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Silicon Valley venture capitalist was suffocated by tape on home invasion

MONTE SERENO (AP) - A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was killed during a brutal home-invasion when three intruders bound and gagged him with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to "be quiet if you want to live," authorities said Friday.

February 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GAS PRICES JUMP 25 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 25 cents over the past two weeks.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Dirty side of solar panel production

SAN JOSE (AP) - Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet.

February 10, 2013 | | State


$1 million reward for tip on ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seeking leads in a massive manhunt, Los Angeles authorities on Sunday offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former police officer suspected in three killings.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Controversial coyote hunt under way

ALTURA, Modoc County (AP) - Hunters were tromping through the countryside of a remote Northern California county over the weekend as they competed in a controversial contest to see who could kill the most coyotes.

February 10, 2013 | | State


School health clinics expand to serve communities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Maria Barrales' children got sick, she would drive two hours south from her East Los Angeles home to the Mexican border and spend two more hours waiting to cross so she could go to an affordable doctor in Tijuana.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Bill would require 3-day wait before lawmakers act

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamming major bills through the Legislature at the last minute with little if any time for review has been an ongoing source of frustration for some lawmakers, especially minority Republicans.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Laotians top growers of pot on Calif. farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Last fall, narcotics agents confiscated thousands of marijuana plants, many 10 feet tall, from a 140-acre farm just on the edge of Fresno - one of the biggest pot busts in the county's history. The pot grew hidden among rows of rotting peppers, tomatoes and bitter melons, tended by a dozen immigrant farming families.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Bay Area leaders consider merging region

SAN JOSE (AP) - Hundreds of business and political leaders gathered in San Jose to consider the advantages of merging the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley into a single region, sharing everything from city dumps to water treatment plants as communities sprawl across borders.

February 08, 2013 | | State


New state flame retardant regulations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California proposed regulations on Friday that would set new flammability standards and allow furniture and some children's product manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.

February 08, 2013 | | State


Judge won't help OC gay group in parade

WESTMINSTER (AP) - An Orange County Judge has refused to grant an injunction for a gay Vietnamese-American coalition that would allow it to take part in this weekend's annual Tet Parade in Westminster's Little Saigon.

February 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

NO BACK PAY FOR BAD WORKERS IN BIAS CASES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court says poor performing workers won't get back pay even if discrimination plays a role in firings.

February 08, 2013 | | State


State ends contract for payroll project

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state controller's office has fired the company behind what it says is a flawed and increasingly expensive overhaul of the state government payroll system.

February 08, 2013 | | State


Man arrested in alleged bank bomb plot

OAKLAND (AP) - The FBI arrested a San Jose man as he went through the motions of detonating what he believed to be a car bomb in front of a Northern California bank, federal authorities said Friday.

February 08, 2013 | | State


Hunt for ex-officer goes on amid SoCal snowstorm

BIG BEAR LAKE . (AP) - All that was left were footprints leading away from Christopher Dorner's burned-out pickup truck, and enormous, snow-covered mountains where he could be hiding among hundreds of cabins, deep canyons and dense woods.

February 08, 2013 | | State


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Fight over WW II-era tank goes to court

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Voter fraud sentencing brings call for state Senator Wright to resign

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Rod Wright was sentenced Friday to three months in prison for lying about where he lived when he ran for office and leaders of the Senate said he should resign immediately.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Nudist camp stealing water

LOS GATOS (AP) - Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Californian wants to give back diploma, redo work

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A Southern California high school graduate has filed a federal lawsuit asking that her diploma be invalidated so she can redo part of her senior year.

September 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MARIA SHRIVER ERASED FROM SCHWARZENEGGER PORTRAIT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - An endearing gesture by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to include an image of his wife Maria Shriver in his official portrait has been covered with a splotch of blue paint.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Rare snowstorm slams Rockies states, South Dakota

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - It's still summer, but a snowstorm blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places, covering lawns and flower gardens and providing a preview of what is to come.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Bad roads cost Californians $44B

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Poorly maintained highways and major roads cost Californians an extra $44 billion each year in repairs, accidents and time and fuel burned in traffic, according to a report issued Thursday by a transportation advocacy group.

September 11, 2014 | | State


NorCal wildfire threatening 107 homes

BELLA VISTA (AP) - Firefighters battling a seemingly constant string of wildfires in California were tackling a new blaze Thursday in the northern part of the state that threatened more than 100 homes.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Attack on power grid easy to execute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter and did not require access to technology or a high degree of training, an FBI official said.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Teen to face charge in rat poison death

ANDERSON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Northern California boy will face criminal charges in the death of another teen who snorted rat poison that he believed was cocaine.

September 11, 2014 | | State


San Jose OKs private security camera registry

SAN JOSE (AP) - Officials in Silicon Valley's largest city voted unanimously to create a registry of private surveillance cameras that could help police solve crimes.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Fashion hub raids target cartel money

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies

FRESNO (AP) - Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California mandates sick days for workers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Regulators reject call for Diablo Canyon plant shutdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

September 10, 2014 | | State


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