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Amid ‘Mockingbird’ sequel buzz, worries about author Lee’s wishes

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Hometown friends and fans of "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher's sensational announcement - that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel had been rediscovered and will be released - with the image of the elderly writer at her sister's recent funeral.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Officer acquitted in beanbag gun death

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Tahoe golf course opens months early

KINGS BEACH (AP) - The mild winter has taken a toll on Sierra ski resorts but the lack of snow has some golfers hitting the links much earlier than usual at a course with a long history on Lake Tahoe's north shore.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SUV-train crash kills 6

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal investigators looking into a fiery commuter train wreck that killed six people zeroed in Wednesday on what they called the big question on everyone's mind: Why was the driver of an SUV stopped on the tracks, between the lowered crossing gates?

February 04, 2015 | | State


NBC’s Brian Williams apologizes for lying about coming under fire

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.

February 04, 2015 | | State


RadioShack worker accused of stealing nude phone photos

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former Northern California RadioShack employee was charged with stealing revealing photos from the smartphone of a woman who had brought in the device to have its cracked screen fixed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Stun gun used on diabetic driver

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - An officer feared he was in danger when he twice used a stun gun on a 78-year-old diabetic driver with low blood sugar who crashed into several cars and refused orders to stop, police say.

February 04, 2015 | | State


College: More stress, less time to socialize

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Today's high school seniors aren't partying and socializing as much as their parents' generation - they're too busy trying to get into college, and when they get there, some don't feel good about themselves, a new survey reports.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Plan slaps drivers with $52 annual fee for roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most California drivers would pay an extra $52 a year under a proposal to raise $2 billion a year to fix the state's crumbling roads, bridges and highways.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Suspect: ‘I did kill those cops’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man charged with killing two Northern California sheriff's deputies stunned a courtroom Wednesday by blurting out that he committed the crimes and is ready to be executed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Family of slain Stockton bank heist hostage blames police

STOCKTON (AP) - The family of a bank robbery hostage who was shot and killed in Stockton blamed police for the death Wednesday and demanded the city take financial responsibility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers aim to limit exemptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SILICON VALLEY BOOMING

SAN JOSE (AP) - A study released Tuesday shows Silicon Valley's tech economy is continuing to boom, with 58,000 new jobs and 42,000 new residents last year and all indications the record growth will continue.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Finishing college growing divide between rich, poor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is a growing divide between who earns a bachelor's degree by age 24, with the gap between the nation's richest and poorest students doubling during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Court panel questions federal attempt to close pot dispensary

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court questioned Tuesday why the Department of Justice was trying to shut down a large California medical marijuana dispensary in light of recent indications the department would not go after pot stores.

February 03, 2015 | | State


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Teen arrested after Oakland mother killed in crossfire protecting her kids

OAKLAND (AP) - A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with the murder of a young Oakland mother who was shot to death while shepherding her children to safety in the midst of a gunbattle, authorities said Thursday.

March 12, 2015 | | State


Underground hot springs found on Saturn moon?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - New research suggests there are hot springs bubbling beneath the icy surface of a tiny Saturn moon.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Police dogs buried in own cemetery

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - It's a place of honor for those who sniffed out crime and brought down crooks. On a bluff beneath tall oak trees and overlooking rolling green hills, police dogs from one California agency are laid to rest.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Woman who sent lewd text messages to teen sentenced to jail

NAPA (AP) - A Northern California judge has ordered a 35-year-old woman to spend three months in jail for sending sexually explicit messages to a high school teen.

March 11, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

•ACRAMENTO APPROVES CONTRACT FOR $8M ARENA SCULPTURE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento will pay $8 million for a sculpture by renowned artist Jeff Koons that will stand outside a new downtown sports arena.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Apple reopens iTunes, App stores after lengthy outage due to error

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has restored service to its widely used iTunes and app stores after a rare breakdown Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Review: Google laptop impresses

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- There's a lot to love about Google's new high-end Chromebook Pixel laptop: a vivid, high-resolution touch screen, powerful speakers and next-generation USB ports meant to standardize power chargers. All for $300 cheaper than the original model.

March 11, 2015 | | State


Assistant nurse gets 7 years to life for torture of two adopted children

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse's assistant who beat her young adopted son and daughter with cords, ropes and pipes and bound them with zip ties in their bedrooms while she went to work was sentenced Wednesday to as long as life in prison, prosecutors said.

March 11, 2015 | | State


State board suspends school Common Core accountability

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system on Wednesday for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.

March 11, 2015 | | State


DRINKING WATER & OIL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision.

March 10, 2015 | | State


ACLU sues agencies over phone-tracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of California filed lawsuits Tuesday against the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the Anaheim Police Department saying they violated state law by not providing documents on their use of technology that may be used to intercept phone calls or text messages.

March 10, 2015 | | State


Plan for state to regain prison control

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday outlined a plan for California to end nearly a decade of federal control over its prison health care system.

March 10, 2015 | | State


Meeting on flag ban cancelled by threat

IRVINE (AP) - A threat of violence prompted the University of California, Irvine to cancel a Tuesday meeting that was set to discuss a ban on flags - including the U.S. flag - in student government offices.

March 10, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISNEYLAND CLOSES INNOVENTIONS HALL, BUILDS SPECULATION: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland is closing its Innoventions exhibit hall in Tomorrowland, bringing flurries of speculation over what might replace it.

March 10, 2015 | | State


Swastikas ripped from house, new sign goes up

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California man put up a new sign on his house Tuesday, a day after a protester tore down swastikas posters and a wooden statue that accompanied the display.

March 10, 2015 | | State


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