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BILL WOULD GIVE CYCLISTS 3-FOOT BUFFER ZONE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California bicyclists who navigate busy roads may be able to ride a little easier if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

August 27, 2012 | | State


State Senate OKs ban on open carry of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would bar the public display of rifles and shotguns in most cities and towns, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Firefighters work to fully contain two NorCal fires; winds still pose challenge

REDDING (AP) - Firefighters said Monday they hoped to contain two major wildfires this week after the blazes ravaged huge swaths of Northern California.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Ailing reactor prepares to remove fuel

SAN CLEMENTE (AP) - The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant is preparing to empty the radioactive fuel from one of its twin reactors, a federal official said Monday, another sign the plant won't be operating at full capacity anytime soon, if ever.

August 27, 2012 | | State


SF archbishop-elect in DUI arrest

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco apologized Monday for his weekend arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, behavior that he termed an "error in judgment" and which legal experts said was unlikely to derail his promotion.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Series of earthquakes rattle Southern California Sunday

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dozens of small to moderate earthquakes struck the southeastern corner of California on Sunday, causing minor damages to structures and rattling nerves in a small farming town east of San Diego.

August 26, 2012 | | State


Bear kills Calif. man in Denali National Park

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A hiker in Alaska's Denali National Park photographed a grizzly bear for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him in the first fatal attack in the park's history, officials said Saturday.

August 26, 2012 | | State


'Multiple victims' in small plane crash at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A small, single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport on Lake Tahoe's south shore, and authorities say several people were killed.

August 26, 2012 | | State


Apple's patent verdict could corner market

SAN JOSE (AP) - It is the $1 billion question: What does Apple Inc.'s victory in an epic patent dispute over its fiercest rival mean for the U.S. smartphone industry?

August 26, 2012 | | State


20 lawmakers don't adhere to 'no gifts' signs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Of the 23 lawmakers in Sacramento who post signs on their office doors telling visitors that they don't accept gifts, only three follow the ban, according to a newspaper report.

August 26, 2012 | | State


Pension reform among issues still facing lawmakers in their final week

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers head into their final deadline rush this week with some of the most pressing legislative matters still to be resolved, or even publicly revealed.

August 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CHP SAYS WOMAN JUMPED OFF BRIDGE TO ESCAPE POLICE

August 26, 2012 | | State


Red flag warnings issued as crews battle wildfires

REDDING (AP) - The thousands of firefighters making progress against a series of wildfires across California were facing new challenges as strong winds raised concerns that some of the fires could jump containment lines, fire officials said Sunday.

August 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

AMMO STORE SIGNS REMOVED AT HIGH SCHOOL: SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A Northern California school district has ordered removal of an ammunition store sign on a campus football stadium scoreboard.

August 24, 2012 | | State


Jerry Nelson, Count of 'Sesame Street,' dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind a delightful menagerie of characters including Count von Count on "Sesame Street" and Gobo Fraggle on "Fraggle Rock," has died. He was 78.

August 24, 2012 | | State


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State public pension funds earn return of over 18 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two of the nation's largest public pension funds on Monday reported investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Stanislaus cracks down on nut thefts

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

July 14, 2014 | | State


Advocate of college contraceptives unning for California senate seat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Tanks, military vehicles auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY (AP) - Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

July 13, 2014 | | State


New Cosby show could debut next summer

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Sacramento shootout leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An early morning shootout in a Sacramento parking lot on Sunday left one man dead and at least four others wounded, authorities said.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Amelia Earhart namesake completes global flight

OAKLAND (AP) - Amelia Rose Earhart has completed the round-the-world flight that her namesake never finished nearly eight decades ago.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Foster children focus of California schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Man accused of starting wildfire while servicing an illegal marijuana grow

REDDING (AP) - A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned about 6 square miles of forested land in Northern California.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Santa Clara County sees spike in West Nile cases

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Santa Clara County has seen a sharp jump in birds infected with West Nile virus, which has prompted an increase in mosquito spraying that upsets many residents.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Immigrants flock to see saint statue

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants are flocking to churches in Southern California to see a wooden statue of a saint cherished by border-crossers who make the perilous journey to the United States.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Teen dies after hitting bridge atop tour bus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a teenage boy who struck a bridge while standing on the top section of a double-decker tour bus has died.

July 13, 2014 | | State


Drought shuts restrooms at some state parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is beginning to dry up the water supplies for some state parks, including some of the system's most popular places.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Fire in remote Sequoia forest spreading fast

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Firefighters aggressively attacked a California wildfire that spread quickly after starting Friday afternoon in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest, officials said.

July 11, 2014 | | State


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