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Dead man found at shooting wearing armor

INGLEWOOD (AP) - Police were nearly certain Sunday that a man found dead at the property where five members of a Southern California family were shot - two fatally - was the killer because he was wearing body armor, clutching a handgun and had a bullet hole in his head.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Uncle Sam ends Sir Francis Drake debate

POINT REYES (AP) - The federal government has apparently ended a 433-year-old historical controversy by determining that English sea captain and explorer Sir Francis Drake came ashore in what is now a county in the San Francisco Bay area when he claimed California for England.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Brown calls for help in final push for tax hike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown called on teachers Saturday to protect their classrooms by helping him pass a tax increase on the November ballot with a final three-week push.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Private colleges boom as state universities falter under weight of budget shortfalls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's public higher education crisis has a flip side: swelling enrollment, expanding faculty, and state-of-the-art construction at the state's private colleges and universities.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Voice software helps study of rare Yosemite National Park owls

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - In the bird world, they make endangered condors seem almost commonplace.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Hundreds of local tax measures fill ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has competition on the November ballot, and it's not just from a rival statewide tax initiative seeking to raise income taxes for school funding.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• SF PLANNERS OK PLANS FOR CITY'S TALLEST BUILDING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco planners have approved plans to build what will become the city's tallest building.

October 19, 2012 | | State


209 News briefs

• COPS PROBING MODESTO BANK WORKERS FALLING ILL: MODESTO (AP) - Six Modesto bank workers were hospitalized and a criminal investigation launched after a customer dropped off a packet of money wrapped in a paper towel, authorities said.

October 19, 2012 | | State


State Side

Newspaper sues for release of LA teacher ratings

October 19, 2012 | | State


High pay a costly legacy of prison receiver

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A doctor at California Medical Facility was paid more than $410,000 last year, while a registered nurse at High Desert State Prison made nearly $236,000 - more than twice the statewide average in both cases.

October 19, 2012 | | State


Alameda County sheriff seeks drone

OAKLAND (AP) - The Alameda County Sheriff's Department is hoping to become one of the handful of local law enforcement agencies that have received federal clearance to use unmanned aerial drones to fight crime, a goal that already is arousing concerns among privacy advocates.

October 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF PLANNERS OK PLANS FOR CITY'S TALLEST BUILDING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco planners have approved plans to build what will become the city's tallest building.

October 19, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

HINKLEY HOMEOWNERS ACCEPT PG&E BUYOUT OFFER: HINKLEY (AP) - About 200 people have agreed to sell their homes in a Mojave Desert town whose water supply was contaminated by toxic chromium.

October 19, 2012 | | State


Police: Jogger in shootout thought to be suspect

OXNARD (AP) - Oxnard police said they mistakenly killed an innocent bystander they believed was a suspect during a weekend shootout that followed a traffic stop.

October 19, 2012 | | State


Highest-paid prison doctors, nurses

Here are the top five highest-paid prison doctors and nurses working under the health care receiver appointed by a federal judge. The salaries are for 2011 and were compiled by the state controller's office.

October 19, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Judge tosses ex-dictator’s suit against video game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 "Call of Duty" video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game's use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Man to be sentenced in dragging death of his elderly grandfather

WILLITS (AP) - A Northern California man accused of killing his 84-year-old grandfather by dragging him behind a pickup truck for nearly six miles will be sentenced Nov. 14 for first-degree murder.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Sheriff fires 1 after San Francisco hospital patient’s death in stairwell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff's Department officials say one staff member has been fired, two have been suspended, and five others are facing discipline a year after the body of a 57-year-old hospital patient was found in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her room.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Police shut down 12,000-light Halloween home with music

RIVERSIDE (AP) - It's no treat for a Southern California Halloween lover after police shut down his gigantic music-and-light show.

October 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT NOURISHES FAKE GRASS SALES: TORRANCE (AP) - Businesses that sell artificial grass are making some serious green in drought-stricken Southern California.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested for threat against school

MENIFEE (AP) - Riverside County authorities say two teens have been arrested for allegedly making an online threat against a Menifee charter school.

October 28, 2014 | | State


Move to clean up Santa Ana River

SANTA ANA (AP) - Conservationists are turning their attention to the restoration of the Santa Ana River in Southern California after recently approved legislation established a program to create a network of trails and river-bottom parks that could eventually connect scenic spots from Big Bear Lake to Huntington Beach.

October 27, 2014 | | State


Officer finds $120K in cash in roadway, returns it to owner

CONCORD (AP) - An off-duty state highway patrol sergeant found two bank deposit bags stuffed with more than $120,000 in cash on a busy suburban roadway, and immediately handed over the loot, officials said Monday.

October 27, 2014 | | State


Suspect in deputy deaths had Utah arrest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man accused in a shooting rampage that left two sheriff's deputies dead in California had been arrested in Utah nearly 10 years ago, but authorities didn't connect him with his criminal past or his previous deportations.

October 27, 2014 | | State


No charges in death of man in custody

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The U.S. attorney's office said Monday it will not file criminal charges in the case of a Bakersfield man who died in police custody after a protracted struggle with deputies who used a police dog and batons to subdue him.

October 27, 2014 | | State


Expert argues against quarantine

NEW YORK (AP) - The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation's top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from traveling to the danger zone.

October 26, 2014 | | State


Rangers try to keep hungry bears at bay

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Rangers at Yosemite National Park are in a constant battle to keep wild black bears - with their ultra-keen noses and powerful paws and jaws - far away from humans.

October 26, 2014 | | State


Illegal suspect in in deputy killings avoided scrutiny

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte had a lot to hide. He was living in the United States illegally, had been convicted in Arizona for selling drugs and twice deported to Mexico.

October 26, 2014 | | State


PRISON REALIGNMENT

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As Gov. Jerry Brown seeks re-election next month, Republicans say decisions he made to reduce prison overcrowding are endangering the public by putting more criminals on the streets.

October 26, 2014 | | State


CHP contends controversy over explicit photos is isolated

VALLEJO (AP) - A controversy over California Highway Patrol officers suspected of secretly sharing explicit photos of women placed under arrest is isolated to one Northern California office, authorities said Saturday.

October 26, 2014 | | State


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