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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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Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State


SLANTED DOOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State


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