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MAN IN ALLEGED ASSAULT CLAIMS SENIOR PRANK: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A former Northern California high school student charged with assaulting a teacher says he covered his face, jumped out from behind garbage cans and put a knife to the woman's side as part of a senior prank.

October 02, 2013 | | State


Stockton manager: City needs tax hike

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton's city manager says the only way the city can get out of bankruptcy is to raise sales taxes.

October 02, 2013 | | State


Facebook subsidizing Menlo Park apartments

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook will subsidize 15 units in an upscale 400-unit apartment complex in Menlo Park so they can be rented at below-market rates.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Calif. health exchange drawing heavy interest

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Thousands of Californians seeking to buy their own health insurance flooded call centers with questions and overloaded the state's online marketplace Tuesday on the first day of a new federal health care law that will dramatically change the way Americans buy health insurance.

October 01, 2013 | | State


2 charged in slaying of 8-year- girl

OAKLAND (AP) - Two people have been charged in connection with the slaying of an 8-year-old Oakland girl, who was fatally shot after answering the front door at her friend's apartment during a sleepover.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Power plant repaired, running after Rim Fire

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - San Francisco is getting full hydroelectric power again from Yosemite National Park after the last of two power plants shuttered during the Rim Fire reopened.

October 01, 2013 | | State


3 sightless athletes swim from Alcatraz to SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Max Ashton had one goal before heading off to college: swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Marriage ceremony includes groom wearing shackles

Wearing shackles

October 01, 2013 | | State


Private jet crash kills father & son

SANTA MONICA . (AP) - No problems were reported before a private jet crashed into a hangar and burst into flames while landing at a Southern California airport, a federal investigator said Monday.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Man killed after being ejected from party bus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A family member has identified a 24-year-old man who died after he was ejected from a party bus and struck by vehicles on Highway 101 near Universal Studios.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Burglar suspect caught sleeping ‘on the job’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police in Northern California say a burglary suspect might have gotten away if he hadn't gotten sleepy.

October 01, 2013 | | State


Napolitano starts today as UC president

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano officially takes over as the University of California's president today, but she already has survived her first leadership challenge - a "no-confidence" vote sought this month by student activists who think her work in Washington makes her unsuitable to run the nation's largest public higher education system.

September 29, 2013 | | State


California takes lead in implementing ‘Obamacare’ effort

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's major health care plans is racing to translate materials into Spanish. A small businessman in Burbank is perplexed over what "Obamacare" will mean for him and his workers. Home Depot Inc., Trader Joe's and other large employers are slashing health benefits for part-time workers and directing them into the nation's reordered health insurance marketplace.

September 29, 2013 | | State


Father of stabbed Dodgers fan searching for witnesses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The father of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan stabbed to death after a San Francisco Giants game last week asked on Sunday for witnesses who may have captured the chaotic melee on mobile devices to come forward.

September 29, 2013 | | State


LAPD chief still believes in car impound exception

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Saturday he is "disappointed" in a judge's ruling striking down a policy that made it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars following traffic stops. He added he looks forward to the ruling being appealed.

September 29, 2013 | | State


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Crews make more progress in King Fire

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Sunday.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Grower finds way to sell pumpkins for $125 each by using plastic molds

FILLMORE (AP) - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Man gets 3-years for torturing puppy

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown vetoes $100m boost for UC, Cal State due to fires

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Uber driver charged in hammer attack on passenger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge officials concerned about rod corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.

September 26, 2014 | | State


‘Gone With the Wind’: Celebration, censure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cities crack down on ride-sharing firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.

September 26, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Rain gives firefighters big help

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Cal releases report on student- athlete grad rates

BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Powerball winner claims $228.4M

SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Turlock man, son drown at Ocean Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | State


Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


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