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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


Man allegedly tried to smuggle phone to Manson

CORCORAN (AP) - A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone inside a California prison where the mass murderer is housed, authorities said Tuesday.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge goes to digital toll system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When their final shifts ended Tuesday at the Golden Gate Bridge, several toll collectors forced their mouths into smiles, hugged each other tightly, and cried as they left their small booths for the last time.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Wal-Mart tests in-store lockers for online orders

SAN BRUNO . (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Tuesday that it's going to set up lockers in about a dozen stores so that shoppers who order on its website can pick up their items without having to wait in a checkout line.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Study: Health care law to increase costs in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medical claims costs filed by individual policy holders could rise as much as 62 percent over the next four years in California under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released Tuesday by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts.

March 26, 2013 | | State


Black LAPD officer wins $1.2 M discrimination suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer who says he was harassed by other officers at Central Division because he's black was awarded $1.2 million in damages for emotional distress and mental suffering

March 26, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN SHOT WHILE POINTING FAKE GUN DIES: CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Authorities say 49-year-old man who was shot by an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant after he allegedly pointed a fake gun at deputies has died.

March 26, 2013 | | State


State parks need new operating model

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says.

March 25, 2013 | | State


Tunnels divert traffic from coastal highway

PACIFICA (AP) - With the snip of a ribbon, officials on Monday unveiled the first tunnels built in California in more than 50 years.

March 25, 2013 | | State


Top-rated soap 'Young and Restless' marks 40 years on daytime television

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Love, loss, breakups, makeups, murder, mayhem, backstabbing, social climbing. Forget about a lifetime, that's just an afternoon on "The Young and the Restless."

March 25, 2013 | | State


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Contempt charge for PG&E?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term.

September 18, 2014 | | State


HOAs barred from requiring luscious home landscaping

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.

September 18, 2014 | | State


500 Berkeley students missed sex abuse classes

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley says 500 incoming students have not taken a mandatory class on sexual violence.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Democratic state senator offered deal on DUI charges to avoid jail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol is being offered the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense, a prosecutor said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook name policy a real drag

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Patients sue over application backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Claim: Police killed unarmed man, 25, with mental issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.

September 17, 2014 | | State


LAUSD returning grenade launchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroyed, damaged 200 homes in 375-acre inferno

WEED (AP) - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ride-sharing insurance requirement

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft must carry minimum levels of insurance under legislation that will take effect next July.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Self-driving cars now need a permit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

September 16, 2014 | | State


San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Brown signs first California groundwater pumping rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Livermore prep students arrested in hazing incident

LIVERMORE (AP) - Police say two football players from a San Francisco Bay Area high school are under arrest after holding down a freshman teammate and shaving part of his head.

September 16, 2014 | | State


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