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Sheriff disputes utility account of what caused gas explosion

FRESNO (AP) - A California sheriff on Monday disputed an account by the state's largest utility that suggests a county worker using heavy equipment ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered an explosion last week that injured 11 people.

April 21, 2015 | | State


Court shoots down tiered water pricing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Boy, 8, found asleep in car that was stolen

FAIRFIELD (AP) - An 8-year-old boy snoozing in the backseat of his family's running car slept through his brief kidnapping Monday after the vehicle was stolen in front of his California home, his parents said.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Sheriff’s domestic violence-related conviction erased

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi no longer has a criminal record.

April 20, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area researchers fear ‘super storm’ flood

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even as California struggles to cope with a long-running drought, scientists are worried that the San Francisco Bay Area is unprepared for an inevitable super storm that could drop 12 inches of rain in a week.

April 20, 2015 | | State


High-speed rail approves 5 bidders for more construction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's High-Speed Rail Authority says five construction teams have submitted qualifications allowing them to bid on the third segment of the project.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Uber driver accused of running down bicyclist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Uber driver is accused of running down and seriously injuring a bicyclist in an apparent road-rage incident.

April 20, 2015 | | State


Quake fault in Ventura poses tsunami risk

VENTURA (AP) - Scientists say the earthquake fault that runs through the coastal city of Ventura can produce strong shaking and dangerous tsunamis, prompting state officials to study whether to revise hazard maps.

April 20, 2015 | | State


PG&E: No leaks found line that exploded

FRESNO (AP) - A gas pipeline that exploded at a sheriff's gun range in Central California, injuring 11 people, had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Sunday.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Breakfast in class triggers flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Delta smelt survey turns up only 1 fish

STOCKTON. (AP) - California's drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Berkeley law cerates buffer zones around tobacco sales

BERKELEY (AP) - The city of Berkeley is considering what would be among the nation's strictest buffer zones for tobacco products, as it tries to keep them away from schoolchildren.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Police say seal or sea lion pup abducted from Los Angeles beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whoever snatched a seal or sea lion pup from a Los Angeles beach early Sunday should not be fooled by the animal's cuteness - they could suffer a vicious bite, an animal rescue expert said.

April 19, 2015 | | State


Body found 6 days after bridge crash

ANTIOCH (AP) - The body of a motorcyclist who fell off the Antioch Bridge six days ago has been found.

April 19, 2015 | | State


GAS BLAST CLOSES HIGHWAY 99

FRESNO - A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.

April 17, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press | State


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Ridiculed LA tower may get face-lift

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For 40 years, Joseph Young festooned public buildings, open spaces and private places across his adopted city of Los Angeles with dozens ...

February 12, 2017 | | State


Push to end drought emergency

FRESNO (AP) - A coalition of state and local leaders is pressing California to lift restrictions on urban water use after the wettest winter for years.

February 07, 2017 | | State


School bus crash critically injures student

LANCASTER (AP) - A school bus and car crashed in California, toppling the bus onto its side and critically injuring two people, including a student Tuesday ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Sirens, rescues as new storm hits Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emergency crews in the San Francisco Bay Area rescued stranded residents from flooded homes and cars Tuesday as the latest storm in ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Parole agent trades state bus passes for drugs

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A former parole agent has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for embezzling funds from the California Department of Corrections and ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Sacramento calls on cruise to bring historic ship to town

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The city of Sacramento is calling for a river cruise company to bring a historic vessel to the Sacramento River.

February 07, 2017 | | State


Berkeley probes ‘hands-off’ response to protest chaos

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California, Berkeley police took a hands-off approach to protesters on the campus last week when violent rioters caused chaos when they ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


3 face murder charges in 1993 LA apartment fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three gang members accused in a 1993 fire set to retaliate against an attempt to quell drug sales at a Los Angeles ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Appeals court hammers on government

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A panel of appeals court judges reviewing President Donald Trump's travel ban hammered away Tuesday at the federal government's arguments ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Twitter broadens campaign against hate and abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter announced Tuesday that it is expanding efforts to protect its users from abuse and harassment, the latest milestone in a broader ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Uplifting ‘Hidden Figures’ shocks 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cast of "Hidden Figures" rocketed to the Screen Actors Guild top award at a fiery, protest-laden ceremony that was dominated by ...

January 29, 2017 | | State


Judge will issue order for San Bernardino to exit bankruptcy

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A federal bankruptcy judge has agreed to issue a written confirmation order for the city of San Bernardino to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

January 29, 2017 | | State


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