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‘Hobbit’ wins in theater showings but, ‘Interview’ has strong VOD sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

December 28, 2014 | | State


Egypt: Biblical epic ‘Exodus’ banned over historical errors

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Farmers brace for labor shortage

FRESNO - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

December 28, 2014 | | State


School bans ‘I Can’t Breathe’ player T-shirts at tournament

FORT BRAGG (AP) - A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words "I Can't Breathe" during warmups.

December 28, 2014 | | State


PlayStation back online

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Drought, plastic bags prompt new California laws

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Deputies give mom & son shelter

YUCAIPA (AP) - Joy Anderson thought she and her adult son would spend Christmas like they do each year, eating and sleeping in the compact car they call home and maybe listening to Christmas carols on the radio.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Great white shark bites California surfer

LOS OSOS (AP) - A man in his 50s surfing on the Central California coast survived an attack Sunday by a juvenile great white shark, state officials said.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Mall closes early after 2 brawls erupt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California mall has closed early after two separate large-scale brawls erupted among after-Christmas shoppers near the food court.

December 27, 2014 | | State


Boy riding new scooter killed by car

UPLAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy riding a motorized scooter he got for Christmas has been fatally struck by a car in front of his home in Southern California.

December 27, 2014 | | State


LA Police policy for impounding cars is OK

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Gearing up for migrant driver’s licenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.

December 26, 2014 | | State


At 89, enigmatic Angela Lansbury is back in the ‘Spirit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angela Lansbury has moved yet again.

December 26, 2014 | | State


California braces for first widespread frost

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is under the influence of a cold air mass that could bring the first widespread frost of the winter across the Central Valley, as southern areas see more damaging winds.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Homeowner shoots Christmas burglar

ANAHEIM (AP) - Nathanael Blair went to the garage to move his truck early Christmas morning when he was surprised by a ski-mask-wearing burglar who threw a pipe wrench at him, hitting him in the jaw and neck.

December 26, 2014 | | State


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Biologists: Raising Shasta Dam would harm salmon

REDDING (AP) - A proposal to raise Shasta Dam and boost California's ability to store water for dry years has drawn criticism from federal biologists who say it would harm endangered salmon.

January 28, 2015 | | State


State declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Organizers cancel crime victims rally over anti-law enforcement sentiment

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Broad support for Brown & budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years, which is translating into high job approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown and bipartisan support for his budget plan to pay down debt, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Open season on wild pigs in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose council members have made permanent a measure that allows the shooting of wild pigs that have become a nuisance by ripping up lawns and golf course fairways.

January 28, 2015 | | State


CSU chancellor calls for increasing grad rates to 60 percent

LONG BEACH (AP) - The chancellor of the California State University on Tuesday set a new goal for students - increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025.

January 27, 2015 | | State


State can’t say how it spent billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission reported Tuesday.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Bill would ban e-cigarettes in bars, public buildings such as restaurants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ban the use of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Man accused of running over woman twice

SAN RAMON (AP) - A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Ex-officer gets probation for sharing suspect’s nude photos

MARTINEZ (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol officer was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for sharing explicit photos from the cellphones of two women while they were under arrest.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months.

January 27, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MOST PIMP CONVICTIONS TOSSED FOR FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A state appeals court has thrown out nine of 12 pimping convictions of a former Southern California school board member, but his prison term remains the same.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Legal pot grow burns in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego fire officials say parts of a legal marijuana grow went up in smoke in a weekend blaze.

January 26, 2015 | | State


State worker sent alarming notes before gun arrest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state employee arrested on suspicion of bringing a loaded gun to the California secretary of state's office had been reprimanded for sending unsolicited messages to female co-workers, according to documents obtained Monday.

January 26, 2015 | | State


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