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JUDGE TAKING NO ACTION IN JACKSON GUARDIANSHIP: LOS ANGELES - A judge said Tuesday he will make no changes to the guardianship of Michael Jackson's children after receiving an investigator's report on their well-being and meeting with attorneys for their caretakers. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered the inquiry after Paris Jackson was hospitalized on June 5 for taking Motrin pills and cutting her arm with a kitchen knife. Beckloff ordered an investigator to interview Jackson's children, including Prince and Blanket, and report back to him.

June 25, 2013 | | State


LA plans to slash imported water use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The thirsty metropolis of Los Angeles plans to slash its use of imported water and instead spend up to $800 million to create drinking water pulled from one of the nation's largest Superfund pollution sites.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Bill to fix records act change heads to Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would undo previous changes that threatened to reduce access to local government documents.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Landmark Berkeley restaurant reopens

Landmark Berkeley restaurant reopens

June 24, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BODY FOUND IN TRASH CAN DUMPED IN REMOTE OC AREA: BREA (AP) - Authorities say a driver made a grisly discovery in the Orange County city of Brea - a body in a trash can.

June 24, 2013 | | State


SoCal underground home on block for $53 million

ROLLING HILLS (AP) - A $53 million mansion is up for sale in Southern California. But you can't see much of it unless you're underground.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Judge orders Indian casino's till tapped

COARSEGOLD (AP) - A judge has taken the unusual step of ordering a sheriff to take money from a Central California Native American casino's till to pay a $725,000 settlement reached between the tribe and a former casino manager.

June 24, 2013 | | State


NorCal gets rain, but not deluge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The great June rain deluge predicted for Northern California failed to materialize Monday, with the San Francisco and Sacramento regions getting well under a quarter-inch with not much more expected, forecasters said.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Oakland, Alameda County settle with police protesters for $1M

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The city of Oakland and Alameda County have agreed to pay a total $1.025 million to about 150 people arrested in 2010 while protesting the sentencing of a white transit officer in the killing of an unarmed black man, attorneys and officials said Monday.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Parachutist hits Lodi power lines

LODI (AP) - San Joaquin County Sheriff's officials say a parachutist suffered electric shock and burns when he came down on power lines.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

2 SHOT, 1 KILLED WHILE SITTING AT BUS STOP IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police say a male victim was killed and a female victim critically injured after they were shot while sitting at a San Francisco bus stop in the middle of the day.

June 24, 2013 | | State


Evacuation orders lifted for fire near Yosemite

MARIPOSA (AP) - State fire officials say all of the remaining evacuees from a wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park have been allowed to return home.

June 21, 2013 | | State


He orders tie, gets personnel records

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With a little more than two weeks to go before their wedding, Emily Dreyfuss' fiance ordered a tie and pocket square from Gap chain Banana Republic's website to go with his Navy blue suit.

June 21, 2013 | | State


Man dies at Kings Canyon waterfall

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials say an Indiana man slipped and fell over a waterfall to his death at Kings Canyon National Park in California.

June 21, 2013 | | State


Billionaire paid fines or risk wedding

BIG SUR (AP) - The Big Sur resort where Sean Parker held his posh, Lord of the Rings-inspired wedding threatened to cancel it if he didn't agree to pay for the unpermitted wedding construction and the inn's past land use violations, Parker told The Associated Press on Friday.

June 21, 2013 | | State


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Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

ALTURAS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California were battling several lightning-sparked wildfires Friday, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that forced about 120 people to evacuate.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Suspect in death of his grandma standing trial

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Repairing LA main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

August 01, 2014 | | State


$11M deal to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) - Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

August 01, 2014 | | State


GOP hopeful goes homeless for a week

FRESNO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

July 31, 2014 | | State


People recall man looked out of place at Fresno shelter

FRESNO - Advocates for the homeless say a clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno shelter last week looked out of place.

July 31, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians to see 4.2 percent increase in health plan premiums

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Warwick knows her way to San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

July 31, 2014 | | State


SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


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