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LAWMAKERS CALL FOR HEARING ON REFINERY FIRES: RICHMOND (AP) - In the wake of a massive fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery, two lawmakers are calling for a state hearing to explore government efforts to prevent future blazes.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Deal reached for huge desalination plant

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County Water Authority announced a tentative agreement Thursday to buy the entire output of what will be the Western hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing a major hurdle for construction to begin.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Curiosity finds signs of ancient stream

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars - a find that the mission's chief scientist called exciting.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Man behind anti-Muslim film ordered jailed

Man behind anti-Muslim film ordered jailed

September 27, 2012 | | State


Where they stand on key issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stances on key issues by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken.

September 27, 2012 | | State


'Sons of Anarchy' actor suspected of killing woman

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor whose character died a violent death on the TV drama "Sons of Anarchy" plunged to his death in a driveway after apparently killing his landlady and attacking neighbors near Hollywood, police said Thursday.

September 27, 2012 | | State


California US Senate candidates at a glance

NAME - Dianne Feinstein

September 27, 2012 | | State


Atwater officials consider filing for bankruptcy

ATWATER (AP) - Atwater in California's San Joaquin Valley is the latest city in financial troubles whose leaders are considering bankruptcy.

September 27, 2012 | | State


UC agrees to pay $1M to settle pepper-spray suit involving Occupy protestors at Cal Davis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall, according to a preliminary settlement filed Wednesday.

September 26, 2012 | | State


Anti-Muslim filmmaker's probation case creeps on

CERRITOS (AP) - The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceeding slowly and privately, reflecting the explosiveness of the case.

September 26, 2012 | | State


Brown signs bill that prohibits hunting bears or bobcats with dogs in California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Hunters in California will no longer be able to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under one of several bills Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Wednesday that relate to the state Department of Fish and Game.

September 26, 2012 | | State


‘'Dirty DUIs' private investigator gets 8 years

''Dirty DUIs' private investigator gets 8 years

September 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

OFF-DUTY FACEBOOK GUARD ARRESTED FOR LAPTOP THEFTS: PALO ALTO (AP) - An off-duty Facebook security guard and another man have been arrested for stealing 49 laptop computers at the company's former California headquarters.

September 26, 2012 | | State


Court fast-tracks some green card applications

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that immigration officials must give priority status to thousands of green card applicants who lost their place in line for U.S. residency when they turned 21.

September 26, 2012 | | State


Reforms create competitive House races

OAKLAND (AP) - Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, the longest-serving member of California's largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation, offered a taste of his trademark invective.

September 26, 2012 | | State


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Judge limits medical marijuana delivery app

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ordered a smartphone application that facilitates the delivery of medical marijuana to stop its activities in Los Angeles and to remove all reference to marijuana delivery within city limits.

December 23, 2014 | | State


Brown picks ex-aide to lead CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown named a former adviser on Tuesday to be the next head of California's troubled utilities commission, replacing a regulatory chief accused of back-channel dealings with utilities.

December 23, 2014 | | State


Woman reunited with car stolen nearly 30 years ago

SALINAS (AP) - A California woman was reunited with her classic Ford Mustang nearly 30 years after it was stolen, when a man tried to register the muscle car at a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

December 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WINDS EASE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUT MORE ON WAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds were headed toward Southern California on Monday, bringing the possibility of 55 mph gusts and summer-like temperatures just two days before Christmas, forecasters said.

December 22, 2014 | | State


State Supreme Court nominee confirmed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state panel on Monday confirmed another California Supreme Court appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown - a move that likely tilts the conservative-leaning court further to the left.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Man who shot 100-plus times at officers named

AUBURN (AP) - A 53-year-old Northern California man was identified Monday as the person who was killed by a sheriff's deputy after firing more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Billboard of gun-toting Santa draws controversy in Chico

CHICO (AP) - A billboard showing Santa Claus carrying an automatic rifle is drawing controversy in a Northern California town.

December 22, 2014 | | State


PG&E-CPUC CONSPIRACY?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest power utility released a dozen more emails Monday that it said showed improper back-channel discussions between the utility and top state regulators.

December 22, 2014 | | State


2 men indicted in deadly Stockton bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - An indictment unsealed Monday charged two men with murder, kidnapping and other crimes in a violent bank robbery and shootout with police that ended with the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other suspects.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Extremely high tides hit NorCal coastal areasd

MONTEREY (AP) - A natural coast rhythm around the winter solstice is bringing the year's highest tides to California shores.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Stanford students design paddles to climb glass walls

STANFORD (AP) - Stanford University students have created paddles that help humans scale glass walls like a gecko.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Window washer to leave hospital

OAKLAND (AP) - A window washer who fell 11 stories from a downtown San Francisco building onto a moving car last month is preparing to leave the hospital for a rehabilitation facility where he hopes to walk again.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Just how safe are driverless cars?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.

December 21, 2014 | | State


Roseville students accused of hate crime

ROSEVILLE . (AP) - A group of high school students is suspected of a hate crime after officials say the teens spread cotton balls on the front lawn of an African-American classmate's home.

December 21, 2014 | | State


CHP officer kills teen after machete attack

WILLOW CREEK, Calif. (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete, and the officer was hospitalized with major injuries, officials said.

December 21, 2014 | | State


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