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Border checkpoint scans eyes, faces of departing foreigners

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The federal government is using eye scans and facial recognition technology for the first time to verify the identities of foreigners leaving the United States on foot - a trial move aimed at closing a longstanding security gap, officials announced Thursday.

February 18, 2016 | | State


FBI searches home of SoCal terror attack shooter’s brother

CORONA (AP) - The investigation into the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 people burst back into public view Thursday, when FBI agents searched the home of the brother of gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Ex-state senator Yee asks judge to weigh wife’s illness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attorney for an ex-California state senator convicted of racketeering asked a judge to consider the senator's long history of public service and his wife's illness and sentence him to no more than five years and three months in prison, below the 8-year sentence recommended by prosecutors.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Los Angeles sues developer for $20M over fire damage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city on Thursday filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against the developer of the Da Vinci Apartments, alleging improper construction and security led to the damage of nearby city buildings when an arson fire nearly burned the massive complex to the ground.

February 18, 2016 | | State


GOING NORTH FIRST

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The decision to build the first leg of California's bullet train north to the San Francisco Bay Area instead of south as planned since 2012 marks an acknowledgement of the project's waning political support and an ongoing funding shortfall for a system that spans the state.

February 18, 2016 | | State


California safety board says no to mandatory condoms in porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California officials in charge of workplace safety voted down a proposal Thursday that would have put condoms on porn actors, heeding the call of scores of industry officials who said doing so would force them to make films nobody would watch.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Water board sues Army Corps over Los Angeles River dredging

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a regional water board accuses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of violating the federal Clean Water Act during two dredge and fill operations along the Los Angeles River and its tributaries.

February 18, 2016 | | State


Posey says he’s committed to conserving water at his home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey would like to clear up one thing about his property landing on a list of excessive water users in the drought-ravaged Bay Area: The San Francisco Giants catcher insists he worked with landscapers to take appropriate measures to save water before he and his wife moved into their suburban home in 2013.

February 18, 2016 | | State


2 LA officers charged with rape on duty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While one Los Angeles police officer acted as a lookout in the front seat of a departmental car, a 19-year-old woman working as a drug informant was forced to perform oral sex on his partner in the back seat after being told, "You have to do what the police tell you to do," the teenager said in a federal court filing.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Rain, snow hit California after record heat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After three days of record-breaking heat, a cold front from Oregon brought high winds and rain to Northern California on Wednesday with gusts of up to 45 mph in the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Woman recants, California man freed after 18 years in prison

LAKEPORT (AP) - A man who spent 18 years in prison for child molestation has been ordered released after his victim recanted her abuse claims.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Prosecutors want 8 year sentence for state senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors recommended Wednesday that a judge sentence a former California state senator convicted of racketeering to 8 years in prison, saying such a sentence would reflect the "breadth and length" of his crimes and act as a deterrent to others.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Hospital paid 17K ransom to hackers of its computer network

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles hospital paid a ransom in bitcoins equivalent to about $17,000 to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network, the medical center's chief executive said Wednesday.

February 17, 2016 | | State


Law determines transgender bathroom use

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota would be the first state in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth if the governor signs a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate.

February 16, 2016 | | State


Graphic photos begin ‘‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killing trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Their bodies were dumped in alleys and garbage bins in South Los Angeles, some naked, some covered with mattresses and trash. Most had been shot in the chest after some type of sexual contact, others strangled.

February 16, 2016 | | State


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Spate of freeway shootings kills two in Bay Area

RICHMOND (AP) - A driver was fatally shot over the weekend in the seventh shooting on a Northern California freeway in recent months, authorities said Monday.

February 29, 2016 | | State


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