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Judge axes federal suit filed by LA over new Owens Lake dust control measures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles against air quality regulators who are requiring the city to do more to control dust on a lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Governor signs bill to speed up gun seizures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation expanding the ability of state agents to seize firearms from nearly 20,000 Californians who are not allowed to have them.

May 01, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING SEASON OPENS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commercial salmon fishermen are heading to sea from San Francisco and other area ports in what is expected to be a strong fishing season.

May 01, 2013 | | State


Police doubt kidnapping try in Placerville linked to killing of girl in Valley Springs

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to determine if there's a link between a brazen kidnapping attempt involving a 15-month-old California girl and the killing of an 8-year-old girl in her home - though they acknowledged the likelihood is slim.

May 01, 2013 | | State


Monster suing SF over energy drinks

SAN FRANCSCIO (AP) - Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduces the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Woman faces attempted murder charges for tainting OJ at Starbucks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California woman faces attempted murder charges after police say she tried to sneak orange juice bottles spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol inside a Starbucks.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Inmate-removal order over Valley Fever complicates Calif. prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Already facing a potential contempt order, Gov. Jerry Brown now must leap another hurdle to meet a court-ordered deadline this week to say how he will reduce crowding in California prisons.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

NO BACKPACKS ALLOWED AT 2013 BAY TO BREAKERS IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No backpacks, large bags or containers will be allowed at this year's Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco as officials heighten security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 30, 2013 | | State


Vulnerable inmates ordered out of 2 Central Valley prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal official who controls medical care in California prisons on Monday ordered thousands of high-risk inmates out of two Central Valley prisons in response to dozens of deaths due to Valley fever, which is caused by an airborne fungus.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Nesting swallows could delay Petaluma bridge work

SONOMA (AP) - State transportation officials' inability keep swarms of swallows off a Sonoma County bridge is threatening to delay an $82 million project to replace the bridge structure.

April 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SANTA CLARA THREATENS AMBULANCE TERMINATION: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Santa Clara County officials are threatening to terminate the contract of an ambulance company that they say has repeatedly responded too slowly to emergencies.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Killer on the loose: Valley Springs on lockdown

VALLEY SPRINGS . (AP) - A region of oak-studded hills in California, where big-city dwellers come to get away from crime, was on lockdown on Monday, two days after a mysterious intruder stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death at home before being spotted by her 12-year-old brother.

April 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider moratorium on oil fracking in San Joaquin Valley

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Efforts to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in California receive their first public hearing Monday as opponents try to ensure that the oil drilling technique does not endanger public health.

April 29, 2013 | | State


3 divers killed over weekend abalone diving off California

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Three recreational abalone divers died in separate incidents over the weekend in Northern California, where powerful rip currents were reported.

April 29, 2013 | | State


SF Bay Bridge has bolts similar to banned bolts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has more than 1,200 bolts made from galvanized steel that is virtually identical to a high-strength alloy that a nationwide group of transportation officials banned for use on bridges because the bolts can crack, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

April 28, 2013 | | State


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Rising flood insurance costs for Californians

CAPITOLA (AP) - A row of beachfront, Mediterranean-style cottages in bright pink, green, turquoise and yellow beckons tourists at the Capitola Venetian Hotel, who sunbathe on deck chairs and splash in the Pacific waves. But in his nearby office, owner Steven Allen is worrying about flood insurance.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Drought forcing closure of Diablo Grande course

PATTERSON AP) - Persistent drought conditions are forcing the closure of a prestigious Central Valley golf course.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Teen struck by train in critical condition

MARYSVILLE (AP) - A California teenage girl was still in critical condition on Sunday after being struck by a freight train while walking to a school dance with her boyfriend, who was killed in the accident.

March 23, 2014 | | State


DMV: No evidence of computer breach

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles said Saturday there's no evidence of a computer breach, but it's launching an investigation "out of an abundance of caution."

March 23, 2014 | | State


SoCal no longer bank-robbery capital

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California used to be known as the "Bank Robbery Capital of the World."

March 23, 2014 | | State


Daycare owners face trial in swaddling case

PLEASANTON (AP) - Two sisters accused of endangering the lives of infants at their Northern California daycare center by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets have been ordered to stand trial.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Vet reaches $4.5M settlement with Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest when he was hit by a beanbag round fired by police has reached a $4.5 million agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the city of Oakland, his lawyers and city officials announced Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California guardsmen get prison for gun theft

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two former members of the California National Guard have been sentenced to federal prison for selling two assault rifles they stole from an armory, federal prosecutors said Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


Student files claim over racial abuse

SAN JOSE (AP) - A black student who says his suite mates at a California university put a bike lock around his neck and racially harassed him has filed a $5 million claim against the school.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California unemployment drops to 8%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, as a net gain of 58,000 positions prolonged steady improvement in the job market, state officials reported Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


76 pounds of meth found in Madera raid

MADERA (AP) - Drug agents searching a Central California home say they seized 176 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

March 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN JOSE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT SPARKS COMPLAINT: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California wildlife warden says the city of San Jose has shown no urgency in removing a homeless encampment that pollutes a nearby creek with everything from shopping carts to excrement.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California is top crime target in US

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Sony unveils virtual reality goggles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Regulators restrict sale of rat poisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California consumers will soon be unable to buy certain types of rat poisons because regulators have determined the chemicals used in them pose a danger to other wildlife.

March 20, 2014 | | State


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