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Detained American has strong Santa Cruz ties

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Perched among the rowboats at a wetlands sanctuary is a slick, fiberglass shell named "Merrill," a boat that marks just one of many ways an 85-year-old veteran detained for the past month in North Korea has touched this beachfront community.

November 25, 2013 | | State


Invasive lizard replacing native species

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists are studying why the Italian wall lizard introduced into a Los Angeles neighborhood 20 years ago has virtually replaced a native species.

November 25, 2013 | | State


Missing Yosemite National Park resident found

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials say a family member has found a 60-year-old woman who went missing after leaving her home for a hike.

November 25, 2013 | | State


News from around california

RACIAL SLURS, SWASTIKAS FOUND ON 7 LA VEHICLES

November 25, 2013 | | State


Katie Couric to anchor Yahoo's news coverage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company's video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans to make the transition into online programming.

November 25, 2013 | | State


Judge derails high-speed rail bond sale

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge on Monday tore up California's funding plans for what would be the nation's first bullet train, issuing separate orders that could force the state to spend months or years redrawing its plans for the $68 billion rail line.

November 25, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

OFFICIAL: SCHOOL FAILED STUDENT IN HARASSMENT CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) - The president of a California university where four white students are accused of harassing a black student says the school failed to adequately intervene or impose sanctions.

November 25, 2013 | | State


Audit calls for better estimate for Salton Sea

EL CENTRO (AP) - A recent state audit calls for a more thorough estimate of how much it will cost to alleviate expected clouds of dust and other hazards along the receding shores of the Salton Sea.

November 25, 2013 | | State


Delta receives NFL award

National Forensic League Executive Director J. Scott Wunn recently announced that Delta Charter has earned the 2012-13 Leading Chapter Award in the Big Valley District.

November 24, 2013 | | State


Winds kill two people in Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - Three people were killed in blustery Northern California, football playoffs were called off because of rain in Arizona, and dozens of cars became stranded in snowy rural Nevada as winter weather barreled through the West.

November 22, 2013 | | State


California unemployment falls to 8.7%

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in September and was unchanged in October, snapping a two-month streak of increases, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.

November 22, 2013 | | State


Final tally: Democrat wins Assembly race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A final vote tally released Friday showed Democrat Matt Dababneh narrowly winning a special election to fill a Los Angeles-area seat in the state Assembly, but his Republican opponent said she is considering asking for a recount.

November 22, 2013 | | State


Drug cartel leader arrested at US border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday.

November 22, 2013 | | State


Crime witness who vanished on walk found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A key witness who failed to show up in a burglary case involving Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend because he vanished while walking his dog was found Friday, police said.

November 22, 2013 | | State


Convicted California serial killer gets death

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to death Friday in the decades-old killings of four women with matching initials, saying the serial killer has "made this world a worse place."

November 22, 2013 | | State


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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


Father safely delivers son in car along Bay Area freeway

LAFAYETTE (AP) - A man delivered his son in a car on the side of a Northern California freeway and then called off an ambulance and drove the baby boy and the mother to a hospital.

January 15, 2015 | | State


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