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HOME INVASION ROBBERS DRAG RESIDENTS FROM BEDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police say home invasion robbers have stormed a San Francisco area home and dragged the residents from their beds at gunpoint before fleeing with valuables.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Half Dome cables will remain, hikers still limited

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The hike up the granite monolith Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is one of the most iconic in the nationwide system, but on Friday officials announced approval of a plan that permanently limits how many can do it.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker to bring back rape loophole bill from 1870s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Body of missing California woman found behind snow bank along busy Tahoe road

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - The search for a missing 19-year-old California woman who disappeared on New Year's Eve at Lake Tahoe ended Friday when her body was found behind a snow bank about a mile from the site of a music festival she attended that night, authorities said.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Top parks officials kept $20M hidden

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials at the highest levels of the California Department of Parks and Recreation helped keep millions of dollars in money intended for state parks secret for more than a decade, the California attorney general's office said in a report released Friday.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Search for who set puppy on fire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento animal control officers say they are looking for anybody responsible for deliberately setting fire to a puppy that has since died.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Law won’t protect unmarried victims in rape

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court overturned the rape conviction of a man who authorities say pretended to be a sleeping woman's boyfriend before initiating intercourse, ruling that an arcane law from 1872 doesn't protect unmarried women in such cases.

January 03, 2013 | | State


‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas engaged

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is engaged.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Health alliance could threaten larger rival

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten a powerful rival's dominance and fuel a new round of labor tensions.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Schools face rising special education costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal funding remains flat, according to a state report released Thursday.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Teens drug parents to use Internet

ROCKLIN (AP) - Two California teenagers were arrested after they gave one of the girl's parents milkshakes spiked with prescription sleeping pills so she could use the Internet past her curfew, police said.

January 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LAUGHING GAS ABUSER BLAMES HEAD SHOPS FOR INJURY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A nitrous oxide abuser is blaming California head shops for injuries during his laughing gas highs.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Pension bonds add risk to public retiree crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oakland's city leaders took a risk when, rather than lay off more staff or cut services, they decided to borrow nearly $213 million to cover pension payments owed to retired city workers. They're betting that the pension fund's investments will earn more than the cost of issuing pension obligation bonds.

January 03, 2013 | | State


California receives approval for health exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Thursday approved California's plan to run its own health insurance market, a milestone in the state's effort to meet requirements of the national health care reform law.

January 03, 2013 | | State


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Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California UPS delivery driver was arrested Friday for stealing dozens of shipped guns that were sold on the black market, federal prosecutors said.

July 25, 2014 | | State


State senator facing additional charge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

July 25, 2014 | | State


Suspect sought in good Samaritan’s punch death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are looking for a man who fatally punched another man who intervened while he was screaming at a 3-year-old boy.

July 25, 2014 | | State


DO AS WE SAY. . .

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.

July 25, 2014 | | State


California to have 4 (acting) governors in 4 days

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have four governors in four days next week as top officials take turns temporarily leaving the state.

July 25, 2014 | | State


Designer: Bay Bridge bolts don’t need replacing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief designer of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says more than 2,000 bolts and rods on the span that have been called into question are safe and can remain in place, a newspaper reported.

July 25, 2014 | | State


TRANSIENT WITH TB SOUGHT

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states including California and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.

July 24, 2014 | | State


California removes lane splitting guidelines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Man shot burglar who said she was pregnant

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.

July 24, 2014 | | State


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