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Stockton defendant doesn't participate in trial

STOCKTON (AP) - A former California Death Row inmate has failed to participate in his weeklong murder retrial even though he was serving as his own attorney.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Deal reached to ban plastic grocery bags in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Key California legislators have reached an agreement that could lead to a statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags at supermarkets, liquor stores and pharmacies by 2016.

January 23, 2014 | | State


State seeks 2-year delay on prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges Thursday to give the state two more years to reduce prison crowding to the level set by the court, and said inmates could be released early if the state fails to meet its goals.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Smith & Wesson won’t sell some pistols in California

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Corp. said Thursday it won't sell new models of its semi-automatic handguns in California to avoid complying with a provision in the state's gun law that took effect last year.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Brown wants loan for bullet train

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget includes a provision for a $29 million loan from the state to California's bullet train agency, according to a newspaper report.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Officer died of gunshot wound to chest

OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area transit officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer while they searched an apartment died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to autopsy results released Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | State


News from around california

CUSTOMER HITS JEWELRY STORE OWNER WITH HATCHET: EL CAJON (AP) - Authorities in San Diego County say a customer who became angry when his credit card transaction was denied struck the owner of jewelry store in the head repeatedly with a hatchet, then fled with the victim's gun.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Teen who stole Lamborghini gets life prison term

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of a series of crimes, including attempted murder and the theft of celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Driver dies when tire smashes into windshield

SAN DIMAS (AP) - A driver has died after a truck tire smashed into his windshield on a Southern California freeway.

January 23, 2014 | | State


Congressional bill would give water for fish to farmers

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner visited a dusty California field on Wednesday, joining Central Valley Republicans to announce an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what is certain to be a devastating year.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Search suspended for Folsom Lake plane wreckage

FOLSOM (AP) - A sonar expert has suspended the search for the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Folsom Lake nearly 50 years ago.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Brown: California challenged by drought

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered dual messages in his annual address to the Legislature: California's resurgence is well underway but is threatened by economic and environmental uncertainties.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Telescope spies water plumes on dward planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest object in the asteroid belt just got more attractive: Scientists have confirmed signs of water on the dwarf planet Ceres, one of the few bodies in the solar system to hold that distinction.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Couple welcomes identical triplets

LONG BEACH (AP) - A Southern California woman has given birth to identical triplets, instantly doubling the size of her family.

January 22, 2014 | | State


Mendocino County targeting marijuana growers stealing water

MENDOCINO (AP) - The sheriff of Mendocino County is vowing to crack down on illegal pot growers who he says steal millions of gallons of water during the growing season.

January 22, 2014 | | State


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Redding police chief says city attracts homeless with free services

REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.

February 15, 2015 | | State


USC adds humanist chaplains for nonbelievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State


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