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US WAS REFUGE FROM FEAR

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Isaac Amanios dodged bullets in Eritrea's war for independence. Bennetta Bet-Badal endured bullying and harassment for her Christian faith in Iran. Tin Thanh Nguyen fled Vietnam with her mother as a child in the violent aftermath of the country's long war.

December 07, 2015 | | State


Catholic hospital under fire for not doing sterilizations

REDDING . (AP) - A Northern California Catholic hospital is under fire again for refusing to allow doctors to perform sterilizations on two pregnant women after they give birth, citing religious reasons.

December 07, 2015 | | State


Pediatric nurse sentenced to 80 years for molesting infant

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge on Monday sentenced a pediatric nurse to 80 years in federal prison for molesting a 2-month-old boy and making lewd photos of a baby girl.

December 07, 2015 | | State


CHP helicopter avoids near-collision with drone

MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities say a California Highway Patrol helicopter tracking a suspected stolen vehicle almost collided with a drone hovering above Northern California.

December 07, 2015 | | State


Mom of newborn uried alive arrested

COMPTON (AP) - A woman who allegedly buried her newborn daughter alive near a Compton bike path has been charged with attempted murder and child abuse.

December 07, 2015 | | State


DA: Shooting death of stabbing suspect justified

MERCED (AP) - Merced County's district attorney has concluded that police were justified in the shooting death of an 18-year-old student who went on a stabbing rampage at a central California university last month, injuring four.

December 07, 2015 | | State


San Bernardino mourns its dead, calls for unity

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - At a church, a mosque, a makeshift street-corner memorial and other sites, they gathered Sunday to mourn the 14 victims of the San Bernardino massacre and lament that the community has now been added to the tragic list of U.S. cities scarred by terrible violence.

December 06, 2015 | | State


Women want spot in big wave surf competition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was the first set of the day at Mavericks, a rock-studded, once-secret surf spot 20 miles south of San Francisco, and Andrea Möller was out charging big waves with a dozen other women when her surfboard hit her in the cheek under her left eye.

December 06, 2015 | | State


Crowd asks SF police chief to resign over death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco residents are asking for the police chief to resign over the shooting death of a man by police partially captured on video that was widely circulated on social media.

December 06, 2015 | | State


FBI investigates Southern California attack as act of terror

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The FBI announced Friday that it is investigating the mass shooting at a Southern California office party as an act of terrorism, but the agency's director said there is no indication the husband and wife who killed 14 people were part of a larger plot or members of a terror cell.

December 04, 2015 | | State


California killing spurs concerns about fiance visa program

WASHINGTON (AP) - The woman who carried out the San Bernardino massacre with her husband came to the U.S. last year on a special visa for fiances of U.S. citizens, raising questions about whether the process can adequately vet people who may sympathize with terrorist groups.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Mourners remember US student killed in Paris attacks

DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) - Mourners filled a chapel to pay their respects to a California university student, the only known American killed in the Paris terrorist attacks last month.

December 04, 2015 | | State


California shooting doesn’t fit familiar gun debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - As investigators search for a motive behind the deadly rampage in San Bernardino, politicians are searching for a way to talk about it.

December 04, 2015 | | State


Video of killing by San Francisco police sets off debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A cellphone video of San Francisco police officers cornering and fatally shooting a man in San Francisco has sparked a debate over the officers' response, but the police chief is standing by his officers' actions.

December 04, 2015 | | State


‘Walking Dead’ executive producer sinks teeth into VR

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While experimenting with virtual reality for his latest project, "The Walking Dead" executive producer David Alpert and his crew relied on a very old-school form of technology when filming in 360 degrees: the hidey-hole.

December 04, 2015 | | State


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Uber passenger killed in crash

PACIFICA (AP) - A wrong-way driver collided head-on with the car of an Uber driver in northern California, killing two.

December 25, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area transit officer shot, wounded

HAYWARD (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area transit officer was shot in the arm by a fleeing suspect Friday who was then shot by a ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Social Security update for 2016

It has been my custom for most of the last 18 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Drive to bar prison cellphones hits snag

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's high-tech solution to rid prisons of illegal cellphones may be unable to keep up with advances in technology quickly enough, so ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


100 Mexicans seek return to US under suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Nearly 100 Mexicans have sought to return to the U.S. by Wednesday's deadline under the settlement of a class-action lawsuit ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Snowpack above average for December

FRESNO (AP) - The Sierra Nevada snowpack measured above average for this time of year, but it's not enough to make a dent in California ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


State Senate raises employees ‘pay just a year after layoffs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California state Senate is giving all its employees pay raises just one year after laying off several dozen employees due to financial ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Officer who killed transient initially said he saw no weapon

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego police officer who shot and killed a transient within seconds of exiting his car initially told investigators that he ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Church, artist can’t agree on gun protest in Nativity display

CLAREMONT . (AP) - For the last eight years, a Southern California church has hosted an artist's socially provocative Nativity scenes addressing issues such as homelessness ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Final curtain for junkyard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's not just a junkyard - or even a really big junkyard - but a living, breathing monument to Los Angeles pop culture ...

December 22, 2015 | | State


Black students persuade UC to sell prison shares

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has decided to unload at least $25 million worth of stock in three private prison companies following a ...

December 22, 2015 | | State


Video shows San Diego police officer shooting man in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County district attorney released a video Tuesday that shows a police officer fatally shooting a transient seconds after the ...

December 22, 2015 | | State


America’s power grid vulnerable to hacking

SAN JOSE (AP) - Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled ...

December 21, 2015 | | State


State regulators propose relaxing water conservation

FRESNO - California regulators on Monday proposed relaxing water conservation targets that have required communities statewide to cut use by 25 percent during historic drought.

December 21, 2015 | | State


Luxury hotel cleaning firm owners charged with $7M fraud

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The owners of a janitorial company serving luxury hotels in Southern California and Nevada are charged with running a $7 million workers ...

December 21, 2015 | | State


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