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LATHROP – Janice Bowlin wanted to create a safe, family-friendly environment where kids – small and tall – could literally bounce of the walls.

February 14, 2014 | James Burns | State


GECAC offers $9,000 in scholarships

Give Every Child a Chance (GECAC) is offering the Service Challenge Scholarship.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Probe into Lodi police shooting could take a year

LODI (AP) - Police say it could be a year before an investigation is complete into the death of an Army veteran who was shot and killed by Lodi officers.

February 14, 2014 | | State


School district sued over tug- of-war lost fingers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two former high school students who lost fingers in a tug-of-war accident have sued a Southern California school district.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Bowl-a-thon seeks challenge teams to help underwrite free tutoring

The challenge is on to see determine who the better bowlers are while at the same time helping struggling kids succeed in school.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Mayor’s chili cook off takes place Feb. 23

Manteca Mayor's Committee on the Arts is holding their Chili Cook Off on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Yosemite plan includes recreational activities

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park will cap visitors at current levels in its most popular areas, but it will add campsites and maintain bike and raft rentals under a plan announced Friday to protect the river that runs through its heart.

February 14, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO ABOUT 3 OTTERS THAT WERE FATALLY SHOT: PACIFIC GROVE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say three California sea otters were fatally shot on the Monterey Peninsula and are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Bay Area officials warn of measles exposure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area health officials issued a public warning that a college student with measles could have exposed thousands of others when he attended classes and rode public transit.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Camel escapes, attacks man in south state

PALMDALE. (AP) - A camel escaped from an enclosure in a Southern California high desert community Friday, stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it, and chased other people before it calmed down and was corralled.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Boy credited for 911 call as little sister choked

SOUTH PASADENA AP) - A 9-year-old southern California boy who called 911 as his little sister choked on a grape has been saluted by authorities, who say his quick thinking saved precious minutes and possibly her life.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Lt. Gov: Stop bullet train, redirect money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once a strong supporter of California's high-speed rail project, told a conservative radio show host Friday that he no longer backs the bullet train and would like to see the money diverted to other projects.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Appeals court agrees to hear high-speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration won at least a partial victory Friday in the legal wrangling over California's high-speed rail project when a state appellate court said it would hear an expedited review of two lower court rulings.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Big shark fin bust in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said Friday.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Sheriff to destroy explosive-laden home

REDDING (AP) - Authorities prepared Friday to burn down a mobile home where they said more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material was found, making it risky for deputies to walk the California property and forcing the evacuation of dozens of nearby residents.

February 14, 2014 | | State


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Golden Gate National Recreation Area must upgrade handicapped access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area's Golden Gate National Recreational Area soon will be providing upgraded access for the thousands of visitors each year who have vision and mobility disabilities.

March 17, 2014 | | State


San Diegan chosen as next Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Monday to make San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins its speaker, replacing John Perez.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Police: Texting and marijuana actors in fatal crash

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Police say marijuana and cellphone use may have caused a double fatal crash in Sonoma County.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Campaign disclosure proposal fails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate fell one vote short Monday in their effort to force political nonprofit groups to reveal their donors this election season, legislation crafted in response to $15 million in anonymous contributions that came in during the final weeks of the 2012 election season.

March 17, 2014 | | State


California chief justice seeks more court money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's court system needs more money if it is going to recover from years of budget cuts that have forced courthouses to close and court employees to take unpaid days off, the state's chief justice said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Tulare police chief arrested, released

TULARE (AP) - The chief of police in the Central California town of Tulare is under arrest.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Man charged in 2 carbon monoxide deaths

TRUCKEE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed manslaughter charges against a Truckee-based contractor whose negligence they say produced the carbon monoxide that killed two men at a home north of Lake Tahoe last fall.

March 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRANSIENT ARRESTED IN FATAL STABBING OF TEENAGER: CAMPBELL (AP) - Police say a 24-year-old homeless man is in custody on suspicion of fatally stabbing a teenage boy during a fight at a San Francisco Bay Area park.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Cop body cameras raise concerns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Entire city’s Little League suspended

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Less than a week after opening day, the Little League season in this Southern California beach city has been indefinitely suspended.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Copter plucks stranded dog from cliff

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A rescue worker dangling from a helicopter plucked a stranded dog from a Northern California seaside cliff.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Some cities seek water independence

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Drops of rain fell on Josephine Miller's 1920s bungalow - a watery relief in the midst of a punishing drought. Instead of flowing into storm drains and washing out to sea, an oversized tank harvested the precious resource to keep her thirsty citrus trees and vegetables from shriveling up on dry days.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Drought hurts Central Valley blackbird

FRESNO (AP) - California's tenacious drought is imperiling the tricolored blackbird in the Central Valley.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Pilots complain of huge solar farm’s brightness

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Pilots flying over the world's largest solar power plant in the Mojave Desert have complained of nearly blinding glare from the sun's reflection off its vast array of mirrors.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley billionaire buys record life policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unnamed Silicon Valley billionaire has purchased the world's most valuable life insurance policy.

March 16, 2014 | | State


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