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Rain halts search for bodies near Linden in ‘Speed Freak’ serial killings

LINDEN (AP) - The search for more human remains in what appears to be a mass grave used by two men known as the "Speed Freak Killers" was suspended because of rain Monday, a day after authorities unearthed hundreds of bone fragments.

February 13, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Police seek suspects in stomping attack on dog

February 13, 2012 | | State


Pet lovers not happy with budget proposal to cut $23M to help keep stray animals alive

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pet advocates are fighting like cats and dogs to stop a deficit-slashing proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown that aims to save $23 million by ending reimbursements to animal shelters for the cost of keeping strays alive.

February 12, 2012 | | State


Details emerge on Rep. McKeon's Countrywide loan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Documents detail the terms of a discounted mortgage loan received by U.S. Rep. Howard McKeon from the now-defunct Countrywide Financial Corp. under a VIP program, according to a published report.

February 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

2 OCCUPY PROTESTERS ARRESTED AFTER OAKLAND MARCH: OAKLAND (AP) - Police have arrested two Occupy Oakland protesters and are looking for a third suspect after a confrontation between the protesters and police Saturday night.

February 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


SJ County serial killer’s tip leads to remains of 2nd body

STOCKTON (AP) - Information provided by a California death row inmate who was one of the two notorious "Speed Freak Killers" led to the discovery Friday of a second set of human remains, this time believed to belong to a 16-year-old girl who went missing nearly three decades ago.

February 11, 2012 | | State


Officer sentenced for on-duty sex crimes

SAN DIEGO (AP) - To the young women who got into trouble partying in San Diego's popular downtown Gaslamp Quarter, officer Anthony Arevalos offered a way out: In return for sex, he would look the other way on traffic infractions.

February 10, 2012 | | State


Teacher in LA molest case paid to resign

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The former third-grade teacher who has been charged with committing lewd acts on students was paid $40,000 to drop an appeal of his firing, a newspaper reported Friday.

February 10, 2012 | | State


Boy, 15, dies plunging off school building in front of his classmates

LA CRESCENTA (AP) - A 15-year-old boy plunged to his death from a suburban Los Angeles school building in front of classmates on their lunch break Friday in what may have been a suicide, authorities said.

February 10, 2012 | | State


Federal judge dismisses GOP's political map suit, California redistricting stands

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Republicans challenging California's newly drawn congressional maps, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission announced Friday in its latest court victory.

February 10, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WINE GRAPE HARVEST WAS DOWN IN 2011; PRICES HIGHER: NAPA (AP) - The late freezes and untimely rain impacted California's wine grape harvest just as vintners had predicted: The 2011 harvest was down 7 percent to 3.3 million tons.

February 10, 2012 | | State


Pelosi predicts Democrats set to re take House control, 5 states key

SAN DIEGO (AP) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted Friday that five large states will bring Democrats within striking distance of gaining control of the chamber this year.

February 10, 2012 | | State


8 school workers on leave during abuse probe

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Eight school district employees were placed on leave during an investigation of their handling of allegations that a special education teacher kicked and slapped students.

February 10, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

BART agrees to study extension to Livermore

February 10, 2012 | | State


Play ball! Football, Frisbee now are legal to play on Los Angeles beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A top county official held a news conference Thursday night to set the record straight on an issue of paramount importance to Los Angeles: beach football.

February 10, 2012 | | State


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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


Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


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