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SoCal snow comes on heels of heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Snow capped the peaks of Southern California's mountains and glistened on forests Thursday after an unusually early winter-like storm that hit just days after a heat wave.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Assembly speaker announces 2014 bid for controller

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez has announced that he is running for state controller next year.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Governor signs law to help homeless veterans

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a number of bills Thursday aimed at helping veterans, including legislation that could provide funds to expand affordable housing to combat homelessness among former service members.

October 10, 2013 | | State


BART, unions resuming talks

OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area rapid transit agency and two of its unions were back at the bargaining table Thursday for 11th-hour talks as the possibility loomed of a second transit strike in less than three months.

October 10, 2013 | | State


News from around california

GOV. SIGNS BILL FOR PRICIER COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow California's community colleges to offer additional courses at inflated prices during short summer and winter sessions.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Foul play ruled out in SF hospital patient's death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators have ruled out foul play in the disappearance and death of a San Francisco woman whose body was found in the stairwell of a hospital where she was a patient, a family spokesman said Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Law requires breaks for workers during hot weather

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will ensure workers in industries such as agriculture and landscaping get rest breaks during hot weather.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Brown vetoes 'imperfect' discipline bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed what he termed an "imperfect" union-backed bill intended to streamline the dismissal of teachers accused of misconduct, calling on lawmakers to try again next year.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Jury: Toyota not liable for death of woman

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury found Thursday that Toyota Motor Corp. is not liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.

October 10, 2013 | | State


LA officer charged in death of suspect

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles Police Department officer was charged with assault for kicking a handcuffed woman seven times in the groin, abdomen and upper thigh before the woman lost consciousness and died, prosecutors said Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Stuck in virtual world as murder unfolds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The young man, just 20, stepped off the train. Another man followed him, pulling out a gun. There was a single shot, startling the preoccupied commuters. Justin Valdez fell, gasping and screaming for help as he died, a bullet to his head.

October 09, 2013 | | State


LA police testing new all electric motorcycles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made a surprising entrance at the Los Angeles Police Museum last month when he stealthily zipped into the parking lot on a souped-up, racing-style, all-electric motorcycle.

October 09, 2013 | | State


LA police testing new all electric motorcycles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made a surprising entrance at the Los Angeles Police Museum last month when he stealthily zipped into the parking lot on a souped-up, racing-style, all-electric motorcycle.

October 09, 2013 | | State


News from around california

POLICE, FBI INVESTIGATE CALIF. PIPE BOMB DISCOVERY

October 09, 2013 | | State


Hollywood sign sightseers frustrate upscale residents

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A flier calling for the Hollywood sign to be torn down is a joke, but residents of hillside neighborhoods below the landmark said the frustration they feel over growing crowds of sightseers is real.

October 09, 2013 | | State


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Wildfire burns 100 homes in Weed

WEED (AP) - A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Friday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Teen charged as accessory in deadly bank heist

STOCKTON (AP) - A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of moving what had been an intended getaway car two days after a deadly Northern California bank robbery, police said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | State


SoCal swelters in heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California roasted in triple-digit temperatures Monday and forecasters predicted potentially record-setting heat for at least another day - along with extreme fire danger for baking hillsides.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Voters support legal path for immigrants

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters broadly support a path to legalization for immigrants in the U.S. without proper documents, despite widespread worry about the effects of illegal immigration, a new poll shows.

September 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SHEET METAL REFLECTION CAUSE OF CALIFORNIA FIRE : CORONA (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that prompted evacuations over the weekend in the Cleveland National Forest was started by the sun's rays reflecting off sheet metal that edged a homeowner's backyard garden, fire officials said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | State


State Sen. Wright resigns after sentencing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Emails show PG&E, CPUC collusion?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases.

September 15, 2014 | | State


Meters raise change for homeless

PASADENA (AP) - The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change.

September 14, 2014 | | State


‘Pop-up’ wetlands provide bird habitat during state drought

YUBA CITY (AP) - For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys.

September 14, 2014 | | State


$1M to evaluate its happiness

SANTA MONICA (AP) - As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica's Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Rising inequity in income slows state tax growth

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Oakland deck collapse injures 9

OAKLAND (AP) - Nine people were hurt during a Northern California family gathering when a deck collapsed, authorities said Sunday.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Hundreds evacuate from 3 California wildfires

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two out-of-control wildfires in California are forcing hundreds of residents to flee from their homes.

September 14, 2014 | | State


Cabbies cry foul over body odor test

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Wildfire erupts in Southern California forest

SANTA ANA (AP) - Flames chewed through brush in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest and sent up a huge column of smoke Friday, but authorities did not order evacuations and said no homes were immediately threatened by the blaze.

September 12, 2014 | | State


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