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New threat to prime farmland: Rapidly growing solar projects

FRESNO (AP) - There's a land rush of sorts going on across the nation's most productive farming region, but these buyers don't want to grow crops. They want to plant solar farms.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Gay, Latino groups forge immigration alliance to gain legal status for illegals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As a gay Mexican immigrant living in the United States illegally, Alex Aldana acutely understands his double-minority status. Not only does he fear deportation, he can't seek citizenship by marrying a partner because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

February 03, 2013 | | State


School turnarounds prompt community backlash in low-income neighborhoods

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Police canvassing area where girl was found dead

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Fairfield police investigators were on the streets early Sunday canvassing the neighborhood near the park where a 13-year-old girl was found dead, a police spokesman said.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Police investigate mistreatment claims at Roseville academy

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Claims by students at an expensive Northern California basketball academy of mistreatment at the school is leading to a search for more possible victims, authorities said.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Hundreds watch as power plant imploded

CHULA VISTA (AP) - In a matter of minutes, a hulking power plant that loomed over San Diego Bay since the late 1950s was demolished Saturday, to make way for a city park.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Police find homicide victim in fire

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Police say a 32-year-old man found dead after a fire in a Sacramento apartment was a victim of a homicide.

February 03, 2013 | | State


209 news briefs

• MURPHYS MAN KILLS SONS, THEN HIMSELF: MURPHYS (AP) - Authorities say a man in the tiny Sierra Nevada community of Murphys has shot and killed his two teenage sons, then killed himself.

February 03, 2013 | | State


Oakland launches municipal ID-debit card

OAKLAND (AP) - City officials introduced a municipal identification card on Friday that will double as a debit card.

February 01, 2013 | | State


SMUD gets $35M in nuclear waste case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has awarded nearly $35 million to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District because of the federal government's failure to build a permanent site to store nuclear waste.

February 01, 2013 | | State


State Side

GOVERNOR OFFERS BOOK FOR SUPER BOWL BET: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown was one of the few California politicians yet to announce a bet on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup, until he offered up a characteristically esoteric wager.

February 01, 2013 | | State


Groups trying to protect wolf oppose Modoc coyote hunt

ADIN, Modoc County (AP) - A once obscure coyote hunting contest in northernmost California has become anything but, as environmental groups lobby the state to call it off to protect a lone, roaming wolf.

February 01, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

TWITTER SAYS HACKERS COMPROMISE 250K ACCOUNTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the latest online attack, Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.

February 01, 2013 | | State


4 arrested for defying San Francisco’s nudity ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four protesters were arrested entirely in the buff as they took to the steps of San Francisco City Hall in a brazen challenge of the city's ban on public nudity on Friday, the first day it went into effect.

February 01, 2013 | | State


Chefs charged with serving illegal whale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A now-shuttered Southern California sushi restaurant and two of its chefs were indicted on conspiracy and other charges for allegedly serving illegal and endangered whale meat, authorities said Friday.

February 01, 2013 | | State


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Yosemite hotel’s housekeeper faces theft charges

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a housekeeper at a Yosemite National Park hotel with 32 counts of first degree burglary and theft for stealing cash from guests' rooms.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Driver arrested after shooting himself on 101

WILLITS (AP) - Mendocino County authorities say a man was arrested after apparently shooting himself in the face while driving on U.S. 101 with a California Highway Patrol car behind him.

November 20, 2014 | | State


SELF-DRIVING CARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.

November 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.

November 19, 2014 | | State


Calexico police chief alleges council corruption

CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."

November 19, 2014 | | State


Demos retain Sacramento-area seat after $19.6 million campaign

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.

November 19, 2014 | | State


OC drops plans for $3.6M shelter

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.

November 19, 2014 | | State


UC tuition going up $3,372 by 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A committee of the University of California's governing board voted Wednesday for a tuition increase during each of the next five years over the protests of Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and students.

November 19, 2014 | | State


1st of 3 storms douses fields, delays flights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Farmers on Wednesday welcomed the first of three storms expected this week in drought-stricken Northern California.

November 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 PENGUIN CHICKS HATCH AT CALIFORNIA ACADEMY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Berkeley may require warning labels on gas pumps in city

BERKELEY (AP) - Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers.

November 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego advances plan to recycle wastewater for drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Restaurateur guilty of serving whale meat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Dry Central Valley town home to 7,000 gets portable showers

EAST PORTERVILLE. (AP) - Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Appeals court blocks sex-offender electronic reporting requirement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered sex offenders in California don't have to disclose their email addresses, Internet service providers, screen names and other electronic information to authorities as required by a voter-approved law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | State


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