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Teacher suspended after arrest for kidnapping students

ALTADENA (AP) - A veteran Southern California high school teacher accused of asking three students for a ride, holding a knife on them and ordering them to take him to a fast-food restaurant, was suspended Monday and remained in custody, officials said.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Bay Area falls short in water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's call for Californians to reduce water usage by 20 percent appears to have fallen on deaf ears - at least in the San Francisco Bay Area.

June 09, 2014 | | State


High court won’t hear state appeal about disabled sent to county jails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that California bears responsibility for nearly 2,000 disabled parolees housed in county jails.

June 09, 2014 | | State


$1M bail for teen jailed in $240K vehicle theft

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A judge has set bail at $1 million for a Northern California teenager accused of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.

June 09, 2014 | | State


2-year-old dies after statue falls on him

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 2-year-old Utah boy was killed when a 6-foot-tall dolphin statue fell on him in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, police said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | | State


UC Riverside student freed after kidnapping

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police say a University of California, Riverside, psychology student may have used her lessons to escape from a kidnapper.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Sacramento County eyes indoor pot growing limitations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors this week would limit indoor marijuana growing to nine plants per house in unincorporated areas.

June 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SISTERS CHARGED IN SAN FRANCISCO BROTHEL PROBE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris says two sisters are in custody for allegedly operating a sex trafficking ring in San Francisco.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley’s interns enjoy perk-filled summer

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it's a very long list.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Fresno principal kills self amid sex abuse probe

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An elementary school principal in Fresno shot and killed himself as sheriff's deputies prepared to search his home as part of a child sex abuse investigation that will continue in the aftermath of the suspect's suicide, authorities said.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Study: California grocery workers struggle to pay for their own food

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One out of three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance while one in five rations the food he or she helps sell, according to a new report that laments the industry's diminishing standing as a source of stable, middle-class jobs.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Teen jailed after arrest in $240K car

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Another county sues state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kern County officials filed a lawsuit Friday over the state's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, alleging deficiencies in the environmental review of the route from Fresno to Bakersfield, a day after Kings County and a group of residents there made similar claims in a separate lawsuit.

June 06, 2014 | | State


California spends $2.5M to cultivate inmate artists

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For seven years, inmates at a Southern California state prison have learned to express themselves through acting, acquiring skills that actor Tim Robbins says can change their lives.

June 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CRIMINAL PROBE IN BIRD INJURIES DROPPED: OAKLAND (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are no longer pursuing criminal charges against a tree trimmer who injured baby birds outside California post office.

June 06, 2014 | | State


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Ships to be paid to slow to save whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cargo ships will be paid to slow down to avoid hitting whales and cut air pollution, under a new voluntary program being launched off Southern California.

August 06, 2014 | | State


No contest pleas in theft of Paul Walker car part after crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men have pleaded no contest to stealing part of the Porsche in which "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker died.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Guilty plea by man who hid camera in dressing room to get photos of girls

SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who hid a video camera in a dressing room at an Orange County college to record young girls taking off their clothes has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Insurers launch records info exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two California insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication and improve patient outcomes.

August 05, 2014 | | State


Officials lift evacuation in one NorCal wildfire

BURNEY (AP) - Officials say evacuation orders have been lifted for one of two wildfires in Northern California.

August 05, 2014 | | State


300 rescued after boat hits sand bar in drought ravaged Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Authorities say about 300 people out for a cruise on Lake Tahoe had to be rescued after their boat hit a sand bar and stranded them offshore.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Owners claim 150-pound tortoise found strolling on suburb street

ALHAMBRA (AP) - A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Few roles for Hispanics in top movies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.

August 04, 2014 | | State


NorCal wildfire menaces Burney homes

BURNEY (AP) - Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town on Monday, at a time when firefighters in Oregon and Washington state also aim to combat destructive blazes.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Family of Cal player who died in offseason training sue over death

BERKELEY (AP) - Attorneys representing the family of former California football player Ted Agu are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors can seek death in salon rampage but can’t use informant

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County prosecutors can seek the death penalty for a man who admitted killing eight people at a hair salon, but they can't use evidence improperly gleaned from a jailhouse informant in the case, a judge ruled Monday.

August 04, 2014 | | State


UC Santa Barbara No. 3 party school

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Defense calls Silk Road search illegal

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for a San Francisco man charged with operating an online marketplace for illegal drugs are asking a judge to toss out most of the evidence against him, saying the Fourth Amendment protects their client from "indiscriminate rummaging" through his entire online history.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Caregivers can’t sue Alzheimer’s patients

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - People with Alzheimer's disease are not liable for injuries they may cause their paid in-home caregivers, California's highest court ruled Monday in a case involving a home health aide who was hurt while trying to restrain a client.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Drought dries up camping at state park

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - State park officials say California's drought is forcing them for the first time this year to close a campground to overnight use.

August 04, 2014 | | State


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