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• MAN SENTENCED IN BITING OF PARENTS: DALY CITY (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to felony assault in the biting of his parents when they said he couldn't see the family cat.

March 18, 2014 | | State


Drought expected to idle 800,000 acres

SACRAMENTO - The California Farm Water Coalition has upgraded its estimate of acres farmers will leave idle this year to 800,000 acres, up from 500,000, because of a lack of water.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Brothers convicted of molesting kids they bribed with candy, ice cream

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two Orange County brothers have pleaded guilty to repeatedly molesting 3- and 7-year-old neighbor girls who were bribed to keep quiet with candy and ice cream.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Dems scrap affirmative action repeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Bowing to pressure from within their party, Democrats in the Legislature on Monday abandoned an attempt to repeal California's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in the state's higher education system.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles at 4.4 magnitude

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.

March 17, 2014 | | State


GOP entrepreneur’s push for ballot measure for $12 minimum wage stalls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attempt to persuade California voters this year to approve a $12-an-hour minimum wage, which would be the highest among states, stalled Monday after its chief supporter announced he was struggling to qualify the proposal for the ballot.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Park officials oppose plan to rename Yosemite peak after John Fremont

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A plan to rename a Yosemite National Park peak after the wife of 19th century explorer John Fremont is running into opposition from the National Park Service, which says it does not support the commemorative naming of landscape features in national parks, a newspaper reported.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Golden Gate National Recreation Area must upgrade handicapped access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area's Golden Gate National Recreational Area soon will be providing upgraded access for the thousands of visitors each year who have vision and mobility disabilities.

March 17, 2014 | | State


San Diegan chosen as next Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Monday to make San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins its speaker, replacing John Perez.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Police: Texting and marijuana actors in fatal crash

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Police say marijuana and cellphone use may have caused a double fatal crash in Sonoma County.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Campaign disclosure proposal fails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate fell one vote short Monday in their effort to force political nonprofit groups to reveal their donors this election season, legislation crafted in response to $15 million in anonymous contributions that came in during the final weeks of the 2012 election season.

March 17, 2014 | | State


California chief justice seeks more court money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's court system needs more money if it is going to recover from years of budget cuts that have forced courthouses to close and court employees to take unpaid days off, the state's chief justice said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Tulare police chief arrested, released

TULARE (AP) - The chief of police in the Central California town of Tulare is under arrest.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Man charged in 2 carbon monoxide deaths

TRUCKEE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed manslaughter charges against a Truckee-based contractor whose negligence they say produced the carbon monoxide that killed two men at a home north of Lake Tahoe last fall.

March 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRANSIENT ARRESTED IN FATAL STABBING OF TEENAGER: CAMPBELL (AP) - Police say a 24-year-old homeless man is in custody on suspicion of fatally stabbing a teenage boy during a fight at a San Francisco Bay Area park.

March 17, 2014 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Water thefts on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.

February 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.

February 23, 2015 | | State


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