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Terror suspects grew up in suburbia, played pickup hoops, video games

UPLAND (AP) - Three of the young men swept up in a federal terrorism probe grew up in the Southern California suburbs where they played pick-up basketball, ran for homecoming court and sparred in video games with neighborhood kids - a far cry from the wannabe terrorists described by the FBI.

November 21, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DISNEY WORKER INJURED ON SPACE MOUNTAIN: ANAHEIM (AP) - Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.

November 21, 2012 | | State


Interior Sec. to decide Calif. oyster farm's fate

POINT REYES STATION (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Marin County on Wednesday on a fact-finding mission to decide the fate of a family-run oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

November 21, 2012 | | State


3rd person dies from mushroom poisoning

LOOMIS (AP) - A third person has died from eating poisonous mushrooms at a California senior care facility where a caretaker found the fungus in the backyard and used it to make soup, authorities said Wednesday.

November 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Oakland Port operations get back to normal

November 21, 2012 | | State


4 California men charged in alleged terror plot to bomb military bases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three California men excited at the prospect of training in Afghanistan to become terrorists prepared, authorities say, by simulating combat with paintball rifles, wiping their Facebook profiles of any Islamic references and concocting cover stories.

November 20, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SUES TO BLOCK SUBWAY FUNDING: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Beverly Hills Unified School District is suing U.S. transportation authorities in a bid to block $2 billion in federal funding for a planned subway route that would run under the city's high school.

November 20, 2012 | | State


McCain welcomes new fighter jet squadron

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sen. John McCain on Tuesday welcomed the Marine Corps' first squadron of pilots who are being called upon to fly the branch's version of the next-generation F-35 fighter jet out of its long and troubled testing phase.

November 20, 2012 | | State


HP claims fraud prompted $5B overpayment for Autonomy Corp purchased for $9.7B.

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. said on Tuesday that it's the victim of a multi-billion dollar fraud at the hands of a British company it bought last year that lied about its finances.

November 20, 2012 | | State


LA must do more to stem dust from dry lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State regulators ordered Los Angeles to expand efforts to control dust storms from vast Owens Lake, which went dry after the growing metropolis began siphoning the lake's water source a century ago.

November 20, 2012 | | State


Pickets disrupts activity at Port of Oakland as holiday rush starts

OAKLAND (AP) - Custodial and maintenance workers picketed Tuesday at one of the nation's busiest ports, blocking trucks from picking up and delivering goods on what had been expected to be a busy day before the holidays.

November 20, 2012 | | State


SF supervisors vote to ban public nudity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness, rejecting arguments that the measure would eat away at a reputation for tolerance enjoyed by a city known for flouting convention and flaunting its counter-culture image.

November 20, 2012 | | State


Left side news

Redford creates ecology program with Calif. college

November 20, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PROSECUTORS WON'T CHARGE MAN WITH UNUSUAL WATCH: OAKLAND (AP) - Prosecutors won't charge a Southern California man who was arrested at Oakland International Airport when security officers found him wearing a watch that looked like an explosive device.

November 20, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

NEW TEACHERS GET LOW-PERFORMING MATH STUDENTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study shows inexperienced Los Angeles teachers are disproportionately more likely to be assigned low-performing math students.

November 19, 2012 | | State


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High uranium in private wells in southern, eastern SJ Valley areas

FRESNO (AP) - One in four household water wells in parts of California's Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said.

January 26, 2015 | | State


State may dam 3 Delta channels, if drought persists

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say they may dam parts of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in an emergency measure to protect freshwater used by millions of Californians.

January 26, 2015 | | State


No charge for man in killing of burglar

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 80-year-old Long Beach man was justified in killing a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in declining to charge him.

January 26, 2015 | | State


3 men held in Craigslist ad $30,000 heist

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Police in South Lake Tahoe say a casino security guard was one of three men arrested on robbery and drug charges after a man who answered a Craigslist car-for-sale ad reported he was beaten and robbed of $30,000.

January 26, 2015 | | State


California woman sentenced in tot’s chili powder death

VICTORVILLE (AP) - A Southern California woman who killed a 2-year-old girl by giving her chili powder has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Fake schools draw scrutiny from federal investigators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Nearly half of all homicides in Los Angeles County unsolved

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly half of all killings in Los Angeles County went unsolved over the past eleven years, a newspaper reported Sunday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Court: Rent control applies to formerly teen-aged tenant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco resident has succeeded - for now - in preventing his landlord from nearly doubling his rent because his parents moved out of the apartment where his family had lived since he was a young teenager.

January 25, 2015 | | State


DMV retracts advisory on rideshare registration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles retracted on Saturday an advisory requiring anyone who transports people for money to commercially register their vehicles.

January 25, 2015 | | State


SJ judge Kronlund objects to court ban on judges in Scouting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that practice "invidious" discrimination against gays came against the wishes of some jurists with children who are Boy Scouts or who are active in Scouting themselves.

January 25, 2015 | | State


YouTube assault case: Educator pleads guilty

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A California educator who was confronted with allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube has pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges involving two victims.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Public-worker payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion post-recession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


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