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Judge tosses challenge to 49ers stadium deal

March 06, 2012 | | State


5,000 students protest education cuts at Capitol rally in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As many as 5,000 college students and other protesters converged Monday on California's state capital to protest rising tuition rates and demand that state lawmakers restore funding for higher education.

March 05, 2012 | | State


Survivor of killings said boyfriend abused her in past

MODESTO. (AP) - An 18-year-old woman who survived a weekend shooting in Modesto that left three others dead previously said she had been kidnapped and tortured by her boyfriend a month earlier, police and family members said Monday.

March 05, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE SAYS BACKYARD BOAT MUST SHOVE OFF : NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A Southern California man who's been restoring a 72-foot antique boat in his yard has been ordered to move the vessel.

March 05, 2012 | | State


Condoms now required for Los Angeles porn actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actors in many of the adult films made in the nation's porn capital must use condoms under a law that took effect Monday, but the prophylactic police aren't yet on the case.

March 05, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Magnitude-4.0 quake shakes SF Bay area

March 05, 2012 | | State


Proof of insurance? Lawmaker wants an app for that as well

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California drivers seeing flashing lights in their rearview mirror may soon be reaching for their smartphones instead of putting them down.

March 05, 2012 | | State


San Francisco Sheriff’s actress wife adds to trial drama in domestic violence case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Months after moving to the United States, Latin America telenovela star Eliana Lopez blogged about her hopes and aspirations for her new, simpler life as a wife and mother, far from the bright lights of TV and movies.

March 05, 2012 | | State


Modesto Police seek killer of three found shot in home in city’s quiet neighborhood

MODESTO (AP) - Police are searching for a suspect in the deaths of a man, his girlfriend and a teenage boy, who were found shot to death in a home in a usually quiet neighborhood in Modesto.

March 05, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• About 2,000 Sacramento-area teachers get notices : SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 2,000 Sacramento-area teachers are wondering if they'll be losing their jobs this year.

March 05, 2012 | | State


Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies in Millbrae

MILBRAE (AP) - Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed the band that bore his name and performed with some of rock's heavy hitters, has died, his booking agent said Sunday.

March 05, 2012 | | State


Storm makes ripe ski conditions, snow poses avalanche dangers

TRUCKEE (AP) - A late winter storm that dumped at least 6 feet of snow in parts of California's Sierra Nevada created ripe conditions Friday for snow sports enthusiasts but also posed risks for back country skiers, one of whom was killed by an avalanche.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Los Angeles schools ban blindfolds for use in classroom lessons after sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District has barred lessons involving blindfolds and classroom-made butter in the wake of a recent teacher sex scandal at an elementary school.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Beer stein from speaker among Brown's few gifts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown accepted just three gifts last year, in keeping with his minimalist style, according to disclosure forms filed with the state.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Birds off Southern California coast coated in oil from natural seep; no funds to help

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The International Bird Rescue center is seeing a spike in the number of birds coated with oil seeping from the ocean floor along the Southern California coast, with more than 100 brought into the center in the last two months.

March 02, 2012 | | State


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Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


Passengers leave treasure trove of items at SF airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you've been through security at San Francisco International Airport recently and are missing your sunglasses or laptop, it's probably worth checking in with the Transportation Security Administration.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mariachi 5K run postponed after receiving criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mariachi-themed fun run scheduled for this weekend has been postponed indefinitely after facing backlash from those who say it makes a mockery of mariachi.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mexico’s president to visit California next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Police: Woman with fake baby cited for trespassing

MERCED (AP) - A California woman is under investigation after trying to enter a hospital maternity ward carrying a doll that looked like a living baby, police said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | State


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