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• JUDGE REFUSES TO TOSS TICKET OVER CORPORATE CLAIM: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A Marin County man has failed to convince a judge to toss out a ticket for driving alone in the carpool lane despite his claims the incorporation papers riding along with him qualified as a person.

January 08, 2013 | | State


With tax hikes passed, lawmakers seek broad agenda from guns to environment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday with a wide-ranging agenda that includes revisions to school funding, gun control laws and environmental regulations.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

January 07, 2013 | | State


Brown wants out-of-state inmates back home to California prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wants to end a 6-year-old program that has sent thousands of California inmates to private prisons in other states, although he may not get the chance unless he can persuade federal judges to revise an order limiting the number of inmates the state can hold.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Bill would regulate ammunition sales

OAKLAND (AP) - A California assemblywoman introduced a bill on Monday that aims to regulate ammunition sales.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Cal Grant rules disqualify many for-profit schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cal Grant's tighter eligibility standards have disqualified 80 percent of California's for-profit colleges from the financial aid program, according to a state report released Monday.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MOTORIST DRIVES INTO POND AND DROWNS: SAN JOSE (AP) - An elderly Northern California motorist has drowned after missing a turn on a highway onramp, crashing through a fence and plunging into a pond.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Protest over proposed show dubbed ‘All My Babies’ on prolific rapper

PASADENA (AP) - Oxygen television executives weren't talking Monday as negative attention grew about "All My Babies' Mamas," its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers.

January 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FRESNO BUS FIRE MAY HAVE BEGUN IN ENGINE AREA: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in Fresno say a fire that caused $1 million in damage to school buses appears to have started in the engine compartment of one of the vehicles.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Judge blocks expansion of Tahoe ski resort

HOMEWOOD (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has temporarily blocked the planned expansion of a 50-year-old ski resort on Lake Tahoe's west shore, ruling that regional planners did not adequately consider a smaller and, therefore, less environmentally intrusive overhaul of Homewood Mountain Resort before they approved the project.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Letterman says he is seeing a psychiatrist weekly

PASADENA (AP) - Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Homespun host of 'California's Gold' on public television Huell Howser dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Huell Howser, the homespun host of public television's popular "California's Gold" travelogues, has died at age 67.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Marijuana clinic owner gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Monday for running what prosecutors claimed was an illegal pot business that only pretended to be legitimate under the state's medical marijuana law.

January 07, 2013 | | State


Tanker strikes San Francisco Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An empty oil tanker caused minor damage when it struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, and the busy span remained open to traffic, officials said.

January 07, 2013 | | State


School funding, tax changes on Dems’ agenda

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are starting the new year with a tail wind they haven't had in 130 years - supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.

January 06, 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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