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PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK DESIGNATION PASSES SENATE: SOLEDAD (AP) - A bill designating central California's Pinnacles National Monument a national park is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.

December 31, 2012 | | State


Sgt. who was murder witness sues, says retaliation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A sergeant is suing his employer, the California Army National Guard, for alleged retaliation after he testified in the murder trial of a colleague who was later convicted of killing a pregnant recruit.

December 31, 2012 | | State


Parks not liable for bumper car injuries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amusement parks are not financially responsible for injuries suffered on bumper cars, the California Supreme Court ruled in an opinion published Monday.

December 31, 2012 | | State


Alcohol sales enforcers get heavy-duty protection

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state agency that regulates alcohol sales purchased more than $70,000 worth of gas masks and bullet-resistant helmets for its officers, even though the nature of their work rarely exposes them to gunfire, a newspaper reported Monday.

December 31, 2012 | | State


Police investigate SoCal mall stabbing

REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Police say a man carrying a kitchen knife stabbed two 13-year-olds who were window shopping inside a Southern California mall.

December 30, 2012 | | State


Ventura shelter rejects man's Christmas cash giveaway

VENTURA (AP) - A Southern California man's tradition of handing out cash totaling $1,000 to homeless men was broken when he was turned away by a shelter on Christmas Day.

December 30, 2012 | | State


3 found dead in San Jose apartment blaze; 3 injured

SAN JOSE (AP) - Three people were killed and three others were injured - including a police officer credited with saving at least one person - in a late-night fire at a San Jose apartment complex, authorities said Sunday.

December 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SF POLICE LOOKING FOR MUGGER WHO KILLED DOG: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police were asking for the public's help in finding a mugger they say robbed a woman and killed her small dog by throwing the animal into a city street.

December 30, 2012 | | State


Fitness fight in Santa Monica's parks

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Physical fitness is a way of life on the beautiful beachfront oasis of Santa Monica. From sunrise to sunset, there's huffing and puffing in the city's parks as trainers put their students through the paces of every form of exercise imaginable.

December 30, 2012 | | State


Mortgages, guns among new-law topics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowners will have increased protections from foreclosure under some of the hundreds of state laws taking effect with the new year.

December 30, 2012 | | State


Waterford man posts suicide note on Facebook

HUGHSON (AP) - A S man died after posting a suicide note on Facebook and then driving his car onto railroad tracks about an hour later, as friends and family frantically tried to get in touch with him.

December 28, 2012 | | State


New law eases sperm donor testing rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California women who want to get pregnant using sperm from a donor they know should find the process easier and less expensive next year, thanks to a new state law scheduled to take effect on Jan 1.

December 28, 2012 | | State


Escaped dog led to highway deaths of 2 women

SANTA YNEZ (AP) - The deaths of two women who were struck by vehicles on a Southern California highway last week have been connected to a chase after a loose dog.

December 28, 2012 | | State


2 killed, 2 injured in SoCal bus bench crash

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police say two people have been killed and two others severely injured when a car plowed into a bus bench in the Southern California city of Riverside.

December 28, 2012 | | State


FBI removes redactions in Marilyn Monroe file

LOS ANGELES (AP) - FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star's communist-leaning friends who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage.

December 28, 2012 | | State


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40 hurt in two SF bus, train crashes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit bus and a commuter train crashed into trucks minutes apart Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 of them to the hospital, authorities said.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

ALTURAS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California were battling several lightning-sparked wildfires Friday, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that forced about 120 people to evacuate.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Suspect in death of his grandma standing trial

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Repairing LA main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

August 01, 2014 | | State


$11M deal to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) - Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

August 01, 2014 | | State


GOP hopeful goes homeless for a week

FRESNO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

July 31, 2014 | | State


People recall man looked out of place at Fresno shelter

FRESNO - Advocates for the homeless say a clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno shelter last week looked out of place.

July 31, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians to see 4.2 percent increase in health plan premiums

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Warwick knows her way to San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

July 31, 2014 | | State


SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


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