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Former 'Goodfellas' gangster Henry Hill dies in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Henry Hill spent much of his life as a "goodfella," believing his last moment would come with a bullet to the back of his head. In the end he died at a hospital after a long illness, going out like all the average nobodies he once pitied.

June 13, 2012 | | State


Daughter's alleged Mother's Day attack recounted

DENAIR (AP) - A judge heard grisly details of blood-splattered walls and a mother's cries during a preliminary hearing for an 18-year-old Northern California woman accused of attacking her parents last year on Mother's Day.

June 13, 2012 | | State


SF to unleash puppies-for-panhandlers program with pay up to $75 a week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco hopes a cold nose and a warm heart will help end the problem of panhandling.

June 13, 2012 | | State


Falling rock risk forces Yosemite closures

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Falling boulders are the single biggest force shaping Yosemite Valley, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the national park system. Now swaths of some popular haunts are closing for good after geologists confirmed that unsuspecting tourists and employees are being lodged in harm's way.

June 13, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

THOUSANDS OF POT PLANTS SEIZED IN TULARE COUNTY: TULARE (AP) - Authorities in the Central Valley have seized more than 8,500 pot plants that would have produced marijuana with a street value in excess of $25 million.

June 13, 2012 | | State


California's prison population now eclipsed by Texas; down to 136,000

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Everything is bigger in Texas, the saying goes, and that is now also true of its prison system.

June 13, 2012 | | State


Southern California home prices, sales rise during May

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales in expensive coastal regions pushed Southern California home prices to a 20-month high in May as low-priced foreclosed properties made up a smaller part of overall sales, a research firm said Wednesday.

June 13, 2012 | | State


Democrats plan budget vote as Brown demands cuts to cover $17.5B deficit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders announced Wednesday that they plan to move forward with their proposal to address California's $15.7 billion deficit even though Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't signed off on the plan.

June 13, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Occupy the Farm protesters won't face charges

June 13, 2012 | | State


Disney California unveils $1B theme park redo

ANAHEIM (AP) - Disney is done with its do-over of Disney California Adventure.

June 13, 2012 | | State


‘Gone With the Wind’" actress Ann Rutherford dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in "Gone With the Wind," has died. She was 94.

June 12, 2012 | | State


Genetically modified foods may get label in California if voters approve

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California voters will soon decide whether to require special labels for food made from genetically modified ingredients, in a closely watched test of consumer attitudes about the merits of genetically engineered crops.

June 12, 2012 | | State


1 in 4 on LA's Skid Row carry hepatitis C

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An estimated one in four Skid Row residents is infected with hepatitis C, more than 10 times the rate of the general population, according to local researchers.

June 12, 2012 | | State


Ex-Indian officer who shot, killed his family was living in US illegally

FRESNO . (AP) - The former Indian army officer who was wanted for murder in his homeland and killed his family in California last weekend had been living illegally in the U.S. for at least five years, federal immigration officials said Tuesday.

June 12, 2012 | | State


Democrats continue talks amid protests over $225M in cuts for disabled program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Legislature said Tuesday that they are less than $500 million apart from Gov. Jerry Brown in negotiations over proposed cuts to help close California's $15.7 billion deficit, even as advocates for the poor protested at the state Capitol.

June 12, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.

June 23, 2014 | | State


VA falls short on female medical issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.

June 22, 2014 | | State


Checking in: ABA says lawyers allowed to scour jurors’ social media sites

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.

June 22, 2014 | | State


US overseas missile test a direct hit

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - The U.S. military intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.

June 22, 2014 | | State


Alleged San Diego vandal accused of tagging court

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County authorities have filed new charges against a suspected vandal they believe scrawled graffiti in the courtroom where he was being prosecuted.

June 19, 2014 | | State


LA law that bars living in cars overtuned

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles, saying the vaguely written statute discriminates against the homeless and poor.

June 19, 2014 | | State


US revamps screening of sponsors

SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.

June 19, 2014 | | State


Is state illegally sterilizing inmates?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's medical board and Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in the illegal sterilizations of female prison inmates, based on a critical state audit released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | State


State board awards $29 million in tax credits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newly created state board awarded nearly $29 million in income tax credits on Thursday for companies that have agreed to expand and retain jobs in California.

June 19, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers sneak in solar tax deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The last thing lawmakers did as they passed California's $108 billion general fund budget this week was take up a mysterious tax break for the solar industry.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Women reach $14M deal in sex case

MORAGA (AP) - Two women who alleged they were sexually abused by a teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school reached a $14 million settlement with the district.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Stowaway can’t believe he survived

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Somali immigrant who survived an arduous flight to Hawaii stowed away in a jet's wheel well says he was trying to reach his mom, a refugee in Ethiopia who says her teenage son broke down in tears this week during their first call since his ordeal.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State Supreme Court justice to retire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter announced Wednesday that he will retire after serving more than 24 years, possibly giving Gov. Jerry Brown a significant hand in reshaping a high court that has leaned right politically for decades.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Burning bannedon 31 million acres

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State funding wildfire prevention

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California forestry officials intend to give counties and organizations money raised through a contested assessment on property in wildfire-prone areas to be used for fire-prevention projects.

June 17, 2014 | | State


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