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Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters dead at age 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Man sues Boy Scouts, alleging sex abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man sued a regional Boy Scouts council on Wednesday, alleging he was sexually abused by his scout leader more than 30 years ago.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Calif. gets more time to reduce prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Tuesday gave California six more months to reduce inmate crowding to court-ordered levels, even as Gov. Jerry Brown argues that the courts should end their oversight of the state's prison system.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Suspect in urologist killing had prostate trouble after surgery

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of shooting a California urologist to death in his exam room suffered from prostate problems and was angry about his incontinence after a recent surgery, neighbors said Tuesday.

January 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

STOCKTON WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SHOPLIFTING, RESELLING CLOTHES: FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Stockton woman has been sentenced to prison for shoplifting more than $1 million worth of designer clothes and selling the clothes online.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider range of gun controls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.

January 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco nudity ban upheld

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for the city of San Francisco to ban most displays of public nudity, ruling that an ordinance set to take effect on Feb. 1 does not violate the free speech rights of residents and visitors who like going out in the buff.

January 29, 2013 | | State


LA leaders sued over teacher sex abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The current Los Angeles schools superintendent and five of his predecessors were sued Tuesday on grounds that they systematically covered up complaints about teacher sex abuse of students over the past two decades.

January 29, 2013 | | State


GUN, AMMO BILLS PENDING IN LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers have introduced a dozen bills seeking further restrictions for guns and ammunition, and promise that more are on the way:

January 29, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

GNOMES TO STAY ONUTILITY POLES FOR NOW : OAKLAND (AP) - Small paintings of gnomes that have popped up on utility poles have become a community sensation in Oakland, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to say Tuesday that it will keep them in place for now.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Push for Calif. quake warning system

PASADENA (AP) - Californians could have critical seconds to seek safety or shut down important systems before the onset of damaging shaking under legislation introduced Monday to build an $80 million earthquake early warning system.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Scientists work on snakeskin-like bio-warfare suit

LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists are designing a snakeskin-like protective suit that would shield its wearers against a chemical or biological attack.

January 28, 2013 | | State


California speaker seeks to expand Medi-Cal coverage for poor, disabled

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez introduced legislation Monday to expand Medicaid in California under the federal Affordable Care Act, extending the health care program for the poor and disabled to include more than 1 million additional people.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Woman swept away by 'sneaker' wave in NorCal

EUREKA (AP) - A woman was swept out to sea by a large wave and drowned on a Northern California beach Sunday in the third such tragedy in the region this winter, authorities said.

January 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

POLICE CALLED FOR LOUD MUSIC FIND INDOOR POT FARM: ARCADIA (AP) - Police responding to a loud music call found a Southern California home filled with marijuana plants.

January 28, 2013 | | State


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Drought cuts Silicon Valley allocations

SAN JOSE (AP) - Silicon Valley's largest water provider said it is cutting water allocations due to California's ongoing drought.

March 25, 2014 | | State


Corps backs away from vegetation policy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Government agencies around the country will no longer have to remove trees and other vegetation from levees to qualify for disaster relief funding under a new interim policy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.

March 25, 2014 | | State


Transgender rights foes revive ballot fight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools are challenging the secretary of state's finding that they failed to gather enough voter signatures for a referendum to repeal the law.

March 25, 2014 | | State


State sending voter forms to enrollees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state of California has agreed to mail voter registration forms to nearly 4 million people who have signed up for insurance through its health care exchange after a threat of a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Disney buying YouTube video producer for $500M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disney said Monday that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant seeks to stay in front of younger viewers who are increasingly watching short videos online.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Storm alert issued in drought- stricken Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters on Monday issued a winter storm watch for parts of drought-stricken California, with as much as two feet of snow expected in the northern Sierra Nevada and western Plumas County.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Drive-by shooting injuries 7 in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police canvassed an area near downtown San Francisco on Monday to see if any surveillance cameras captured a drive-by shooting that wounded seven people.

March 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING SLEEPING BOYFRIEND: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old woman allegedly stabbed her sleeping boyfriend multiple times after finding him dozing next to her sister in Chula Vista.

March 24, 2014 | | State


WAR LESS DEADLY THAN CALIFORNIA HIGHWAYS?

TWENTYNINE PALMS (AP) - More Marines from a Southern California base have died while in the United States than overseas at war in the last seven years, including a dozen killed in accidents on the same desert highway, a newspaper investigation showed.

March 24, 2014 | | State


California chefs fight for bare-hand with your food

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Oakland’s police stop blacks at higher rate

OAKLAND (AP) - A report by the Oakland Police Department released Monday said its officers stop and search blacks far more frequently than any other racial group in the city.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Brown raises $20M; Republican rivals lag

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With nearly eight months to go until the November election, Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has raised nearly $20 million for his re-election campaign, far outpacing the two leading Republican candidates competing for the right to challenge him.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Roseville declares mandatory water cutbacks

ROSEVILLE (AP) - With no end in sight to the state drought, a Northern California city will ask residents to reduce water use by 20 percent.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Best bee patient, 21 tons of honey cover LA freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Twenty-one tons of honey will keep many Southern California spouses from hearing "honey, I'm home!" anytime soon.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Congress focuses on California dams

WASHINGTON (AP) - California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state, ramping up a political battle that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once referred to as a "holy war in some ways."

March 23, 2014 | | State


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