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RIVERSIDE COUNCIL CHANGES RULES AFTER ARREST: RIVERSIDE (AP) - The Riverside City Council is changing the way it deals with disruptions after a woman was handcuffed and arrested when she ran over the three-minute public speakers' time limit.

October 26, 2012 | | State


Ex-Sen. Mitchell won't mediate PG&E talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell has stepped down from overseeing private settlement talks over a deadly Northern California pipeline explosion after state regulators set up a mediation process criticized by several parties as an unfair, backroom deal.

October 26, 2012 | | State


Fresno couple loses lawsuit involving faked death

FRESNO (AP) - The phony lives of a prominent Fresno doctor and his wife, whose death was faked after she posed for years as French royalty in horse show circles, were undone in court when they lost a real estate fraud lawsuit.

October 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA BEGINS REGAINING CONTROL OF STATE INMATE CARE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal courts will begin handing responsibility for inmate health care back to California corrections officials today, the first step in ending a 7-year-old receivership that has cost the state billions of dollars to improve prison medical conditions.

October 25, 2012 | | State


Occupy targets Oakland again

OAKLAND (AP) - The city that became the national epicenter for the Occupy movement braced Thursday for a rally and march marking the day one year ago when protesters were removed from an encampment on a City Hall lawn, sparking the first of many clashes with police.

October 25, 2012 | | State


Santa Ana winds triggering fire warning for south state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire agencies across Southern California took precautions Thursday as meteorological conditions were developing for the first significant blast of seasonal Santa Ana winds, the withering gusts of dry air that suck the moisture out of vegetation and whip flames into conflagrations.

October 25, 2012 | | State


Piedmont leader contends sex fantasy league ‘sensationalized’

PIEDMONT (AP) - The superintendent of a San Francisco Bay Area school district where high school athletes created a statistics-based fantasy sex league said the story has been sensationalized and the district has "really good kids that can make mistakes."

October 25, 2012 | | State


Triple killings: Father says he took brother in despite warnings

RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - A man whose wife and two children were brutally slain in their Sacramento-area home said Thursday that he allowed his younger brother to stay with the family despite strained relations and a history of violent threats.

October 25, 2012 | | State


Forget the swallows: Shark falls from sky on San Juan Capistrano golf course

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - Nobody yelled "Fore!" at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.

October 25, 2012 | | State


Giants 'knothole gang' lining up for free viewing of World Series action

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They're teens skipping school and adults driving through the night to line up before dawn in soggy San Francisco - all for a chance to watch a few innings of the World Series for free.

October 24, 2012 | | State


Uncle charged in triple-murder had troubled ties

RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of killing his sister-in-law and her two small children in an attack that stunned authorities for its brutality had a strained relationship with his family, police in Northern California said Wednesday.

October 24, 2012 | | State


Left side news

Woman in burning Castro Valley home beaten

October 24, 2012 | | State


Poll shows voters wary of tax initiatives

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Support is slipping for Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, with 48 percent of likely voters saying they favor the proposal to raise the statewide sales tax and increase income taxes on the wealthy, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

October 24, 2012 | | State


3 dead after 5 family members shot in SocCal

DOWNEY (AP) - Five members of the same family were shot and three of them died Wednesday in connected attacks at a business and residence in a Los Angeles suburb, police said.

October 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

$450K FOR FIRED WORKER WHO TATTLED ON COCAINE USE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Hollywood visual effects specialist fired for reporting on-the-job cocaine use is getting at least $450,000 for wrongful termination.

October 24, 2012 | | State


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Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

ALTURAS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California were battling several lightning-sparked wildfires Friday, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that forced about 120 people to evacuate.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Suspect in death of his grandma standing trial

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Repairing LA main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

August 01, 2014 | | State


$11M deal to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) - Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

August 01, 2014 | | State


GOP hopeful goes homeless for a week

FRESNO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

July 31, 2014 | | State


People recall man looked out of place at Fresno shelter

FRESNO - Advocates for the homeless say a clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno shelter last week looked out of place.

July 31, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians to see 4.2 percent increase in health plan premiums

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Warwick knows her way to San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

July 31, 2014 | | State


SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


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