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15 medical professionals indicted in $25M scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fifteen doctors, pharmacists and others medical professionals in Southern California have been charged in a $25 million workers' compensation scam that prosecutors say was linked to the death of a baby.

June 24, 2014 | | State


NTSB faults pilot in Asiana flight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mismanagement by the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, including confusion over whether one of the airliner's key controls was maintaining airspeed, caused the plane to crash while landing in San Francisco last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers modify sex-assault bill targeting teens

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media was amended Tuesday to remove a mandatory two-year sentence for juvenile offenders.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Auditor finds four campus’ sexual assault efforts inadequate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.

June 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.

June 24, 2014 | | State


Stores don’t have to carry defibrillators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

June 23, 2014 | | State


No ‘Monkey’ business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Agencies crack down on child sex trafficking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Drought helping in fight against sudden oak death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.

June 23, 2014 | | State


Young farmers, ranchers get assistance

FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.

June 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.

June 23, 2014 | | State


VA falls short on female medical issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.

June 22, 2014 | | State


Checking in: ABA says lawyers allowed to scour jurors’ social media sites

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.

June 22, 2014 | | State


US overseas missile test a direct hit

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - The U.S. military intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.

June 22, 2014 | | State


Alleged San Diego vandal accused of tagging court

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County authorities have filed new charges against a suspected vandal they believe scrawled graffiti in the courtroom where he was being prosecuted.

June 19, 2014 | | State


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Ruling makes pride parades jubilant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with overall attendance expected in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.

June 28, 2015 | | State


Homely hounds compete to be crowned World’s Ugliest Dog

PETALUMA . (AP) - He's overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.

June 26, 2015 | | State


SF told to stop taking some water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Regulators on Friday told San Francisco to stop taking some of the river water it routinely stores in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.

June 26, 2015 | | State


Cooler weather slowing week-old wildfire

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A slight break in the weather Friday slowed a week-old wildfire that is threatening thousands of buildings in the Southern California mountains.

June 26, 2015 | | State


OC expands groundwater system

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - An Orange County water district said Friday it is adding more purified wastewater to its groundwater basin, helping to continue its reliance on mostly local water sources during the drought.

June 26, 2015 | | State


2 San Diego firefighters stabbed by bystander at emergency scene

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two San Diego firefighters were hospitalized with multiple stab wounds but one of them was expected to go home late Thursday night, a day after a bystander attacked them as they were helping a drunken man on a packed trolley platform.

June 26, 2015 | | State


West Nile virus detected in Manteca

A dead bird found in the 95336 Manteca ZIP code - the area to the north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that go through the center of the city - has been confirmed to have been killed by the West Nile virus.

June 26, 2015 | | State


Vaccine bill clears major hurdle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Six balcony deaths in Berkeley could bring manslaughter charges

OAKLAND (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a criminal investigation into a fatal California balcony collapse that could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Mountain communities on alert as week-old wildlife gets new life

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hamlets in the San Bernardino Mountains were placed on alert Thursday as a week-old wildfire roared to new life, devouring thousands of acres of brush and old-growth trees as it was stoked by gusty winds.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Congress probes California oil spill that blackened beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congressional committee Thursday opened a probe into an oil pipeline rupture on the Central California coast that spread to the Pacific Ocean and washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Drone forces brief grounding of air tankers

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Officials say they temporarily grounded air tankers for safety reasons after a hobbyist's drone flew near a huge forest fire in Southern California.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Brown signs budget with anti-poverty initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Trust says Old Mint in SF is endangered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed San Francisco's Old Mint as one of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Kim Kardashian to speak to prestigious Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kim Kardashian is joining a prestigious list that includes Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.

June 25, 2015 | | State


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