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1 DEAD, 2 WOUNDED IN STOCKTON HIGHWAY SHOOTING: STOCKTON (AP) - Police say a rush hour shooting on a Stockton highway that left one man dead and two other people wounded was gang related.

February 22, 2012 | | State






Colonoscopy cuts colon cancer death risk

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Millions of people have endured a colonoscopy, believing the dreaded exam may help keep them from dying of colon cancer. For the first time, a major study offers clear evidence that it does.

February 22, 2012 | | State


Brown to meet with Obama during DC trip

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to the nation's capital, where he plans to meet with President Barack Obama, members of Congress and his fellow governors.

February 22, 2012 | | State


Poll: Santorum gains among Republicans in upcoming California primary election

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Republican voters have warmed up to the surging candidacy of Rick Santorum but also are expressing growing dissatisfaction with the field of GOP presidential candidates, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday.

February 22, 2012 | | State


Immigration chief reassures Silicon Valley businesses on foreign-born high tech workers

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The Obama administration's top immigration official said Wednesday he wants to keep more foreign-born high-tech entrepreneurs in the U.S. But to make that happen, he said he needs those entrepreneurs to turn their creativity to immigration itself.

February 22, 2012 | | State


Community colleges face unexpected budget deficit of $149 million this year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California community college leaders warned Wednesday of an unexpected budget shortfall that could lead to more cuts in courses, staff and services.

February 22, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Tortoises' heating pad blamed for garage fire

February 22, 2012 | | State


Parrot rescuers try to improve their long lives

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With lots of smarts and long lives, parrots were once favored by Baby Boomers, but more of the former pets are now wild, passed from owner to owner or ignored altogether in cramped cages without the feathered mates they crave, rescuers said.

February 21, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Source: Agent who shot colleague fought sex crime; was Justice officer of year

LONG BEACH (AP) - The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent believed to have fatally shot a colleague who opened fire on a supervisor has won acclaim for investigating sex crimes against children.

February 21, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Marine convicted in Iraq killings of unarmed civilians in 2005 leaves military service

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Marine Corps has discharged the lone Marine convicted in the 2005 killings of unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha, a spokesman said Tuesday.

February 21, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Study finds $135.7B in local pension liabilities for California jurisdictions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two dozen city and county governments in California face a combined $135.7 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, according to a study released Tuesday that also found the problem is growing.

February 21, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Bay Area news briefs

Prop. 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case

February 21, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ONE-ARMED MAN SUES STARBUCKS FOR NOT HIRING HIM: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who was born with half a left arm is suing Starbucks for failing to hire him as a barista.

February 21, 2012 | | State


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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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