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State agency failed to collect $185M in pollution cleanup fees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state agency in charge of environmental cleanup said it has set up a team to go after more than $185 million in costs from companies that were not billed or didn't pay for pollution left behind.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND POLICE SHOOT, KILL SUSPECT: OAKLAND AP) - An Oakland police officer is on paid administrative leave after shooting and killing a suspect following a foot chase.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Assembly passes bill to raise minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Minimum-wage workers in California would see their first raises in six years under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Thursday.

May 30, 2013 | | State


State Senate sacks plan to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators rejected a bill Thursday that would have phased out the use of single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug and convenience stores.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Five bodies pulled from Delta waterway after crash of SUV

STOCKTON (AP) - Authorities investigating a deadly weekend SUV crash in a waterway in Northern California are being hampered by an uncooperative 911 caller and conflicting accounts from family members, a California Highway Patrol officer said on Thursday.

May 30, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

ROSEVILLE MOM PLEADS NO CONTEST IN DAUGHTER DEATH: ROSEVILLE (AP) - A Northern California woman has pleaded no contest in the death of her 2-year-old daughter last year.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Capital News

AGENCY: REALIGNMENT LAW UNDERMINES ROLE OF JUDGES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state oversight agency says overcrowding in many county jails is forcing local sheriffs to assume the role traditionally held by judges in deciding who should make bail and how long convicts should serve behind bars.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Murder charged in dog pack mauling death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man was arrested Thursday on a felony murder warrant stemming from the mauling death of a jogger by a pack of dogs earlier this month.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Officials to update repair work on Bay Bridge

OAKLAND (AP) - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had another bolt problem involving the bicycle path, but it has since been fixed, a state transportation official said on Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Arrest made in Disneyland dry-ice blast

ANAHEIM. (AP) - Police arrested a Disneyland employee on suspicion of putting a so-called dry ice bomb in a theme park trash can where it exploded, authorities said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Magnitude-4.8 quake shakes SoCal coast

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A magnitude-4.8 earthquake jolted the Southern California coast Wednesday morning, but no significant problems were reported.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Capital News

BILL WOULD COVER FERTILITY CARE FOR SERIOUSLY ILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Insurance companies would be required to pay for fertility treatments for patients battling cancer and other serious diseases under a bill advancing through the California Legislature.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Independent review for Caltrans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials announced Wednesday that they have hired an independent organization to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the California Department of Transportation, which has come under scrutiny over safety concerns related to construction on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Senate passes series of gun, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Invoking the image of recent mass shootings, Democrats in the state Legislature on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills designed to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing horrific crimes.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

POLICE RECOMMEND MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST FATHER: PALO ALTO (AP) - Police are recommending vehicular manslaughter charges for a Northern California father whose two daughters died after he nodded off and crashed his SUV.

May 29, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


California adding 21 names to memorial

LONG BEACH (AP) - California is adding 21 names to its Vietnam Veterans Memorial - sailors killed when their ship was struck by an Australian aircraft carrier.

October 29, 2014 | | State


‘Hoarders’ psychologist testifies at murder trial

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A psychologist who stars on a reality TV show testified at a murder trial that a California man accused of killing an animal control officer had a hoarding disorder and could have reacted violently to anyone trying to take away his many animals.

October 29, 2014 | | State


Nurses union claims California hospitals not ready for Ebola

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Five California hospitals that say they are ready to treat the Ebola virus lack proper training and equipment, a nurses union said Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Judge tosses ex-dictator’s suit against video game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 "Call of Duty" video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game's use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Man to be sentenced in dragging death of his elderly grandfather

WILLITS (AP) - A Northern California man accused of killing his 84-year-old grandfather by dragging him behind a pickup truck for nearly six miles will be sentenced Nov. 14 for first-degree murder.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Sheriff fires 1 after San Francisco hospital patient’s death in stairwell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff's Department officials say one staff member has been fired, two have been suspended, and five others are facing discipline a year after the body of a 57-year-old hospital patient was found in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her room.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Police shut down 12,000-light Halloween home with music

RIVERSIDE (AP) - It's no treat for a Southern California Halloween lover after police shut down his gigantic music-and-light show.

October 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT NOURISHES FAKE GRASS SALES: TORRANCE (AP) - Businesses that sell artificial grass are making some serious green in drought-stricken Southern California.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested for threat against school

MENIFEE (AP) - Riverside County authorities say two teens have been arrested for allegedly making an online threat against a Menifee charter school.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Move to clean up Santa Ana River

SANTA ANA (AP) - Conservationists are turning their attention to the restoration of the Santa Ana River in Southern California after recently approved legislation established a program to create a network of trails and river-bottom parks that could eventually connect scenic spots from Big Bear Lake to Huntington Beach.

October 27, 2014 | | State


Officer finds $120K in cash in roadway, returns it to owner

CONCORD (AP) - An off-duty state highway patrol sergeant found two bank deposit bags stuffed with more than $120,000 in cash on a busy suburban roadway, and immediately handed over the loot, officials said Monday.

October 27, 2014 | | State


Suspect in deputy deaths had Utah arrest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man accused in a shooting rampage that left two sheriff's deputies dead in California had been arrested in Utah nearly 10 years ago, but authorities didn't connect him with his criminal past or his previous deportations.

October 27, 2014 | | State


No charges in death of man in custody

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The U.S. attorney's office said Monday it will not file criminal charges in the case of a Bakersfield man who died in police custody after a protracted struggle with deputies who used a police dog and batons to subdue him.

October 27, 2014 | | State


Expert argues against quarantine

NEW YORK (AP) - The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation's top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from traveling to the danger zone.

October 26, 2014 | | State


Rangers try to keep hungry bears at bay

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Rangers at Yosemite National Park are in a constant battle to keep wild black bears - with their ultra-keen noses and powerful paws and jaws - far away from humans.

October 26, 2014 | | State


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