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Rail contractor gets additional $96M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project voted Thursday to give its largest private contractor another $96 million and two more years to oversee architectural and engineering work, but warned that it will exercise rigorous oversight.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Judge axes federal suit filed by LA over new Owens Lake dust control measures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles against air quality regulators who are requiring the city to do more to control dust on a lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Governor signs bill to speed up gun seizures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation expanding the ability of state agents to seize firearms from nearly 20,000 Californians who are not allowed to have them.

May 01, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING SEASON OPENS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commercial salmon fishermen are heading to sea from San Francisco and other area ports in what is expected to be a strong fishing season.

May 01, 2013 | | State


Police doubt kidnapping try in Placerville linked to killing of girl in Valley Springs

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to determine if there's a link between a brazen kidnapping attempt involving a 15-month-old California girl and the killing of an 8-year-old girl in her home - though they acknowledged the likelihood is slim.

May 01, 2013 | | State


Monster suing SF over energy drinks

SAN FRANCSCIO (AP) - Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduces the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Woman faces attempted murder charges for tainting OJ at Starbucks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California woman faces attempted murder charges after police say she tried to sneak orange juice bottles spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol inside a Starbucks.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Inmate-removal order over Valley Fever complicates Calif. prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Already facing a potential contempt order, Gov. Jerry Brown now must leap another hurdle to meet a court-ordered deadline this week to say how he will reduce crowding in California prisons.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

NO BACKPACKS ALLOWED AT 2013 BAY TO BREAKERS IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No backpacks, large bags or containers will be allowed at this year's Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco as officials heighten security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Vulnerable inmates ordered out of 2 Central Valley prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal official who controls medical care in California prisons on Monday ordered thousands of high-risk inmates out of two Central Valley prisons in response to dozens of deaths due to Valley fever, which is caused by an airborne fungus.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Nesting swallows could delay Petaluma bridge work

SONOMA (AP) - State transportation officials' inability keep swarms of swallows off a Sonoma County bridge is threatening to delay an $82 million project to replace the bridge structure.

April 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SANTA CLARA THREATENS AMBULANCE TERMINATION: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Santa Clara County officials are threatening to terminate the contract of an ambulance company that they say has repeatedly responded too slowly to emergencies.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Killer on the loose: Valley Springs on lockdown

VALLEY SPRINGS . (AP) - A region of oak-studded hills in California, where big-city dwellers come to get away from crime, was on lockdown on Monday, two days after a mysterious intruder stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death at home before being spotted by her 12-year-old brother.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider moratorium on oil fracking in San Joaquin Valley

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Efforts to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in California receive their first public hearing Monday as opponents try to ensure that the oil drilling technique does not endanger public health.

April 29, 2013 | | State


3 divers killed over weekend abalone diving off California

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Three recreational abalone divers died in separate incidents over the weekend in Northern California, where powerful rip currents were reported.

April 29, 2013 | | State


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Crews make more progress in King Fire

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Sunday.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Grower finds way to sell pumpkins for $125 each by using plastic molds

FILLMORE (AP) - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Man gets 3-years for torturing puppy

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown vetoes $100m boost for UC, Cal State due to fires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Uber driver charged in hammer attack on passenger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge officials concerned about rod corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.

September 26, 2014 | | State


‘Gone With the Wind’: Celebration, censure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cities crack down on ride-sharing firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.

September 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


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