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Disgraced lawyer charged in kidnapping cops called hoax

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The case of a California woman who said she was kidnapped for ransom only to have police call it a hoax took another bizarre twist Monday when federal prosecutors announced they charged a disbarred Harvard-trained lawyer with her abduction.

July 13, 2015 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday.

July 13, 2015 | | State

Regaining control of prison health care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California on Monday began regaining responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars in improvements.

July 13, 2015 | | State

State-run retirement program advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California can proceed with setting up a state-run savings program for private-sector workers who don't have access to retirement plans at work, under a rule change ordered by President Barack Obama on Monday.

July 13, 2015 | | State

Bill seeks disclosure of construction settlements

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Construction companies will have to disclose building defects such as those that could have contributed to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley under a state legislative proposal that will be heard for the first time Tuesday.

July 13, 2015 | | State

Firm to take court disputes online

SAN JOSE (AP) - Imagine working out a divorce without hiring an attorney or stepping into court or disputing the tax assessment on your home completely online.

July 12, 2015 | | State

‘Invasive ‘contraband watch’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: "potty watches" where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course.

July 12, 2015 | | State

Sheriff’s woes began before uproar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ross Mirkarimi was a rising San Francisco politician when he was elected sheriff - and then the trouble started.

July 12, 2015 | | State

Boating warning: Whales cavort off coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of whales are frolicking off Northern California's coast in a feast for the eyes that has also prompted federal officials to issue a boating warning.

July 12, 2015 | | State

California gas prices spike; may top $4

CAMARILLO (AP) - While gas prices nationwide are on a downward trend, California is experiencing a spike that could see prices top $4 a gallon before easing again, according to analysts.

July 12, 2015 | | State

Firefighter speaks for first time

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno Fire Department captain made his first public appearance since falling through a roof while fighting a house fire more than three months ago.

July 12, 2015 | | State

Drone grounds firefighting planes

YUCAIPA (AP) - Authorities said a drone temporarily halted air tankers that were fighting a wildfire on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest.

July 12, 2015 | | State

California bills to regulate Electronic cigarettes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a victory for Big Tobacco, two California bills aimed at curbing youth smoking by cracking down on e-cigarettes and boosting the smoking age to 21 have stalled, with one lawmaker even rejecting his own measure after it was revised.

July 09, 2015 | | State

Study: Science lacking on safety of fracking boom

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some of the chemicals used in California's fracking boom likely pose a risk to public health, and the state for years has failed to track and deal with those potential threats, a state-commissioned study concluded Thursday.

July 09, 2015 | | State

Actress Kelly Rutherford testifies at custody hearing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Kelly Rutherford testified about her finances, travel and her ties to Los Angeles in an attempt to convince a judge to retain control over her international custody dispute with her ex-husband.

July 09, 2015 | | State

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Push for interpreters in all civil court cases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Going through a divorce has been difficult for Sepideh Saeedi. Not understanding what's happening in court because she isn't proficient ...

August 16, 2015 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say there has been a 47 percent spike in car break-ins in San Francisco in the first half of this year ...

August 16, 2015 | | State

Tree limb falls on tent, kills campers

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials say an oak tree limb fell on a tent in the heart of Yosemite National Park killing two young campers.

August 15, 2015 | | State

Campground closed after 2 squirrels die

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park said Friday they will temporarily close a popular campsite after two squirrels died of plague in ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Apple said to show interest in automotive testing facility

CUPERTINO (AP) - Adding fuel to rumors that Apple is working on designs for a car, local officials say engineers for the giant tech company recently ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Legislators debate push for police drones

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California law enforcement agencies are looking to fly drones as an affordable and efficient way to monitor crime scenes, pursue suspects and search ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Rights groups: Schools block access to PE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coalition of civil rights and community health groups in California has filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

California Highway Patrol officers, others eyed in killing

MODESTO (AP) - Three current and former California Highway Patrol officers, a prominent criminal defense lawyer and five other people were arrested Friday in connection with ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Fires burning as heat wave hits SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wildfires have burned a cabin and more than 130 acres of brushland as Southern California roasts in a heat wave.

August 14, 2015 | | State

El Nino talk: What does it mean?

FRESNO (AP) - Chances are strong that a record-setting El Nino is headed toward California this winter. What is unknown is how it will play out ...

August 14, 2015 | | State

Great ferret debate may go on ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The great ferret debate is returning to California.

August 14, 2015 | | State

Family home dodges 2 wildfires

LOWER LAKE (AP) - Days after nearly losing her summer home to one California wildfire, Nicole Ruff breathed a sigh of relief after learning that firefighters ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

Apple more than doubles hiring of women, minorities

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics hired in the last year, although that barely moved the ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

Notorious inmate’s lawyer: Officials knew he was target

SAN QUENTIN (AP) - Hugo Pinell, a notorious killer with ties to the 1960s and 1970s black revolutionary movement, spent the last 45 years in California ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

Manhunt target let out of jail over space

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Authorities say the subject of a two-week manhunt in the high desert of Kern County, California, was released from jail last year due ...

August 13, 2015 | | State

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