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Endangered turtle gains protections off West Coast covers 41,000 square miles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has designated more than 41,000 square miles off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles.

January 20, 2012 | | State


‘Prosecutor and murder suspect give final remarks in Double Initial killing preliminary

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Prosecutors on Friday called suspected serial murderer Joseph Naso a "sexual deviant" who drugged his victims before he photographed them, strangled them to death and dumped their naked bodies in rural Northern California areas.

January 20, 2012 | | State


Occupy protesters block banks in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least a dozen people were arrested Friday during an anti-Wall Street protest in downtown San Francisco, mostly for blocking an entrance at a bank's corporate headquarters.

January 20, 2012 | | State


Coroner IDs man whose head found in Hollywood Park

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coroner's officials on Friday identified a man whose dismembered head, hands and feet were found in a Hollywood park as a 66-year-old from Los Angeles, and police continued to hunt for his killer.

January 20, 2012 | | State


State jobless rate dips to lowest level since 2009 as 123,000 jobs created

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dipped slightly in December to 11.1 percent, its lowest rate since 2009, the state reported Friday.

January 20, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Newark crash victim ID'd as Pleasanton man

January 20, 2012 | | State


Chinatowns wane as Asians head to suburbs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - America's historic Chinatowns, home for a century to immigrants seeking social support and refuge from racism, are fading as rising living costs, jobs elsewhere and a desire for wider spaces lure Asian-Americans more than ever to the suburbs.

January 19, 2012 | | State


SF gets OK to proceed with subway work

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials have given San Francisco the green light to proceed with major construction work for its $1.6 billion subway expansion project.

January 19, 2012 | | State


State high court to consider pot dispensaries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's high court will attempt to clarify marijuana's hazy legal status in California.

January 19, 2012 | | State


SF sheriff pleads not guilty to domestic violence, ordered to stay away from family

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's new sheriff pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges Thursday as a judge ordered him to stay away from his wife and toddler son despite her tearful pleas not to keep the family apart.

January 19, 2012 | | State


Judge continues to block cuts to in-home care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday prohibited the state from reducing funding for California's in-home supportive services program, which serves about 435,000 low-income seniors and the disabled.

January 19, 2012 | | State


Brown defends tax increase to business group contending it won’t be a burden to Californians

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday defended his ballot proposal to raise taxes, arguing that Californians paid more in taxes in 2009 and 2010 than they would under his plan if it's approved by voters.

January 19, 2012 | | State


Legislature stops GOP override bill that would have allowed locals government to run parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican lawmakers on Thursday failed to override Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of a bill that would have allowed local governments to take over the operations of state parks forced to close this summer because of budget cuts.

January 19, 2012 | | State


Do UC, CSU campuses condone anti-semitism?

Imagine the outcry if students on a university campus in California set up "checkpoints" to find out whether students with tan complexions are really African-Americans, or whether students heard conversing in Spanish are citizens or illegal immigrants. Screams of protest would rise if students set up similar barriers to check whether olive-complected schoolmates are outfitted with suicide bombs, or if anyone stopped students of any type demanding to know their sexual orientation.

January 19, 2012 | | State


N. Calif. crabbers getting high price for catch

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - After a delayed start to the Dungeness crab season fisherman off California's far north coast are hauling in lots of it, and getting a high price.

January 19, 2012 | | State


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Lawmakers tour shelter for children

PORT HUENEME (AP) - California lawmakers and religious leaders said Tuesday they were pleased with conditions of a temporary shelter in Ventura County for children caught crossing the border, but they're worried about the young immigrants' future.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Progress on major western wildfires

WINTERS (AP) - Crews boosted by hundreds of additional firefighters increased containment on Tuesday of a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in Northern California, and full containment is expected by the end of the week on what is one of dozens of blazes blackening parts of the West.

July 08, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• EX-LIFER ARRESTED FOR SEX ASSAULT: FONTANA (AP) - A Southern California man who was freed from a life sentence last year is back in jail.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Bay Area: Soda tax’s last stand?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out?

July 08, 2014 | | State


SF Bay Area agencies make big electric- vehicle buy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Protest erupts after deputy cleared

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Protesters on Tuesday denounced a Northern California prosecutor's decision not to file criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy after mistaking the teen's pellet gun for an assault rifle.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Boy could lose his hand after fireworks accident

LIVE OAK (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California teenager could lose his hand after a fireworks accident over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

July 08, 2014 | | State


7 same-party November battles for Congress

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voters can forget the traditional Republican-Democratic matchups in at least seven California congressional districts come November. Contenders for those seats will have to do battle against challengers from their own parties.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Dad shocked waves killed lifeguard son

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Lifeguards along more than 6 miles of pristine sand in this Southern California beach city had rescued more than 200 people by the time the call came to help a distressed swimmer east of one of the main piers.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Construction turns up fossil treasure trove

FREMONT (AP) - Giant teeth from a 40-foot-long shark and portions of what could turn out to be an entire whale skeleton are among more than 500 fossils that have been unearthed at a dam construction site in Silicon Valley, a newspaper reported.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Yolo wildfire burning in triple-digit heat

WINTERS (AP) - Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch in Yolo County faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Deputy who shot teen won’t face charges

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun he mistook for an assault rifle.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Water district recycling waste water form lawns

PLEASANTON (AP) - A Northern California water district is offering residents recycled wastewater to use on their lawns and plants, as it tries to cut water use during the drought.

July 07, 2014 | | State


Homes flooded after levee breaks in Fresno County

SANGER (AP) - Water officials are looking into what caused a levee to burst, sending flood waters rushing across a Fresno County highway and into farmland and five homes.

July 07, 2014 | | State


LA nurse sentenced for sex with corpse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse who committed a sex act with a corpse at a Southern California hospital has been sentenced to two years in county jail.

July 07, 2014 | | State


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