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KOREAN WAR SOLDIER'S REMAINS RETURNED TO BAY AREA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. Army soldier from San Francisco is set to be buried more than 60 years after his death at a Korean War prison camp, a newspaper reported.

July 30, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MAN APPEALS FOR RELEASE AFTER 14 YEARS IN PRISON: PASADENA (AP) - An attorney says a Los Angeles man who was in prison for nearly 14 years is innocent and should stay free, despite prosecutors' argument that missed deadlines for paperwork by defense lawyers mean he should remain behind bars.

July 30, 2013 | | State


No joke: Jay Leno opposes using isolation to control prison gang violence

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Celebrities including Jay Leno and Gloria Steinem have condemned the isolation of inmates to control gang violence at California prisons - a practice that sparked a hunger strike by hundreds of inmates.

July 30, 2013 | | State


Richmond may seize, condemn bad mortgages

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A working class San Francisco Bay Area city is considering invoking eminent domain to condemn and seize hundreds of underwater mortgages to help troubled homeowners. The controversial move would be the first of its kind in the country.

July 30, 2013 | | State


Judge rejects forest fire lawsuit

QUINCY (AP) - A Plumas County Superior Court judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California's largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California.

July 30, 2013 | | State


Car crashes into nail salon, 7 hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A car plowed through the window of a busy South Los Angeles nail salon, injuring seven people, according to firefighters and the store's owners.

July 30, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DUAL BIDS TO RECALL SAN DIEGO MAYOR GET UNDERWAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dueling efforts to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are underway as the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city ignores mounting calls that he resign over allegations of sexual harassment.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

July 29, 2013 | | State


1 injured in rampage after surfing contest

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Bicycle salesman Bert Etheredge locked down the shop where he works and sent customers and co-workers into a back room when he saw a raucous mob moving up the main street of a California beach town after a popular surf contest.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Calif. groups worry over environmental law reform effort

SACRAMENTO(AP) - A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects - the opposite of what lawmakers hope to achieve with the overhaul.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Fremont offers pay-to-stay jail program

FREMONT (AP) - A Northern California police department is offering an alternative for inmates who might actually want to pay for their stay in jail.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Task force created to help combat Valley Fever

FRESNO (AP) - A California Congressman has announced a new task force to increase awareness about the potentially deadly disease known as Valley Fever.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Los Angeles DWP spent millions on excessive worker extra sick days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A report says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent tens of millions of dollars on extra sick days for its employees, and some workers may have abused the system.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Public officials criticize Kaiser for rate hikes

OAKLAND (AP) - One of the state's biggest health insurers, Kaiser Permanente, is drawing complaints from employers who say the company's policies are no longer the quality care bargain they once were.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Gay bars boycotting Russian vodka

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Several gay bars in West Hollywood have boycotted Stolichnaya vodka - which is distilled from Russian ingredients - following the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia that ban gay pride events and "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."

July 26, 2013 | | State


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Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California UPS delivery driver was arrested Friday for stealing dozens of shipped guns that were sold on the black market, federal prosecutors said.

July 25, 2014 | | State


State senator facing additional charge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

July 25, 2014 | | State


Suspect sought in good Samaritan’s punch death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are looking for a man who fatally punched another man who intervened while he was screaming at a 3-year-old boy.

July 25, 2014 | | State


DO AS WE SAY. . .

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.

July 25, 2014 | | State


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