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THOUSANDS IN SIERRA FOOTHILLS WITHOUT POWER: IONE (AP) - Thousands of people in a handful of small communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills southeast of Sacramento are without electricity after a power outage hit the area.

December 17, 2012 | | State


LAPD chief wants officers to visit schools daily

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he plans to step up patrols of elementary and middle schools in the nation's second-largest school district by assigning officers to visit them at least once a day.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

OFFICIALS ID CHP OFFICER KILLED IN OFF-DUTY CRASH: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Officials have released the name of a veteran California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash, while his colleagues remembered him as a dedicated public servant.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Mission Hills man suspected of stabbing his grandmother to death with BBQ fork

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his grandmother to death, possibly with a barbecue fork.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Napa do-over prompts grape plant shortage

NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Police trade $200,000 for 590 guns

OAKLAND (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."

December 16, 2012 | | State


School yoga tries to avoid religious controversy as district faces lawsuit

ENCINITAS (AP) - Public school yoga instructor Katie Campbell proudly looks out at 23 first graders as they contain their squirming in a kid-friendly version of the lotus position.

December 16, 2012 | | State


PG&E: Workers fired for lying about inspections

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it has fired or suspended nearly 20 workers after discovering legally required inspections may not have been performed.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Regulators approve free cellphones for the poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Impoverished Californians will soon get free cellphones.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Big surge in smokeless tobacco sales

SACRAMENTO (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.

December 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JURY: LAPD MUST PAY $24M FOR SHOOTING OF BOY, 13: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has ruled the Los Angeles Police Department must pay $24 million for a 13-year-old boy shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN'S SEX ROMP EXPOSES WORKERS' COMP FRAUD : SAN MATEO (AP) - A sex romp at a public park helped prosecutors convict a California woman of faking an ankle injury to collect workers' compensation payments, authorities said.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Modest growth sends population to 37.8M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew at the same modest pace during the year that ended in July as it did during the previous 12 months, sending the population to 37.8 million, according to a state population estimate released Thursday.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Stockton carjacking suspect faces murder charges for death

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police are releasing more details about a suspected carjacker facing murder charges following a high-speed chase that ended when the stolen car crashed and killed his female accomplice.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Ruling allows Medi-Cal payment cuts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed California's right to cut payments made to Medi-Cal providers by 10 percent, a victory that Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says will save the state more than $330 million a year.

December 13, 2012 | | State


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Fire in remote Sequoia forest spreading fast

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Firefighters aggressively attacked a California wildfire that spread quickly after starting Friday afternoon in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest, officials said.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Record low turnout as controller recount begins

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A lower percentage of voters went to the polls in the June primary in California than in any previous statewide election, the secretary of state said Friday as elections officials in Imperial and Kern counties began recounting ballots in the contested race for state controller.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers to visit Central America

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of California lawmakers will visit Central America next week to learn about the immigration challenges that are contributing to the U.S. border crisis.

July 11, 2014 | | State


Ex-chief of CALPERS found guilty of bribery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former head of the nation's largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

July 11, 2014 | | State


San Francisco parking spot app shuts down its service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney.

July 11, 2014 | | State


RACE FOR STATE CONTROLLER

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the disputed race for state controller, all sides can agree on one thing: A vote recount starting Friday is unprecedented in its scope, leaving California officials in uncharted territory.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Brown signs tax bill benefiting Tesla

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Brown asked not to appeal teacher ruling

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican lawmakers on Thursday asked Gov. Jerry Brown to resist union pressure to appeal a Los Angeles judge's decision striking down tenure and other job protections for California teachers.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Border Patrol halts immigrant flights to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday it has stopped transporting Central American children and families to San Diego after they are arrested in South Texas, halting the short-lived experiment that sparked a backlash in one city when protesters blocked a road and forced the rerouting of busloads of immigrants.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Congresswoman says CHP beating video is police brutality

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Officials: Juvenile started wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring, officials said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Teachers to attest to reporting abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California teachers applying for or renewing their credentials will be required to acknowledge that they understand their responsibility to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or county welfare officials, and not just school administrators, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | State


You may soon get $500 fine for water waste

GLENDALE (AP) - Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Teen dies after jumping on iPhone thief’s car

SANTA ANA (AP) - Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a new iPhone 5S on condition she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Rubi Rubio already had broken two phones, so Hernandez told her daughter if she broke this one it would be her last.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Dodgers partly responsible in beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit on Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.

July 09, 2014 | | State


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