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Man dies after being struck by train in Modesto

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities in central California say a man who walked on to tracks carrying cans has died after being struck by a train in Modesto.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Teen uses Internet to describe captivity

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hannah Anderson says a longtime family friend "tricked" her into visiting his house, tied up her mother and younger brother in his garage and kidnapped her, setting off a massive search that stretched across much of the western U.S.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING SINGER AT BLUES FEST: HAYWARD (AP) - A woman has been charged with felony counts of assault and elder abuse in an attack on 73-year-old R&B singer Lester Chambers at a Northern California blues festival where he had just dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Immigration reform activists rally

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Hundreds of people from across California descended Wednesday on Bakersfield by car and bus to rally for an immigration overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants lacking legal status.

August 14, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GUN RANGE MANAGER HELD FOR BEING FELON WITH GUN: CORONA (AP) - The manager of a Southern California shooting range is fighting arrest for being a convicted felon in possession of a gun - in fact, lots of them.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Visalia man finds, turns in $6,900 in cash found near DMV office

VISALIA (AP) - A California man is being praised for his honesty after he turned in $6,900 in cash he found near a Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Central Valley.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BODY ID'D AS MISSING FEDERAL INVESTIGATOR: OAKLAND (AP) - A woman's body found near a Northern California park last week is that of a missing federal investigator, authorities said Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | State


New Bay Bridge could open on Labor Day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Plans to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as scheduled on Labor Day got a boost when federal officials signed off on a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts that have threatened to delay the opening by months.

August 13, 2013 | | State


LA allows veggie gardens between curb and sidewalk

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city officials have voted to allow green thumbs and gardening enthusiasts to plant vegetable gardens in public parkways between the curb and the sidewalk.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Filner: San Diego better off with him serving as mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner responded to a recall effort over sexual harassment allegations by touting progress the city has made during his term.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Inmate chokes doctor at Mule Creek State Prison

IONE (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California prison doctor is recovering after an inmate attacked her.

August 13, 2013 | | State


California paternity-rights bill on hold

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill sparked by a custody dispute involving "The Lost Boys" actor Jason Patric that would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights in court is on hold after failing to clear a legislative panel Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CORONA TEACHER CHARGED WITH ALLEGED STUDENT SEX: CORONA (AP) - Prosecutors have filed 16 felony counts against a 31-year-old Riverside County high school teacher suspected of having sex with students on school grounds.

August 13, 2013 | | State


NYPD wrongly targeted minorities, federal judge rules

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest police department illegally and systematically singled out large numbers of blacks and Hispanics under its stop-and-frisk policy, a federal judge ruled Monday while appointing an independent monitor to oversee major changes, including body cameras on some officers.

August 12, 2013 | | State


Holder plans for federal prosecutors to back off mandatory drug sentences

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift Monday in federal sentencing policies, targeting long mandatory terms that he said have flooded the nation's prisons with low-level drug offenders and diverted crime-fighting dollars that could be far better spent.

August 12, 2013 | | State


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Slain teen: Pasadena pays $1M to parents

PASADENA (AP) - Pasadena will pay a little over $1 million in settlement agreements with the parents of Kendrec McDade, a young man who was killed by police in March 2012.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Airbnb allowing landlords get around San Francisco rental laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lodging sharing service Airbnb has taken a bite out of San Francisco's already limited stock of rental housing as some landlords and housing activists contend, a newspaper reported Sunday.

June 15, 2014 | | State


SF ups campaign to win Lucas museum against Chicago, LA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco politicians and property groups are rolling out the welcome mat for George Lucas' collection of American art and movie memorabilia in an effort to keep the "Star Wars" creator from building his proposed museum to Chicago or Los Angeles.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Lost girl spent night alone in woods

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A 9-year-old New Mexico girl who got lost after she wandered away from her family's campsite in a Northern California park was found uninjured and in good spirits Saturday after spending the night alone in the woods, authorities said.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles man arrested in brother’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested a man on suspicion of murder after his brother was fatally shot during a weekend family birthday celebration in South Los Angeles.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Meth pours into SJ Valley as liquid

FRESNO (AP) - In methamphetamine's seedy underworld, traffickers are disguising the drug as a liquid to smuggle it into the United States from Mexico.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Casey Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Daughter runs over dad when he tried to stop her

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Authorities in Southern California say a 69-year-old man who was trying to prevent his daughter from driving drunk was run over and killed by the woman in her driveway.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Salinas man nabbed for online fireworks sales

SALINAS AP) - Authorities have arrested a Salinas man on suspicion of selling about 1,800 pounds of illegal fireworks through Facebook.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Salinas man nabbed for online fireworks sales

SALINAS AP) - Authorities have arrested a Salinas man on suspicion of selling about 1,800 pounds of illegal fireworks through Facebook.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Condor makes rare flight to NorCal

PESCADERO (AP) - A California condor that was released into the wild last year has been spotted in a part of Northern California where the endangered species hasn't been seen in more than a century.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Kern County wildfire threatening 500 homes

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened 500 homes in Central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Assembly approves $108B state budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Assembly on Sunday approved the main bill for California's $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Details of state’s proposed $156M spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, all Democrats, have agreed on the main points of a state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Not all budget figures were available Friday because the administration and legislative staff were still finalizing the details. Because the budget needs only a simple majority to pass the Legislature, support from minority Republicans is not required. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled floor sessions for 4 p.m. Sunday to begin voting on the budget.

June 13, 2014 | | State


California reports whooping-cough epidemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of whooping-cough cases in California is now at an epidemic level, state health officials said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | | State


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