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NorCal woman charged in mom’s hammer killing

NEWARK (AP) - A Northern California woman has been charged with murder after her elderly mother was beaten to death with a hammer, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler over gun control policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Redwood park closes road at night to deter destructive burl poachers

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

March 04, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Lawmakers report thousands in gifts from groups: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers, including two Democrats who are on leave after being charged with criminal offenses, have reported thousands of dollars in gifts and travel expenses they received from donors.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Group asks Supreme Court to allow cross

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A veterans group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule an order to remove a war memorial cross from a San Diego mountaintop after it was found to violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Sierra foothills gold mine shuts down temporarily

SUTTER CREEK (AP) - An attempt to unearth new riches from some of the Gold Rush era's most productive mines has stalled, with the owners saying they must spend more than $1 million before work can resume.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Gold coin discovery spurs rush of theories

SONORA (AP) - Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.

March 04, 2014 | | State


About 120,000 letters burn in SoCal crash

BREA (AP) - A fiery crash involving two big rigs on an Orange County freeway Tuesday destroyed about 120,000 pieces of mail, postal officials said.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Auditor says CPUC accounts are poorly managed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state auditor says utility regulators are not doing enough to protect ratepayers from possible unfair hikes to gas and electric bills.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Former NAACP head joins tech venture capital firm

SAN JOSE (AP) - Just months after stepping down as head of the nation's largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Riverside officer saves baby choking on plastic bottle cap

RIVERSIDE . (AP) - Police in Southern California say an officer flagged down by a frantic mother saved the life of a baby who was choking on a plastic bottle cap.

March 03, 2014 | | State


Suspect: Satanism allowed him to kill

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California teenager charged in the alleged thrill-killing of a high school classmate told police his religion, Satanism, allowed him to kill and he had already killed a rabbit and a cat, according to a recently released transcript of his interview with investigators.

March 03, 2014 | | State


US sues Sprint over company’s wiretap expenses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services.

March 03, 2014 | | State


Demo leader says lost supermajority won’t hinder California Senate work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Major issues facing the Legislature, including a water bond and reshaping the state's rainy day fund, can be addressed this year despite the loss of Democrats' supermajority, the state Senate leader said Monday.

March 03, 2014 | | State


6 rescued, including 3 lifeguards, in high surf

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.

March 03, 2014 | | State


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Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

May 17, 2015 | | State


It’s ‘Wild West’ for stem cells

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions - a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Congresswoman apologizes for Indian whooping-cry caricature

ANAHEIM (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Spending tops $7 million in nasty East Bay Senate contest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Hundreds attend ‘family picnic’ for San Francisco archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds turned out for a "family support picnic" held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Mothers guilty of chaining, starving girl

SALINAS . (AP) - A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Best hope for drought: El Nino pattern next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Court sides with fruit farm in fight with workers union

FRESNO (AP) - A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.

May 15, 2015 | | State


State tells for-profit ITT colleges to stop enrolling veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A for-profit college company with 15 campuses in California was ordered by the state Friday to stop enrolling new or returning students who plan to fund their educations with GI Bill benefits.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Rare spring storm sweeps across Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather.

May 15, 2015 | | State


TAKING IT TO THE STREET

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

May 15, 2015 | | State


San Francisco police under fire for racist, homophobic texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.

May 15, 2015 | | State


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