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Animals, hermits among odd news for 2013 in New England

BOSTON (AP) - A mysteriously pregnant anteater, a farmer who feeds beer to his turkeys and a man charged with disorderly conduct for whistling loudly as he strolled around town were among the more unusual stories that made headlines in New England in 2013. Here's a look at some of the odd things that happened in the past year:

December 30, 2013 | | State


Feds order LA- based bus firm to cease operations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered a Los Angeles-based bus company to cease operations after federal safety investigators said they discovered its vehicles were allowed on the road with serious safety defects and its drivers were not regularly screened for drug and alcohol use.

December 30, 2013 | | State


SF Bay area air agency issues new wood-burning ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials are prohibiting the use of wood-burning fireplaces for another day after determining the region's air is unhealthy.

December 30, 2013 | | State


Fight to land A’s is tale of 3 cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Oakland A's years-long quest for a new home is really a tale of three cities.

December 29, 2013 | | State


Dry year spurs new conservation orders for 2014

SACRAMENTO (AP) - December has been one of the driest months in one of the driest years ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.

December 29, 2013 | | State


Nativity features Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus

CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence.

December 29, 2013 | | State


Time short to find new facility for brain dead teenager

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery was running out of time Sunday to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.

December 29, 2013 | | State


State energy efficiency program off to slow start

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state program that provides homeowners with financial assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their older homes is off to a slow start.

December 29, 2013 | | State


New California laws going into effect Jan. 1 try to help employees, immigrants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California's economy recovers, the Democrats who control the state Legislature put a priority on assisting more vulnerable workers with some of the laws taking effect in the new year.

December 29, 2013 | | State


1 in 4 GPS trackers of felons is faulty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state audit revealed that one in four GPS devices used to track criminals released in Los Angeles County doesn't work properly, allowing dangerous felons to sometimes roam freely for days at a time, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

December 29, 2013 | | State


Car plows into bedroom in killing man

MISSION VIEJO AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into the front of a Southern California home, killing a man inside his bed before dawn.

December 29, 2013 | | State


Nursing home won’t take 'brain-dead' girl

OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area nursing home that had agreed to provide long-term care for a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead has backed out.

December 27, 2013 | | State


News from around california

SAN DIEGO SUED OVER STINKY SEA LION WASTE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's La Jolla Cove stinks, and the culprit is sea lion poop.

December 27, 2013 | | State


Forest Service wants to salvage Rim Fire timber in Sierra

STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has submitted a plan to harvest salvage timber from nearly 47 square miles of Stanislaus National Forest that was scorched by the Rim Fire, a proposal opposed by some environmental groups.

December 27, 2013 | | State


Now enrollees need to make payments

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With its first major deadline in the past, California's health insurance exchange is urging the thousands of people who enrolled for coverage to take the next step and pay for it.

December 27, 2013 | | State


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Storms raise hope in 3-year drought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hours of steady rain Saturday from northern California's third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history - while still deeply locked in drought.

November 23, 2014 | | State


1 killed, dozens injured in tour bus crash

REDDING (AP) - A tour bus that had already crashed into a restaurant earlier in the day overturned Sunday in Northern California, killing one person and injuring dozens more, five of them seriously, authorities said.

November 23, 2014 | | State


Window washer falls onto moving car

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A worker fell screaming 11 stories from the roof of a bank building Friday morning onto a moving car, crushing its roof and sending shattered glass flying into the street, police and witnesses said.

November 21, 2014 | | State


UC campuses expands legal services

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California is planning to offer legal services at six campuses to students who are living in the U.S. illegally or have parents who might be eligible for deportation relief under President Barack Obama's new immigration order, UC President Janet Napolitano announced Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | State


Death recommended in torching of ex-girlfriend

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A jury on Friday recommended the death penalty for a man who shot his ex-girlfriend and lit her on fire in front of her five children in her California home.

November 21, 2014 | | State


$139M deal in sex abuse case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN FACES POSSIBLE JAIL TIME FOR NOT WATERING LAWN: UPLAND (AP) - Fernand Bogman says he's being a responsible citizen by not watering the grass at his San Bernardino County home during California's drought.

November 21, 2014 | | State


Tuition hike fight shifts to Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system's governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the costs ultimately fall on students or taxpayers.

November 20, 2014 | | State


2 children killed in apartment

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A 6-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were killed early Thursday in a California apartment fire that broke out hours after their pregnant mother went to a hospital to give birth, authorities said.

November 20, 2014 | | State


AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste dumping case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period.

November 20, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DRUG LAB EXPLOSION KILLS 1, HURTS 2; HOUSE GUTTED: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say an explosion that tore apart a Southern California shack, killing one person and critically injuring two others, was caused by a lab illegally making hash oil.

November 20, 2014 | | State


PG&E fined over secret dealings to get higher rates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento sheriff criticizes Obama on immigration move

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California sheriff is harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to illegal immigration after the recent fatal shootings of two deputies, just as the president announces his own executive action on the issue.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Insurance sign-ups ahead of 2013

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Individual insurance sign-ups under California's health care exchange were running ahead of pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time, state officials reported Thursday.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Brown backs Obama on immigration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is praising President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration while calling on Congress to "finish the job."

November 20, 2014 | | State


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