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Search suspended for missing Gilroy woman

GILROY (AP) - Citing a lack of evidence, authorities said Sunday they have no plans to resume the search for a missing California woman they believe may have been killed by her son, an Iraq War veteran who shot his sister before killing himself this week.

March 18, 2012 | | State


Analyst expects lower revenue from Brown tax plan for November ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislative Analyst's Office on Friday estimated that a compromise tax measure for the November ballot would generate about $2.2 billion less in the first year than estimates from Gov. Jerry Brown's Department of Finance.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Co-founder of 'Kony' video group detained

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A co-founder of the group behind a viral video about a brutal African warlord was detained by police and hospitalized after witnesses saw him running through streets in his underwear, screaming and banging his fists on the pavement.

March 16, 2012 | | State


San Francisco DA questions sincerity of sheriff's guilty plea regarding domestic violence charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An irritated district attorney said he has some concerns about the sincerity of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment in a domestic violence case.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Heavy tube wear a mystery at nuke reactor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Forty-five days after a radioactive water leak prompted a Southern California utility to shut down a nuclear reactor, investigators Friday sought to pinpoint why tubing in the plant eroded at an alarming rate while the prospect of an extended repair job raised questions about summertime power supply.

March 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

EX-MODESTO OFFICER FACING SEX CHARGES: MODESTO (AP) - A former Modesto police officer is facing charges that he sexually assaulted a woman while on duty.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Church regrets pig rodeo, BBQ at retreat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Santa Barbara church said Friday it regrets holding a weekend youth retreat that included teenaged boys chasing down grease-covered pigs before eating them in a luau-style barbecue.

March 16, 2012 | | State


Polling, campaign strategy forced initiative deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In less than a week, Gov. Jerry Brown went from resignation over the prospect of facing multiple tax initiatives on the November ballot to announcing a key political merger with a competing proposal pushed by a teachers union.

March 15, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WATER BOARD OKS $3.6M PG&E TOXIC SETTLEMENT CLAIM: HINKLEY . (AP) - A Southern California water board has agreed to accept $3.6 million from Pacific Gas & Electric to settle claims that the utility failed to stem toxic chromium pollution in a Mojave Desert town that inspired the movie "Erin Brockovich."

March 15, 2012 | | State


Feds settle with PG&E over 2004 forest fires with fine of almost $30 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest utility and two tree-trimming subcontractors have agreed to pay nearly $30 million to settle federal lawsuits over the cause of wildfires in two national forests, federal authorities said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Rain, wind lead to at least 1 fatality

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A late winter storm that brought heavy rain and winds to Central and Northern California was blamed for at least one death and threatened to flood a popular beach boardwalk while a new storm was bearing down on the region.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Beanbag hit Occupy protester, not gas canister

OAKLAND (AP) - An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest last fall was hit by a beanbag round fired by a police officer, not a tear gas canister, his lawyer said.

March 15, 2012 | | State


California home sales jump in February

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home sales rose sharply in California last month as investors snapped up the lowest-priced properties, often paying cash, a research firm reported Thursday. Prices continued to fall.

March 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Report: Squabbling over aging SF ambulances

March 15, 2012 | | State


Gov. Brown reaches California tax deal with group for November ballot measure

LONG BEACH (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he has reached a deal with a rival group to combine forces on a November ballot initiative to raise sales and income taxes, a move that will allow Democratic-leaning interests to align behind a single, high-stakes budget proposition.

March 14, 2012 | | State


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Yahoo’s search engine leans on Yelp for help

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is cribbing from Yelp's online reviews of local merchants to soup up its search engine.

March 12, 2014 | | State


Requests to carry concealed guns surges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians have flooded several sheriff offices with applications and inquiries for permits to carry concealed guns.

March 12, 2014 | | State


California seeks to dam 3 Delta channels to counter salt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to keep out salty ocean water if the state's drought persists.

March 12, 2014 | | State


Rare albino redwood faces removal due to decree by federal regulators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's a tree so rare that there are believed to be fewer than 10 of its kind in the world, and it could be chopped down to make way for commuter trains in Northern California.

March 12, 2014 | | State


255,000 homes lack water meters

SAN JOSE (AP) - While officials are calling for conservation in the face of an ongoing drought, 42 California communities are lagging in installing the most basic tool of water management: water meters.

March 12, 2014 | | State


Investigators seek cause SF fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fire investigators on Wednesday were looking into whether welding work was to blame for a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site, threatening nearby structures and prompting evacuations as firefighters worked to prevent its spread through a San Francisco neighborhood.

March 12, 2014 | | State


Prescription drug users prey on open houses

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego authorities and local real estate agents say prescription drug abusers are preying on open houses and raiding medicine cabinets to feed their addictions.

March 11, 2014 | | State


How do you regulate driverless cars?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers - not the owner - to do the driving.

March 11, 2014 | | State


Salmon may hitch ride to reach sea

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife officials said they will consider a plan to move millions of hatchery-raised salmon by tanker trucks to the ocean if the Sacramento River and its tributaries prove inhospitable due to the drought.

March 11, 2014 | | State


Feds investigating CVS over alleged missing drugs

MODESTO (AP) - Federal officials are investigating CVS over tens of thousands of prescription pain killers that they say have gone missing from four of the company's California pharmacies.

March 11, 2014 | | State


California hits nearly 870K health care sign-ups

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 870,000 Californians have signed up for an insurance policy through the state's health care exchange, the federal government reported Tuesday, as the state intensifies efforts to boost participation and target younger people ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.

March 11, 2014 | | State


7 injured after 200 brawl at California prison

CALIPATRIA (AP) - Seven inmates were injured as violence broke out among some 200 inmates at a state prison in southwestern California.

March 11, 2014 | | State


Depth, distance reduce impact of quake

EUREKA (AP) - One of the largest earthquakes to hit California in decades rattled the state's northern coast, but its depth and distance from shore reduced the impact on land, where there were no reports of injuries or damage, scientists and authorities said on Monday.

March 10, 2014 | | State


Clovis man gets 14 years for pointing laser

FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man convicted of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter was sentenced Monday to spend 14 years in federal prison, a term prosecutors believe to be among the region's longest for such a crime.

March 10, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles police charge man in murder involving severed head

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a man with murdering his live-in boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet near the Hollywood sign two years ago.

March 10, 2014 | | State


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