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BILL WOULD GIVE CYCLISTS 3-FOOT BUFFER ZONE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California bicyclists who navigate busy roads may be able to ride a little easier if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

August 27, 2012 | | State


State Senate OKs ban on open carry of rifles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would bar the public display of rifles and shotguns in most cities and towns, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Firefighters work to fully contain two NorCal fires; winds still pose challenge

REDDING (AP) - Firefighters said Monday they hoped to contain two major wildfires this week after the blazes ravaged huge swaths of Northern California.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Ailing reactor prepares to remove fuel

SAN CLEMENTE (AP) - The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant is preparing to empty the radioactive fuel from one of its twin reactors, a federal official said Monday, another sign the plant won't be operating at full capacity anytime soon, if ever.

August 27, 2012 | | State


SF archbishop-elect in DUI arrest

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco apologized Monday for his weekend arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, behavior that he termed an "error in judgment" and which legal experts said was unlikely to derail his promotion.

August 27, 2012 | | State


Series of earthquakes rattle Southern California Sunday

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dozens of small to moderate earthquakes struck the southeastern corner of California on Sunday, causing minor damages to structures and rattling nerves in a small farming town east of San Diego.

August 26, 2012 | | State


Bear kills Calif. man in Denali National Park

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A hiker in Alaska's Denali National Park photographed a grizzly bear for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him in the first fatal attack in the park's history, officials said Saturday.

August 26, 2012 | | State


'Multiple victims' in small plane crash at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A small, single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport on Lake Tahoe's south shore, and authorities say several people were killed.

August 26, 2012 | | State


Apple's patent verdict could corner market

SAN JOSE (AP) - It is the $1 billion question: What does Apple Inc.'s victory in an epic patent dispute over its fiercest rival mean for the U.S. smartphone industry?

August 26, 2012 | | State


20 lawmakers don't adhere to 'no gifts' signs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Of the 23 lawmakers in Sacramento who post signs on their office doors telling visitors that they don't accept gifts, only three follow the ban, according to a newspaper report.

August 26, 2012 | | State


Pension reform among issues still facing lawmakers in their final week

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers head into their final deadline rush this week with some of the most pressing legislative matters still to be resolved, or even publicly revealed.

August 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CHP SAYS WOMAN JUMPED OFF BRIDGE TO ESCAPE POLICE

August 26, 2012 | | State


Red flag warnings issued as crews battle wildfires

REDDING (AP) - The thousands of firefighters making progress against a series of wildfires across California were facing new challenges as strong winds raised concerns that some of the fires could jump containment lines, fire officials said Sunday.

August 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

AMMO STORE SIGNS REMOVED AT HIGH SCHOOL: SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A Northern California school district has ordered removal of an ammunition store sign on a campus football stadium scoreboard.

August 24, 2012 | | State


Jerry Nelson, Count of 'Sesame Street,' dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind a delightful menagerie of characters including Count von Count on "Sesame Street" and Gobo Fraggle on "Fraggle Rock," has died. He was 78.

August 24, 2012 | | State


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GPS devices find huge water loss in western states

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August 21, 2014 | | State


State challenges death penalty ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

August 21, 2014 | | State


SF to tally bird-into-window death toll

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have launched a program to document the number of birds that die by crashing into windows in an effort to reduce such collisions.

August 21, 2014 | | State


Cops greet students at school where plot thwarted

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Police kept watch and jumpy parents escorted students as classes resumed Thursday at a suburban high school that authorities say was targeted for a massacre.

August 21, 2014 | | State


BOOSTING RETIREMENT PAY

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state pension board on Wednesday approved nearly 100 types of supplemental pay that can be used to boost retirement benefits for newer public employees, one of which drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | State


$93M Medi-Cal payments fraudulent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.

August 21, 2014 | | State


Unregulated pumping in crosshairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroys 8 homes, threatens 1,000 more; scorches 5 square miles

KERNVILLE (AP) - A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | State


School makes special ed kids sort trash

JURUPA VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has apologized to parents of special education students who were outraged to learn their children had been sorting trash as a school activity.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Mystery pair in selfies after burglary sought

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?

August 20, 2014 | | State


Video blackouts impede growth of baseball online

LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) - Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Target cuts outlook as breach form security fallout lingers

NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Cupertino to get super-fast AT&T broadband service

CUPERTINO (AP) - Cupertino will become the first city west of the Rockies to get AT&T's super-fast broadband Internet service.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Appleā€™s stock bounces back to hit a new high

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.

August 20, 2014 | | State


FIRE NEAR YOSEMITE

OAKHURST - Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.

August 19, 2014 | | State


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