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DEATH PENALTY VERDICT FOR MAN WHO MURDERED MOTHER, 3 GIRLS: LANCASTER (AP) - A Los Angeles County jury says a man should die for the torture killings of a Lancaster woman and her three young daughters.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Survey shows higher snowpack

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Fine wine stolen from famed Napa Valley restaurant

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Wine sold for nearly $8,000 a bottle was stolen from the French Laundry in Napa Valley, a restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Officers cleared in deadly shooting

LODI (AP) - Two Northern California police officers were justified when they shot and killed a Gulf War veteran who allegedly charged at them with a knife, prosecutors concluded in a report released Tuesday.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Rains help fuel California mushroom boom

SONOMA (AP) - Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Toppled trees kill 2 people in windy Paradise

PARADISE (AP) - Falling trees killed two people in separate incidents as winds topped 60 mph in Northern California.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Coyote that bit man, child not rabid

FREMONT (AP) - Police in Northern California shot and killed a wild coyote after it bit a man and a child and tried to attack a third person in separate attacks in residential neighborhoods on Christmas.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Former lawmaker plots return after lung transplant

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California state lawmaker announced this week she is plotting her return campaign three years after a rare autoimmune disease required her to undergo a life-saving double lung transplant.

December 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALFORNIA

SURFER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER SHARK BITE: LOS OSOS (AP) - A California man who was pulled off his surfboard and bitten by a juvenile great white shark was released from the hospital Monday, a spokesman for the medical center said.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Signatures submitted to fight bag ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups trying to overturn a new California law that bans single-use plastic bags said Monday that they've collected more than enough signatures to put their referendum on the November 2016 ballot.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Men open fire on LA Police patrol car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Team allowed to wear protest shirts

FORT BRAGG (AP) - A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading "I Can't Breathe" and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.

December 29, 2014 | | State


‘Hobbit’ wins in theater showings but, ‘Interview’ has strong VOD sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

December 28, 2014 | | State


Egypt: Biblical epic ‘Exodus’ banned over historical errors

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Farmers brace for labor shortage

FRESNO - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

December 28, 2014 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


A COLD ODYSSEY

TRUCKEE (AP) - After more than two months spent cold, wet, frostbit and blistered, Justin Lichter and Shawn Forry just wanted a few moments of comfort.

January 16, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

INMATE WHO ESCAPED WORK CAMP TRIES TO FLEE COURT: STOCKTON (AP) - A jail inmate suspected of trying to rob a bank after escaping from a FGrench Camp work camp tried to escape again during a courtroom appearance.

January 16, 2015 | | State


Carson likens Islamic State to patriots

CORONADO (AP) - Republican presidential prospect Ben Carson on Thursday compared the Islamic State group to American patriots willing to die for freedom.

January 15, 2015 | | State


SF mayor calls housing city’s top priority

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With San Francisco's home prices soaring, Mayor Ed Lee unveiled plans Thursday to try to increase the city's stock of affordable housing and help more people buy homes.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Nominations add intrigue to Oscar race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Oscar nominations added intrigue if not diversity to an Academy Awards race by favoring one late-season release ("American Sniper") over another ("Selma").

January 15, 2015 | | State


Contractor in Navy bribery scheme pleads guilty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday - only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Teens to face murder trial in killing of student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Los Angeles teenagers were ordered Thursday to stand trial on murder charges in the slaying of a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Contractor in Navy bribery scheme pleads guilty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday - only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Trump scraps plans to develop seaside golf range

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Donald Trump said Thursday that he is abandoning plans to build luxury homes on the driving range of the 18-hole seaside golf course he owns in Los Angeles County.

January 15, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

13 MORE CALIFORNIA MEASLES CASES TIED TO DISNEY OUTBREAK: LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials confirmed that 13 new measles cases are connected to an outbreak at Disney theme parks last month, bringing the total number of illnesses to 39.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Illegals can now get Mexican birth certificates at consulates

SANTA ANA (AP) - For Mexicans living in the U.S. illegally and hoping to stay in the country under President Barack Obama's new immigration policy, things just got one step simpler.

January 15, 2015 | | State


State releasing more water after storms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Recent storms will allow California to provide more water to local agencies and farms even as drought conditions stretch into a fourth year, officials announced Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | | State


More schools serve students dinner as demand expands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many of the students at Kingsley Elementary School in a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles eat breakfast and lunch provided by the school. For the nearly 100 enrolled in the after-school program, another meal is served: supper.

January 15, 2015 | | State


UPS driver found guilty of stealing dozens of guns

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Southern California UPS driver was found guilty Thursday of stealing dozens of guns to sell them on the black market.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Climbers: Whiskey on the rocks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins.

January 15, 2015 | | State


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