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Crews search for family who abandoned sinking boat

MONTEREY (AP) - Crews searched by sea and air and sought the public's help Monday as they ramped up their efforts to find a husband and wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls to the Coast Guard the day before, saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast and they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and a life ring.

February 25, 2013 | | State


LA school mourns death of popular student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A school assembly at Harvard-Westlake school is being held so students and staff can have time together to grieve the death of popular and talented student Justin Carr.

February 25, 2013 | | State


Athletes cash in on Calif. workers' comp

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's workers' compensation system has awarded millions of dollars in benefits for job-related injuries to thousands of professional athletes, including many who played for out-of-state teams, according to a report.

February 24, 2013 | | State


2 scuba divers die Point Lobos on Monterey coast

CARMEL (AP) - Two scuba divers have died while diving off the coast of California's Monterey County, authorities said.

February 24, 2013 | | State


Parolees disarming tracking devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thousands of California parolees, many of them sex offenders, are removing court-ordered GPS monitors, often with little risk of serving time because state prisons are too full to hold them, according to an investigation.

February 24, 2013 | | State


4-pound goldfish, plague Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Researchers at Lake Tahoe are raising new concerns about nonnative, warm-water fish invading the mountain lake's chilly waters, including giant, minnow-gulping goldfish weighing as much as 4 pounds.

February 24, 2013 | | State


PG&E boosts training after deaths of 3 workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. are boosting the utility's training on safety procedures after the deaths of three workers in three years, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

February 24, 2013 | | State


Suspect fatally shot by 2 gang task force members

STOCKTON (AP) - A robbery suspect pulled over by two members of a gang task force in Stockton on Saturday night was shot and killed when the suspect tried to run them over, authorities said.

February 24, 2013 | | State


Cutting edge tunnels poised to open

PACIFICA (AP) - Two slick new mile-long tunnels are undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide south of San Francisco to a smooth, Alpine-like passageway unlike any in the U.S. today.

February 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FEWER STUDENTS FORCE CLOSURE OF SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fewer students have forced Sacramento school trustees to shutter seven campuses.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Californians back citizenship for illegals in certain instances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nine in 10 California voters say they support allowing illegal immigrants who have been in the country for several years to stay and become citizens if they have a job, learn English and pay any back taxes they may owe, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Court OKs treatment requirement for California grown almond crop

FRESNO (AP) - An appeals court ruled Friday that federal officials have the authority to require that all California almonds be treated for salmonella following outbreaks linked to almonds from the state.

February 22, 2013 | | State


8 officers involved in mistaken ID shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly shot newspaper delivery women while guarding a target of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner remain out of the field pending an internal investigation.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Gas prices see spike of 59 cents in month

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's still February, but California gas prices are springing forward.

February 22, 2013 | | State


Federal budget cutbacks will hit Yosemite park

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut.

February 22, 2013 | | State


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Brown maintains big lead over challenger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that Gov. Jerry Brown has a lead of 16 percentage points over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari in the governor's race.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Comedian Joan Rivers dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Tech IDs troubled officers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit - from citizens or the federal government.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Court rules for Yelp in suit over online ratings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Five high school students sickened by pot brownies

RICHMOND (AP) - Authorities say five students got sick - including two who were rushed to the hospital unconscious - after eating marijuana brownies that were sold at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.

September 04, 2014 | | State


Brown, Kashkari debate tonight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't have much on the line as he faces his Republican challenger in the only gubernatorial debate scheduled so far this election season.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Deadly cobra slithers around suburb in LA

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Southern California animal control officers hunted Wednesday for a highly venomous cobra that bit a dog and then slithered off into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.

September 03, 2014 | | State


PG&E appealing $1.4B penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 03, 2014 | | State


State senator sentencing in perjury case is delayed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of California state Sen. Rod Wright for lying about his legal residence, as his defense completes paperwork seeking a new trial.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Drought sends hay hay prices soaring

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The cost of feeding horses and cows in California is climbing as the drought sends hay prices to historic highs, a newspaper reported.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Judge nixes language in soda tax measure

BERKELEY (AP) - A judge has removed the words "high-calorie" and "sugary drinks" from a soda tax measure set to go before voters in Berkeley in November.

September 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FORM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

RIGHT-TO-DIE GROUP DENIED BOOTH AT AGING EXPO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Visitors browsing the booths at this week's AARP convention on aging in San Diego won't find one featuring Final Exit Network.

September 03, 2014 | | State


Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Bullet-train foes seek state State Supreme Court review

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court's ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

September 02, 2014 | | State


Two judges censured by watchdog agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.

September 02, 2014 | | State


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