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Feds violated law in Monterey oil leases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal land managers violated a key environmental law when they auctioned off the rights to drill for oil and gas on 2,500 acres of prime public lands in Monterey County, home to one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the nation, a judge ruled.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Powerful winds lash California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Powerful winds raked much of California on Monday, toppling trees, causing scattered power outages, whipping up blinding dust storms, and sending waves crashing ashore as a vigorous spring weather system swept through the state on its way across the West.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Court: Motorist can't use hand-held map

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF BAY AREA CITY LOOKING AT LICENSE PLATE CAMERAS: PIEDMONT (AP) - A small San Francisco Bay area city that has experienced a rash of home-invasion robberies is proposing installing cameras to record the license plate of every vehicle that crosses city limits.

April 08, 2013 | | State


Kayaker helps save family of five after crashing into American River

KYBURZ (AP) - A kayaker was being credited with helping to save a family of five after their SUV had veered off a road and ended up in a Northern California river.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Hiker lost for days released from hospital

MISSION VIEJO (AP) - One of two Southern California teens lost for several days in a rugged mountain wilderness was released Sunday from a hospital after being treated for dehydration and minor injuries.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Church prays for Rick Warren after son’s suicide in Mission Viejo

LAKE FOREST (AP) - Members of Rick Warren's Southern California church began Sunday services with a prayer for the popular evangelical pastor, as he and his family coped with the apparent suicide of his 27-year-old son.

April 07, 2013 | | State


More people tuning out traditional TV sets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills.

April 07, 2013 | | State


2 shot by officer when person points replica gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two people are in the hospital with what police described as life-threatening injuries after being shot early Sunday by a San Francisco police officer who opened fire when a person pointed what turned out to be an air-powered gun.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Legislation questions hospitals’ nonprofit status

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most powerful unions are pressuring nonprofit hospitals to prove that they provide enough charitable care to justify their tax-exempt status.

April 07, 2013 | | State


4 hikers avoid night on mountain thanks to rescue

SAN JOSE (AP) - Four young hikers avoided spending the night on the side of a Santa Clara County mountain thanks to a search and rescue by California Highway Patrol aircraft.

April 07, 2013 | | State


209 news briefs

• GANG-RELATED MURDER IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON - Stockton Police are investigating what appears to be a gang-related murder that occurred Saturday night.

April 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• LAPD VOLUNTEER ACCUSED OF STEALING GAS: VAN NUYS (AP) - Authorities say a longtime Los Angeles Police Department volunteer faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing city gas for his personal vehicle.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Dangers of urban wilderness hiking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In Southern California, where urban sprawl meets pristine wilderness, one can stand on a backwoods mountain trail and be so close to the city as to still hear the rumble of traffic and make out a downtown skyline.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Obama apologizes to AG for comment on looks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - President Barack Obama has apologized to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for causing a stir when he called her "the best-looking attorney general" at a Democratic fundraiser they attended together this week.

April 05, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Yosemite hotel’s housekeeper faces theft charges

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a housekeeper at a Yosemite National Park hotel with 32 counts of first degree burglary and theft for stealing cash from guests' rooms.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Driver arrested after shooting himself on 101

WILLITS (AP) - Mendocino County authorities say a man was arrested after apparently shooting himself in the face while driving on U.S. 101 with a California Highway Patrol car behind him.

November 20, 2014 | | State


SELF-DRIVING CARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.

November 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.

November 19, 2014 | | State


Calexico police chief alleges council corruption

CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."

November 19, 2014 | | State


Demos retain Sacramento-area seat after $19.6 million campaign

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.

November 19, 2014 | | State


OC drops plans for $3.6M shelter

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.

November 19, 2014 | | State


UC tuition going up $3,372 by 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A committee of the University of California's governing board voted Wednesday for a tuition increase during each of the next five years over the protests of Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and students.

November 19, 2014 | | State


1st of 3 storms douses fields, delays flights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Farmers on Wednesday welcomed the first of three storms expected this week in drought-stricken Northern California.

November 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 PENGUIN CHICKS HATCH AT CALIFORNIA ACADEMY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Berkeley may require warning labels on gas pumps in city

BERKELEY (AP) - Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers.

November 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego advances plan to recycle wastewater for drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Restaurateur guilty of serving whale meat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Dry Central Valley town home to 7,000 gets portable showers

EAST PORTERVILLE. (AP) - Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Appeals court blocks sex-offender electronic reporting requirement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered sex offenders in California don't have to disclose their email addresses, Internet service providers, screen names and other electronic information to authorities as required by a voter-approved law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | State


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