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MOM SUES SAN JOAQUIN SHERIFF OVER MINGLED REMAINS: STOCKTON, . (AP) - The mother and sisters of a girl whom authorities think was killed more than 27 years ago by California's notorious "Speed Freak Killers" are suing San Joaquin County officials over the handling of the 16-year-old's exhumed remains.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Cabin burns as authorities trap ex-cop in cabin

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - The manhunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a killing spree converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.

February 13, 2013 | | State


Proponents cit fish deals in push for Delta tunnels

FRESNO (AP) - California water and wildlife officials on Tuesday seized upon the deaths of a rare fish in the water pumps that carry water to California's south state and Bay Area cities as well as farms to renew calls for replacing the current pumping system with $14 billion twin tunnels.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Body found in rubble of burned cabin

BIG BEAR (AP) - The extraordinary manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of three murders converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.

February 12, 2013 | | State


LA judge begins cutting 3 strikes sentences from minor offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Superior Court judge has reduced sentences of five three-strikes inmates as a first step in carrying out a voter-approved initiative to soften the state's tough sentencing law.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Progressive PAC buys anti-Perry ads in California as governor hunts for jobs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A progressive Texas political action committee taunted Gov. Rick Perry's recent California trip in radio ads broadcast there on Tuesday, calling him "Governor Oops" and dismissing as "snake oil" Perry's promises of tax breaks for businesses that relocate to Texas.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Brown plan may not improve grad rates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to increase higher education funding lacks mechanisms to ensure the extra money will result in improved graduation and enrollment rates, according to a report by the state Legislative Analyst's Office released Tuesday.

February 12, 2013 | | State


PETA critical of condor escape at hockey game

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on the minor league Bakersfield Condors hockey team to stop displaying live condors at its games.

February 12, 2013 | | State


San Diego teacher arrested in gun probe

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities in San Diego say a teacher who brought a semiautomatic gun and knife to school was arrested before students arrived.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Federal suit says new regs harm Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Conservationists at Lake Tahoe are suing over new regulatory changes they say will erode environmental protection of the mountain lake by failing to adequately monitor water quality, allowing for construction of bigger buildings near the shore and thousands of more housing units in the basin.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

JUDGE: ALAMEDA HAD NO DUTY TO SAVE SUICIDAL MAN: HAYWARD (AP) - A Northern California judge has ruled the police and firefighters had no legal obligation to rescue a suicidal man who waded into San Francisco Bay and drowned while the first responders watched.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Deputy dies, cabin ablaze in Calif manhunt

BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) - A man police believe to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles officer wanted in three killings was barricaded inside a burning cabin Tuesday after a shootout in a California mountain town that left one deputy dead and another wounded.

February 12, 2013 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press | State


Authorities say ex-cop barricaded in Calif. cabin

A fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings was barricaded in a cabin in the in the San Bernardino Mountains on Tuesday after a shootout with authorities that wounded two officers.

February 12, 2013 | Tami Abdullah and Gillian Flaccus Associated Press | State


Fugitive ex-LA cop charged with murder of police officer; massive manhunt goes on

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was charged Monday with murdering a Riverside officer in a potential death penalty case, but hundreds of tips triggered by a $1 million reward failed to end the manhunt.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Birthday fete held for Pinnacles National Park

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials on Monday celebrated the addition of America's newest national park.

February 11, 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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