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SF Bay river otter sightings suggest comeback possible

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Earlier this year, a river otter named Sutro Sam became the first of the whiskered critters to be seen in San Francisco for decades.

December 15, 2013 | | State

Californians gradually souring on unions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has long been a union stronghold, but voters in the reliably Democratic state are gradually taking a more negative view of organized labor, a poll released Friday suggested.

December 13, 2013 | | State

News from around california

MINIVAN HITS SAN RAFAEL SCHOOL, CLASSES CANCELED: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Students at a San Rafael elementary school got a day off Friday after a minivan rammed into the school and hit a gas line Thursday night.

December 13, 2013 | | State

High speed rail ready to seize land

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board gave approval Friday for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to start the process of seizing its first piece of property through eminent domain for a $68 billion bullet train.

December 13, 2013 | | State

Hospital stairway death tied to alcoholism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days after she went missing from her room at San Francisco General Hospital died accidentally, probably due to a chemical imbalance related to chronic alcohol abuse, the city medical examiner's office said Friday.

December 13, 2013 | | State

Feds propose expansion of San Luis Reservoir

LOS BANOS (AP) - Federal officials have proposed a $360 million expansion and seismic upgrade for one of California's largest reservoirs that serves as a key water source for Central Valley farmers.

December 12, 2013 | | State

Swimmer nabs monster lobster off coast

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.

December 12, 2013 | | State

Judge orders removal of San Diego war cross

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge in San Diego says a 43-foot war memorial cross must be removed from the top of a mountain in 90 days because it violates the principle of separation of church and state.

December 12, 2013 | | State

Population growth rate highest in years

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year, swelling the state's ranks to more than 38.2 million, new population figures released Thursday showed.

December 12, 2013 | | State

1 dead, 2 injured in blast near Merced

MERCED (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say one worker was killed and two others seriously injured in a fuel tank explosion on a ranch near Merced.

December 12, 2013 | | State

SJ County Jail project in hunt for $33.3 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fifteen counties are in line to split $500 million in state-issued bonds to upgrade jails and build classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs.

December 12, 2013 | | State

News from around the Bay Area

CAR DEALER TO BE SENTENCED FOR $1 MILLION FRAUD: SUNNYVALE (AP) - A luxury used car dealer in Northern California faces prison time after pleading no contest to defrauding customers of more than $1 million in cash and cars.

December 12, 2013 | | State

Gold crucifix stolen from body of former Mantecan

OAKDALE (AP) - Authorities in Oakdale said they are searching for a man who is a person of interest in the theft of a gold crucifix necklace from a dead man's body that later turned up at a pawn shop.

December 12, 2013 | | State

Driver arrested in fatal I-580 crash

LIVERMORE . (AP) - A driver who rear-ended another driver on Interstate 580 in Livermore has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

December 12, 2013 | | State

Judges extend deadline for inmate reduction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Wednesday extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18, while ordering that negotiations continue over how best to reduce inmate crowding.

December 11, 2013 | | State

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California may use inmate firefighters with violent pasts

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California officials are considering allowing inmates with violent backgrounds to work outside prison walls fighting wildfires, and the idea is generating concerns about ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

Governor bans Redskins name at public schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four California high schools will be forced to change mascots after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation making the state the first to ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

Pumpkin winner weighs 1,969 pounds

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A rippled white whopper weighing in at 1,969 pounds took the title Monday for plumpest pumpkin at an annual San ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

Transients charged with killing of tourist, hiker

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California prosecutor said Monday he has filed murder charges that could lead to the death penalty for three young transients accused ...

October 12, 2015 | | State

California adopts strictest limits on livestock

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent ...

October 11, 2015 | | State

Brown rejects labor-backed laws in sweeping bill package

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown barred public schools from using the Redskins name, strengthened the state's vaccine rules by requiring mandatory vaccination for day ...

October 11, 2015 | | State

2 dead after plane crashes near house

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Authorities say two people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed next to a house in Northern California shortly after takeoff.

October 11, 2015 | | State

Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier set to go out to bid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Golden Gate Bridge officials are set to begin looking for a construction firm for a suicide barrier on the landmark span, a ...

October 11, 2015 | | State

Drought pressures beer brewers

FALLBROOK (AP) - Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled ...

October 11, 2015 | | State

Trio used stolen gun to rob, kill 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three young transients used a handgun that was stolen from an unlocked car to rob and kill a backpacking Canadian tourist in ...

October 09, 2015 | | State

New state law extends privacy rights to electronic data

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will require police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or ...

October 09, 2015 | | State

Police search for man who ditched hurt daughter

SAN LEANDRO . (AP) - A Northern California man abandoned his seriously injured 6-year-old daughter in the backseat of a car he wrecked while fleeing police, authorities ...

October 09, 2015 | | State

Gov. Brown rejects driver’s licenses to ease border crossings

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Friday that would have positioned California to be the first state on the U.S. border with ...

October 09, 2015 | | State

Man who says he was cartel enforcer pleads guilty to murders

VISALIA . (AP) - A man who says he was a cartel enforcer pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of murder in California after acknowledging to investigators ...

October 07, 2015 | | State

Study: No fracking bonanza for California’s Monterey Shale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. Geological Survey report out Tuesday downgrades the fracking potential of California's vast Monterey Shale oil deposits.

October 07, 2015 | | State

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