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Governor names military leader to oversee parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a retired Marine Corps general on Tuesday to oversee California parks in the wake of a scandal that uncovered $54 million kept hidden from the Legislature.

November 13, 2012 | | State


Bullet train route will be engineering feat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A bullet train linking Northern and Southern California will be an audacious engineering feat because the line must cross two mountain ranges and a half-dozen earthquake faults, experts said.

November 13, 2012 | | State


'AnswerMan' to field Calif. drivers' questions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles is trying a humorous approach to answer common questions online.

November 13, 2012 | | State


SF crab fishermen ready pots for start of season; expect modest catch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay area consumers may pay a bit more this year for locally caught Dungeness crab as fishermen say they are expecting a modest, medium-sized catch.

November 13, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CALIFORNIA HISTORY MUSEUM HIT BY THIEVES: OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland museum dedicated to California history has been hit by thieves, but officials aren't saying exactly what was taken or how much it was worth.

November 13, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DOG STUFFED INTO BURLAP SACK DUMPED ALONG ROAD: RIVERSIDE, (AP) - A Chihuahua stuffed into a burlap sack and dumped along a Southern California roadway is recovering at a Riverside animal adoption center.

November 13, 2012 | | State


Southern California home prices jump in October

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices jumped in October, a research firm said Tuesday, the latest evidence that the region's housing market recovery is gaining momentum.

November 13, 2012 | | State


Deadly mushrooms came from backyard

LOOMIS (AP) - The lush backyard of a small California eldercare home has turned out to be the source of the poisonous wild mushrooms a caretaker made into a soup and fed to residents, killing two women.

November 13, 2012 | | State


3 arrested in Mariposa mining museum heist

MARIPOSA (AP) - Three men believed to be responsible for a September heist of at least $1 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills have been arrested, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

November 13, 2012 | | State


CSU, UC boards postpone tuition fee hikes after plea made by Gov. Brown

LONG BEACH (AP) - The governing boards of both California State University and the University of California on Tuesday heeded pleas from Gov. Jerry Brown to postpone proposed tuition increases.

November 13, 2012 | | State


California Chamber of Commerce sues to invalidate state’s cap-and-trade effort

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest business group filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the validity of the state's cap-and-trade program on the eve of the first pollution permit auction.

November 13, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

TRANSGENDER WOMAN SUES OVER STUN GUN USE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A transgender woman has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of excessive force after a Taser was fired at her groin.

November 12, 2012 | | State


Deaths of two renew mushroom warnings

LOOMIS (AP) - It's a story that plays out often in California once the fall rainy season starts and mushrooms sprout: someone unintentionally picks and eats a poisonous variety, leading to hospitalization or even death.

November 12, 2012 | | State


NBC's 'Revolution' snares Led Zeppelin songs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - What tunes fit a post-apocalyptic society? For NBC's freshman drama "Revolution," the answer is Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and "Since I've Been Loving You."

November 12, 2012 | | State


California launches greenhouse gas system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark "cap-and-trade" system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies.

November 12, 2012 | | 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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