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COUPLE PICKS UP CUSTOMERS' TABS AT LIVERMORE WALMART: LIVERMORE (AP) - Christmas came early for some shoppers at a Walmart in Livermore.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Man on freeway sign brings downtown LA gridlock

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A barefoot, shirtless man who climbed down from an overpass on to a freeway sign and appeared ready to jump onto the 110 Freeway below brought traffic to a halt for about two hours in downtown Los Angeles.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Millionaire’s billboard for Latina girlfriend by Christmas is removed

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A billboard put up by a San Diego millionaire who's seeking a Latina girlfriend has been removed.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Fresno man recovering after fall, complex rescue

OAKHURST (AP) - A Fresno man is recovering after a fall during a hike and a complicated rescue in the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Union behind Oakland port strike approves contract

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of the union behind a one-day strike that shut down the Port of Oakland last month have ratified a new contract.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Judge: Turn over LA priest files to court

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Monday ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to turn over to the court the top-secret files it has kept for decades on dozens of priests accused of sex abuse, bringing the documents closer to public scrutiny.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Tribe prepares to bury 5 slain members

PORTERVILLE (AP) - Gravediggers work the old-fashioned way on the Tule River Indian Reservation, chipping away at the hard pan by hand with pickaxes and shoveling the dirt aside. They say it's a sign of respect not to use machinery, but never has the crew had to dig so many graves at one time.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Grad student killed by campus police was bipolar, had stopped taking his medications

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A graduate student who was shot to death during a furious struggle with campus police at California State University, San Bernardino, had a long history of mental illness and had stopped taking his medication at least a week earlier but hadn't appeared to be violent, authorities said Monday.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Some lawyers to seek trial in LA teacher sex case

PASADENA (AP) - Two attorneys representing dozens of children in lawsuits brought against the Los Angeles Unified School District over alleged teacher sexual misconduct said Monday they are dropping out of settlement negotiations and want to go trial.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BART STATION PARKING LOT COSTS COULD TRIPLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters in the San Francisco Bay area could see parking lot costs triple at BART stations.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Final action set on Lake Tahoe development plan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After nearly a decade of debate, Lake Tahoe land-use regulators are prepared to take action on a sweeping plan that will guide development for decades to come at the Sierra gem.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Pea soup fog makes SJ Valley notorious

FRESNO (AP) - Some fog creeps in poetically on little cat feet through the Golden Gate. And then there is the prosaic fog of California's San Joaquin Valley that erupts from the soil in certain wintry conditions to put a stranglehold on the region.

December 09, 2012 | | State


New lawmakers to join in adding, changing votes allowing them to obscure real positions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Assembly leaders say they have no plans to change their longstanding practice of adding and changing thousands of votes after their votes are cast on the Legislature floor, despite criticism from good government groups that say it allows lawmakers to obscure their real positions and curry favor with lobbyists.

December 09, 2012 | | State


Reckless prescribing common in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California patients are at risk from reckless prescribing by doctors because of a lack of oversight at the state Medical Board, an investigation has found.

December 09, 2012 | | State


3 dead, 3 children injured in SJ Valley shootings

PORTERVILLE (AP) - A man suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding three children, including his two daughters, died Sunday from his injuries in a police shootout, authorities said.

December 09, 2012 | | State


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‘Entopreneurs’ feed growing appetite for edible insects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Experts remove whale carcass south of SF

PACIFICA (AP) - When a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore on a beach south of San Francisco, people stopped to look, snapped pictures of the massive mammal and even reached out and touched the creature that looks more like a dark ocean rock than the largest tooth predator on earth.

April 15, 2015 | | State


120 days for clubbing death of 925 chickens

FRESNO (AP) - A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Where can sex offenders reside?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities and counties are grappling with how far they can go to restrict where sex offenders can live amid a shifting legal landscape.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Lobbying for California to go to pot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.

April 14, 2015 | | State


LA OKs all- girls science, tech school

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district on Tuesday approved the creation of an all-girls school focused on science, technology, engineering and math in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects.

April 14, 2015 | | State


‘Game of Thrones‘ hit by piracy from Twitter app users

LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Drought not a big hit to economy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Elusive mountain lion captivates Los Angeles then quickly vanishes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.

April 14, 2015 | | State


NorCal water boards vote on water cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two large San Francisco Bay Area water districts are considering adopting state-ordered cuts in water use and possibly increasing rates.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Sex-offender limits no longer tied to initiative

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California parole agents will have to find a specific link to child victims if they decide to bar sex offender parolees from living near schools and parks, under a new policy issued Tuesday.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Did officer tamper with corpse?

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A police Medal of Valor winner is under investigation after allegations that he improperly handled the corpse of a man shot by officers - and even joked about tickling his feet.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Gondola would create big ski areas near Tahoe

SQUAW VALLEY. (AP) - A resort operator announced plans Monday to build a high-speed gondola connecting two Lake Tahoe slopes and creating one of the largest ski areas in the country.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Abalone diving off coast proves deadly again

CASPAR (AP) - Diving for abalone can be a dangerous sport, but that doesn't deter the thousands of people who trek to the northern California coastlines each season to take a stab at getting some of the prized mollusks.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Honey oil explosion burns 5, blasts roof

REDDING (AP) - Five people in Northern California suffered serious burns when an explosion blew apart the garage where authorities say the group was cooking concentrated marijuana honey oil with butane.

April 13, 2015 | | State


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