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Caltrain operator tested positive for drugs

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Caltrain is overhauling some of its safety procedures and has placed two engineers on leave after a recent incident that forced passengers legally crossing the tracks to leap out of the way of a speeding commuter train.

September 17, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• CALIF. HIGH SCHOOLER CHOSEN FOR ELECTORAL COLLEGE: SIMI VALLEY (AP) - A 18-year-old Los Angeles County high school senior has been selected as a member of the nation's Electoral College.

September 17, 2012 | | State


California anti-union initiative gets $4M boost

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Proponents of an initiative that would severely restrict unions from collecting dues on paychecks for political activity are reporting a contribution of more than $4 million from a conservative action group.

September 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Teacher accused of watching porn in school

September 14, 2012 | | State


California home prices match nearly 4-year high; median now at $281,000

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices matched a nearly four-year high last month as buyers snapped up pricier homes and the supply of foreclosed homes dwindled, a research firm reported Friday.

September 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Neighbor rescues boy in burning house

September 14, 2012 | | State


Neighbor rescues boy in burning house

BOULDER CREEK (AP) - A neighbor has run into a burning Northern California house and rescued a boy who accidentally started the blaze with a lighter.

September 14, 2012 | | State


Victims in Libya attacks former SEALs

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two Americans killed this week in an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya were former Navy SEALs from San Diego County who always asked to be on the front lines, according to family, friends and government officials.

September 14, 2012 | | State


LA 911 dispatch rules waste valuable time

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Required questioning by 911 operators delays the dispatching of paramedics and the start of life-saving CPR in Los Angeles, a newspaper reported Friday, citing a new study.

September 14, 2012 | | State


7 charged in $17M multistate fraud schemes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal indictment unsealed Friday charged seven people with running a multistate Ponzi scheme and related mortgage fraud scams that prosecutors said cost investors and lenders a combined $17 million.

September 14, 2012 | | State


Berkeley art work emerges from solar firm Solyndra's bankruptcy

BERKELEY (AP) - A small building tucked in the hills of Berkeley shines with an unusual green glow from hundreds of glass tubes jutting out from one side toward nearby bushes.

September 14, 2012 | | State


Yosemite sends warnings out to 230,000 visitors

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Some 230,000 people who booked overnight accommodations in Yosemite since June are now being warned about the deadly rodent-borne illness that has caused three deaths.

September 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MAN DIES FROM WEST NILE VIRUS: AUBURN (AP) - A Northern California man has died from the West Nile virus, the state's fifth death to the mosquito-borne virus this year.

September 13, 2012 | | State


SF crane operator pulls mammoth tooth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A wooly mammoth tooth with its enamel still intact has been discovered during the excavation for a new transit center in downtown San Francisco.

September 13, 2012 | | State


SoCal home prices hit 4-year-high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices hit a four-year high in August as buyers snapped up more expensive properties along the coast and sales of foreclosed properties kept drying up, a research firm reported Thursday.

September 13, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

3 FIRMS BID ON SECOND PHASE OF HIGH-SPEED RAIL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three firms are bidding to build the second leg of California's $68 billion high-speed rail system, which will run from Fresno to Bakersfield.

October 30, 2014 | | State


Hello Kitty packs in crowds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.

October 30, 2014 | | State


Same-party races challenge incumbents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California congressmen Mike Honda and Tom McClintock have never apologized for their strong partisan leanings and are not about to start now.

October 30, 2014 | | State


Democrats leading in all statewide races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is maintaining a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term and leads a Democratic ticket that once again appears poised to sweep all statewide offices in California, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

October 30, 2014 | | State


Drought takes bite out of rice harvest

WOODLAND (AP) - California's deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that's bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Farmers suing state over water delivery cutbacks

FRESNO (AP) - Farmers in California's Central Valley are going to court to challenge the division of water during the state's ongoing drought.

October 29, 2014 | | State


California orders risk-based Ebola 21-day quarantine

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials announced Wednesday that the state is requiring a 21-day quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Oakland Mayor Jean Quan faces tough re-election fight

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland is working to shed its reputation as a mismanaged and crime-ridden city.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Missing hunter and dog found alive in NorCal

MANCHESTER (AP) - Family members say a 59-year-old hunter and his dog were found alive nearly a week after going missing on a hunting trip in a remote Northern California wilderness area.

October 29, 2014 | | State


California adding 21 names to memorial

LONG BEACH (AP) - California is adding 21 names to its Vietnam Veterans Memorial - sailors killed when their ship was struck by an Australian aircraft carrier.

October 29, 2014 | | State


‘Hoarders’ psychologist testifies at murder trial

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A psychologist who stars on a reality TV show testified at a murder trial that a California man accused of killing an animal control officer had a hoarding disorder and could have reacted violently to anyone trying to take away his many animals.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Nurses union claims California hospitals not ready for Ebola

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Five California hospitals that say they are ready to treat the Ebola virus lack proper training and equipment, a nurses union said Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Judge tosses ex-dictator’s suit against video game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 "Call of Duty" video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game's use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Man to be sentenced in dragging death of his elderly grandfather

WILLITS (AP) - A Northern California man accused of killing his 84-year-old grandfather by dragging him behind a pickup truck for nearly six miles will be sentenced Nov. 14 for first-degree murder.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Sheriff fires 1 after San Francisco hospital patient’s death in stairwell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff's Department officials say one staff member has been fired, two have been suspended, and five others are facing discipline a year after the body of a 57-year-old hospital patient was found in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her room.

October 28, 2014 | | State


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