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PASTOR GETS 158 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MOLESTING GIRLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A pastor of a Northern California church has been ordered to serve 158 years to life in prison for molesting five young girls that he and his wife were caring for at their home.

March 02, 2012 | | State


DVI removes symbol of prison overcrowding

TRACY (AP) - California prisons marked a milestone Friday, when officials said they had removed the last of nearly 20,000 beds that had been jammed into gymnasiums and other common areas to house inmates who overflowed traditional prison cells.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Oakdale Marine wanted to show partner his love

HONOLULU (AP) - Sgt. Brandon Morgan of Oakdale didn't expect to become a global phenomenon when he kissed his partner upon returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Orange County bank gunman had business with hostage; suspect remains in intensive care unit

BUENA PARK (AP) - A man shot and wounded by SWAT officers after a standoff at a Southern California bank was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and several homemade pipe bombs, and he knew the bank manager he held hostage, police said Friday.

March 02, 2012 | | State


LA-bound big rock to get extra push up hill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just like the little engine that thought it could, the people hauling a 340-ton rock for an earthy work of art know they can get up the next hill and make it to Los Angeles.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Snow from storm exceeds forecast, but still too little too late to cover shortfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's finally looking like ski season in California's Sierra Nevada as a late winter storm exceeded forecasts by dumping at least 6 feet of fluff at the highest elevations.

March 01, 2012 | | State


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JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST FED POT CRACKDOWN: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged U.S. attorneys' efforts to shut down pot clubs in California.

March 01, 2012 | | State


California college students, Occupy Wall Street groups protest education cuts at various campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Students, educators and Occupy Wall Street activists held demonstrations Thursday across California to protest state budget cuts to education, partially shutting down at least one college campus.

March 01, 2012 | | State


FBI director: Cyber-threats will become top worry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The director of the FBI told an annual gathering of cyber-security professionals on Thursday that the agency needs the private sector to help combat what he believes is becoming the nation's No. 1 threat.

March 01, 2012 | | State


Delta plan would build tunnels to pump water more water down to LA

STOCKTON (AP) - California could soon build two giant tunnels to boost water deliveries to farms and cities and improve habitat for fish, according to documents released by the California Natural Resources Agency.

March 01, 2012 | | State


Teacher quits high school job in Modesto, leaves wife, moves in with 18-year-old Enochs student

MODESTO (AP) - A California teacher quit his job, left his wife and kids, and moved in with an 18-year-old student less than half his age, saying he knows "she's the one."

March 01, 2012 | | State


Medical marijuana ruling over nuisance ordinance adds to confusion over med-pot

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California appellate court has ruled that cities cannot use nuisance ordinances to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, further adding to the confusion about how municipalities should regulate clinics protected under state law.

March 01, 2012 | | State


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Ex-prosecutor sues over fight with colleague

March 01, 2012 | | State


Controversial water bill giving urban, farm users more SJ River water gets first OK

FRESNO (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a controversial water bill that would block the restoration of the San Joaquin River and give California farmers and urban residents more water.

February 29, 2012 | | State


States won't oppose Honda hybrid mpg settlement

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Attorneys general in California and four other states said Wednesday that they won't oppose a class-action settlement between Honda Motor Co. and owners of its hybrid cars over inflated claims of fuel efficiency.

February 29, 2012 | | State


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Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters

PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.

July 27, 2014 | | State


DA’s son arrested on murder charge

MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.

July 27, 2014 | | State


SoCal lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Average teacher compensation: $86,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.

July 25, 2014 | | State


UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California UPS delivery driver was arrested Friday for stealing dozens of shipped guns that were sold on the black market, federal prosecutors said.

July 25, 2014 | | State


State senator facing additional charge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

July 25, 2014 | | State


Suspect sought in good Samaritan’s punch death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are looking for a man who fatally punched another man who intervened while he was screaming at a 3-year-old boy.

July 25, 2014 | | State


DO AS WE SAY. . .

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.

July 25, 2014 | | State


California to have 4 (acting) governors in 4 days

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have four governors in four days next week as top officials take turns temporarily leaving the state.

July 25, 2014 | | State


Designer: Bay Bridge bolts don’t need replacing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief designer of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says more than 2,000 bolts and rods on the span that have been called into question are safe and can remain in place, a newspaper reported.

July 25, 2014 | | State


TRANSIENT WITH TB SOUGHT

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states including California and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.

July 24, 2014 | | State


California removes lane splitting guidelines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Man shot burglar who said she was pregnant

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.

July 24, 2014 | | State


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