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Santa Clara: Free Wi-Fi via high tech meters

SANTA CLARA (AP) - The city of Santa Clara flipped on a big Internet switch this week, becoming what it says is the first in the country to use wireless, digital "smart meters" on homes as channels for free citywide outdoor Wi-Fi.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Lawyers argue about prison mental health care conditions

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday struggled with how to gauge whether conditions for mentally ill inmates in California prisons have improved enough under federal oversight to return control of the facilities to the state, as Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge goes to 100% digital toll system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drivers approaching the majestic Golden Gate Bridge experienced something new on Wednesday- no human toll collectors.

March 27, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MAN HURT FLYING KITE FROM MOVING VEHICLE: RIVERSIDE . (AP) - A 22-year-old man was critically hurt in Southern California when he fell off the trunk of a car while attempting to fly a kite from the moving vehicle.

March 27, 2013 | | State


San Jose approves $7M Samsung incentives

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose has approved a $7 million incentive package to keep Samsung Semiconductor in Silicon Valley and trump an open invitation from Austin, Texas, to expand its operations there.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN SHOT WHILE DEFENDING FAMILY IDENTIFIED: SAN LEANDRO (AP) - Authorities have identified a Northern California man who was shot and killed while defending his mother-in-law from thieves.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Broken rods on new Bay Bridge span checked

OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials in California are investigating why nearly three dozen threaded steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge snapped when workers tightened the fittings.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Alameda County gets $1.5 million grant to reduce rape kit backlog

OAKLAND. (AP) - The Alameda County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that it has received a $1.5 million grant to reduce its backlog of unanalyzed rape kits.

March 27, 2013 | | State


Ruling next week in Stockton bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge said Wednesday he would not issue a ruling in the Stockton bankruptcy case until next week.

March 27, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SANTA PAULA POLICE FIND COUNTERFEIT MONEY IN TRASH: SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - Counterfeit money found burning inside a Ventura County trash container has been turned over to the Secret Service for investigation.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Authorities: Neighbor claims battery by Justin Bieber

CALABASAS (AP) - Deputies were investigating claims made Tuesday by a neighbor that Justin Bieber attacked and threatened him during an argument in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

March 26, 2013 | | State


PG&E reports progress on safety recommendations in aftermath of explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than two and a half years after a pipeline explosion killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb, a Northern California utility said Tuesday it has made sure that all of its gas transmission lines coursing through urban areas are running at safe operating pressures.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Petraeus making his first speech at USC dinner since leaving CIA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Petraeus, who has remained largely in seclusion since being forced to resign as head of the CIA after the disclosure of an extramarital affair, returns to the public spotlight Tuesday with a speech and an apology before a group of military students and veterans.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Giffords' husband pulls dog off sea lion on SoCal beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The daughter of former astronaut Mark Kelly was walking her dog Shiner on Goff Island Beach when the dog bolted, ripping the leash from her hand and fatally attacking a beached baby sea lion.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Budget cuts hobble community colleges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Student enrollment at California's community colleges has fallen dramatically in recent years as campuses slashed teaching staffs and course offerings in response to unprecedented cuts in state funding, according to a report released Tuesday.

March 26, 2013 | | State


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Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


Passengers leave treasure trove of items at SF airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you've been through security at San Francisco International Airport recently and are missing your sunglasses or laptop, it's probably worth checking in with the Transportation Security Administration.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mariachi 5K run postponed after receiving criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mariachi-themed fun run scheduled for this weekend has been postponed indefinitely after facing backlash from those who say it makes a mockery of mariachi.

August 22, 2014 | | State


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