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Own a gun & live with a felon? You may have to lock up your gun

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that appears headed to the governor would require gun owners to lock up their weapons if they live with a convicted felon or anyone else who is prohibited from owning a firearm.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Containment not expected until Sept. 20

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A relatively cool and humid Labor Day allowed fire crews to make major progress Monday toward corralling a massive wildfire searing the edge of Yosemite National Park.

September 03, 2013 | | State


New $6.4B Bay Bridge opens to traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been opened to traffic after years of delays and cost overruns, carrying its first drivers across the bay late Monday night just hours before the beginning of the work week.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Woman says she was thrown handcuffed from LAPD car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles police saying she was somehow ejected from a moving police car while handcuffed.

September 03, 2013 | | State


Water dispute bubbling in wine region

PASO ROBLES (AP) - Wine connoisseurs may be enjoying the latest Zinfandel or Syrah from the Paso Robles region, but residents are complaining the growing number of vineyards is straining the local water supply.

September 02, 2013 | | State


Yellow jacket problems on the rise at Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at Lake Tahoe have been responding to an uptick in reports of problems with pesky yellow jackets.

September 02, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MAN DROWNS IN AFTER DUMPING POT CRAB INTO SEA: PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Authorities say a man has drowned in Northern California after he fell over the side of a boat while dumping a crab pot into the water.

September 02, 2013 | | State


Baby died of drug OD from breast milk

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A child advocacy worker is criticizing Sacramento County's response in the case of an 8-month-old boy who died after ingesting his mother's drug-laced milk.

September 02, 2013 | | State


Speakers praise new Bay Bridge span

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was praised as a dramatic safety upgrade over its predecessor and a beautiful example of public art at an inaugural ceremony Monday, and transportation officials announced the entire bridge would reopen Monday night.

September 02, 2013 | | State


Lodi police say child discharged officer's gun

Lodi police say child discharged officer's gun

September 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge still on track to open Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new eastern half of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was on track to open before sunrise Tuesday following a five-day closure of the full span that is the Bay Area's busiest bridge, officials said Sunday.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Youth martial art sparks safety concerns in State Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Internet video shows two elementary school-age children, wearing athletic clothes and protective gear on their shins, sparring and wrestling in an enclosed ring. There's an audience looking on as the young fighters weave and jab, striking each other repeatedly.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Fight to end unpaid internships

LOS ANGELS (AP) - A nascent campaign against employers' use of unpaid interns is taking aim at what critics call some of the longstanding practice's biggest enablers: colleges that steer students into such programs in exchange for academic credit.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley patent office shelved

SAN JOSE (AP) - Silicon Valley's high-tech firms are fighting what they consider a deeply personal federal cut this summer that shelves a planned patent office in this innovation-fueled region.

September 01, 2013 | | State


Filner ends tenure as San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bob Filner ended his brief but tumultuous tenure as mayor Friday amid allegations that he sexually harassed women, making no public appearances on a final day that came one week after a defiant farewell speech in which the onetime civil rights activist called himself the victim of a "lynch mob."

August 30, 2013 | | State


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Tracy biomass fire triggers warning

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 20, 2015 | | State


Concern about legal pot & minors aired California

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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