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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ashton Kutcher's production company is suing because it isn't being allowed to spend more time at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Lake Isabella fire 35 percent contained

LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - A 300-acre fire near popular Lake Isabella is 35 percent contained, U.S. Forest Service officials said Wednesday.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Convicted Calif. serial killer in NYC to face case

NEW YORK (AP) - His twisted saga has taken him from a stint on a dating show to California's death row, where he has spent the last two years as a convicted serial killer who murdered five women and girls more than 30 years ago.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Oracle's Ellison to buy most of Lanai

June 20, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

REDDING FIRE CREWS FIGHT BLAZE STARTED BY KIDS: REDDISNG (AP) - Redding firefighters are battling a brush fire that was sparked by kids and now threatens a subdivision and apartment complex.

June 19, 2012 | | State


Students, parents occupy Oakland school

OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators who have been occupying the campus of an Oakland elementary school in a protest against school closures have been warned that they are trespassing and risk arrest.

June 19, 2012 | | State


California tobacco tax trails by razor-thin margin with 400,000 ballots still to count

California tobacco tax trails by razor-thin margin with 400,000 ballots still to count

June 19, 2012 | | State


Parents planted drugs on school volunteer

IRVINE (AP) - A California couple was charged Tuesday with felony conspiracy and false imprisonment for allegedly planting drugs in the car of an elementary school parent volunteer they disliked because they felt she didn't properly supervise their son, prosecutors said.

June 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Former school official facing new charges

June 19, 2012 | | State


DA: Calif. officer justified in officer's shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Maria police Officer Matt Kline had to make a quick decision as he watched two sergeants try to wrestle a loaded handgun from a fellow officer.

June 19, 2012 | | State


The search is on for a mutt who will become Benji

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Have you seen this dog?

June 19, 2012 | | State


911 call details moments after King found in pool

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rodney King's fiancee said in a frantic 911 call that she threw a shovel to try to rouse him after she woke to the sounds of a fall and found him at the bottom of his swimming pool.

June 19, 2012 | | State


Democrats not done with budget despite their claims to the contrary

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers say they balanced California's budget and passed it on time for the second year in a row - an achievement they say will begin to restore public confidence in the state Legislature.

June 19, 2012 | | State


Church abuse victim faces trial for beating priest in Santa Clara County

SAN JOSE (AP) - More than 35 years after William Lynch says he and his little brother were molested by a priest during a camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains, he will get his longtime wish to face the aging Jesuit in court for the first time. But it is Lynch who is going on trial.

June 19, 2012 | | State


Bill bans forcing students to reveal grades on IDs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers are seeking to bar mandatory school identification cards revealing students' academic standing.

June 18, 2012 | | State


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California eyes first-in-nation firearms restraint

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.

August 03, 2014 | | State


Remains found of man sought in family’s slayings

PETROLIA (AP) - The extensive search for an ex-convict suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters last year ended with the discovery of skeletal remains on a Northern California riverbank that officials confirmed Sunday as those of the fugitive.

August 03, 2014 | | State


Flash flood warning issued as dam springs leaks

SONORA (AP) - Residents living downstream from a popular summer lake in Tuolumne County were warned to watch for flash floods on Sunday after the dam that holds back the lake's millions of gallons of water sprung leaks, federal and local authorities said.

August 03, 2014 | | State


Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ rockets to top of box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.

August 03, 2014 | | State


ACLU appeals denial of shelter for illegal kids

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday appealed a San Diego suburb's decision to reject a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol.

August 01, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

RARE WHALE FOSSIL PULLED FROM BACKYARD: RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Full speed ahead for rail?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Attorney in deadly bank robbery requests police records

STOCKTON (AP) - The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed after being taken hostage during a Northern California bank robbery said he wants to know whether police made mistakes or suffered a communication breakdown, a newspaper reported.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Fontana man wins $60 million Powerball jackpot

SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - A 76-year-old Fontana man has won a $60 million Powerball jackpot - the largest Lotto award in San Bernardino County history.

August 01, 2014 | | State


40 hurt in two SF bus, train crashes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit bus and a commuter train crashed into trucks minutes apart Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 of them to the hospital, authorities said.

August 01, 2014 | | State


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


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