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Longtime Berkeley tree sitter convicted

February 03, 2012 | | State


Spier wants probe after ranger stuns dog walker in Golden Gate Recreation Area

MONTARA (AP) - A California congresswoman wants an independent investigator to determine whether a federal park ranger used excessive force when she fired a stun gun on a man walking his dogs.

February 02, 2012 | | State


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LAP-BAND MAKERS WON'T SELL IT TO 1-800-GET-THIN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Irvine-based makers of the Lap-Band say they will no longer sell the weight-loss device to companies affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company.

February 02, 2012 | | State


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Suit seeks to stop development in SF's Presidio

February 02, 2012 | | State


Brown appointee to lead high-speed rail board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board overseeing California's plan to build a $98 billion high-speed rail system chose an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday to take over as its chairman.

February 02, 2012 | | State


'Unusual' wear on new tubes at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California's San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant, raising questions about the integrity of equipment the company installed in a multimillion-dollar makeover in 2009.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers' switch preserves bus funding for California schools

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Parents and educators said they were relieved Thursday after state lawmakers changed their minds and voted against targeting school bus service in a midyear budget cut to education.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Wine producers campaign for truth in labeling

NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley wine producers will go a long way to protect their good name, all the way to Thailand if necessary.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Video released of protesters breaking into Oakland City Hall using pry tool on door

OAKLAND (AP) - Police have released surveillance video they say shows Occupy demonstrators breaking into City Hall during the protests in Oakland Saturday night.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Meager Sierra snow at 37% of normal worries California officials & farmers

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's Sierra Nevada snowpack measured a meager 15 inches in some places, officials announced Wednesday, bearing bad news to a state that depends on snowmelt to meet the water needs of 25 million people and more than a million acres of farmland.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Small radiation amount 'could have' escaped plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, officials said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | | State


LA school officials chided for molest case silence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angry parents confronted school officials Wednesday, demanding to know why they weren't told for a year that a teacher was suspected of photographing children in class for sexual thrills.

February 01, 2012 | | State


California. lawmakers cheer Facebook IPO, see windfall approaching $1 billion in taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and state lawmakers on Wednesday hailed Facebook's much-anticipated plans for a public stock offering as a potential windfall for California's cash-strapped treasury, while some already say the extra revenue should go to preventing cutbacks to public schools.

February 01, 2012 | | State


'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius dead of suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing black music and artists.

February 01, 2012 | | State


PG&E can charge customers to nix SmartMeters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees of up to $10 per month if they don't want to have wireless "smart meters" installed in their homes, according to a decision Wednesday by California regulators.

February 01, 2012 | | State


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Daughter runs over dad when he tried to stop her

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Authorities in Southern California say a 69-year-old man who was trying to prevent his daughter from driving drunk was run over and killed by the woman in her driveway.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Salinas man nabbed for online fireworks sales

SALINAS AP) - Authorities have arrested a Salinas man on suspicion of selling about 1,800 pounds of illegal fireworks through Facebook.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Salinas man nabbed for online fireworks sales

SALINAS AP) - Authorities have arrested a Salinas man on suspicion of selling about 1,800 pounds of illegal fireworks through Facebook.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Condor makes rare flight to NorCal

PESCADERO (AP) - A California condor that was released into the wild last year has been spotted in a part of Northern California where the endangered species hasn't been seen in more than a century.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Kern County wildfire threatening 500 homes

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened 500 homes in Central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Assembly approves $108B state budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Assembly on Sunday approved the main bill for California's $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Details of state’s proposed $156M spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, all Democrats, have agreed on the main points of a state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Not all budget figures were available Friday because the administration and legislative staff were still finalizing the details. Because the budget needs only a simple majority to pass the Legislature, support from minority Republicans is not required. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled floor sessions for 4 p.m. Sunday to begin voting on the budget.

June 13, 2014 | | State


California reports whooping-cough epidemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of whooping-cough cases in California is now at an epidemic level, state health officials said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | | State


San Francisco thrilled to be in Olympics hunt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he is thrilled that his city is one of four U.S. cities still in the running to possibly host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

June 13, 2014 | | State


Janitor accused of recording women

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a janitor for a contract cleaning company has been arrested on suspicion of secretly recording women in a restroom at Anaheim City Hall.

June 13, 2014 | | State


Ethics expert hired after high school scandals

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has hired an ethics consultant to work at a high school where some students allegedly hacked into computers and others held a controversial "prom draft."

June 13, 2014 | | State


Man freed in jury mistake killed hour later

FRESNO (AP) - A burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later when he was stabbed to death in a fight.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Brown, lawmakers face budget deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman who drove with dying man on car gets prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.

June 12, 2014 | | State


Woman dies in overgrown yard

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County firefighters wearing hazmat suits had to climb over vegetation and trash piled 5 feet high to get to a yard where a woman died in a chair amid debris with a kitten in a carrier on her lap.

June 11, 2014 | | State


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