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THOUSANDS IN SIERRA FOOTHILLS WITHOUT POWER: IONE (AP) - Thousands of people in a handful of small communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills southeast of Sacramento are without electricity after a power outage hit the area.

December 17, 2012 | | State


LAPD chief wants officers to visit schools daily

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he plans to step up patrols of elementary and middle schools in the nation's second-largest school district by assigning officers to visit them at least once a day.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

OFFICIALS ID CHP OFFICER KILLED IN OFF-DUTY CRASH: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Officials have released the name of a veteran California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash, while his colleagues remembered him as a dedicated public servant.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Mission Hills man suspected of stabbing his grandmother to death with BBQ fork

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his grandmother to death, possibly with a barbecue fork.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Napa do-over prompts grape plant shortage

NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Police trade $200,000 for 590 guns

OAKLAND (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."

December 16, 2012 | | State


School yoga tries to avoid religious controversy as district faces lawsuit

ENCINITAS (AP) - Public school yoga instructor Katie Campbell proudly looks out at 23 first graders as they contain their squirming in a kid-friendly version of the lotus position.

December 16, 2012 | | State


PG&E: Workers fired for lying about inspections

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it has fired or suspended nearly 20 workers after discovering legally required inspections may not have been performed.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Regulators approve free cellphones for the poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Impoverished Californians will soon get free cellphones.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Big surge in smokeless tobacco sales

SACRAMENTO (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.

December 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JURY: LAPD MUST PAY $24M FOR SHOOTING OF BOY, 13: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has ruled the Los Angeles Police Department must pay $24 million for a 13-year-old boy shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN'S SEX ROMP EXPOSES WORKERS' COMP FRAUD : SAN MATEO (AP) - A sex romp at a public park helped prosecutors convict a California woman of faking an ankle injury to collect workers' compensation payments, authorities said.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Modest growth sends population to 37.8M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew at the same modest pace during the year that ended in July as it did during the previous 12 months, sending the population to 37.8 million, according to a state population estimate released Thursday.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Stockton carjacking suspect faces murder charges for death

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police are releasing more details about a suspected carjacker facing murder charges following a high-speed chase that ended when the stolen car crashed and killed his female accomplice.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Ruling allows Medi-Cal payment cuts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed California's right to cut payments made to Medi-Cal providers by 10 percent, a victory that Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says will save the state more than $330 million a year.

December 13, 2012 | | State


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Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Boy, 12, to be college’s youngest full-time pupil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California UPS delivery driver was arrested Friday for stealing dozens of shipped guns that were sold on the black market, federal prosecutors said.

July 25, 2014 | | State


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