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TACO BELL FIRING RIDGECREST EMPLOYEE FOR TACO LICKING: RIDGECREST. (AP) - Taco Bell is firing a California employee who was photographed licking a stack of taco shells.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Parole denied for Manson follower

CHINO (AP) - Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was denied parole Wednesday for the 20th time.

June 05, 2013 | | State


CPUC enforcement division” ‘Time to throw book at PG&E’

SAN FRANCISCO - The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday said "it is time to throw the book at PG&E" in a brief replying to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the CPUC's penalty consideration cases regarding PG&E's pipeline safety.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FORMER SANTA CLARA POLITICIAN FACING NEW CHARGE : SAN JOSE (AP) - A longtime California politician convicted of using campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction has been charged in a separate case involving an illegal campaign flier, prosecutors said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Serial murder suspect interviews possible jurors

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.

June 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-UCI PROFESSOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN OC ARSONS: SANTA ANA (AP) - A former University of California, Irvine professor has pleaded not guilty to charges he set a series of fires at his son's high school and elsewhere after the boy committed suicide.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Humanists sue over monument with cross

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A group that promotes a secular way of life is suing a California city for funding a monument depicting a soldier kneeling at a cross.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Serial murder suspect interviews possible jurors

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Firing of ex-LAPD officer Dorner justified

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An internal review by the Los Angeles Police Department concluded that rogue ex-officer Christopher Dorner was justifiably fired, a lawyer who reviewed the findings told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

June 04, 2013 | | State




PG&E didn't spend $50M for safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. did not use more than $50 million it collected from ratepayers that was meant to improve its gas pipeline network in the decade leading up to a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, an audit shows.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Norcal News

DEFENSE SUGGESTS VICTIM FATALLY SHOT HIMSELF: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A defense lawyer suggested a man who was fatally shot at a Sacramento Sikh sports festival five years ago may have fired the fatal bullet himself.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cuts will limit health access

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health care providers rallying at the Capitol on Tuesday warned that a Central Valley medical center could shut down and doctors throughout California could stop accepting Medicaid patients if a state funding cut is not reversed.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

VETERAN RUNNER DIES DURING MT. DIABLO FOOTRACE: MARTINEZ (AP) - A veteran long-distance runner competing in a 50-kilometer footrace on Mount Diablo died during the competition.

June 04, 2013 | | State


State parks system launching makeover

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California state parks system, beset by financial problems and scandal, is launching a study commission that leaders hope will reshape the system and restore public confidence and financial stability.

June 03, 2013 | | State


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Farms face steep water cuts in water district deemed urban

VALLEY CENTER (AP) - A San Diego municipal water agency appealed to the state to revise proposed water cutbacks because most of its users are farmers and they fear abundant avocado and citrus crops will dry up.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Transgender teen kills self after bullying

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 16-year-old transgender girl who spoke on YouTube about being bullied at school in Southern California killed herself, a support group said, raising questions about what educators can and should do to support students who change gender identity.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Deputies put on leave in violent arrest

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California sheriff placed 10 deputies on paid administrative leave Friday after a TV station recorded several of them kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase during which the suspect rode away on a stolen horse.

April 10, 2015 | | State


San Diego deploying water cops

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced this week that his city would be deploying water cops and offering money to rip up lawns in an effort to save water during an escalating drought.

April 10, 2015 | | State


FBI to probe forced SF jail-fighting allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI is investigating allegations that San Francisco sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between jail inmates and told the inmates to lie if they needed medical attention.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Regulators weigh splitting up PG&E after deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On the heels of a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's top utility regulator said he will look into whether the state's biggest power utility should be broken up to improve safety.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Vaccine bill sparks acidic debate

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at Disneyland has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security this week.

April 10, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSDS CALIFORNIA

BAKERSFIELD MAN HELD AFTER LITTLE BOY SLAPPED ON VIDEO: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a man after surveillance video from a Bakersfield convenience store showed a toddler being knocked down with a slap to the face.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Biden praises PG&E for its workforce training program

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden visited a power plant in Oaklandon Friday and spoke with veterans enrolled in a job-training program as part of a two-day swing through the Bay Area.

April 10, 2015 | | State


New water-efficiency standards for faucets

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California regulators are speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets and urinals in response to the drought.

April 09, 2015 | | State


PG&E won’t appeal $1.6B penalty for deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty Thursday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Feds investigate 2 freeway pipe bombs

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Federal officials are investigating the discovery of a pipe bomb along a Sacramento freeway off-ramp, near where a similar device was found a month ago.

April 09, 2015 | | State


FIRING AMERICANS?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing concerns about hiring practices at California's second-largest utility, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday asked for an investigation into whether companies are firing American workers and replacing them with foreigners to cut costs.

April 09, 2015 | | State


California saw record number of West Nile deaths in 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California saw a record number of deaths from the West Nile virus last year, and the state's drought may have contributed to the spike in infections, according to health officials.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Probe ordered into deputies’ beating of fleeing horseman

HESPERIA (AP) - A Southern California sheriff on Thursday ordered an immediate investigation after deputies were recorded beating and kicking a man who fled in a car and on horseback.

April 09, 2015 | | State


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