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WARDEN SHOOTS, KILLS MOUNTAIN LION: COLFAX, Calif. (AP) - Authorities plan to perform a necropsy on a mountain lion that was shot and killed by a California Fish and Wildlife warden in Placer County over the weekend.

February 19, 2013 | | State


Benefits outweigh cost in Medicaid expansion

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The benefits of expanding health care for California's poor under the Affordable Care Act far outweigh the costs, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.

February 19, 2013 | | State


Shooting spree across leaves 4 dead

TUSTIN (AP) - The violence stretched across 25 miles in Orange County and was as brutal as it was fast-moving.

February 19, 2013 | | State


State may have to hire Wiccan chaplain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California prisons hire full-time chaplains and spiritual leaders to serve Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant and Native American inmates.

February 19, 2013 | | State


Fists, chairs fly between country club members

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - A weekend homeowners association meeting at a seemingly genteel Palm Springs-area country club turned into an all-out brawl when fists - and even chairs - flew between members.

February 19, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BART TO TRY BIKE EXPERIMENT AGAIN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency plans to again experiment with allowing bikes aboard all trains during peak commuting hours.

February 19, 2013 | | State


Webcam catches women harassing seals on CA beach

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A webcam set up to monitor a San Diego seal colony around the clock has captured two women harassing the animals.

February 18, 2013 | | State


Legislature renews debate over rural fire fee

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An annual fire-prevention fee that is unpopular with some rural property owners is headed back before the state Legislature, as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to expand its use and opponents try to kill it.

February 18, 2013 | | State


Scholar compiles Mien-English dictionary

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California missionary and linguist has compiled a comprehensive dictionary for the Mien language, a fast-fading idiom spoken by thousands of refugees from Laos who have resettled in cities throughout the U.S.

February 18, 2013 | | State


Hypothermia, drugs cited in teen's Tahoe death

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A California teen who went missing in South Lake Tahoe on New Year's Eve and was found a few days later near a snow bank likely died of hypothermia and had drugs in her system, according to autopsy results released Monday.

February 18, 2013 | | State


San Diego County has unwanted beetlemania

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's beetlemania in San Diego County. But there are no screams of joy.

February 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHP: NAPA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR 6TH DUI

February 18, 2013 | | State


Around the state

• Yacht sets record from New York to SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A racing yacht named after one of the world's fastest cars has docked in San Francisco after what organizers said was the fastest passage of a single-hulled sailing vessel from New York to San Francisco.

February 17, 2013 | | State


Geography will play larger role in health premiums

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Whether it's the densely populated Southern California coast or the mountains of rural Northern California, geography is going to play a larger role in the cost of health insurance under the federal health care overhaul set to take effect next year.

February 17, 2013 | | State


Soledad brands self as Gateway to Pinnacles National Park

SOLEDAD (AP) - Soledad, the Salinas Valley farm town that hugs Highway 101, is hoping for a much-needed economic boost now that a nearby protected mountain area called the Pinnacles has been designated as a national park.

February 17, 2013 | | State


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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


LA subway dig finds prehistoric stash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have long known that long before hipsters and tourists were crowding Los Angeles' trendy Miracle Mile district, prehistoric animals were doing the same.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Man Googles self; finds he’s wanted

SAN LEANDRO (AP) - A Northern California man was "egosurfing" Google when a search of his name yielded a startling result: He was wanted by police.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Court ruling could delay Twin Tunnels water project

STOCKTON (AP) - A state appellate court has ruled that California water officials cannot go onto private property for soil testing and other studies related to construction of two massive tunnels that would siphon water from the Sacramento River.

March 14, 2014 | | State


High speed rail board gets court’s OK to seize eight more properties

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project won permission Friday from a separate state board to begin eminent domain proceedings against eight properties in Fresno that are needed to build the line's initial segment.

March 14, 2014 | | State


San Jose mayor abandons pension- reform initiative until 2016 ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced Friday that he's abandoning an attempt to place an initiative on the November state ballot that would have enabled governments in California to cut future pension benefits for current workers.

March 14, 2014 | | State


Teen father arrested for biting nose off infant

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A teenage father in Northern California is under arrest after police say he bit the nose off his 1-month-old son because he was frustrated with the infant's crying.

March 14, 2014 | | State


Man who threatened shooting for retweets arrested by LAPD

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man who allegedly threatened to shoot a random pedestrian if his Twitter post was retweeted a hundred times.

March 14, 2014 | | State


Audit ordered over denied state claims

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers have ordered an audit to look into a state agency's handling of unemployment claims and why so many are denied.

March 13, 2014 | | State


Court OKS Delta smelt protections

FRESNO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.

March 13, 2014 | | State


2 arrested after explosives found in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay Area men were in custody on suspicion of manufacturing and selling large quantities of explosives, authorities said Thursday.

March 13, 2014 | | State


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