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4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


High school asked to abandon Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Suspect in bus passenger fire charged as adult

OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Thief gets away with 140,000 pounds of nuts from Escalon facility

ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from around California

HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED

November 06, 2013 | | State


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First-time jumper was among 1 of 2 skydivers killed at Lodi center

LODI (AP) - One of two skydivers who died plummeting into a Northern California vineyard was 18 and jumping for the first time, and his family ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


New trend: ‘Pop-ups’ preschools

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cindy Rivera entered the family resource center in the Hillview neighborhood library at 10 a.m. and began transforming it. She replaced ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


STOCKTON MAYOR ARRESTED

STOCKTON AP) - Stockton's mayor was charged Thursday with providing alcohol to young adults last summer and making a secret recording of what prosecutors said ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Pot backers sue over opposing arguments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supporters of a California initiative to legalize recreational marijuana filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing opponents of including false and misleading language in ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


SF Chinatown gang leader gets life in prison

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dapper San Francisco Chinatown gangster known as "Shrimp Boy" whose conviction on murder and racketeering charges was part of a major ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Demos tout endorsements for California Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The two Democrats seeking California's U.S. Senate seat rolled out dueling endorsements Thursday that highlighted political dynamics that are shaping ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


2 babies born with Zika-related defects in state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects in California to mothers who were infected overseas, health officials said Thursday.

August 04, 2016 | | State


Pokemon Go player in brutal attack

SAN JOSE (AP) - A man is recovering after being brutally attacked with a knife while playing Pokemon Go in San Jose last week.

August 04, 2016 | | State


Man arrested in old killing after woman browses LAPD website

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested a suspect in a 16-year-old homicide after a woman browsing the "most wanted" section of the Los Angeles Police Department ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


Probe of fatal crash starts with driver, bus

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Investigators are collecting medical records and lining up interviews with relatives of a bus driver in a crash that killed four passengers in ...

August 04, 2016 | | State


San Diego police view body-camera footage

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators viewed body-camera footage to learn how one San Diego police officer was killed and another seriously injured in a gunbattle during ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


Big Sur fire grows; new blaze near Fresno

BIG SUR. (AP) - Crews battled a massive wildfire near California's Big Sur that is threatening thousands of homes as it burns for the tenth ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


State bill would prevent LGBT discrimination at religious schools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The conflict between religious freedom and gay rights has a new battleground - California's religious colleges and universities.

July 31, 2016 | | State


Weapon used in teen’s killing was stolen from Stockton mayor

STOCKTON (AP) - A gun stolen from the Stockton mayor's home whose theft he failed to immediately report was used to kill a 13-year-old boy ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


Skydiver jumps, lands without chute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After leaping from an airplane, Luke Aikins rocketed toward earth for two minutes, and then calmly flipped onto his back at the ...

July 31, 2016 | | State


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