legislative leader: Budget deal is near

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature's Democratic leaders are close to a state budget deal that maintains fiscal balance, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and other lawmakers said Monday ahead of a budget committee vote on many of the outstanding issues.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies of liver disease

CORCORAN (AP) - California prison officials say a 44-year-old death row inmate convicted of beating a 90-year-old woman to death with a baseball bat has died from liver disease.

June 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HUGE SHARK CAUGHT BY ANGLER OFF CALIF. WASN'T PREGNANT : LONG BEACH . (AP) - Scientists who dissected the huge mako shark caught off the Southern California coast have found that the female shark had gallons of sea water and a seal or sea lion in her stomach.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Injured dog that saved 2 girls honored

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Every dog has its day, but few canines get a motorcade on their return home.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Another limo fire, 10 women escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ten women - some of them in their 90s - escaped unharmed from a limousine that began smoking and caught fire in Northern California just more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on a nearby bridge.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Threat forces LA-to-Texas flight to land in Ariz.

PHOENIX (AP) - The FBI says a "telephonic bomb threat" against a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Texas led to the plane being diverted to Phoenix on Monday afternoon.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF PRIDE CONFIRMS MANNING WON'T BE HONORED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration have confirmed that the U.S. soldier who has acknowledged providing classified documents to WikiLeaks no longer will not be honored during this month's celebration.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Gunman killed 6 in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A gunman with an assault-style rifle killed at least six people in Santa Monica on Friday before police shot him to death in a gunfight in the Santa Monica College library, authorities said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Senators upset about exchange secrecy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Five Republican U.S. senators said Friday they have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether California is inappropriately concealing details of contracts for its health insurance exchange.

June 07, 2013 | | State


State senator gets subpoena in federal probe at Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the state Senate's top Democrats said Friday that he has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, days after another senator's Capitol offices were searched by the FBI.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Utility to close troubled nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a jolt to the nation's nuclear power industry, Southern California's San Onofre plant was shut down Friday for good after its owners surrendered in a costly and drawn-out fight over whether it was too damaged to operate safely.

June 07, 2013 | | State


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Audit blasts financial management

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit released Wednesday criticizes the financial management of California's court system, saying questionable spending by the agency that helps administer its budget cost cash-strapped courts millions of dollars.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Federal judge blocks ban on foie gras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats press Gov. Brown to increase spending for poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anticipating a second year of surplus, Democratic state lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Jerry Brown to increase spending on welfare, health care, child care and other social programs to assist the poor.

January 07, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WOMAN PLUNGING SAN DIEGO TOILET PULLS UP 5 1/2-FOOT SNAKE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials in San Diego are trying to sort out how a 5 1/2-foot snake wound up in a toilet at an office building.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Knife attack on transgender spurs hate crime charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man has been charged with hate crimes after prosecutors say he stabbed a transgender woman who fled a San Francisco bus to escape his taunts about her gender preference.

January 07, 2015 | | State


California Republicans look forward to control of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican members of California's congressional delegation on Tuesday celebrated GOP control of Congress, pointing to passage of drought relief legislation for the San Joaquin Valley as one possible benefit.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Sisters get probation in swaddling abuse case

HAYWARD (AP) - Two Northern California sisters were sentenced Tuesday to probation for endangering the lives of infants at their daycare by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Ground breaks on bullet train

FRESNO - California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

January 06, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians improve slightly on water-saving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians did slightly better in November on conserving water during the drought, figures released Tuesday show.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Cat killer gets 2 years in prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach man who aroused suspicion when he sought a refund from an animal shelter for dead "defective" cats was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for animal cruelty.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Two men halfway up El Capitan’s Dawn Wall

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Californians on way to state’s new energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Reward in shooting of parents, baby’s death

LONG BEACH (AP) - Los Angeles County supervisors offered a $25,000 reward Tuesday to help catch an attacker who shot and wounded three members of a family and kidnapped a 3-week-old girl who was later found dead in a trash bin near the Mexican border.

January 06, 2015 | | State


State prison guard files discrimination lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California prison guard has filed a lawsuit alleging co-workers harassed him because of his race and religion.

January 05, 2015 | | State


UPPING THE ANTE

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years.

January 05, 2015 | | State


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