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California winner of $648M lottery jackpot forgot he had bought tickets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's $324 million Mega Millions jackpot winner Steve Tran had a 3 a.m. epiphany earlier this week that spurred him from sleep and had him fumbling through a pile of lottery tickets on top of his dresser.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Dog owner arrested after Akita’s alleged attack on 3-year-old

MURIETTA (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested after his 3-year-old Akita allegedly attacked a toddler at a home improvement store.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Police: No reason to hold man before priest killed in Eureka

EUREKA . (AP) - When the body of the Rev. Eric Freed was discovered in the rectory of his church on New Year's Day, police immediately had a suspect: A man released from jail hours earlier who was spotted on church grounds by a security guard, questioned by a police officer, and then seen again by the same guard, this time holding a wooden stake.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Sierra snowpack 20% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first Sierra snow survey of the winter on Friday confirmed the fears of state water managers, who are warning of drought conditions in the coming year unless the state receives significantly more rain and snow.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Architect pleads no contest in fireman’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A German architect pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of a Los Angeles firefighter crushed in the collapse of a ceiling during a fire at a luxury home the architect designed and built in the Hollywood Hills.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Talks ordered in brain dead girl case

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered settlement talks between lawyers for a California hospital and a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Police arrest suspect in priest killing

EUREKA (AP) - Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the killing of a respected priest and educator who was found dead on New Year's Day in a church rectory in Northern California.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-CHP dispatcher arrested in drug, weapons case involving Hells Angels

WOODLAND (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol dispatcher and her husband are facing various charges after authorities say they orchestrated deals for drugs and weapons in Yolo County.

January 02, 2014 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

WOMAN KILLED, BABY INJURED CROSSING FREMONT STREET: FREMONT (AP) - A 19-year-old woman has been killed and a 3-month-old boy she was carry has life-threatening injuries after they were struck by a vehicle on New Year's Eve in Fremont.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Bullet train in limbo after legal setbacks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials overseeing California's $68 billion high-speed rail project have taken pains in recent weeks to assure the public that construction plans are moving ahead, characterizing a series of recent setbacks as "a bump in the road."

January 02, 2014 | | State


California high court grants law license to man in USA illegally for 2 decades

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court granted a law license Thursday to a man who has lived in the U.S. illegally for two decades, a ruling that advocates hope will open the door to millions of immigrants seeking to enter other professions such as medicine, accounting and teaching.

January 02, 2014 | | State


State must count rejected ballot petitions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge in Sacramento ordered the secretary of state's office on Thursday to add about 5,000 signatures to the 614,326 submitted by supporters of a proposed voter referendum that seeks to overturn a new California law guaranteeing certain rights to transgender students in public schools.

January 02, 2014 | | State


News from around california

WOMAN ARRESTED, ALLEGEDLY LEFT SON WITH TRANSIENTS: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California woman has been arrested for allegedly leaving her 10-year-old son with two homeless friends so she could party on New Year's Eve.

January 02, 2014 | | State


FBI: Chinese Consulate fire set intentionally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials said Thursday a fire at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco was ignited at the front of the building, leading to an arson investigation and calls from the Chinese government for better protection of diplomats in the U.S.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Olympic Valley residents seek town incorporation to counter resort plans

OLYMPIC VALLEY (AP) - Local residents concerned about the planned expansion of the Squaw Valley ski resort have launched an effort to incorporate the Olympic Valley village into a California town so they'll have more control over future development at the mountain resort north of Lake Tahoe that hosted the 1960 Olympics.

January 02, 2014 | | State


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California hits nearly 870K health care sign-ups

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 870,000 Californians have signed up for an insurance policy through the state's health care exchange, the federal government reported Tuesday, as the state intensifies efforts to boost participation and target younger people ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.

March 11, 2014 | | State


7 injured after 200 brawl at California prison

CALIPATRIA (AP) - Seven inmates were injured as violence broke out among some 200 inmates at a state prison in southwestern California.

March 11, 2014 | | State


Depth, distance reduce impact of quake

EUREKA (AP) - One of the largest earthquakes to hit California in decades rattled the state's northern coast, but its depth and distance from shore reduced the impact on land, where there were no reports of injuries or damage, scientists and authorities said on Monday.

March 10, 2014 | | State


Clovis man gets 14 years for pointing laser

FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man convicted of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter was sentenced Monday to spend 14 years in federal prison, a term prosecutors believe to be among the region's longest for such a crime.

March 10, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles police charge man in murder involving severed head

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a man with murdering his live-in boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet near the Hollywood sign two years ago.

March 10, 2014 | | State


Attorney general promotes bills to reduce truancy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - School districts and the state would be required to do a better job of tracking students who miss class under proposed legislation announced Monday that is designed to lower California's dropout rate.

March 10, 2014 | | State


2 workers burned by acid at Tesoro refinery

MARTINEZ (AP) - Two workers were burned by acid Monday at a Northern California refinery processing unit where a similar incident occurred last month, state health officials said.

March 10, 2014 | | State


Investigators try to determine who shot officer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police said Monday it's still not clear who shot and wounded an officer over the weekend, and investigators are looking for the bullet.

March 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• PHILLIPS 66 FINED $230K FOR SF BAY AIR VIOLATIONS: RODEO (AP) - Phillips 66 Company has been fined $230,900 by San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials for numerous air pollution violations.

March 10, 2014 | | State


LA has most crowded housing in US

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Far from its reputation as the land of endless sprawl, Southern California has some of the nation's most crowded neighborhoods, according to a newspaper's analysis of population data.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Governor Brown hears fracking gripes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a year when California Democrats are worried about motivating their voters, Gov. Jerry Brown heard another unwelcome message Saturday: Some Democratic activists are bristling over his administration's policies on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Emissions law means shock at the pump

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state's industrial sector, costing it more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Arrest made in chase after SF officer shot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police said Sunday that they arrested the driver of a car that led them on a 90-mile chase throughout the San Francisco Bay Area after a police officer was shot and wounded.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Counties undermine prison efforts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions.

March 09, 2014 | | State


State oversight may tame California marijuana shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed.

March 09, 2014 | | State


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