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US attorney warns California farmers they will lose farms if they allow marijuana grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in the Central Valley said Tuesday that he plans a tour this week to tell agricultural landowners they could lose their property or be prosecuted if they permit large marijuana plantations on their land.

February 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Wild parrots of SF spread to the 'burbs

February 28, 2012 | | State


Parents allege fraud foiled school reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Parents who lost their initial bid to reform a low-performing school in the Mojave Desert are requesting a criminal investigation into allegedly fraudulent documents submitted to the school district that helped scuttle their petition.

February 28, 2012 | | State


3 men face court date after violence at Capitol

3 men face court date after violence at Capitol

February 28, 2012 | | State


Stockton aims to avoid being biggest bankrupt city in USA

STOCKTON (AP) - The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine - twice.

February 28, 2012 | | State


Snow shuts down Interstate 5 traffic in Tejon Pass

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cold storm moving across Southern California on Monday froze traffic, slowing or stranding thousands of motorists on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles, dumping snow and hail on mountains, and bringing high, hazardous surf to beaches.

February 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA SEEKS SUSPENSION OF FORECLOSURES: WASHINGTON (AP) - California officials have asked the federal government to suspend foreclosures in the state and consider reducing mortgages for those at-risk homeowners who have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Death of girl after fight ruled homicide

LONG BEACH (AP) - What began as an after-school fight between two young girls over a boy exploded into a homicide investigation Monday, when authorities said a 10-year-old died of a head injury after the confrontation with an 11 year-old classmate.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Occupy Oakland protestors travel to Sacramento; injure two officers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At least two law enforcement officers were injured Monday during a clash with members of the Occupy movement who were at the state Capitol to counter a rally by a group protesting violence by blacks against whites in South Africa.

February 27, 2012 | | State


SF waterfront plans for America's Cup scaled back to avoid major pier renovation project

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of sailing's most prestigious event said Monday they are dramatically scaling back plans to renovate San Francisco's dilapidated waterfront.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Analyst: Tax revenue $6.5 billion less than governor projects even with Facebook IPO

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax revenues will fall $6.5 billion short of Gov. Jerry Brown's prediction, even with an expected boost from Facebook's initial public stock offering and if voters approve the governor's proposed tax initiative later this year, according to a forecast released Monday.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Calif. GOP hopes primary will be relevant

BURLINGAME (AP) - California remains little more than an afterthought in the back-and-forth Republican presidential nominating contest, but the primaries and caucuses over the next couple of weeks will go a long way to determining whether the nation's most populous state will matter in a way it has not in decades.

February 26, 2012 | | State


Girl, 11, fights classmate, dies hours later

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - After getting her nose bloodied in a fight with another girl near their Southern California elementary school, 11-year-old Joanna Ramos told her mother on the way home she felt sick. Hours later, she was dead.

February 26, 2012 | | State


National gas prices up 18 cents in past 2 weeks

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 18 cents over the past two weeks.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


From Negro Creek to Wop Draw, place names offend

FRESNO (AP) - Just east of Victorville in California's Mojave Desert two bluffs rise 3,000-feet from the valley floor. A 1949 map by the U.S. Geological Survey officially gave them the name locals had called them for as long as anyone could remember: Pickaninny Buttes.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | 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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