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Counties sue over painkiller marketing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California counties have filed a lawsuit accusing five drug companies of waging a campaign of deception to boost the sales of painkillers behind the nation's prescription drug addiction problem.

May 22, 2014 | | State


Mom persuaded kidnapped woman to contact police

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.

May 22, 2014 | | State


8 charged in California National Guard recruitment bonus fraud

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eight current or former members of the California National Guard have been indicted on federal charges alleging that they fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Thursday.

May 22, 2014 | | State


Protest against police in Salinas turns violent

SALINAS (AP) - A police officer was injured when demonstrators protesting recent police shootings in Salinas attacked officers as they tried to assist a victim who had been shot in an unrelated incident, authorities said.

May 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMERS SUE TO STOP LAKE WATER RELEASE: FRESNO (AP) - A group of Central California farmers have asked a judge to halt the release of water from behind a dam east of Fresno.

May 22, 2014 | | State


Woman found 10 years after kidnapping

SANTA ANA (AP) - A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother's ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Oscar Grant’s friends settle with BART

OAKLAND (AP) - Five friends of Oscar Grant, the man who was fatally shot by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, have reached a deal to settle a federal lawsuit against the agency, officials said.

May 21, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial hopefuls in tight race for No. 2 primary spot

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The two leading Republican candidates vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are locked in a close contest for second place just weeks before the June 3 primary, while the incumbent enjoys a comfortable lead among likely voters, according to a poll released Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Biologists to tow dead whale out to sea

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A dead whale that washed up on shore in San Diego will get a sea burial.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown defends his record

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown presented a robust defense of his record over the last three-and-a-half years during a speech to California business leaders Wednesday, promoting his efforts with education, pension reform, workers' compensation, criminal justice and the economy.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Judge hears outcry on serial-rapist release

SAN JOSE . (AP) - After a sniper's bullet killed her husband in Afghanistan earlier this year, Misty Vivirito moved herself and four daughters from a San Diego Marine Corps base to a home in Southern California's Antelope Valley with room enough for horses and other farm animals.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Bus strikes metal pipes on remote interstate, killing 4

BLYTHE (AP) - A bus rolling through a remote stretch of desert struck a load of metal pipes scattered across a dark California highway Wednesday, then slid down an embankment and overturned in an accident that killed four passengers and seriously injured at least seven others.

May 21, 2014 | | State


California approves expansion of toxic waste site in Kettlemen City

KETTLEMEN CITY (AP) - Residents of a small California farming community who have worried for years about the health effects of a hazardous waste landfill learned Wednesday that the state has cleared the way for it to expand.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Man wants car, laptop back after freed in double murder case

SANTA ANA (AP) - Eder Herrera lost his mother and brother to a gruesome stabbing and spent three months in jail as the prime suspect.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil slashed to 600 million barrels from 13.7 billion

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's sprawling Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought, according to a new federal estimate that potentially deals a blow to oil companies looking to extract the resource.

May 21, 2014 | | State


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Gov. Brown to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Bringing family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Drought takes toll on boating, rafting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Driver injures woman during Zombie Walk

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

July 27, 2014 | | State


Gold Country fire destroys 10 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

July 27, 2014 | | State


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


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