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Federal suit says new regs harm Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Conservationists at Lake Tahoe are suing over new regulatory changes they say will erode environmental protection of the mountain lake by failing to adequately monitor water quality, allowing for construction of bigger buildings near the shore and thousands of more housing units in the basin.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

JUDGE: ALAMEDA HAD NO DUTY TO SAVE SUICIDAL MAN: HAYWARD (AP) - A Northern California judge has ruled the police and firefighters had no legal obligation to rescue a suicidal man who waded into San Francisco Bay and drowned while the first responders watched.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Deputy dies, cabin ablaze in Calif manhunt

BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) - A man police believe to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles officer wanted in three killings was barricaded inside a burning cabin Tuesday after a shootout in a California mountain town that left one deputy dead and another wounded.

February 12, 2013 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press | State


Authorities say ex-cop barricaded in Calif. cabin

A fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings was barricaded in a cabin in the in the San Bernardino Mountains on Tuesday after a shootout with authorities that wounded two officers.

February 12, 2013 | Tami Abdullah and Gillian Flaccus Associated Press | State


Fugitive ex-LA cop charged with murder of police officer; massive manhunt goes on

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was charged Monday with murdering a Riverside officer in a potential death penalty case, but hundreds of tips triggered by a $1 million reward failed to end the manhunt.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Birthday fete held for Pinnacles National Park

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials on Monday celebrated the addition of America's newest national park.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Aging piano sounds its last notes by the Pacific

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As waves lapped in the background, the pianist tapped out Schumann, Debussy and Chopin at sunset, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where he had planned to let the baby grand succumb to the elements.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Inmate lawsuits cost Calif. $200M; federal oversight pushing expenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Texas governor tries to lure businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations.

February 11, 2013 | | State


CHP posts rules for motorcycle lane-splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them.

February 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COPPER THEFTS HIDDEN CULPRIT IN TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

February 11, 2013 | | State


3 killed in California helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people have been killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming for a reality TV show.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley venture capitalist was suffocated by tape on home invasion

MONTE SERENO (AP) - A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was killed during a brutal home-invasion when three intruders bound and gagged him with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to "be quiet if you want to live," authorities said Friday.

February 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GAS PRICES JUMP 25 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 25 cents over the past two weeks.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Dirty side of solar panel production

SAN JOSE (AP) - Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet.

February 10, 2013 | | State


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SQUEEZING OUT BLACKS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tired of paying nearly $4,000 a month for a one-bedroom in San Francisco's popular South of Market district, two newlyweds ...

December 29, 2015 | | State


Did texting lead to man’s death?

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who was believed to have been distracted by an electronic device he was carrying has fatally fallen off a cliff ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Drug shows promise in California for endangered fox

TORRANCE (AP) - The Catalina Island fox, one of the world's most endangered species, suffered from frequent tumors for the past decade until scientists discovered ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Lawsuits seek to abolish state’s’s bail bond system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crystal Patterson didn't have the cash or assets to post $150,000 bail and get out of jail after her arrest ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


San Joaquin Valley gun sales soaring

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gun sales in California rose despite the state's tough firearms laws, according to a newspaper review of state Department of Justice ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Dog specially trained to comfort crime victims at courthouse

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A 2-year-old black lab has been specially trained to comfort crime victims at the Thurston County courthouse.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Research finds graded ski runs lack recovery over time

LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Abandoned ski areas with cleared runs are recovering faster than those that were graded.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Mom, 3 kids killed in mobile home fire Christmas morning

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three children and their mother were killed in a Southern California mobile home fire on Christmas morning, while the family's father ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


Ventura wildfire 60 percent contained, evacuations lifted

VENTURA (AP) - Fire crews have stopped the spread of a wind-whipped wildfire along the Southern California coast, reopened a scenic highway and lifted an evacuation ...

December 27, 2015 | | State


FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has reached $1 billion at the box office, achieving the milestone with record-setting hyper speed.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Inmates not getting enough sleep

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most dangerous inmates could be getting more sleep under an agreement announced Thursday that requires guards to hold down ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Storm dumps snow in Sierra

TRUCKEE (AP) - A storm that brought two feet of snow to parts of the northern Sierra Nevada and sparked a tornado moved Friday to Southern ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Uber passenger killed in crash

PACIFICA (AP) - A wrong-way driver collided head-on with the car of an Uber driver in northern California, killing two.

December 25, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area transit officer shot, wounded

HAYWARD (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area transit officer was shot in the arm by a fleeing suspect Friday who was then shot by a ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Social Security update for 2016

It has been my custom for most of the last 18 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


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