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• FAMILY CASHES $1M LOTTERY TICKET ON CHRISTMAS EVE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A family has cashed in on a $1 million gift this Christmas after a California dad bought a winning lottery scratcher ticket.

December 26, 2012 | | State


Marines to face random blood-alcohol tests

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Marines and sailors will be subject to random blood-alcohol tests twice a year in what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military.

December 25, 2012 | | State


Sierra avalanche victim, 53, dies

TRUCKEE (AP) - A member of a Sierra ski resort's patrol team who was injured after being caught in an avalanche has died - the second death connected to avalanches that occurred in the area on Monday.

December 25, 2012 | | State


Northern California celebrates Christmas with plenty of rain, show and even hail

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California received more rain and snow on Christmas Day, as the third storm system in a handful of days moved through the region.

December 25, 2012 | | State


Cellphone providers seeking out churches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cellphone providers are heading to church as they scramble to find places to put up towers.

December 25, 2012 | | State


Ban draws interest in using hounds to hunt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gary Ramey and his adult daughter traveled 2,500 miles to hunt California bears with hounds last month, eager to take part in what he calls a time-honored tradition.

December 25, 2012 | | State


West Coast girds for more tsunami debris

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Volunteers who patrol California beaches for plastic, cigarette butts and other litter will be on the lookout this winter for flotsam from last year's monstrous tsunami off Japan's coast.

December 25, 2012 | | State


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• MOTORCYCLIST CHASE REACHES 130 MPH: STOCKTON - A motorcyclist was arrested on charges of felony evasion after leading CHP offices on a high speed chase Monday afternoon at speed in excess of 130 mph.

December 25, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• SF WOMAN CHARGED IN FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco woman is facing hit-and-run, drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter charges in a crash that killed one pedestrian and injured two others in the city's Twin Peaks area.

December 25, 2012 | | State


2nd storm dumping rain, snow across NorCal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern Californians slogged through another day of wet and windy weather on Sunday as the second storm of the weekend moved through the region, causing headaches for people driving on freeways and delays for air travelers.

December 23, 2012 | | State


1 dead, 3 wounded during Sacramento home invasion

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police say that the man killed in the home invasion robbery in Sacramento was one of the intruders, and the homeowner was among the three people wounded.

December 23, 2012 | | State


Telepresence robots let employees ‘beam’ into work, move around office

PALO ALTO (AP) - Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley.

December 23, 2012 | | State


Pot farm boom slams NorCal environment

EUREKA (AP) - From water-siphoning to pesticide-spraying to just plain littering, a flowering of pot farms driven by the rise of medical marijuana is battering Northern California's wilderness areas, natural resources and endangered species.

December 23, 2012 | | State


Report finds violations at UC Davis Medical Center in Sac

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An analysis of a federal investigation of the UC Davis Medical Center - conducted after the deaths of three brain surgery patients at the facility - found that hospital policies and federal regulations were violated, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

December 23, 2012 | | State


Storms set up Sierra resorts for busy holiday week for skiing

TRUCKEE (AP) - A string of powerful storms has dumped a mountain of snow in the Sierra Nevada and provided top-notch conditions for what traditionally is one of the busiest weeks of the skiing season.

December 23, 2012 | | State


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Secret PG&E, CPUC talks banned

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's public utilities commission should stop all back-channel contact between commission members and the state's largest utility for at least a year, a judge ruled Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Arguments made in ex-dictator’s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani cited his own experience as a public figure while arguing Thursday that a lawsuit by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against video game maker Activision should be dismissed.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Winter not expected to end drought

FRESNO (AP) - Parts of California could receive above-average rain and snow this winter but not enough to end the worsening drought, federal forecasters said Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Agencies at odds over counting new crimes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general has released a statewide definition of recidivism - a term used for ex-cons who commit new crimes - that conflicts with one being developed by a corrections-related board overseen by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 16, 2014 | | State


SoCal city rejects migrant shelter

ESCONDIDO (AP) - A Southern California city has rejected a plan to convert a vacant nursing home into a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Health exchange preps for second round

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange said Thursday that it is learning from past mistakes by adding staff and capacity in preparation for the second round of open enrollment next month.

October 16, 2014 | | State


10 million plus Californians participating in earthquake drill

LA MIRADA (AP) - Millions of people plan to drop, cover and hold on in a drill today to prepare communities in California and elsewhere for the next big earthquake.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Pilot funding returns arts to California state prisons

NORCO (AP) - Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms: He cries out for his true love, and then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Transient arrested in sex attack on 12-year-old girl

FRESNO (AP) - A 50-year-old transient has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from the front yard of her Central California home and then sexually assaulting her.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Modesto man attacked by pit bulls dies

MODESTO (AP) - A Modesto man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Indian casino kept closed during talks

COARSEGOLD (AP) - A casino in Central California shut down after an armed confrontation last week between tribal factions will remain indefinitely closed pending court-mandated talks, a judge ordered Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California high court declines appeal of high speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to consider an appeal of a case brought by opponents of the state's $68 billion bullet train project, delivering a crucial ruling that allows construction to go ahead as planned.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Florio recuses himself amid PG&E probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Davis student drowns rafting

WINTERS, (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old student at University of California, Davis drowned in a weekend rafting accident in Yolo County.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November.

October 15, 2014 | | State


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