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Schwarzenegger back - as think tank guru

LOS ANGELES (AP) - He's been a governor, a movie star and the world's greatest body builder, but Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't done yet.

September 24, 2012 | | State


FBI agent accused of paying for prostitutes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An undercover FBI agent has been accused in court documents of spending U.S. taxpayer dollars on prostitutes in the Philippines for himself and others during an international weapons trafficking probe last year.

September 24, 2012 | | State


1 dead in SoCal wildfire; 20 homes destroyed

CAMPO (AP) - Firefighters recovered a body from a burned house Monday as they raced the winds to contain Southern California wildfires that destroyed 20 homes and threatened several hundred more in rural areas.

September 24, 2012 | | State


12k riders, Tahoe's Sand Harbor shuttle a success

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - The new shuttle bus system at Lake Tahoe's Sand Harbor State Park has been declared a success and is coming back again next summer, albeit with a possible tweak or two to better target peak demand at the sandy peninsula on the azure mountain lake's north shore.

September 23, 2012 | | State


Brown vetoes restaurant playgrounds bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would expand food safety laws to cover indoor and outdoor playgrounds at fast-food restaurants.

September 23, 2012 | | State


Brown OKs allowing nurses to prescribe pill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - During a visit to a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinic, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows nurses to dispense birth control, making it easier for women to get contraceptives.

September 23, 2012 | | State


Con artists add to woes of grieving family

SEBASTOPOL (AP) - Police are searching for a thief and a con artist who ripped off a Northern California family grieving over the death of a son who died last month after drinking a hallucinogenic tea in Peru.

September 23, 2012 | | State


LA preps for freeway Carmageddon II

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Carmageddon II" - the sequel - is coming to one of the nation's most crowded freeways, and authorities are hoping its subtitle won't be "The Traffic Strikes Back."

September 23, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

High-security nuclear material leaves Livermore

September 23, 2012 | | State


Novel courts handle low-level crime cases in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In most courtrooms, spontaneous applause could get you thrown out.

September 23, 2012 | | State


Endeavour swans California skies in whirlwind tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The people became the paparazzi Friday, aiming their lenses not at the latest starlet, but toward the sky to catch a glimpse of an aging superstar headed for retirement.

September 21, 2012 | | State


Pressure mounting after fifth fatal Vallejo police fatal shooting since May

VALLEJO (AP) - An outcry has intensified for independent investigations against the Vallejo police following the shooting death by officers earlier this month of a man outside his home - the city's fifth fatal officer-involved shooting since May.

September 21, 2012 | | State


Brown signs bill allowing sale of home-cooked food at stores, farmers’ markets

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Clandestine cooks who have been selling homemade food at local stores and farmer's markets will no longer have to fear legal consequences under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday.

September 21, 2012 | | State


Gang member to be exonerated of murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former gang member's long-awaited exoneration was delayed Friday only hours before a scheduled hearing because of a judge's illness, leaving him to wait in prison another weekend before he is formally cleared of a murder conviction.

September 21, 2012 | | State


Sports News Brief

LAW WILL BOOST CALIFORNIA'S SPACE TRAVEL INDUSTRY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the space shuttle Endeavour's final flight capturing the attention of Californians, Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had signed legislation intended to boost the fledgling private space travel industry.

September 21, 2012 | | State


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California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

FRESNO (AP) - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Ex-official leaves huge $150M debt for Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Governor pushing rainy-day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Lost sea lion in SJ Valley found mile from water

MERCED . (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson leads mayoral group

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Court rules for environmentalists in water fight over Delta smelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits for tracking parolees

SANTA ANA (AP) - A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Steinberg seeks review of GPS tracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Police: GPS helped solve, didn’t deter killings of at least 4 women

SANTA ANA (AP) - GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Deadline arrives for exchange sign-up

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Body found in abandoned Ceres freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Northern California say a body was found inside a freezer at an abandoned auto shop.

April 15, 2014 | | State


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