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SUN-POWERED PLANE COMPLETES BAY AREA TEST FLIGHT: MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe took to the skies Friday over the San Francisco Bay area in a successful test flight.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Feds release refinery fire investigation video

RICHMOND (AP) - Federal investigators released an animated video on Friday showing the events that led to a massive fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery last August, providing the clearest picture yet of the accident.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Law change makes child abuse hard to track

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Law enforcement officers and child welfare advocates are concerned about a little-noticed change to California's child abuse database, saying it could hamper their ability to keep tabs on hundreds of suspected abusers who work with kids outside the home, including teachers, coaches and clergy.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Bullet train agency changed bid criteria

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's high-speed rail authority changed its rules for selecting a company to build the first phase of the bullet train in a way that allowed a California bidder to emerge as the lead candidate despite having the lowest technical rating for safety and design quality, a newspaper reported Friday.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Van Dyke undergoing tests for 'cranial throbbing'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A spokesman for Dick Van Dyke says the actor is undergoing tests for "cranial throbbing" that's causing him to lose sleep.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Audit finds problems with specialty plates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors reported significant problems on Thursday in how California agencies collect and spend money from certain specialty license plate funds, including the loss of more than $22 million in revenue that could have been used for programs to help veterans, college students, firefighters and others.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Settlement reached in bullet train lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Man charged after alleged naked crawl through dog door

PERRIS (AP) - A Riverside County man has pleaded not guilty to burglary and indecent exposure after he allegedly crawled naked through a neighbor's dog door to seek sex.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Panel affirms firing of Stockton teacher over her porn sites

STOCKTON (AP) - State officials have affirmed a Stockton school district's decision to fire a 37-year-old high school teacher accused of using a school-issued laptop to help set up pornographic websites.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs money for gun-seizure program taking aim at felons, others

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's one-of-a-kind program to seize guns from felons, the mentally unstable and others prohibited from owning them is close to receiving more money after an Assembly vote Thursday.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CALIF. BOY HURT IN BOSTON BOMBINGS MAY LEAVE ICU: MARTINEZ (AP) - The mother of an 11-year-old Northern California boy injured in the Boston Marathon bombings says he has taken a huge step forward.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

APPEALS COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO GAY THERAPY BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge bolt problems noted years ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in charge of building a new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly questioned the work and quality control of companies involved in making long seismic safety bolts that broke while being tightened.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bill to ban smoking in condos, apartments defeated

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in an Assembly committee.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN JOSE COUNCIL APPROVES CORPORATE JET FACILITY: SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Despite complaints by residents, the City Council has approved an $82 million facility for corporate jets at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

April 17, 2013 | | State


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Tornadoes touch down in north state

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Detectives call shooting racially motivated

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are saying the fatal shooting of a Jordanian man in a Home Depot parking lot was a racially motivated killing.

March 27, 2014 | | State


Attorney: End of tenure bad for students, teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Loss of the state's teacher tenure laws would be bad for students and teachers alike, an attorney for teachers told a judge Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | | State


5-year-old Modesto boy killed by bus

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old Modesto boy was struck and killed by a city bus while crossing the street in front of his school.

March 27, 2014 | | State


TSA wants police at checkpoints at LAX

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

March 26, 2014 | | State


GOP assemblyman wins state Senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Assemblyman Mike Morrell easily beat four challengers to win a state Senate seat representing portions of three Southern California counties, according to state figures Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Poll: California governor’s race a one-man show

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The governor's race in California looks like a one-man show.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Pink world lurks at solar system fringes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Simi Valley boy, 17, drowns at Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a Southern California teen drowned at Yosemite National Park while helping his family members who were struggling to swim in the Merced River.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Poll: Californians cutting water use amid severe drought conditions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the state in the grip of a severe drought, most Californians are getting anxious over dwindling water supplies and making an effort not to waste a drop, a poll found Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Young salmon trucked downstream to avoid massive die-off due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Bay Area employers to underwrite commute costs

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area businesses with more than 50 full-time employees are going to have to start offering commuter subsidies as a way of encouraging their workers to use public transportation or other alternatives to driving alone.

March 26, 2014 | | State


State Senate leader calls for Lee’s resignation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate is calling on Sen. Leland Yee to resign after being indicted on federal corruption and firearms charges.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Rain system passing thru Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters are predicting that the rain that began to fall in the drought-stricken San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday morning may be the beginning of the longest stretch of wet weather yet this year.

March 26, 2014 | | State


Huge lead for Republican in state Senate primary in LA area district

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state assemblyman had a runaway lead and appeared the clear victor over four opponents Tuesday night in a race to replace a state senator who represented a district spanning parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

March 26, 2014 | | State


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