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Mom persuaded kidnapped woman to contact police

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.

May 22, 2014 | | State


8 charged in California National Guard recruitment bonus fraud

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eight current or former members of the California National Guard have been indicted on federal charges alleging that they fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Thursday.

May 22, 2014 | | State


Protest against police in Salinas turns violent

SALINAS (AP) - A police officer was injured when demonstrators protesting recent police shootings in Salinas attacked officers as they tried to assist a victim who had been shot in an unrelated incident, authorities said.

May 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMERS SUE TO STOP LAKE WATER RELEASE: FRESNO (AP) - A group of Central California farmers have asked a judge to halt the release of water from behind a dam east of Fresno.

May 22, 2014 | | State


Woman found 10 years after kidnapping

SANTA ANA (AP) - A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother's ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Oscar Grant’s friends settle with BART

OAKLAND (AP) - Five friends of Oscar Grant, the man who was fatally shot by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, have reached a deal to settle a federal lawsuit against the agency, officials said.

May 21, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial hopefuls in tight race for No. 2 primary spot

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The two leading Republican candidates vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are locked in a close contest for second place just weeks before the June 3 primary, while the incumbent enjoys a comfortable lead among likely voters, according to a poll released Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Biologists to tow dead whale out to sea

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A dead whale that washed up on shore in San Diego will get a sea burial.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown defends his record

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown presented a robust defense of his record over the last three-and-a-half years during a speech to California business leaders Wednesday, promoting his efforts with education, pension reform, workers' compensation, criminal justice and the economy.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Judge hears outcry on serial-rapist release

SAN JOSE . (AP) - After a sniper's bullet killed her husband in Afghanistan earlier this year, Misty Vivirito moved herself and four daughters from a San Diego Marine Corps base to a home in Southern California's Antelope Valley with room enough for horses and other farm animals.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Bus strikes metal pipes on remote interstate, killing 4

BLYTHE (AP) - A bus rolling through a remote stretch of desert struck a load of metal pipes scattered across a dark California highway Wednesday, then slid down an embankment and overturned in an accident that killed four passengers and seriously injured at least seven others.

May 21, 2014 | | State


California approves expansion of toxic waste site in Kettlemen City

KETTLEMEN CITY (AP) - Residents of a small California farming community who have worried for years about the health effects of a hazardous waste landfill learned Wednesday that the state has cleared the way for it to expand.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Man wants car, laptop back after freed in double murder case

SANTA ANA (AP) - Eder Herrera lost his mother and brother to a gruesome stabbing and spent three months in jail as the prime suspect.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil slashed to 600 million barrels from 13.7 billion

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's sprawling Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought, according to a new federal estimate that potentially deals a blow to oil companies looking to extract the resource.

May 21, 2014 | | State


After years of super sizing, Las Vegas hotels go boutique

LAS VEGAS (AP) - For years, Las Vegas took the bigger-is-better route, building expansive glassy megaresorts with 4,000 rooms apiece and seemingly endless check-in counters.

May 21, 2014 | | State


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Uber passenger killed in crash

PACIFICA (AP) - A wrong-way driver collided head-on with the car of an Uber driver in northern California, killing two.

December 25, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area transit officer shot, wounded

HAYWARD (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area transit officer was shot in the arm by a fleeing suspect Friday who was then shot by a ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Social Security update for 2016

It has been my custom for most of the last 18 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates ...

December 25, 2015 | | State


Drive to bar prison cellphones hits snag

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's high-tech solution to rid prisons of illegal cellphones may be unable to keep up with advances in technology quickly enough, so ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


100 Mexicans seek return to US under suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Nearly 100 Mexicans have sought to return to the U.S. by Wednesday's deadline under the settlement of a class-action lawsuit ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Snowpack above average for December

FRESNO (AP) - The Sierra Nevada snowpack measured above average for this time of year, but it's not enough to make a dent in California ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


State Senate raises employees ‘pay just a year after layoffs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California state Senate is giving all its employees pay raises just one year after laying off several dozen employees due to financial ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Officer who killed transient initially said he saw no weapon

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego police officer who shot and killed a transient within seconds of exiting his car initially told investigators that he ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Church, artist can’t agree on gun protest in Nativity display

CLAREMONT . (AP) - For the last eight years, a Southern California church has hosted an artist's socially provocative Nativity scenes addressing issues such as homelessness ...

December 23, 2015 | | State


Final curtain for junkyard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's not just a junkyard - or even a really big junkyard - but a living, breathing monument to Los Angeles pop culture ...

December 22, 2015 | | State


Black students persuade UC to sell prison shares

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has decided to unload at least $25 million worth of stock in three private prison companies following a ...

December 22, 2015 | | State


Video shows San Diego police officer shooting man in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County district attorney released a video Tuesday that shows a police officer fatally shooting a transient seconds after the ...

December 22, 2015 | | State


America’s power grid vulnerable to hacking

SAN JOSE (AP) - Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled ...

December 21, 2015 | | State


State regulators propose relaxing water conservation

FRESNO - California regulators on Monday proposed relaxing water conservation targets that have required communities statewide to cut use by 25 percent during historic drought.

December 21, 2015 | | State


Luxury hotel cleaning firm owners charged with $7M fraud

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The owners of a janitorial company serving luxury hotels in Southern California and Nevada are charged with running a $7 million workers ...

December 21, 2015 | | State


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