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California home prices match nearly 4-year high; median now at $281,000

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices matched a nearly four-year high last month as buyers snapped up pricier homes and the supply of foreclosed homes dwindled, a research firm reported Friday.

September 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Neighbor rescues boy in burning house

September 14, 2012 | | State


Neighbor rescues boy in burning house

BOULDER CREEK (AP) - A neighbor has run into a burning Northern California house and rescued a boy who accidentally started the blaze with a lighter.

September 14, 2012 | | State


Victims in Libya attacks former SEALs

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two Americans killed this week in an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya were former Navy SEALs from San Diego County who always asked to be on the front lines, according to family, friends and government officials.

September 14, 2012 | | State


LA 911 dispatch rules waste valuable time

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Required questioning by 911 operators delays the dispatching of paramedics and the start of life-saving CPR in Los Angeles, a newspaper reported Friday, citing a new study.

September 14, 2012 | | State


7 charged in $17M multistate fraud schemes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal indictment unsealed Friday charged seven people with running a multistate Ponzi scheme and related mortgage fraud scams that prosecutors said cost investors and lenders a combined $17 million.

September 14, 2012 | | State


Berkeley art work emerges from solar firm Solyndra's bankruptcy

BERKELEY (AP) - A small building tucked in the hills of Berkeley shines with an unusual green glow from hundreds of glass tubes jutting out from one side toward nearby bushes.

September 14, 2012 | | State


Yosemite sends warnings out to 230,000 visitors

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Some 230,000 people who booked overnight accommodations in Yosemite since June are now being warned about the deadly rodent-borne illness that has caused three deaths.

September 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MAN DIES FROM WEST NILE VIRUS: AUBURN (AP) - A Northern California man has died from the West Nile virus, the state's fifth death to the mosquito-borne virus this year.

September 13, 2012 | | State


SF crane operator pulls mammoth tooth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A wooly mammoth tooth with its enamel still intact has been discovered during the excavation for a new transit center in downtown San Francisco.

September 13, 2012 | | State


SoCal home prices hit 4-year-high

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices hit a four-year high in August as buyers snapped up more expensive properties along the coast and sales of foreclosed properties kept drying up, a research firm reported Thursday.

September 13, 2012 | | State


Boy arrested in beating of disabled mother

ELK GROVE (AP) - An 11-year-old boy was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse after his disabled mother was beaten so severely with an extension cord that she was hospitalized, authorities said.

September 13, 2012 | | State


Thousands mourn CHP officer shot during traffic stop on I-680

VACAVILLE (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer gunned down during a freeway traffic stop was remembered Thursday for his friendly personality and unique sense of humor at a funeral attended by Gov. Jerry Brown and thousands of uniformed officers from across the nation.

September 13, 2012 | | State


Tax on Amazon purchases begins Saturday

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Online retailer Amazon.com has tried to become all things to all consumers, but in California, it is about to take on a role it has fought against for years: tax collector.

September 13, 2012 | | State


California prepares for another summer without nuke plant

FOLSOM, (AP) - The agency that operates California's power grid said Thursday it will take steps to prepare for another summer without power generation from the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant, signaling the facility may not be operational any time soon.

September 13, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


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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