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'Octomom’ faces more welfare fraud charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was charged with a fourth count of welfare fraud Wednesday after prosecutors said they discovered she wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Wheelchair catches fire, man dies

RED BLUFF (AP) - A Northern California man has died after his wheelchair caught fire, authorities say.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Board faults LAPD’s Dorner deployment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A civilian board that found eight officers violated Los Angeles Police Department policy in mistakenly firing on two women during the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner also faulted the department itself.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Brown urges CalPERS pension fund to address rising expenses

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday urged California's largest public pension fund to act quickly to address rising costs caused by retirees' longer life expectancies, saying failure to do so would widen the fund's liabilities by billions of dollars.

February 05, 2014 | | State


LA abuse case dropped against teacher

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday dismissed a high-profile criminal case against a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles who was charged with inappropriately touching a female student.

February 05, 2014 | | State


California city OKs Pamplona-style bull run

TEMECULA (AP) - A Southern California city has announced plans to host a Pamplona-style bull run, months after a neighboring town nixed the event because of safety concerns.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Murder charge switched from 1 twin to another

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities in Northern California have dropped a murder charge against a teenager and instead charged his twin brother with the crime.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Former school board head arrested for child porn

RIALTO (AP) - A former president of a San Bernardino County school board has been arrested after authorities allegedly discovered child pornography on his home computer.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley back at dot-com era highs

SAN JOSE (AP) - Jobs, income and investment keep soaring in Silicon Valley, but the growth is also driving up housing costs and widening the gap between the rich and poor, a report released Tuesday says.

February 04, 2014 | | State


Blossom fun run on Feb. 22

Cash prizes are being awarded at the end of the two fun run races during the 52nd annual Almond Blossom Festival the last weekend in February, according to Laurin Sephos who serves as Ripon Chamber of Commerce events manager.

February 04, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | State


Drought could force switch from hydro to gas-generated power

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought could dry up the state's supply of hydroelectricity, prompting some utilities to switch to more expensive gas-fired plants, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

February 04, 2014 | | State


Manteca Transit may add, change bus services

Manteca residents will soon have an opportunity to learn details regarding proposed Manteca Transit routes, service times, and connections with the regional ACE rail service during a series of information sessions planned for later this month.

February 04, 2014 | | State


Feds announce $20M for California farmers

FRESNO (AP) - Federal officials lent a hand to California's drought crisis Tuesday, announcing that $20 million in aid focused on water conservation will be available to California farmers and ranchers who are the hardest hit.

February 04, 2014 | | State


Woman who drove with man on car guilty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

February 04, 2014 | | State


GOP lawmakers push for convicted senator to resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three Republican state lawmakers broke with their leader on Tuesday to ask that a Democratic colleague convicted of voter fraud be immediately expelled or forced to resign.

February 04, 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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