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PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK DESIGNATION PASSES SENATE: SOLEDAD (AP) - A bill designating central California's Pinnacles National Monument a national park is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.

December 31, 2012 | | State


Sgt. who was murder witness sues, says retaliation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A sergeant is suing his employer, the California Army National Guard, for alleged retaliation after he testified in the murder trial of a colleague who was later convicted of killing a pregnant recruit.

December 31, 2012 | | State


Parks not liable for bumper car injuries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amusement parks are not financially responsible for injuries suffered on bumper cars, the California Supreme Court ruled in an opinion published Monday.

December 31, 2012 | | State


Alcohol sales enforcers get heavy-duty protection

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state agency that regulates alcohol sales purchased more than $70,000 worth of gas masks and bullet-resistant helmets for its officers, even though the nature of their work rarely exposes them to gunfire, a newspaper reported Monday.

December 31, 2012 | | State


Police investigate SoCal mall stabbing

REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Police say a man carrying a kitchen knife stabbed two 13-year-olds who were window shopping inside a Southern California mall.

December 30, 2012 | | State


Ventura shelter rejects man's Christmas cash giveaway

VENTURA (AP) - A Southern California man's tradition of handing out cash totaling $1,000 to homeless men was broken when he was turned away by a shelter on Christmas Day.

December 30, 2012 | | State


3 found dead in San Jose apartment blaze; 3 injured

SAN JOSE (AP) - Three people were killed and three others were injured - including a police officer credited with saving at least one person - in a late-night fire at a San Jose apartment complex, authorities said Sunday.

December 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SF POLICE LOOKING FOR MUGGER WHO KILLED DOG: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police were asking for the public's help in finding a mugger they say robbed a woman and killed her small dog by throwing the animal into a city street.

December 30, 2012 | | State


Fitness fight in Santa Monica's parks

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Physical fitness is a way of life on the beautiful beachfront oasis of Santa Monica. From sunrise to sunset, there's huffing and puffing in the city's parks as trainers put their students through the paces of every form of exercise imaginable.

December 30, 2012 | | State


Mortgages, guns among new-law topics

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowners will have increased protections from foreclosure under some of the hundreds of state laws taking effect with the new year.

December 30, 2012 | | State


Waterford man posts suicide note on Facebook

HUGHSON (AP) - A S man died after posting a suicide note on Facebook and then driving his car onto railroad tracks about an hour later, as friends and family frantically tried to get in touch with him.

December 28, 2012 | | State


New law eases sperm donor testing rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California women who want to get pregnant using sperm from a donor they know should find the process easier and less expensive next year, thanks to a new state law scheduled to take effect on Jan 1.

December 28, 2012 | | State


Escaped dog led to highway deaths of 2 women

SANTA YNEZ (AP) - The deaths of two women who were struck by vehicles on a Southern California highway last week have been connected to a chase after a loose dog.

December 28, 2012 | | State


2 killed, 2 injured in SoCal bus bench crash

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police say two people have been killed and two others severely injured when a car plowed into a bus bench in the Southern California city of Riverside.

December 28, 2012 | | State


FBI removes redactions in Marilyn Monroe file

LOS ANGELES (AP) - FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star's communist-leaning friends who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage.

December 28, 2012 | | State


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Rising flood insurance costs for Californians

CAPITOLA (AP) - A row of beachfront, Mediterranean-style cottages in bright pink, green, turquoise and yellow beckons tourists at the Capitola Venetian Hotel, who sunbathe on deck chairs and splash in the Pacific waves. But in his nearby office, owner Steven Allen is worrying about flood insurance.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Drought forcing closure of Diablo Grande course

PATTERSON AP) - Persistent drought conditions are forcing the closure of a prestigious Central Valley golf course.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Teen struck by train in critical condition

MARYSVILLE (AP) - A California teenage girl was still in critical condition on Sunday after being struck by a freight train while walking to a school dance with her boyfriend, who was killed in the accident.

March 23, 2014 | | State


DMV: No evidence of computer breach

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles said Saturday there's no evidence of a computer breach, but it's launching an investigation "out of an abundance of caution."

March 23, 2014 | | State


SoCal no longer bank-robbery capital

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California used to be known as the "Bank Robbery Capital of the World."

March 23, 2014 | | State


Daycare owners face trial in swaddling case

PLEASANTON (AP) - Two sisters accused of endangering the lives of infants at their Northern California daycare center by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets have been ordered to stand trial.

March 23, 2014 | | State


Vet reaches $4.5M settlement with Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest when he was hit by a beanbag round fired by police has reached a $4.5 million agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the city of Oakland, his lawyers and city officials announced Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California guardsmen get prison for gun theft

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two former members of the California National Guard have been sentenced to federal prison for selling two assault rifles they stole from an armory, federal prosecutors said Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


Student files claim over racial abuse

SAN JOSE (AP) - A black student who says his suite mates at a California university put a bike lock around his neck and racially harassed him has filed a $5 million claim against the school.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California unemployment drops to 8%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, as a net gain of 58,000 positions prolonged steady improvement in the job market, state officials reported Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | State


76 pounds of meth found in Madera raid

MADERA (AP) - Drug agents searching a Central California home say they seized 176 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

March 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN JOSE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT SPARKS COMPLAINT: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California wildlife warden says the city of San Jose has shown no urgency in removing a homeless encampment that pollutes a nearby creek with everything from shopping carts to excrement.

March 21, 2014 | | State


California is top crime target in US

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Sony unveils virtual reality goggles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality.

March 20, 2014 | | State


Regulators restrict sale of rat poisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California consumers will soon be unable to buy certain types of rat poisons because regulators have determined the chemicals used in them pose a danger to other wildlife.

March 20, 2014 | | State


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