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Teacher suspended after arrest for kidnapping students

ALTADENA (AP) - A veteran Southern California high school teacher accused of asking three students for a ride, holding a knife on them and ordering them to take him to a fast-food restaurant, was suspended Monday and remained in custody, officials said.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Area falls short in water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's call for Californians to reduce water usage by 20 percent appears to have fallen on deaf ears - at least in the San Francisco Bay Area.

June 09, 2014 | | State


High court won’t hear state appeal about disabled sent to county jails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that California bears responsibility for nearly 2,000 disabled parolees housed in county jails.

June 09, 2014 | | State


$1M bail for teen jailed in $240K vehicle theft

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A judge has set bail at $1 million for a Northern California teenager accused of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.

June 09, 2014 | | State


2-year-old dies after statue falls on him

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 2-year-old Utah boy was killed when a 6-foot-tall dolphin statue fell on him in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, police said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | | State


UC Riverside student freed after kidnapping

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police say a University of California, Riverside, psychology student may have used her lessons to escape from a kidnapper.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Sacramento County eyes indoor pot growing limitations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors this week would limit indoor marijuana growing to nine plants per house in unincorporated areas.

June 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SISTERS CHARGED IN SAN FRANCISCO BROTHEL PROBE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris says two sisters are in custody for allegedly operating a sex trafficking ring in San Francisco.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley’s interns enjoy perk-filled summer

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it's a very long list.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Fresno principal kills self amid sex abuse probe

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An elementary school principal in Fresno shot and killed himself as sheriff's deputies prepared to search his home as part of a child sex abuse investigation that will continue in the aftermath of the suspect's suicide, authorities said.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Study: California grocery workers struggle to pay for their own food

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One out of three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance while one in five rations the food he or she helps sell, according to a new report that laments the industry's diminishing standing as a source of stable, middle-class jobs.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Teen jailed after arrest in $240K car

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Another county sues state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kern County officials filed a lawsuit Friday over the state's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, alleging deficiencies in the environmental review of the route from Fresno to Bakersfield, a day after Kings County and a group of residents there made similar claims in a separate lawsuit.

June 06, 2014 | | State


California spends $2.5M to cultivate inmate artists

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For seven years, inmates at a Southern California state prison have learned to express themselves through acting, acquiring skills that actor Tim Robbins says can change their lives.

June 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CRIMINAL PROBE IN BIRD INJURIES DROPPED: OAKLAND (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are no longer pursuing criminal charges against a tree trimmer who injured baby birds outside California post office.

June 06, 2014 | | State


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PG&E pleads not guilty to criminal charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

August 18, 2014 | | State


More California frosh at UC from outside state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This fall more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue.

August 18, 2014 | | State


Foothill brushfire prompts evacuations

GLENDORA (AP) - Authorities say a brushfire has prompted widespread evacuations in a Central California foothill community.

August 18, 2014 | | State


LA officer, suspect each shot after chase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.

August 18, 2014 | | State


Police officer hurt during Oakland march

OAKLAND (AP) - An officer was briefly hospitalized after being assaulted during a mostly peaceful protest in Northern California over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said Saturday.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Cemeteries work to cope with drought

ROSEMEAD (AP) - Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Water bond not a drought-buster

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot last week.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Bay Area loses water to leaky pipes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing in SoCal

SAN CLEMENTE, (AP) - For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Group protests return of deputy who killed teen in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of demonstrators in Northern California protested the return to work of a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Tourist shot in leg walking in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say one person is in custody after a tourist was shot in the leg while walking with his wife.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Money laundering charge added to FedEx drug case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs via FedEx.

August 15, 2014 | | State


LA looks into making ballot bankable

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets.

August 15, 2014 | | State


Ruling: Silence can be used against suspects in court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

August 15, 2014 | | State


Thousands of pot plants ripped out of park near high school

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Authorities on Friday removed thousands of marijuana plants found growing in an Orange County wilderness park not far from a high school and a tract of pricey homes.

August 15, 2014 | | State


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