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SF BUS CATCHES FIRE FOR 2ND TIME IN A WEEK: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco commuter bus has caught fire for the second time in less than a week.

August 09, 2013 | | State


California asks high court to halt releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Against growing odds, Gov. Jerry Brown formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court late Friday to intervene once again in California's yearslong battle with federal judges over control of the state's prison system.

August 09, 2013 | | State


Search crews find body in Vacaville

OAKLAND (AP) - Authorities found a woman's body on Friday near a Northern California park where they had been searching for a missing federal investigator.

August 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TEACHER FIRED AFTER FIGHT WITH FEMALE STUDENT: FRESNO (AP) - An instructor at a California college says he has been fired after being accused of slamming a female student to the ground during a fight.

August 08, 2013 | | State


BART, unions resume contract talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit's management and employee unions resumed contract negotiations Thursday as California's two senators urged the parties resolve the labor dispute and head off a crippling transit strike.

August 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E sued for tree killing camp counselor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a camp counselor crushed to death by a falling tree near Yosemite National Park sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co., contractors hired by the utility and the camp's arborist, saying they were negligent in inspecting the tree.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Wildfire destroys at least 10 homes

BEAUMONT (AP) - A rapidly spreading wildfire chewed through a rugged Southern California mountain range on Thursday, destroying at least 10 homes, threatening more than 500 other residences and forcing some 1,500 people to flee.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Football player, 14, dies after practice collapse

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old football player has died after collapsing during a practice at his high school in Anaheim.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Man’s body found in girl friend’s freezer

VENTURA (AP) - Police found the body of a California man missing for more than two years in a freezer in his girlfriend's storage unit, authorities said Thursday.

August 08, 2013 | | State


BART, unions still far apart

OAKLAND (AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and two of its unions appeared drastically far from a contract deal on Wednesday as they stated their cases before Gov. Jerry Brown's appointed-panel with the threat of another strike looming.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Riverside County fire grows fast, more houses evacuated

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A new wildfire has broken out in Riverside County near Banning, sending up a massive plume of smoke and surging toward three communities where people have been told to evacuate.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

1-YEAR-OLD, FATHER SHOT AND KILLED IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland police say a 1-year-old boy and his 20-year-old father were killed when someone shot into the rear of a home.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Senate leader backs private prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate on Wednesday backed Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to send thousands of inmates to private prisons rather than free them early to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Study: Destructive Medfly entrenched; threatens state crops

FRESNO (AP) - Fruit flies that are highly destructive to crops are now permanently established in California and spreading, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Did abductor have crush on girl?

LAKESIDE (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.

August 07, 2013 | | 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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