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State moves to coordinate water work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Leaders of the three state agencies that deal with California water availability, quality and consumption said Thursday they will begin looking at the issues comprehensively rather than dealing with each problem separately.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Feds renew threat to withhold Calif. school funds over switching tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal education officials renewed a threat this week to withhold funds from California if it moves forward this spring with a plan to abandon the standardized tests the state's public school students have taken since 1999.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Panel passes new rail worker safety rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved new safety regulations for transit agencies' rail workers that are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Joe Montana pitches hotel near new stadium

SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana said he wants elected officials in Silicon Valley to help him achieve his goal of building upscale restaurants and a luxury hotel near the teams' new stadium before the 2016 Super Bowl.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Hefty soda tax would reduce UK obesity

LONDON (AP) - Slapping a 20 percent tax on soda in Britain could cut the number of obese adults by about 180,000, according to a new study.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Google Glass while driving? That’s the ticket

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An early adopter of Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses plans to fight a citation for wearing the device while driving in San Diego, saying the technology makes navigation easier than smartphones and GPS devices.

October 31, 2013 | | State


News Bites

MOTHER OF SLAIN TEEN FILES CLAIM: SANTA ROSA (AP) - The mother of a Northern California 13-year-old who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy last week has filed a claim against Sonoma County and the sheriff's office.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Woman charged for alleged illegal injections

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A woman traveled South Texas injecting people with what appears to be some kind of liquid rubber under the guise that it was collagen or Botox, local and federal authorities said Thursday.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Rail system in cross-border drug tunnel

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A tunnel designed to smuggle drugs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego is equipped with lighting, ventilation and an electric rail system, U.S. authorities said Thursday, making it one of the most sophisticated secret passages discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Fugitive rapist caught after publicized search

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A publicized search for a paroled rapist who authorities say cut off his ankle monitor and harassed the family of his 80-year-old victim ended after he was spotted on a Palm Springs street.

October 31, 2013 | | State


News from around california

YOSEMITE PLAN TO RESTORE SEQUOIA GROVE MOVES AHEAD: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An ambitious plan to restore and improve the health of the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park is moving forward with the release Thursday of an environmental impact statement for the project.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Irwindale’s bid to close Sriracha plant denied

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge refused Thursday to order an immediate halt to production of the internationally popular hot sauce Sriracha at a Southern California factory that local residents say is stinking up their neighborhoods with pepper and garlic fumes.

October 31, 2013 | | State


Ohio town creates early Christmas for ailing boy

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - A northern Ohio community is decking the halls to provide an early Christmas for an ailing boy with cancer who said he wanted to be home for the holiday.

October 30, 2013 | | State


LA aqueduct bomber now works for water agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In an ironic twist, a California man who helped blow up an aqueduct that sent water from Owens Valley to Los Angeles nearly 40 years ago now works for the metropolis' water district, ensuring the waterway is safe.

October 30, 2013 | | State


Rapist missing, making threats after shedding tracking device

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A paroled rapist in Southern California has gone missing after cutting off his ankle monitor, and authorities said Wednesday he has been harassing the family of his 80-year-old victim with dozens of threatening and obscene phone calls.

October 30, 2013 | | State


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Powers left mark on Manteca

Ed Powers was a 24 year-old when he arrived in Manteca with a dream.

December 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | State


Will ‘The Interview’ change how Hollywood does business?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously.

December 26, 2014 | | State


4 dead in fiery Fair Oaks car crash

FAIR OAKS (AP) - Two vehicles collided head-on in a fiery crash near Sacramento, California, leaving four people dead and two more seriously injured.

December 26, 2014 | | State


PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over online hacker claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Brown issues 105 pardons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators, a spokesman said.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Mom uses grief to help murder victims’ families

OAKLAND (AP) - Lorrain Taylor smiled a toothy grin and was warmly welcomed by customers and employees as she entered a popular barbecue restaurant just off Oakland's waterfront for a lunch meeting last week.

December 25, 2014 | | State


SF creates court only for veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco court system that emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment for those accused of low-level crimes has created a weekly offshoot to hear cases involving veterans.

December 25, 2014 | | State


State audit highlights employee wrongdoing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new audit highlights wrongdoing and errors by California state employees and agencies that have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Regulations would expand coastal California sanctuaries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - National marine sanctuaries off Northern California are due to double in size early in the new year in order to protect a massive underwater nutrient flow that biologists say makes the coast's salmon and seabirds thrive and sea lions fat and yappy.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Homeless camps being cleared around San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - Following the closure of The Jungle, the nation's largest homeless camp, city officials are aggressively cleaning out other encampments before they grow.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Police, firefighters save family’s Christmas

COVINA (AP) - Josh Roffeis was about to leave for work Wednesday morning when he discovered his green Honda filled with most of the family's Christmas presents had been stolen.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Man shot with stun gun dies at border crossing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 40-year-old U.S. citizen died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing, authorities said Thursday.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Safeway pulls caramel apples

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Safeway has pulled prepackaged caramel apples from its shelves, the grocery chain said Tuesday, a day after the family of a person who died from a listeria infection linked to the fruit sued the company.

December 24, 2014 | | State


LA cracks down on tow truck bandits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of Los Angeles and some other major cities have another headache to add to their commuting woes - tow truck "bandits" who arrive unsolicited at an accident scene, tow away cars and hold them for ransom for big bucks.

December 23, 2014 | | State


Road rage captured on cellphone

ROSEVILLE (AP) - A Northern California woman made her first court appearance Tuesday after a road rage incident was captured in a dramatic cellphone video that showed a vehicle forcing a car off a mountain highway.

December 23, 2014 | | State


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