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EXPANSION OF AMERICAN RIVER ALCOHOL BAN CONSIDERED: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento officials are mulling whether to expand a holiday ban on alcohol on the American River after a recent event was marred by violence and arrests.

July 17, 2012 | | State


LA prosecutor calls US Bank a slumlord in lawsuit due to condition of foreclosures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney's office has renewed its call to blame mortgage lenders for urban blight sparked by the collapsed housing market, saying in a lawsuit that US Bank is a slumlord that illegally evicted homeowners and then neglected the abandoned properties.

July 17, 2012 | | State


CSU mulls fiscal woes, pending deficit, but OKs president pay hikes of 10%

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University leaders on Tuesday wrestled with ways to resolve a grim financial picture as they approved 10 percent pay hikes to two new campus presidents.

July 17, 2012 | | State


Canadian elephants flying to California

SAN ANDREAS (AP) - For elephants to fly, you have to do more than load trunks on a plane.

July 17, 2012 | | State


Teen reaches deal in classroom hazing case

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - An 18-year-old student charged in a brutal California classroom hazing case that allegedly involved sex crimes reached a plea deal Monday and will testify against his teacher, prosecutors said.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Largest public pension fund earns dismal 1%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest public pension fund collected a dismal 1 percent annual return on its investments, a figure far short of projections that will likely bring pressure on California's state and local governments to contribute more money, officials said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


170 homes under threat from Placer blaze

FORESTHILL (AP) - Firefighters are struggling to contain a blaze that has consumed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of others in Placer County.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Death penalty tossed in killing of rocker's mom due to prospective juror’s dismissal over views

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday tossed out the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering rock guitarist Dave Navarro's mother and her friend nearly 30 years ago - a ruling that could affect the cases of Scott Peterson and other death row inmates.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PLEAS DELAYED FOR COUPLE IN DRUG PLANT ARREST: SANTA ANA (AP) - A husband and wife accused of planting drugs in the car of a school aide they believed mistreated their son have appeared in court.

July 16, 2012 | | State


State treasurer seeks divorce amid public troubles with wife’s substance abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has filed for divorce from his wife, who resigned her seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors earlier this year after her problems with substance abuse and marital troubles played out publicly.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Imperial County's kids with asthma more likely to visit ER

CALEXICO (AP) - Children with asthma in the dusty and impoverished Imperial County are far more likely to visit the emergency room, costing taxpayers for care often covered by state and federal health care programs.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Boxing club coach arrested in child sex probe

SANTA ANA (AP) - The coach of a prominent Southern California youth boxing club was arrested on suspicion of molesting one of his teenage athletes, police said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


CSU must choose tuition hike or enrollment cut

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University is facing the bleak choice of either raising tuition or shrinking enrollment if voters reject tax increase measures on the November ballot and a $250 million funding cut goes into effect, officials said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | | State


Catalina Island fighting proposed water rate hike

AVALON (AP) - Residents and business owners of Santa Catalina Island have formed a coalition to fight against a proposal to dramatically raise their water rates.

July 15, 2012 | | State


Cities eye plan to seize mortgages

FONTANA (AP) - In the foreclosure-battered inland stretches of California, local government officials desperate for change are weighing a controversial but inventive way to fix troubled mortgages: Condemn them.

July 15, 2012 | | State


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Sacramento OKs ban on plastic bags at stores

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento has become the latest city in California to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Desert wildfire in Mojave began as controlled burn

VICTORVILLE (AP) - Crews are using a pair of water-dropping helicopters in the fight against a Southern California desert wildfire that started as a controlled burn.

April 01, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

PURPORTED KIDNAPPER DROPS ULTIMATUM TO CALIFORNIA POLICE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A person claiming to be the ringleader of a group that says it abducted a California woman last week in an attempt to get a ransom has backed away from a threat to police to apologize for calling it a hoax.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Search, social & shopping: Pinterest turns 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become 'the' place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny turquoise tiles for bathrooms. It's where people share ideas and ingenuity and get creatively inspired. And it's fueled a new way of searching for items that's even stolen traffic from tech giant Google.

April 01, 2015 | | State


3D print technology provides ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old girl

LOS ALAMITOS (AP) - Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at age 47 in Hollywood Hills home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, and the Getty family confirmed that it was the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Did man carve name into girlfriend’s chest?

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities say an Orange County man carved his name into his girlfriend's chest with a razor blade while holding her hostage and threatening her.

April 01, 2015 | | State


Two die in medical office shooting

FRESNO (AP) - A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 | | State


San Bruno wants PG&E fined $1.6B

SAN BRUNO (AP) - Officials of a San Francisco suburb hit by a deadly 2010 gas-line blast said Tuesday they support a proposal to raise the financial penalty against the utility responsible to $1.6 billion.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Tenth of SJ Valley smog coming in from Asia sources

DAVIS (AP) - Up to 10 percent of the smog in California's polluted San Joaquin Valley is coming from outside the state - much of it from 6,000 miles away, in Asia, researchers in California said Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Purported kidnappers want apology from California police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two major California newspapers say they've received emails from a person claiming responsibility for a woman's abduction, including one demanding that police apologize to the woman for calling it a hoax.

March 31, 2015 | | State


Woman uses stun gun on Walmart customers

FRESNO (AP) - Police have arrested a woman for allegedly shocking several people with a pink stun gun at a Walmart store in Fresno.

March 31, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BOY CATAPULTED ACROSS ROOM WHEN TRUCK HITS SANTA ROSA HOME: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year-old Sonoma County boy is lucky to be alive after a pickup crashed into his bedroom, split his bed in half and catapulted him across the room and through a closet door.

March 31, 2015 | | State


No ‘narcissists’: Festivals ban selfie sticks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.

March 30, 2015 | | State


Endangered bighorn sheep now in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. (AP) - For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

March 30, 2015 | | State


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