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MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO CHOKING PELICAN AT MALIBU: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A transient pleaded no contest to misdemeanor animal cruelty for choking a brown pelican to death near Malibu Pier.

September 07, 2012 | | State


West Nile virus kills woman in Merced County

MERCED (AP) - A Merced County woman has become the fourth person in the state to die of West Nile virus this year.

September 07, 2012 | | State


Quake shakes the 90210, rattling Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some of the little tchotchkes that decorate the staid homes of Beverly Hills were tossed off their coffee-table perches this week, but their owners were only shaken and a little bit stirred by a pair of earthquakes that rattled the city of the rich and famous.

September 07, 2012 | | State


No charges in investigation into Lee's campaign

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors won't file criminal charges in the case of a property management firm accused of laundering thousands of dollars in contributions to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's election campaign last year.

September 07, 2012 | | State


Colusa County wildfires grow, 23 homes in danger

WILLOWS (AP) - A series of burgeoning wildfires in Northern California was threatening 23 homes and has forced residents to leave the area as a precaution, officials said Friday.

September 07, 2012 | | State


Man pleads guilty in friend's grisly death

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - A Northern California mixed-martial artist accused of ripping out his friend's heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic drugs has pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges.

September 07, 2012 | | State


3rd hantavirus death linked to outbreak tied to tent cabins in Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE (AP) - A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has now stricken eight people in all, health officials said Thursday.

September 06, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SAN DIEGO PARAPLEGIC SKATEBOARDER CRUSHED BY TRUCK: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say a 36-year-old paraplegic riding a skateboard on his stomach while hanging onto the undercarriage of a tractor-trailer rig is hospitalized in critical condition after he was crushed by the truck's wheels.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Father: Shooting suspect in death of CHP officer on Bay Area freeway had mental issues

MARTINEZ (AP) - The suspect accused of fatally shooting a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay area freeway had been treated for mental health problems, his father said.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Remains ID'd as teen missing since 1968

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Ernstein was walking home from school when she vanished on March 19, 1968.

September 06, 2012 | | State


California saves $85M under Jerry Brown travel ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's travel ban has saved California taxpayers at least $85 million since he took office, state officials announced Thursday.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Visible from space: Curiosity tire tracks on Mars

PASADENA (AP) - NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars, in a way so big that it can be seen from space.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Fire evacuation over in south, possible in north as blaze grows in Colusa County

WILLIAMS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California battled to save nearly two dozen homes being threatened by a pair of fires, while dozens of evacuees who fled a fire in Southern California four days ago were allowed to go home.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Hollywood-style bank heist

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities investigating a bizarre bank heist on Thursday searched the home of a bank manager who was told to strap what she believed was a bomb to her midsection and was forced to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Discrimination claim against In-N-Out chain

September 06, 2012 | | State


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Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Brown signs laws imposing tighter gun rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Perez ends controller recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Ag chief visits water-starved families

TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

July 18, 2014 | | State


FPPC fines former Turlock councilman

TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Investment training for pension board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.

July 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WORKER ELECTROCUTED AT ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: MISSION VIEJO (AP) - Officials say a man was electrocuted and another badly shocked during a construction accident at an Orange County high school.

July 17, 2014 | | State


California foreclosure starts fall to 17,524 for 8-year low

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of default notices - the first step in the foreclosure process - sent to California homeowners slid to its lowest level in more than eight years in the spring as higher home values left fewer homeowners underwater, a research firm said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Prosecutor undecided on charging mom in bully case school attack

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A frustrated mother of six sobbed uncontrollably outside a Northern California courtroom Thursday after prosecutors announced they were still undecided on whether to file charges accusing her of attacking a 12-year-old boy who is alleged to have bullied her daughter.

July 17, 2014 | | State


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