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AGENCY: REALIGNMENT LAW UNDERMINES ROLE OF JUDGES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state oversight agency says overcrowding in many county jails is forcing local sheriffs to assume the role traditionally held by judges in deciding who should make bail and how long convicts should serve behind bars.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Murder charged in dog pack mauling death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man was arrested Thursday on a felony murder warrant stemming from the mauling death of a jogger by a pack of dogs earlier this month.

May 30, 2013 | | State


Officials to update repair work on Bay Bridge

OAKLAND (AP) - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had another bolt problem involving the bicycle path, but it has since been fixed, a state transportation official said on Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Arrest made in Disneyland dry-ice blast

ANAHEIM. (AP) - Police arrested a Disneyland employee on suspicion of putting a so-called dry ice bomb in a theme park trash can where it exploded, authorities said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Magnitude-4.8 quake shakes SoCal coast

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A magnitude-4.8 earthquake jolted the Southern California coast Wednesday morning, but no significant problems were reported.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Capital News

BILL WOULD COVER FERTILITY CARE FOR SERIOUSLY ILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Insurance companies would be required to pay for fertility treatments for patients battling cancer and other serious diseases under a bill advancing through the California Legislature.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Independent review for Caltrans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials announced Wednesday that they have hired an independent organization to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the California Department of Transportation, which has come under scrutiny over safety concerns related to construction on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Senate passes series of gun, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Invoking the image of recent mass shootings, Democrats in the state Legislature on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills designed to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing horrific crimes.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

POLICE RECOMMEND MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST FATHER: PALO ALTO (AP) - Police are recommending vehicular manslaughter charges for a Northern California father whose two daughters died after he nodded off and crashed his SUV.

May 29, 2013 | | State


Lice appear to be behind deer balding

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An invasion of aggressive lice appears to be behind the balding of deer across California and may even be linked to deer deaths, according to state wildlife officials who are studying the hair loss.

May 28, 2013 | | State


Mickey returns to Fantasyland in high-tech show

ANAHEIM (AP) - Mickey Mouse is center stage again in Fantasyland.

May 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

NO INJURIES IN APPARENT DRY-ICE DISNEYLAND BLAST: ANAHEIM (AP) - Officials say what appears to be dry ice in a plastic bottle caused a small explosion at Disneyland, bringing evacuations but no reports of injuries.

May 28, 2013 | | State


State Side

FREEWAY SANDSTORM CAUSES MULTIPLE WRECKS, 6 HURT: LANCASTER (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has closed a freeway north of Los Angeles after a sandstorm in Lancaster led to several car wrecks that injured six people.

May 28, 2013 | | State


Calif. bill would expand who can perform abortions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Women could go to a medical professional other than a doctor to end some pregnancies under a bill advancing through the state Legislature.

May 28, 2013 | | State


Justin Bieber investigated for reckless driving

CALABASAS (AP) - Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives are investigating Justin Bieber for reckless driving after witnesses, including former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, complained.

May 28, 2013 | | State


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Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Move targets immigrant driver’s license scams

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make illegal immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

August 19, 2014 | | State


DELTA WATER FIGHT

STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal water agencies are seeking an investigation into whether some California farmers are taking water released from upstream dams intended for consumers in other regions of the state.

August 18, 2014 | | State


PG&E pleads not guilty to criminal charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

August 18, 2014 | | State


More California frosh at UC from outside state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This fall more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue.

August 18, 2014 | | State


Foothill brushfire prompts evacuations

GLENDORA (AP) - Authorities say a brushfire has prompted widespread evacuations in a Central California foothill community.

August 18, 2014 | | State


LA officer, suspect each shot after chase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.

August 18, 2014 | | State


Police officer hurt during Oakland march

OAKLAND (AP) - An officer was briefly hospitalized after being assaulted during a mostly peaceful protest in Northern California over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said Saturday.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Cemeteries work to cope with drought

ROSEMEAD (AP) - Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Water bond not a drought-buster

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot last week.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Bay Area loses water to leaky pipes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing in SoCal

SAN CLEMENTE, (AP) - For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Group protests return of deputy who killed teen in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of demonstrators in Northern California protested the return to work of a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Tourist shot in leg walking in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say one person is in custody after a tourist was shot in the leg while walking with his wife.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Money laundering charge added to FedEx drug case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs via FedEx.

August 15, 2014 | | State


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