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Trio charged with defrauding tribe of $18M at Thunder Valley casino

LINCOLN (AP) - Three men have been indicted on federal charges of defrauding a casino-operating Indian tribe of more than $18 million through a kickback scheme involving the tribal administrator, federal prosecutors said Friday.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Thunderstorms trigger mud flows in SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fast-moving thunderstorms dumped heavy rain that triggered flash floods and mud flows in rural areas of the San Bernardino Mountains.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Stockton, other cities dispute amount of redevelopment money sought by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's finance department said 27 local governments have failed to pay or have underpaid the state after the governor tried to sweep up billions of dollars from community redevelopment agencies that were eliminated this year.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Trade group sues LA to halt ban on dispensaries

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A medical marijuana trade group is suing Los Angeles to stop the city from implementing a ban on prescription pot dispensaries.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Clown had iPad stolen from Steve Jobs' home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Families waiting for San Francisco's cable cars on a recent morning couldn't help but notice Kenny the Clown, who wore a curly rainbow wig as he twisted brightly colored balloons into animal shapes for visitors, blasting Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" from an iPad at his feet.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Moody's: More cities at risk of bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it expects more municipal bankruptcies and defaults in California, the nation's largest issuer of municipal bonds.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Man dies from rare rodent disease caught in Yosemite

YOSEMITE - (AP) - A man died and a woman became seriously ill after contracting a rare rodent-borne disease that might have been linked to their stay at a popular lodging area in Yosemite National Park, officials said Thursday.

August 17, 2012 | | State


State Side

Police hold 16 people at 2 pot grows in Valley

August 16, 2012 | | State


Backers of Brown's tax measure want opponents to stop criticizing the proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative, including both of California's U.S. senators, called Thursday on a rival campaign to stop its criticism, warning that attacks and negative campaigning will jeopardize prospects for both measures.

August 16, 2012 | | State


SF panel wrapping up probe of sheriff's conviction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The decision on whether San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi can remain in office in spite of a domestic violence conviction will take a big step forward on Thursday.

August 16, 2012 | | State


1 boy dead, another missing in Yosemite river

YOSEMITE (AP) - A 10-year-old boy died and his 6-year-old brother was missing after they were swept away along a popular but treacherous boulder-strewn stretch of the Merced River, Yosemite National Park officials said Thursday.

August 16, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

1936 Mercedes-Benz could fetch $16M

August 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CENTRAL VALLEY DISTRICT OKS NEW ENGLISH METHOD: DINUBA (AP) - A small Central Valley school district has agreed to stop using a little-known method of English-language instruction in a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union.

August 16, 2012 | | State


Inmates convicted as juveniles to die in prison could get reprieve via bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Criminals who were sentenced as juveniles to die in prison would get a chance at freedom if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

August 16, 2012 | | State


LA considers hiring porn film condom cop

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hey all you adult film stars, the porn police could soon be on the beat.

August 16, 2012 | | State


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Teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Stockton pensions like other debt

STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.

October 01, 2014 | | State


San Francisco to pay $15M in fatal park hit-and-run

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Monterey law bans sitting, lying on sidewalks

MONTEREY (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.

October 01, 2014 | | State


SF expands free public Wi-Fi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Caltrans: Bay Bridge tower rods exposed to water

OAKLAND (AP) - State officials say hundreds of steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been exposed to water that could cause corrosion.

October 01, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 920 CHICKENS KILLED WITH GOLF CLUB: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in central California are searching for one or more suspects who broke into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killed more than 900 birds with a golf club.

October 01, 2014 | | State


Police nab suspect after he’s invited into home

PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California have arrested a fraud suspect accused of evading police for more than four hours by befriending a homeowner who invited him into his home for a meal.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Man convicted in 1994 nicotine-poison death

SANTA ANA (AP) - A former nuclear engineer on Tuesday was convicted of murder for poisoning his wife with a lethal dose of nicotine in Southern California in 1994.

September 30, 2014 | | State


What’s PayPal’s first solo move?

SAN JOSE (AP) - PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division.

September 30, 2014 | | State


NEW GUN RESTRICTION

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed.

September 30, 2014 | | State


SF supervisor pushes predictable work schedules for employees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Bye, bye plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC reviewing admissions, tuition

OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California will examine whether it admits too many out-of-state and international students as it develops a budget for the next academic year that might include the system's first tuition increases in four years, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | State


Mayor of SoCal city shot to death

BELL GARDENS (AP) - The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said.

September 30, 2014 | | State


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