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BAY AREA NATURAL GAS PIPELINE RECONNECTED: SAN CARLOS (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric is reconnecting a Northern California natural-gas pipeline that it was ordered to seal off for safety reasons after concerns surfaced in an e-mail from an engineer.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Sea serpents' was egg-carrying female

'LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 14-foot oarfish that washed ashore in Southern California last week was ready to become a mommy.

October 22, 2013 | | State


BART contract similar to previous deal

OAKLAND (AP) - Trains in the San Francisco Bay Area were running again Tuesday after a tentative deal capped six months of contentious labor negotiations and two strikes that disrupted hundreds of thousands of daily commutes.

October 22, 2013 | | State


‘Condor cam' captures giant bird in wild

BIG SUR (AP) - A solar-powered "condor cam" in the hills of Big Sur, on the Central California coast, allows the public to view North America's largest birds from the comfort of home.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Man who dropped infant's body at hospital sought

UKIAH (AP) - Police are searching for a Mendocino County man who disappeared after dropping the body of his 5-month-old son at a hospital.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Concern over cost of LA streetcar plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles City Hall staffers kept mum about concerns that the cost estimate for reviving downtown's streetcar system was not detailed and the price tag could balloon, according to a newspaper investigation.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Foreclosure activity falls in 3rd quarter

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home foreclosure fell in the third quarter as rising prices left fewer homeowners in trouble, a research firm said Tuesday.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Bob Barker welcomes elephants to sanctuary

Bob Barker welcomes elephants to sanctuary

October 22, 2013 | | State


Crowding deadline extended 1 month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Monday gave California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue over a longer-term delay.

October 21, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail begins search for artifacts

FRESNO. (AP) - Backhoes began digging up a parking lot in downtown Fresno on Monday in search of underground tunnels and artifacts from an 1880s-era Chinatown neighborhood that lies in the path of California's planned high-speed rail network.

October 21, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

TECH COMPANIES LEAD BAY AREA BUYING BINGE: SAN JOSE (AP) - Internet giants are buying up businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country by the hundreds.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Man, wife arrested after accidental store shooting in SoCal

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A husband and wife were arrested after a gun they were carrying accidentally went off inside a Southern California Sam's Club store.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Hopes rise for end to BART strike

OAKLAND (AP) - Representatives of the San Francisco Bay Area's transit rail system and its striking unions returned to the bargaining table Monday, raising hopes among the region's frustrated commuters that a four-day work stoppage that has gridlocked highways and doubled travel times is about to end.

October 21, 2013 | | State


County pays $2 in damages, $197,505 in fees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newspaper report says Sacramento County paid $2 in damages and $197,505 in attorney fees to settle a civil rights case.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Paperwork tiff lets some suspects leave jail early in county

STOCKTON (AP) - A squabble over paperwork deadlines between San Joaquin County officials and state prison authorities is leading to the early release of parole violators.

October 21, 2013 | | State


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PG&E faces penalty in judge-shopping

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California should ban all back-channel contacts between the state's largest utility and the utility's state regulators, groups representing rate-payers and others urged a state administrative judge Tuesday after the release of emails showing regulators and utility executives secretly negotiating rate cases and other matters.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Water use drops 11.5% in August

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians facing fines for wastefulness significantly cut their water usage this summer, as community wells run dry, farm fields turn to dust and key reservoirs shrink to a fraction of their capacity.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Biggest increases, decreases in August water consumption

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water suppliers serving more than 3,000 customers must submit monthly production numbers to the State Water Resources Control Board, which imposed statewide water restrictions in July.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Tutor charged in grade fixing scandal

SANTA ANA (AP) - A private tutor who fled the country after allegedly hacking a Southern California high school computer and changing student grades was arrested and charged Monday, authorities said.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Reports show huge cash advantage for Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has nearly $24 million left for his re-election campaign after spending very little so far this year, while his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, has about $680,000 left for the final month of the campaign.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Man, woman shot to death along river in Modesto

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities have detained a suspect in the shooting death of two people along the Tuolumne River in Modesto.

October 06, 2014 | | State


COZY RELATIONSHIP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility released an email Monday saying the state's top regulator privately asked the company to donate more than $1 million to support a state-backed environmental ballot initiative.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Hot air balloon dips into ocean; 3 saved

ENCINITAS (AP) - A romantic ride in a hot air balloon turned into a rescue operation, with lifeguards and surfers saving three people after the basket dipped into the ocean off a Southern California beach.

October 06, 2014 | | State


SWIMMING POOLS

SANTA ANA (AP) - California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state's ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope.

October 05, 2014 | | State


Paul Revere of Raiders rock band dies from cancer at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76.

October 05, 2014 | | State


Dog owner gets 15 years in fatal mauling

LANCASTER (AP) - The morning walk that would be the last of Pamela Devitt's life was more than just a routine stroll. It was part of the retiree's effort to keep fit for her golden years with a young grandson.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Is ‘brain-dead’13-year-old dead?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Debate over the definition of "brain-dead" reignited this week when a California family and its lawyer asked a judge to declare that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.

October 03, 2014 | | State


California reports 14 cases of virus hitting kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least 14 children in California recently have been infected with a virus that has caused hundreds of respiratory illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide, public health officials said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Shark attack closes beaches at California air base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - Three beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed through the weekend after a 28-year-old surfer survived an attack by a shark, authorities said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Environmentalists divided over water bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers.

October 02, 2014 | | State


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