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• LAPD VOLUNTEER ACCUSED OF STEALING GAS: VAN NUYS (AP) - Authorities say a longtime Los Angeles Police Department volunteer faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing city gas for his personal vehicle.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Dangers of urban wilderness hiking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In Southern California, where urban sprawl meets pristine wilderness, one can stand on a backwoods mountain trail and be so close to the city as to still hear the rumble of traffic and make out a downtown skyline.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Obama apologizes to AG for comment on looks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - President Barack Obama has apologized to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for causing a stir when he called her "the best-looking attorney general" at a Democratic fundraiser they attended together this week.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Doctor to plead guilty in prescription case

SANTA ANA, (AP) - A Southern California doctor has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally prescribing drugs to his patients at nightly meetings in Starbucks stores.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Teen shot by officer is not a suspect

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Police say teenage boy who was shot in the face by an officer was not involved in an armed robbery near downtown.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Feds to state: Bolster refinery oversight

RICHMOND (AP) - Federal investigators looking into last year's fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery said Friday that the incident shows stronger state oversight of oil refineries is needed.

April 05, 2013 | | State


State Bar court recommends DA be disbarred

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California district attorney is facing possible disbarment after a judge found he conducted a conversation with a drug defendant without her lawyer present, lied about the conversation and failed to promptly disclose it to defense attorneys in the case.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CALIF PARAMEDIC DIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN CAR: OAKLAND (AP) - An off-duty paramedic who was shot in the head while waiting at a stop sign in Oakland shortly after visiting his father has died.

April 05, 2013 | | State


DA says Toyota to pay $16M settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $16 million settlement over the safety recall of Toyota vehicles that were at risk for unintended acceleration and braking issues was announced Friday by Orange County prosecutors and Toyota Motor Corp.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Feds retain control prison mental health

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Friday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to regain state control of inmates' mental health care, citing systematic failures to reduce prison suicides, provide timely care and hire enough staff.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Fed attorneys blast judge's ruling in Lassen case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal prosecutors claim a magistrate judge's ruling that the National Park Service purposely destroyed evidence in the wrongful death case of a 9-year-old boy who was crushed by a retaining wall in Northern California was based on findings that were "patently untrue."

April 05, 2013 | | State


209 News

STOCKTON - A man on the U.S. Marshal's "Top 10 Most Wanted" list as a suspect in a Stockton homicide dating back to 2011, was located and arrested in Hayward on Thursday.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Jury awards $6.5M for death after police mistook water nozzle for gun

SANTA ANA (AP) - A federal jury in Southern California awarded $6.5 million in damages Thursday to the family of a man fatally shot by police while he held a pistol-gripped water nozzle they mistook for a gun.

April 04, 2013 | | State


2nd lost hiker rescued after 5 days

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA . (AP) - Rescuers who plucked a young woman on Thursday from a steep, rocky canyon wall said she was exhausted, had trouble breathing and likely could not have survived much longer than another day in the rugged Southern California wilderness.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Californians due $2B in power rebates?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California electricity consumers could see up to $2 billion in new refunds from energy wholesalers that profited during the state's energy crisis more than a dozen years ago if a federal judge's recommendation holds up at trial, state regulators said Thursday.

April 04, 2013 | | State


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Lawmakers sneak in solar tax deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The last thing lawmakers did as they passed California's $108 billion general fund budget this week was take up a mysterious tax break for the solar industry.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Women reach $14M deal in sex case

MORAGA (AP) - Two women who alleged they were sexually abused by a teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school reached a $14 million settlement with the district.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Stowaway can’t believe he survived

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Somali immigrant who survived an arduous flight to Hawaii stowed away in a jet's wheel well says he was trying to reach his mom, a refugee in Ethiopia who says her teenage son broke down in tears this week during their first call since his ordeal.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State Supreme Court justice to retire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter announced Wednesday that he will retire after serving more than 24 years, possibly giving Gov. Jerry Brown a significant hand in reshaping a high court that has leaned right politically for decades.

June 18, 2014 | | State


Burning bannedon 31 million acres

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.

June 18, 2014 | | State


State funding wildfire prevention

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California forestry officials intend to give counties and organizations money raised through a contested assessment on property in wildfire-prone areas to be used for fire-prevention projects.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Lawyer: Suspect in 9-year-old niece’s molestation was sleeping at the time

MARTINEZ (AP) - The attorney for a Northern California man accused of molesting his 9-year-old niece says his client was asleep at the time.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Experts seek to remove fox from endangered list

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two subspecies of a fox that lives only on an island chain off the Southern California coast should be removed from the endangered species list because of a dramatic increase in population during at least the past decade, a scientific group dedicated to fox recovery said Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Residents return as Sierra Nevada wildfire tamed

LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - Diminishing winds were helping California firefighters surround 75 percent of a wildfire in the southern Sierra Nevada.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Fish taken from hatcheries amid drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Workers evacuated rainbow trout on Tuesday from a hatchery on the American River as part of rescue efforts prompted by concerns that California's drought will increase water temperatures and kill the fish.

June 17, 2014 | | State


California Assembly leader opens up on gay rights issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America.

June 17, 2014 | | State


LA mayor’s F-bomb blows up worries about bad words in public

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The F-bomb that Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped on Los Angeles this week has quickly mushroomed into a conundrum over just what a politician can get away with saying in public these days.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Drought closes Santa Cruz campground

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A popular campground in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been closed because a creek is too low to draw water for visitors amid California's lingering drought.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Mayor curbs self over dog poop incident

SAN MARINO (AP) - The doo-doo has gotten too deep for the mayor of a wealthy Los Angeles suburb who flung dog poop onto a political opponent's property.

June 17, 2014 | | State


Sea rise means severe Silicon Valley Floods

EAST PALO ALTO - Thirty-year-old Gustavo Leal remembers the floodwaters reaching the doorstep of his family home in East Palo Alto. "It was bad enough that you couldn't get out of your driveway," he said.

June 16, 2014 | By NGOC NGUYEN NEW AMERICA MEDIA | State


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