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POLICE CALLED FOR LOUD MUSIC FIND INDOOR POT FARM: ARCADIA (AP) - Police responding to a loud music call found a Southern California home filled with marijuana plants.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Chris Brown investigated for possible assault

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said early Monday.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Lancaster mayor sues nearby city for voter discrimination via district voting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mayor of Lancaster has taken on pit bulls and motorcycle gangs in the past. On Monday, the flamboyant politician said he is going after the high-desert city next door.

January 28, 2013 | | State


California. health care exchange at a glance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - How many people are uninsured in California, and how many of those are projected to get insurance under the exchange?

January 28, 2013 | | State


Arsonist gets death for fire that killed 5

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - An arsonist was given the death penalty Monday for killing five men who died of heart attacks during a wildfire nearly a decade ago that ripped through the hills east of Los Angeles.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Half dozen stranded hikers rescued in SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A half-dozen stranded hikers have been rescued safely in Southern California mountain areas.

January 28, 2013 | | State


SUV purchase prompts warning from FPPC

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former legislative leader violated state law when he used campaign money to purchase a state vehicle and have it titled under his name, California's campaign watchdog said Monday.

January 28, 2013 | | State


LA targets immigrant birthing hotels

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County is planning a crackdown on makeshift maternity wards where mothers from other countries stay while giving birth so their children will be U.S. citizens.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Invasive plants clogging Delta waterways

STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal officials are trying to get a jumpstart this year on an annual herbicide spraying program to combat an invasive plant that has clogged Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waterways and harbors in the summer.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

STUNT DRIVERS CLOSE OAKLAND FREEWAY: OAKLAND . (AP) - The California Highway Patrol is trying to locate a group of drivers who briefly shut down part of a San Francisco Bay area freeway while they performed stunts in the middle of the road.

January 28, 2013 | | State


He had funeral his way at Burger King

YORK, Pa. (AP) - Mourners at a Pennsylvania fast-food fan's funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse - and the rest of the procession - to make one last drive-thru visit before reaching the cemetery.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Feinstein: Uphill battle for gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who's leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation's largest gun-rights group.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model

SANTA ANA (AP) - When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he's already learned the day's lesson - he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Ex critic now heads California prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says it's time for the federal courts to end their oversight of medical care and other operations within the California prison system, and he's named a somewhat surprising ally to help him make the case.

January 27, 2013 | | State


Fire agency hid $3.6 million from state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An investigation has found that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hid $3.6 million in collected legal settlements rather than depositing the money into the state's general fund as required.

January 27, 2013 | | State


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Assembly leader backs $75 real estate fee

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a proposal Wednesday to expand affordable housing in California by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks

OXNARD (AP) - A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Man who bit off fingertip pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who bit off a fingertip during a fight at a Rose Bowl concert in Pasadena has pleaded no contest to mayhem.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Suit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Rift escalates between LA teachers, district

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.

February 25, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


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