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Meth lab in Wal-Mart restroom

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A restroom at a Wal-Mart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Keeping Californians in the dark

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California law appears clear: Access to information on how the Legislature conducts its business is a "necessary right of every person in this state." But decades after those words were written at the height of the Watergate era, the Assembly and Senate remain, in many ways, dark corners within government.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Police arrest 3 suspects for furnishing alcohol to minors

Manteca Police arrested three suspects on Saturday for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

March 15, 2015 | | State


SF investigates racist tweets by four officers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four San Francisco police officers are under investigation in connection with racially charged and homophobic text messages, police officials said.

March 15, 2015 | | State


LA police officer sought for questioning in fatal shooting

POMONA . (AP) - A car belonging to a rookie Los Angeles police officer wanted for questioning in a fatal shooting has been found, but the officer remained at large, police said Sunday.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Race pits Demos against each another

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democrat almost assuredly will win a state Senate seat in an east San Francisco Bay Area district where the party holds a 15-point registration edge. So why have unions poured $115,000 into a committee to support a Republican who dropped out of the race weeks ago?

March 15, 2015 | | State


Silicon Valley ballet company gets reprieve

SAN JOSE (AP) - A cash-strapped Silicon Valley ballet company has survived to dance another day.

March 15, 2015 | | State


WATER-WASTERS ELUDE FINES

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer of establishing statewide restrictions and gave communities a hammer to enforce them: a $500 fine for excessive watering of lawns, hosing down driveways and running decorative yard fountains with drinking water.

March 15, 2015 | | State


Bieber says he’s sorry at comedy roast

CULVER CITY (AP) - Justin Bieber really wants you to like him again. After being the butt of the joke for hours during the taping of his Comedy Central roast, the 21-year-old singer gave a contrition speech.

March 15, 2015 | | State


‘Zebra killer’ found dead in prison cell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the four men convicted of participating in a string of racially motivated attacks in the mid-1970s that killed 14 people and injured seven in San Francisco was found dead in his cell, California prison officials said Friday.

March 13, 2015 | | State


‘Citizen Kane’ film to play at Hearst Castle’s private theater

SAN SIMEON (AP) - For some movie buffs, showing Orson Welles' acclaimed film "Citizen Kane" at Hearst Castle is like having a screening of "Star Wars" on the Death Star.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Did Lyft cheat new drivers out of $1K bonuses?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Lyft ridesharing company took new drivers for a ride by cheating them out of promised $1,000 bonuses, according to a federal lawsuit announced Friday.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Brown: California good for business

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has a message for Republican governors planning to visit California to woo business from the state: Welcome.

March 13, 2015 | | State


Top regulator wants PG&E pay $1.6B penalty billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top regulator on Friday proposed Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay $1.6 billion as the penalty for causing a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 13, 2015 | | State


‘Iron Man’ star Downey presents boy with bionic arm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just like Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero - at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy.

March 12, 2015 | | State


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‘Game of Thrones‘ hit by piracy from Twitter app users

LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Drought not a big hit to economy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Elusive mountain lion captivates Los Angeles then quickly vanishes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.

April 14, 2015 | | State


NorCal water boards vote on water cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two large San Francisco Bay Area water districts are considering adopting state-ordered cuts in water use and possibly increasing rates.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Sex-offender limits no longer tied to initiative

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California parole agents will have to find a specific link to child victims if they decide to bar sex offender parolees from living near schools and parks, under a new policy issued Tuesday.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Did officer tamper with corpse?

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A police Medal of Valor winner is under investigation after allegations that he improperly handled the corpse of a man shot by officers - and even joked about tickling his feet.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Gondola would create big ski areas near Tahoe

SQUAW VALLEY. (AP) - A resort operator announced plans Monday to build a high-speed gondola connecting two Lake Tahoe slopes and creating one of the largest ski areas in the country.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Abalone diving off coast proves deadly again

CASPAR (AP) - Diving for abalone can be a dangerous sport, but that doesn't deter the thousands of people who trek to the northern California coastlines each season to take a stab at getting some of the prized mollusks.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Honey oil explosion burns 5, blasts roof

REDDING (AP) - Five people in Northern California suffered serious burns when an explosion blew apart the garage where authorities say the group was cooking concentrated marijuana honey oil with butane.

April 13, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SEARCH RESUMES FOR MOTORCYCLIST WHO FLEW OVER ANTIOCH BRIDGE: ANTIOCH (AP) - The search resumed Monday for a motorcyclist who was thrown into the San Joaquin River after colliding with a car on the Antioch Bridge.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Massive district cuts water deliveries 15%

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's largest water wholesalers moved forward Monday on a plan to reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Ex-NFL running back suspected of murdering prison cellmate

FRESNO (AP) - Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Audit finds problems in pipe oversight after deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Firm seeks to build world’s largest surfboard

HUNNINGTON BEACH (AP) - A Rhode Island engineering technology and manufacturing company has set out to build the world's largest surfboard.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Drought improves Lake Tahoe’s clarity

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Lake Tahoe's clarity improved again in 2014, and the drought was a factor why, researchers said.

April 12, 2015 | | State


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