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MAN ARRESTED FOR KILLING SON, 9, WITH HATCHET: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento-area man has been arrested for allegedly killing his 9-year-old son in a hatchet attack.

February 27, 2013 | | State


Appeal rejected over $2B more for schools

SACRAMENTO. (AP) - An appeals court has rejected a petition from a coalition of school districts and education groups that sought to redirect more than $2 billion in state funding to public schools and community colleges, state officials announced Wednesday.

February 27, 2013 | | State


Calif. AG lobbies feds for law enforcement money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to lobby Congress and the Justice Department for more money to hire state and local law enforcement officers.

February 27, 2013 | | State


Woman who appeared in Calif. anti-tobacco ad dies of cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who smoked a cigarette through a hole in her throat to illustrate her struggle with nicotine addiction in a California public service advertisement has died of cancer, health officials and her family said Wednesday.

February 27, 2013 | | State


2nd State News Brief

6 ARRESTED IN $19M LA TAX FRAUD, STOLEN ID SCHEME: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal prosecutors say six people have been arrested in a suburban Los Angeles tax fraud scheme that allegedly used nearly 2,000 stolen IDs to reap more than $19 million in tax refunds.

February 27, 2013 | | State


Judge sets date for Stockton bankruptcy trial

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Stockton officials will be in court next month where a federal bankruptcy judge will determine if the city is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection from its creditors.

February 26, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers review high-speed rail plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators grilled officials who oversee California's $68 billion high-speed rail project during a hearing Tuesday intended to investigate whether the project has sufficient staff and resources to actually build the nation's first bullet train.

February 26, 2013 | | State


Report of boat sinking off coast possible hoax

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - The Pacific Ocean either swallowed an adventurous couple and two young children aboard a sailboat off the Monterey coast this week, or someone played a cruel hoax that wasted Coast Guard resources and tugged at the hearts of coastal residents over two days of desperate searching.

February 26, 2013 | | State


6 ex-LAPD officers seek firing reviews

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At least six former officers have requested a reopening of their termination cases since the Los Angeles Police Department started investigating allegations by a former officer who left a trail of violence to avenge his firing.

February 26, 2013 | | State


Police officer accused of sex assaults of women

WEST SACRAMENTO. (AP) - A police officer is in jail after being indicted on suspicion of sexually assaulting six women while on duty in West Sacramento.

February 26, 2013 | | State


Crews search for family who abandoned sinking boat

MONTEREY (AP) - Crews searched by sea and air and sought the public's help Monday as they ramped up their efforts to find a husband and wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls to the Coast Guard the day before, saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast and they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and a life ring.

February 25, 2013 | | State


Parents can't sue LAPD over murder probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a woman murdered by a Los Angeles police officer have lost their last attempt to sue the department over the way it handled the high-profile investigation.

February 25, 2013 | | State


Father of Dorner victim worried daughter was shot

NEWPORT BEACH, (AP) - Court documents say the father of one of the first victims of former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner suspected his daughter might have been shot when he heard initial reports of a double-murder on the news.

February 25, 2013 | | State


New bill would separate reform CPUC hierarchy

SAN MATEO (AP) - A California lawmaker wants to keep state energy regulators from holding private settlement talks instead of public hearings following a failed mediation process in the San Bruno pipeline blast cases.

February 25, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OYSTER CO. TO STAY OPEN WHILE COURT DECIDES FATE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Owners of an oyster farm scheduled to be removed from Point Reyes National Seashore can stay open a couple months longer while an appeals court decides whether its lawsuit challenging its removal can proceed.

February 25, 2013 | | State


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Rim Fire supports need for controlled burns

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A fierce wildfire that scorched part of Yosemite National Park burned less intensely in places that had fires in recent years - a finding that researchers said Wednesday supports a belief that controlled burning often curtails extreme fires.

December 17, 2014 | | State


PG&E email alleges offer by regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a newly released email, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive says a state official offered to write the utility a favorable opinion for a proposed gas rate hike.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Rain could spell trouble for water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another storm moved into water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Bill Cosby won’t be charged

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974.

December 16, 2014 | | State


LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday a plan to equip 7,000 officers on the Los Angeles police force with on-body cameras by next summer, making the law enforcement agency the nation's largest to make the move to date.

December 16, 2014 | | State


State retiree health care gap hits $72B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unfunded obligation to pay for the health and dental care of retired state government workers grew by 11 percent during the most recent fiscal year to nearly $72 billion, according to a report released Tuesday by the state controller's office.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Federal ruling a win for bullet train

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal agency that has jurisdiction over California's bullet train has ruled that it has the authority to pre-empt state environmental law, creating uncertainty for numerous groups fighting the project in court.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Undersea border dispute settled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Officer on leave after threatening tweets

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California police department put one of its officers on leave Monday and is investigating threatening comments from his Twitter account about demonstrators who have participated in protests over the recent deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York.

December 15, 2014 | | State


River diverted near Carmel to allow for dam removal

CARMEL VALLEY (AP) - The largest dam removal project in California history hit an important milestone last week with the successful diversion of the Carmel River into a man-made river bed, an engineering feat that experts said was the first of its kind.

December 15, 2014 | | State


California gets funds for earthquake warning system

PASADENA (AP) - California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops.

December 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CITY ASKS PG&E TO RELEASE EMAILS: SAN BRUNO (AP) - A Northern California city is asking the state to force Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release tens of thousands of emails between the state's largest utility and state regulators.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Protesters block roads by Oakland police building

OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators blocked streets around Oakland police headquarters and chained shut four of the building's doors Monday to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Atari’s ‘E.T.’ game joins Smithsonian collection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.

December 15, 2014 | | State


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