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• 27 indicted in Mexican Mafia gang extortion case: VENTURA (AP) - More than two dozen people have been charged in connection with case where the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang controlled the street drug activities of local gangs through extortion, authorities said Tuesday.

November 28, 2012 | | State


Judge rejects most Crystal Cathedral court claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a court bid to obtain more than $5 million from the ministry he founded, a now-bankrupt religious empire that included worldwide "Hour of Power" broadcasts and Orange County's landmark Crystal Cathedral.

November 28, 2012 | | State


SF seeking $1.2 million for costs in Stow beating

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials are seeking $1.2 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers to cover the unpaid medical costs for Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.

November 27, 2012 | | State


NorCal community mourns family swept to sea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as 10-foot surf churned the water just feet away like a washing machine.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Democrats gain 1 more seat in state Senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani has won an open seat in the state Senate, expanding the Democrats' supermajority, while election officials announced that a special election runoff will be needed for another Senate seat.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Prosecutors seek 8 years for campaign treasurer

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Monday recommended an eight-year sentence for a California campaign treasurer who pleaded guilty to defrauding at least $7 million from Democratic politicians.

November 27, 2012 | | State


FBI: Reward helped capture fugitive in Mexico

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A murder suspect on the FBI's most wanted list gained weight and switched identities to evade authorities for 14 years, but his notoriety and a $100,000 reward finally led to his capture, the agency said Monday.

November 27, 2012 | | State


College launches research institute devoted to pot

ARCATA (AP) - A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Merced County to shore up jail dorms after attack

MERCED (AP) - Steps are being taken to reinforce a dorm cell at a correctional facility in Merced after jail officials say inmates forced open the door to attack members of a rival gang.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Robbers flee after shootout in jewelry store

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police are looking for two would-be robbers who were involved in a shootout when they tried to hold up a jewelry store.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Bid to get LA pension measure on ballot dropped

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Organizers have dropped a bid to get a Los Angeles pension reform measure on the May ballot.

November 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• SF deputy pleads not guilty to robbing bank: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco sheriff's deputy accused of robbing a bank has pleaded not guilty.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Seats of long-serving California Democrats a coveted prize

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to politics, the state synonymous with perpetual youth has gone gray at the top.

November 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• 42 people facing charges after San Jose party: SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say 42 people are facing charges after a weekend party in San Jose got out of hand.

November 25, 2012 | | State


Independent candidates sparse despite voter gains

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Even as California voters increasingly turn away from political party labels, Democratic and Republican candidates dominate the state's elections.

November 25, 2012 | | State


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CalFire beefs up seasonal ranks

HEALDSBURG (AP) - The threat of wildfire heightened by the state's drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.

March 31, 2014 | | State


California seeing snow, rain, thunder, lightning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.

March 31, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DEACON WHO FELL INTO GRAVE SUES ARCHDIOCESE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A deacon who accidentally fell into a grave during a burial at San Gabriel Mission Cemetery is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

March 31, 2014 | | State


7.5 quake on California fault could be disastrous

LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Shirley Jones seeking a high-flying 80th birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Schools check students for obesity

CHULA VISTA (AP) - The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.

March 30, 2014 | | State


SF emergency water system has lapses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's emergency water system is not adequate for putting out multiple fires at once during a major disaster like a strong earthquake, according to current and former fire officials.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Shasta County sees spike in illegal pot grows

REDDING (AP) - An explosion of illegal marijuana growing operations in Shasta County is taxing local law enforcement's ability to keep up, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Girl talks to pope, then dad freed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.

March 28, 2014 | | State


San Onofre nuclear plant breaks rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year, government regulators said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man survives car being squashed

ALAMEDA (AP) - A San Francisco man narrowly survived being squashed after a propane tank exploded nearby, sending a large piece of metal smashing into the rear end of the man's car.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Jail cook suspected of smuggling drugs

MERCED, (AP) - A cook at a county jail in Central California is behind bars after officials say he smuggled in marijuana, tobacco and cell phones for inmates.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Man faces 16 years for cruelty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man faces 16 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of torturing and killing dogs.

March 28, 2014 | | State


California Senate suspends three Democratic lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century.

March 28, 2014 | | State


Governor urges three state senators to resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on three Democratic state lawmakers involved in separate criminal proceedings to resign from office, saying it is the best way to "restore public confidence."

March 28, 2014 | | State


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