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Feds violated law in Monterey oil leases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal land managers violated a key environmental law when they auctioned off the rights to drill for oil and gas on 2,500 acres of prime public lands in Monterey County, home to one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the nation, a judge ruled.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Powerful winds lash California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Powerful winds raked much of California on Monday, toppling trees, causing scattered power outages, whipping up blinding dust storms, and sending waves crashing ashore as a vigorous spring weather system swept through the state on its way across the West.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Court: Motorist can't use hand-held map

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF BAY AREA CITY LOOKING AT LICENSE PLATE CAMERAS: PIEDMONT (AP) - A small San Francisco Bay area city that has experienced a rash of home-invasion robberies is proposing installing cameras to record the license plate of every vehicle that crosses city limits.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Kayaker helps save family of five after crashing into American River

KYBURZ (AP) - A kayaker was being credited with helping to save a family of five after their SUV had veered off a road and ended up in a Northern California river.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Hiker lost for days released from hospital

MISSION VIEJO (AP) - One of two Southern California teens lost for several days in a rugged mountain wilderness was released Sunday from a hospital after being treated for dehydration and minor injuries.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Church prays for Rick Warren after son’s suicide in Mission Viejo

LAKE FOREST (AP) - Members of Rick Warren's Southern California church began Sunday services with a prayer for the popular evangelical pastor, as he and his family coped with the apparent suicide of his 27-year-old son.

April 07, 2013 | | State


More people tuning out traditional TV sets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills.

April 07, 2013 | | State


2 shot by officer when person points replica gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two people are in the hospital with what police described as life-threatening injuries after being shot early Sunday by a San Francisco police officer who opened fire when a person pointed what turned out to be an air-powered gun.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Legislation questions hospitals’ nonprofit status

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most powerful unions are pressuring nonprofit hospitals to prove that they provide enough charitable care to justify their tax-exempt status.

April 07, 2013 | | State


4 hikers avoid night on mountain thanks to rescue

SAN JOSE (AP) - Four young hikers avoided spending the night on the side of a Santa Clara County mountain thanks to a search and rescue by California Highway Patrol aircraft.

April 07, 2013 | | State


209 news briefs

• GANG-RELATED MURDER IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON - Stockton Police are investigating what appears to be a gang-related murder that occurred Saturday night.

April 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• LAPD VOLUNTEER ACCUSED OF STEALING GAS: VAN NUYS (AP) - Authorities say a longtime Los Angeles Police Department volunteer faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing city gas for his personal vehicle.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Dangers of urban wilderness hiking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In Southern California, where urban sprawl meets pristine wilderness, one can stand on a backwoods mountain trail and be so close to the city as to still hear the rumble of traffic and make out a downtown skyline.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Obama apologizes to AG for comment on looks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - President Barack Obama has apologized to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for causing a stir when he called her "the best-looking attorney general" at a Democratic fundraiser they attended together this week.

April 05, 2013 | | State


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Ho, hum: Low election turnout expected

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Trendsetting California is where you look for the next new thing. But on Election Day, expect to see mostly the same old thing.

November 03, 2014 | | State


Halloween hit- and-run driver convicted before

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California driver who police say struck and killed three teenage trick-or-treaters on Halloween before fleeing with his own children had recently pleaded guilty to a separate hit-and run, authorities said Monday.

November 03, 2014 | | State


15 charged in armed casino takeover

COARSEGOLD (AP) - Prosecutors have filed charges against 15 people in the armed takeover of a Central California casino at the center of a power struggle between factions of a Native American tribe.

November 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

GIANT SUGAR PINE TREE IN CENTRAL SIERRA COMES DOWN: DORRINGTON (AP) - A famous giant sugar pine tree in the central Sierra has fallen victim to fungus and an infestation of bark beetles.

November 03, 2014 | | State


Unions, reformers spar in schools race

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While races for governor and U.S. Senate are grabbing attention elsewhere, one of the most hotly contested statewide contests in California involves a nonpartisan position that rarely generates headlines.

November 02, 2014 | | State


St Anthony School holding its 48th annual holiday luncheon, craft faire

The 48th annual Holiday Luncheon and Craft Faire sponsored by St. Anthony of Padua School in Manteca will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held in the school gymnasium at the corner of Fremont Avenue and Sutter Street.

November 02, 2014 | | State


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


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