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ONCE CALLED A HOAX

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney is trying to avoid a life prison sentence with a plea bargain in a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.

September 29, 2016 | | State


$389M spent so far on measures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of California's 17 November ballot measures have raised nearly $390 million six weeks before the election, putting the state as close as $50 million shy of record initiative fundraising with some of the heaviest spending yet to come.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Brown approves gender-neutral status for single occupant restrooms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

SANTA CLARA (AP) - More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was closed after mental health advocates said it was insensitive to the mentally ill.

September 29, 2016 | | State


Soda-tax battle bubbles up in the SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

September 28, 2016 | | State


El Cajon ifficer guns down refugee in ‘shooting stance’

EL CAJON (AP) - The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Gun owners expect to fail in blocking new California laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The leader of a gun owners' group said Wednesday that he expects to fall short of forcing a statewide vote to overturn recent California laws that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

MORGAN HILL (AP) - Some evacuations were lifted Wednesday as firefighters, aided by cooler weather, held back the progress of a wildfire burning through bone-dry brush and threatening hundreds of structures in California's Santa Cruz Mountains.

September 28, 2016 | | State


Heat wave intensifies wildfires

MORGAN HILL (AP) - A grass fire along a Northern California highway spread to parched trees, and flying embers landed on nearby homes, setting at least eight homes on fire, authorities said.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Blige, Clinton interview clips face ridicule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pair of clips teasing Mary J. Blige's interview with Hillary Clinton on her upcoming Apple Music show "The 411" isn't winning over social media users.

September 27, 2016 | | State


2 motorcyclists mourned after fatal crashes

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Organizers of a motorcycle event in California offered condolences Tuesday to the families of two rising young riders who died from crashes in two separate races over the weekend.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Police shoot, wound man in San Diego area; protesters gathering

EL CAJON . (AP) - Police shot and wounded a man they said was acting erratically in a San Diego suburb on Tuesday, drawing an angry cluster of protesters that believed it to be another instance of law enforcement shooting an unarmed black man.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Man gets 50 years to life for killing teens in desert bunker

VICTORVILLE (AP) - A man who helped shoot a teenage couple in an abandoned Air Force bunker in the Mojave Desert was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Woman struck by drone at party sues USC fraternity chapter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman is suing a University of Southern California fraternity because a drone fell on her head while it was photographing a frat party.

September 27, 2016 | | State


Brown vetoes in-person jail visitation mandate by state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have required counties to offer in-person visitation for jail inmates.

September 27, 2016 | | State


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Lawsuit says California could have stopped slaying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims California officials could have stopped what it says was the "assassination" of a notorious California inmate who was stabbed ...

October 06, 2016 | | State


BACKPAGE OFFICES RAIDED

DALLAS (AP) - State agents raided the Dallas headquarters of adult classified ad portal Backpage and arrested Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer on Thursday following allegations ...

October 06, 2016 | | State


Judge questions Airbnb in fight over SF law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge expressed skepticism Thursday that a San Francisco ordinance setting fines for short-term rental websites that process bookings for unregistered ...

October 06, 2016 | | State


Taser death victim went 14 minutes without medical care

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 66-year-old man who died this week after California police stunned him with a Taser during a struggle lay on the ground ...

October 06, 2016 | | State


Sheriff: LA County sergeant was shot execution-style

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant was the victim of "a calculated execution" by a parolee with a long history of ...

October 06, 2016 | | State


State tightens rule on popular agricultrure pesticide, citing health

FRESNO (AP) - California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation's most productive agricultural state as ...

October 06, 2016 | | State


Person in clown suit tried to kidnap baby girl

CONCORD (AP) - Concord police say a person dressed in a clown suit tried to abduct an infant.

October 06, 2016 | | State


Teen shot by LA officer was suicidal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 16-year-old boy shot dead last weekend as he pointed a fake gun at police wanted to kill himself, Police Chief Charlie ...

October 06, 2016 | | State


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