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SONOMA COUNTY SUPE IN COURT AFTER PROWLING ARREST: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County official arrested on suspicion of prowling and burglary at a woman's house has made his first court appearance.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Experts to test phone anti-theft locks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide.

July 18, 2013 | | State


More oversight sought at developmental centers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Citing a stack of reports criticizing state officials for not properly overseeing facilities that care for people with developmental disabilities, advocates called on Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday to appoint an independent figure to improve safety at state-run care facilities.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Buy-America snag stalls Vegas plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation has suspended its review of a $5.5 billion loan request that is critical for building a private bullet train between a Southern California desert community and the Las Vegas Strip, leaving the future of the project in jeopardy.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Packs of young folks cause chaos in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles police were combing through cell phones and security footage Wednesday trying to identify dozens of young people who'd rampaged through Hollywood the night before, knocking down people, stealing their cellphones, and grabbing souvenir trinkets from shops before a police sweep and arrests ensued.

July 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

RESIDENTS OF SINKING SUBDIVISION FILE CLAIM: LAKEPORT (AP) - For months homeowners agonized as houses in their subdivision sank one-by-one into a California hilltop. It got so dangerous that the U.S. Postal Service refused to deliver mail.

July 17, 2013 | | State


3 arrested over city's LGBT proclamation

PORTERVILLE (AP) - Police in the central California town of Porterville say they arrested three people protesting the City Council's decision this week to rescind a proclamation declaring June lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Port of Oakland shuts down after worker's death

OAKLAND (AP) - The Port of Oakland was shut down Wednesday as Longshoremen went on a 24-hour shutdown following the death of a worker while on the job.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Small town publisher wins public records case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state Court of Appeal has ruled that a small-town California newspaper publisher does not have to pay legal fees to a school board he sued over his public records request -a decision hailed by First Amendment advocates as a victory for government transparency.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Price dispute triggers jewelry store killings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man charged with the gruesome deaths of two jewelry store clerks and critically wounding the shop owner believed he had overpaid by about $300, prosecutors said in revealing a possible motive for a crime that has shocked the San Francisco Bay Area for its savagery.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Muslim student now in UC board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board confirmed its first Muslim student member Wednesday, despite some Jewish groups' claims that she marginalized Jewish students and promoted an anti-Israel agenda.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Wildfire forces more evacuations

IDYLLWILD (AP) - Authorities in Southern California issued evacuation orders for hundreds of homes Wednesday as a major wildfire approached in the mountains southwest of Palm Springs.

July 17, 2013 | | State


CPUC scales back PG&E fine to $300M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.

July 16, 2013 | | State


R&B singer shoved after Trayvon Martin dedication at concert

HAYWARD (AP) - R&B singer Lester Chambers is recovering from injuries he suffered after a woman leaped onto the stage and shoved him when he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin during a concert in the San Francisco Bay Area, a newspaper reported Monday.

July 16, 2013 | | State


Oakland, LA to deploy more police

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a spate of vandalism and violence, Los Angeles police vowed Tuesday to crack down with quick action and arrests if further disturbances arise from street protests over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of a black Florida teenager.

July 16, 2013 | | State


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Ridiculed LA tower may get face-lift

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For 40 years, Joseph Young festooned public buildings, open spaces and private places across his adopted city of Los Angeles with dozens ...

February 12, 2017 | | State


Push to end drought emergency

FRESNO (AP) - A coalition of state and local leaders is pressing California to lift restrictions on urban water use after the wettest winter for years.

February 07, 2017 | | State


School bus crash critically injures student

LANCASTER (AP) - A school bus and car crashed in California, toppling the bus onto its side and critically injuring two people, including a student Tuesday ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Sirens, rescues as new storm hits Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emergency crews in the San Francisco Bay Area rescued stranded residents from flooded homes and cars Tuesday as the latest storm in ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Parole agent trades state bus passes for drugs

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A former parole agent has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for embezzling funds from the California Department of Corrections and ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Sacramento calls on cruise to bring historic ship to town

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The city of Sacramento is calling for a river cruise company to bring a historic vessel to the Sacramento River.

February 07, 2017 | | State


Berkeley probes ‘hands-off’ response to protest chaos

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California, Berkeley police took a hands-off approach to protesters on the campus last week when violent rioters caused chaos when they ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


3 face murder charges in 1993 LA apartment fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three gang members accused in a 1993 fire set to retaliate against an attempt to quell drug sales at a Los Angeles ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Appeals court hammers on government

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A panel of appeals court judges reviewing President Donald Trump's travel ban hammered away Tuesday at the federal government's arguments ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Twitter broadens campaign against hate and abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter announced Tuesday that it is expanding efforts to protect its users from abuse and harassment, the latest milestone in a broader ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Uplifting ‘Hidden Figures’ shocks 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cast of "Hidden Figures" rocketed to the Screen Actors Guild top award at a fiery, protest-laden ceremony that was dominated by ...

January 29, 2017 | | State


Judge will issue order for San Bernardino to exit bankruptcy

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A federal bankruptcy judge has agreed to issue a written confirmation order for the city of San Bernardino to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

January 29, 2017 | | State


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