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Armed robber'sslim booty: $2

August 30, 2012 | | State


Yosemite shuts 90 plus cabins at center of deadly rodent probe

YOSEMITE (AP) - More than 90 cabins in Yosemite National Park are closed indefinitely after the site was found to be at the center of a mouse-borne virus that has been blamed for the deaths of two people, officials said Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Crash involving driver, 100, rekindles age debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jack Wyard is 92 and sees no reason to surrender his car keys, not to mention the freedom they give him to get up and go anywhere he wants, whenever he wants.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Bill devotes $20M in hidden funds to parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would use $20 million found hidden in a state Department of Parks and Recreation special fund to keep all parks open under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Study: Calif. heat waves increasing toward coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California heat waves are trending toward being more humid with elevated nighttime temperatures and are becoming stronger in populous coastal areas, a new study by climate researchers found.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAGNITUDE-4.1 QUAKE SHAKES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: YORBA LINDA (AP) - A magnitude-4.1 earthquake rolled across Southern California on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Pot dispensary shut down by feds reopening

BERKELEY (AP) - A Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary forced to shut down by the federal government in May is reopening down the street.

August 29, 2012 | | State


LA clergy group: Halt Skid Row street feedings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of downtown clergy members has taken the unusual step of publicly urging other religious organizations to stop feeding homeless people on the streets of Skid Row, saying the effort is well meaning but misguided.

August 29, 2012 | | State


FX orders 90 more episodes of 'Anger Management'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - FX is ordering 90 more episodes of "Anger Management," Charlie Sheen's TV comeback vehicle after being fired from "Two and a Half Men."

August 29, 2012 | | State


Union pans use of guard for Santa Clara County supervisor at taxpayer expense

SAN JOSE (AP) - Sheriff's officials are being criticized for a program that provided a county supervisor with a bodyguard at taxpayer expense in Santa Clara County.

August 29, 2012 | | State


State lawmaker promises fix after Israel flap

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker on Wednesday promised to introduce a fix to an Assembly resolution that stirred controversy a day earlier because it urged California colleges and universities to crack down on demonstrations against Israel.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Law restricts pension cuts for existing workers; PERS unfunded by $100B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The bulk of the projected savings in the public pension reform deal announced by Gov. Jerry Brown won't be felt for decades because most of the proposed changes will affect government workers who have yet to be hired.

August 29, 2012 | | State


NorCal wildfire expected to be fully contained

REDDING (AP) - A major Northern California wildfire that once threatened thousands of homes and led to a massive evacuation could be fully contained by late Wednesday, officials said.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Police: 100-year-old driver hits 11 near South Los Angeles elementary school

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 100-year-old man backed his car on to a sidewalk and hit 11 people, including nine children, across from an elementary school in South Los Angeles just after classes had ended Wednesday, authorities said.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Yosemite officials say 1,700 visitors at risk for disease

YOSEMITE (AP) - The rustic tent cabins of Yosemite National Park - a favorite among families looking to rough it in one of the nation's most majestic settings - have become the scene of a public health crisis after two visitors died from a rodent-borne disease following overnight stays.

August 29, 2012 | | State


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Suspect in death of his grandma standing trial

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Repairing LA main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

August 01, 2014 | | State


$11M deal to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) - Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

August 01, 2014 | | State


GOP hopeful goes homeless for a week

FRESNO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

July 31, 2014 | | State


People recall man looked out of place at Fresno shelter

FRESNO - Advocates for the homeless say a clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno shelter last week looked out of place.

July 31, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians to see 4.2 percent increase in health plan premiums

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Warwick knows her way to San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

July 31, 2014 | | State


SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Pipe break flooding UCLA submerged 960 cars in water

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

July 30, 2014 | | State


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