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Facebook’s newest app unbundles Groups feature for 1.35 billon users

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Oakland zoo works to save endangered NorCal frogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wildlife biologists at the Oakland Zoo are working to save the highly endangered yellow-legged frog.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

November 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego considers using recycled water for drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dismissed only a few years ago by residents of California's second-largest city, San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought.

November 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN STOCKTON POLICE CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say a man was arrested after he rammed several cars, hit a pedestrian with his vehicle and then led police on a 10-mile chase.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Mass murder Charles Manson getting hitched

CORCORAN (AP) - Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Shopping center planned former Candlestick site

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Candlestick Park will become the site of a 500,000-square-foot "urban outlet" shopping center under a new agreement announced Monday between home builder Lennar Corp. and retail developer Macerich.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Not guilty plea in bloody Stockton bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - The surviving suspect in a bank robbery that left a hostage and two suspects dead in a shootout with police pleaded not guilty in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Target worker accused of dressing room peeping

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Target employee has been arrested on suspicion of snapping cellphone photos of a woman in a dressing room stall at a Southern California store.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Huge solar plant lags in production

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Cruelty complaint in SoCal deer killing

ANAHEIM (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating a complaint that animal care officers cruelly slit the throat of a four-point buck, allowing it to bleed to death without anesthesia, after it was found with its leg impaled on a wrought-iron fence in the upscale Anaheim Hills neighborhood.

November 16, 2014 | | State


San Diego Sheriff’s ends Facebook page over free speech suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has taken down its Facebook page after a man accused it of violating his free speech rights and sued for deleting his comments.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Child homelessness on the rise in United States

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Councilman to become city’s next mayor

SAN JOSE (AP) - California's third most-populous city finally knows who its next mayor will be now that Santa Clara County election officials have decided against recounting ballots in the close San Jose mayoral election.

November 16, 2014 | | State


California must speed up inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges have ordered California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.

November 16, 2014 | | State


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Group: Police mistreat San Jose Muslim man

SAN JOSE (AP) - A civil rights group is calling for an independent probe into allegations of excessive and unfair police tactics on a Northern California man because he is Muslim.

December 23, 2014 | | State


Judge limits medical marijuana delivery app

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ordered a smartphone application that facilitates the delivery of medical marijuana to stop its activities in Los Angeles and to remove all reference to marijuana delivery within city limits.

December 23, 2014 | | State


Brown picks ex-aide to lead CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown named a former adviser on Tuesday to be the next head of California's troubled utilities commission, replacing a regulatory chief accused of back-channel dealings with utilities.

December 23, 2014 | | State


Woman reunited with car stolen nearly 30 years ago

SALINAS (AP) - A California woman was reunited with her classic Ford Mustang nearly 30 years after it was stolen, when a man tried to register the muscle car at a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

December 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WINDS EASE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUT MORE ON WAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds were headed toward Southern California on Monday, bringing the possibility of 55 mph gusts and summer-like temperatures just two days before Christmas, forecasters said.

December 22, 2014 | | State


State Supreme Court nominee confirmed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state panel on Monday confirmed another California Supreme Court appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown - a move that likely tilts the conservative-leaning court further to the left.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Man who shot 100-plus times at officers named

AUBURN (AP) - A 53-year-old Northern California man was identified Monday as the person who was killed by a sheriff's deputy after firing more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Billboard of gun-toting Santa draws controversy in Chico

CHICO (AP) - A billboard showing Santa Claus carrying an automatic rifle is drawing controversy in a Northern California town.

December 22, 2014 | | State


PG&E-CPUC CONSPIRACY?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest power utility released a dozen more emails Monday that it said showed improper back-channel discussions between the utility and top state regulators.

December 22, 2014 | | State


2 men indicted in deadly Stockton bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - An indictment unsealed Monday charged two men with murder, kidnapping and other crimes in a violent bank robbery and shootout with police that ended with the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other suspects.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Extremely high tides hit NorCal coastal areasd

MONTEREY (AP) - A natural coast rhythm around the winter solstice is bringing the year's highest tides to California shores.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Stanford students design paddles to climb glass walls

STANFORD (AP) - Stanford University students have created paddles that help humans scale glass walls like a gecko.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Window washer to leave hospital

OAKLAND (AP) - A window washer who fell 11 stories from a downtown San Francisco building onto a moving car last month is preparing to leave the hospital for a rehabilitation facility where he hopes to walk again.

December 22, 2014 | | State


Just how safe are driverless cars?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.

December 21, 2014 | | State


Roseville students accused of hate crime

ROSEVILLE . (AP) - A group of high school students is suspected of a hate crime after officials say the teens spread cotton balls on the front lawn of an African-American classmate's home.

December 21, 2014 | | State


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