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STATE REMOVES SIGNS OBJECTING TO TWIN TUNNELS: WALNUT GROVE (AP) - Activists opposed to California's $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are accusing state transportation workers who removed anti-tunnel yard signs of trying to silence them. The signs proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!" have disappeared over the past several days from yards fronting a state highway in Sacramento County. Transportation officials they were placed too close to the highway, violating state law. Caltrans spokesman Gareth Lacy says any private sign is forbidden within a state right of way. The state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees ...

July 11, 2013 | | State


D.C. Council rebukes Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council issued a legislative rebuke to Wal-Mart on Wednesday, approving a bill that would require the retail giant and other big-box chain retailers operating in the nation's capital to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

July 10, 2013 | | State


PROBE QUESTIONS SPEED CONTROLS

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

July 10, 2013 | | State


‘Shimming’ could allow Bay Bridge to open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials are studying a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that could allow the new span to open as scheduled on Labor Day, but they said Wednesday a decision had not yet been made on the work.

July 10, 2013 | | State


THINGS TO DO

The 2013 Stanislaus County Fair offers new showstoppers for food loving aficionados.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Around the State

POSSIBLE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT MISSING BOY'S HOME: MENIFEE (AP) - Authorities say they've found possible human remains at the Southern California home of an 11-year-old autistic boy who vanished over the weekend. Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez says investigators served a search warrant before dawn Wednesday at the Menifee home of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. He says investigators dug up some remains but they haven't determined whether they're human. Martinez also says investigators never ruled out foul play in the boy's disappearance.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Investigators interview Asiana Airlines pilots

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aviation investigators put more questions to the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Tuesday, trying to learn what was happening in the cockpit of the Boeing 777 as the plane made a dangerously low and slow approach before a crash-landing that killed two passengers.

July 09, 2013 | | State


From Country to Rock to Weird Al, Stanislaus County Fair has it all

Whether you prefer to tap your toes to country twang or get up and boogie-woogie to rockin' beats, the Stanislaus County Fair is likely to have some music to suit your fancy.

July 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PANEL: NEXT MARS ROVER SHOULD GATHER ROCKS, SOIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA-appointed team says the next rover sent to Mars should collect rocks and dirt and store them so that a later mission can return them to Earth. The team's report posted online Tuesday describes recommended science goals for the mission slated to launch in 2020. NASA last year said it planned to launch another rover to the red planet following the success of Curiosity, which made a dramatic touchdown near the Martian equator last August. To keep costs down, engineers will recycle spare parts where possible and ...

July 09, 2013 | | State


Giant sequoia smoldering after more than a year

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An ancient giant sequoia has been smoldering for more than a year in Sequoia National Park, with the small fire even surviving a full Sierra Nevada winter, National Park Service officials said.

July 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge delayed by broken rods

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day as it will take contractors until at least December to repair cracks in the bridge's seismic safety bolts, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Fire Chief: Victim possibly run over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials acknowledged Monday that one of their trucks responding to the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport may have run over one of the two teenage girls killed in the accident.

July 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PRODUCT MAY HAVE CAUSED FIREWORKS BLAST: The operator of a Southern California fireworks show that sprayed the crowd and injured more than three dozen people says a product malfunction appears to be the cause of the "catastrophic failure." Pyrotechnic operator Bruce Sussin said Monday that they immediately pulled the plug on the July 4 show when the problem occurred at a park in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles. Sussin says fire inspectors checked the site before the show by Bethpage, N.Y.-based Bay Fireworks and everything was fine. Sussin says he later heard that other operators reported similar ...

July 08, 2013 | | State


Plane parts found in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Part of the tail section of an Asiana jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was found in the waters of San Francisco Bay, and debris from the seawall was carried several hundred feet down the runway, a federal official said Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Bill restores rules on domestic violence cases

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state Senate has approved legislation that would reinstate mandates that police departments keep records of restraining orders and adopt standards for responding to domestic violence calls.

July 05, 2013 | | State


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Harris seeks review after police shootings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general stepped into the national debate over the recent slayings of unarmed civilians by police on Monday, calling for a review by her agency and promising to lead a public dialogue.

January 05, 2015 | | State


No motive for attack that wounded 3, left baby dead

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police are pleading for the public's help finding a gunman who wounded three members of a California family and stole a 3-week-old baby girl who was later found dead in a trash bin near the Mexican border.

January 05, 2015 | | State


YOSEMITE FREE CLIMB

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.

January 05, 2015 | | State


SF police kills man who pulled air gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man who brandished what appeared to be a handgun but was actually an air gun after they told him to leave a restricted parking lot outside a San Francisco police station.

January 05, 2015 | | State


Northern California waterfalls roaring

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Recent heavy rains have opened the taps on waterfalls on Northern California waterfalls.

January 05, 2015 | | State


Two quakes shake area north of LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two small earthquakes have struck north of Los Angeles, shaking parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, but officials say there have been no reports of injury or serious damage.

January 04, 2015 | | State


Cambria rushes desalination water plant

CAMBRIA (AP) - California's drought declaration has triggered only local limits such as restrictions on washing cars or watering lawns for most communities, but one Pacific Coast tourist town has seized it as an opportunity to build a long-desired desalination plant.

January 04, 2015 | | State


Security guard fends off robber with machete

ANAHEIM (AP) - A security guard fended off a would-be robber with a machete after the man tried to rob the business using only a hammer.

January 04, 2015 | | State


Officials tell family to scale back treehouse

GRANITE BAY (AP) - Authorities are telling a Placer County couple to prune back their deluxe treehouse.

January 04, 2015 | | State


Police: Family woes drove man to kill 3, plus self

MODESTO (AP) - A man reportedly facing family and other problems shot and killed his wife and two grown children before taking his life at a Modesto home on New Year's Day, according to police and a relative.

January 04, 2015 | | State


Brown begins his last term

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After winning re-election in a landslide, Gov. Jerry Brown will start his unprecedented fourth and final term with a flourish by promoting a legacy of fiscal stability while pioneering a bullet train to accommodate future generations of Californians seeking clean transportation.

January 04, 2015 | | State


Meth seizures spar at Mexican border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seizures of methamphetamine soared at the US-Mexico border during fiscal year 2014, accelerating a trend that began several years ago as new laws that limited access to the drug's chemical ingredients made it harder to manufacture it in the U.S.

January 04, 2015 | | State


At medical school, ‘Seinfeld’ is about more than nothing

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - "Seinfeld" may have been a show about nothing, but a psychiatry professor is using it for much more than that.

January 02, 2015 | | State


Tiff over Yosemite names

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A dispute over the names of such iconic Yosemite National Park locations as the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village has the park service considering renaming them.

January 02, 2015 | | State


Immigrants seek driver licenses

STANTON (AP) - Mexican immigrant Jesus Moreno emerged smiling from a California Department of Motor Vehicles office on Friday with official permission to do something he's been doing here for more than a decade: driving.

January 02, 2015 | | State


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