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Trio charged with defrauding tribe of $18M at Thunder Valley casino

LINCOLN (AP) - Three men have been indicted on federal charges of defrauding a casino-operating Indian tribe of more than $18 million through a kickback scheme involving the tribal administrator, federal prosecutors said Friday.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Thunderstorms trigger mud flows in SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fast-moving thunderstorms dumped heavy rain that triggered flash floods and mud flows in rural areas of the San Bernardino Mountains.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Stockton, other cities dispute amount of redevelopment money sought by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's finance department said 27 local governments have failed to pay or have underpaid the state after the governor tried to sweep up billions of dollars from community redevelopment agencies that were eliminated this year.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Trade group sues LA to halt ban on dispensaries

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A medical marijuana trade group is suing Los Angeles to stop the city from implementing a ban on prescription pot dispensaries.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Clown had iPad stolen from Steve Jobs' home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Families waiting for San Francisco's cable cars on a recent morning couldn't help but notice Kenny the Clown, who wore a curly rainbow wig as he twisted brightly colored balloons into animal shapes for visitors, blasting Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" from an iPad at his feet.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Moody's: More cities at risk of bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it expects more municipal bankruptcies and defaults in California, the nation's largest issuer of municipal bonds.

August 17, 2012 | | State


Man dies from rare rodent disease caught in Yosemite

YOSEMITE - (AP) - A man died and a woman became seriously ill after contracting a rare rodent-borne disease that might have been linked to their stay at a popular lodging area in Yosemite National Park, officials said Thursday.

August 17, 2012 | | State


State Side

Police hold 16 people at 2 pot grows in Valley

August 16, 2012 | | State


Backers of Brown's tax measure want opponents to stop criticizing the proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative, including both of California's U.S. senators, called Thursday on a rival campaign to stop its criticism, warning that attacks and negative campaigning will jeopardize prospects for both measures.

August 16, 2012 | | State


SF panel wrapping up probe of sheriff's conviction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The decision on whether San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi can remain in office in spite of a domestic violence conviction will take a big step forward on Thursday.

August 16, 2012 | | State


1 boy dead, another missing in Yosemite river

YOSEMITE (AP) - A 10-year-old boy died and his 6-year-old brother was missing after they were swept away along a popular but treacherous boulder-strewn stretch of the Merced River, Yosemite National Park officials said Thursday.

August 16, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

1936 Mercedes-Benz could fetch $16M

August 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CENTRAL VALLEY DISTRICT OKS NEW ENGLISH METHOD: DINUBA (AP) - A small Central Valley school district has agreed to stop using a little-known method of English-language instruction in a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union.

August 16, 2012 | | State


Inmates convicted as juveniles to die in prison could get reprieve via bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Criminals who were sentenced as juveniles to die in prison would get a chance at freedom if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

August 16, 2012 | | State


LA considers hiring porn film condom cop

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hey all you adult film stars, the porn police could soon be on the beat.

August 16, 2012 | | 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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