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DEATH PENALTY VERDICT FOR MAN WHO MURDERED MOTHER, 3 GIRLS: LANCASTER (AP) - A Los Angeles County jury says a man should die for the torture killings of a Lancaster woman and her three young daughters.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Survey shows higher snowpack

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Fine wine stolen from famed Napa Valley restaurant

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Wine sold for nearly $8,000 a bottle was stolen from the French Laundry in Napa Valley, a restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Officers cleared in deadly shooting

LODI (AP) - Two Northern California police officers were justified when they shot and killed a Gulf War veteran who allegedly charged at them with a knife, prosecutors concluded in a report released Tuesday.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Rains help fuel California mushroom boom

SONOMA (AP) - Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Toppled trees kill 2 people in windy Paradise

PARADISE (AP) - Falling trees killed two people in separate incidents as winds topped 60 mph in Northern California.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Coyote that bit man, child not rabid

FREMONT (AP) - Police in Northern California shot and killed a wild coyote after it bit a man and a child and tried to attack a third person in separate attacks in residential neighborhoods on Christmas.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Former lawmaker plots return after lung transplant

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California state lawmaker announced this week she is plotting her return campaign three years after a rare autoimmune disease required her to undergo a life-saving double lung transplant.

December 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALFORNIA

SURFER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER SHARK BITE: LOS OSOS (AP) - A California man who was pulled off his surfboard and bitten by a juvenile great white shark was released from the hospital Monday, a spokesman for the medical center said.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Signatures submitted to fight bag ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups trying to overturn a new California law that bans single-use plastic bags said Monday that they've collected more than enough signatures to put their referendum on the November 2016 ballot.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Men open fire on LA Police patrol car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Team allowed to wear protest shirts

FORT BRAGG (AP) - A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading "I Can't Breathe" and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.

December 29, 2014 | | State


‘Hobbit’ wins in theater showings but, ‘Interview’ has strong VOD sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

December 28, 2014 | | State


Egypt: Biblical epic ‘Exodus’ banned over historical errors

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Farmers brace for labor shortage

FRESNO - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

December 28, 2014 | | State


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State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Biologists: Raising Shasta Dam would harm salmon

REDDING (AP) - A proposal to raise Shasta Dam and boost California's ability to store water for dry years has drawn criticism from federal biologists who say it would harm endangered salmon.

January 28, 2015 | | State


State declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Organizers cancel crime victims rally over anti-law enforcement sentiment

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Broad support for Brown & budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years, which is translating into high job approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown and bipartisan support for his budget plan to pay down debt, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Open season on wild pigs in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose council members have made permanent a measure that allows the shooting of wild pigs that have become a nuisance by ripping up lawns and golf course fairways.

January 28, 2015 | | State


CSU chancellor calls for increasing grad rates to 60 percent

LONG BEACH (AP) - The chancellor of the California State University on Tuesday set a new goal for students - increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025.

January 27, 2015 | | State


State can’t say how it spent billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission reported Tuesday.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Bill would ban e-cigarettes in bars, public buildings such as restaurants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ban the use of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Man accused of running over woman twice

SAN RAMON (AP) - A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Ex-officer gets probation for sharing suspect’s nude photos

MARTINEZ (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol officer was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for sharing explicit photos from the cellphones of two women while they were under arrest.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months.

January 27, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MOST PIMP CONVICTIONS TOSSED FOR FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A state appeals court has thrown out nine of 12 pimping convictions of a former Southern California school board member, but his prison term remains the same.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Legal pot grow burns in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego fire officials say parts of a legal marijuana grow went up in smoke in a weekend blaze.

January 26, 2015 | | State


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