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5 things to know about Google’s mystery barge

STOCKTON (AP) - A Google barge built with recycled shipping containers proved its seaworthiness Thursday as it cruised from the San Francisco Bay to Stockton. But many other details about the odd-looking vessel remain a mystery. Here are five things that we do know so far:

March 06, 2014 | | State


Baby found dead pinned under dresser

ATWATER (AP) - A 19-year-old Central California mother is out on bail following her arrest on suspicion of child cruelty in the death of her 2-year-old son, who was found pinned under a fallen dresser.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Woman rescued after ordeal in Monterey Bay

PACIFIC GROVE (AP) - A woman suffering from hypothermia was rescued from a California bay after spending about 15 hours in a partially submerged raft, the Coast Guard said.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Pot growers plead guilty to damaging conservation land

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three Northern California men are each facing up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that they damaged federal conservation land while allegedly growing marijuana.

March 06, 2014 | | State


GOP governor hopeful Neel Kashkari: Brown oversaw middle-class downfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Thursday blamed Gov. Jerry Brown for what he sees as California's decline over the past three decades, saying poverty and unemployment have climbed during the time that Brown was a member of the state's political elite.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Scandals prompt ethics bills from Demos

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Group demands roadside cross removal in SoCal

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A group that blocked construction of a veterans' memorial featuring a cross has now successfully challenged a memorial roadside cross in the same Southern California city.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

MENLO PARK. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

March 05, 2014 | | State


3rd graders at Sonora School caught with pot

SONORA (AP) - Police in Sonora are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana got the drug.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Sacramento to launch ‘cash for grass’ program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento City Council has voted to launch a "cash for grass" program that will provide rebates to homeowners who replace their water-guzzling grass lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Judge wants GOP political Berryhill brothers fined for campaign violations

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Two brothers should be fined for illegally transferring money between their campaigns in 2008 when both were running for separate seats in the state Assembly in 2008, an administrative law judge said in an opinion made public Wednesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Judge upholds San Jose’s gun magazine ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge on Wednesday upheld a San Francisco Bay Area city's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets, the second similar ruling from a federal court in less than a month.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker seeks apology for Obama-Hitler comparison

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Jewish lawmaker said Wednesday that he wants an apology from a Republican candidate for California governor who compared President Barack Obama's gun control policies to those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Game show host Geoff Edwards passes away at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

March 05, 2014 | | State


LA mayor in Mexico: Obama should cut down on deportations

MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to become citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday during a visit to Mexico's capital.

March 05, 2014 | | State


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Hollywood Sign seekers disrupting nearby neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar - the people they see on TV and in the movies.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Agreement made on key issue in port dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.

January 26, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MEASLES OUTBREAK THAT BEGAN AT DISNEYLAND GROWS TO 87 CASES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Gunman wounds worker at mental clinic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Union says Kaiser nurses bless 3-year contract deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kaiser Permanente nurses in California approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said Monday.

January 26, 2015 | | State


High uranium in private wells in southern, eastern SJ Valley areas

FRESNO (AP) - One in four household water wells in parts of California's Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said.

January 26, 2015 | | State


State may dam 3 Delta channels, if drought persists

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say they may dam parts of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in an emergency measure to protect freshwater used by millions of Californians.

January 26, 2015 | | State


No charge for man in killing of burglar

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 80-year-old Long Beach man was justified in killing a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in declining to charge him.

January 26, 2015 | | State


3 men held in Craigslist ad $30,000 heist

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Police in South Lake Tahoe say a casino security guard was one of three men arrested on robbery and drug charges after a man who answered a Craigslist car-for-sale ad reported he was beaten and robbed of $30,000.

January 26, 2015 | | State


California woman sentenced in tot’s chili powder death

VICTORVILLE (AP) - A Southern California woman who killed a 2-year-old girl by giving her chili powder has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Fake schools draw scrutiny from federal investigators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Nearly half of all homicides in Los Angeles County unsolved

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly half of all killings in Los Angeles County went unsolved over the past eleven years, a newspaper reported Sunday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

January 25, 2015 | | State


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