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MADERA FAMILY CLAIMS FUNERAL HOME MISHANDLED BODY: MADERA (AP) - A family is suing a Central California funeral home claiming it disfigured the body of their loved one and prepared the wrong body for viewing.

January 21, 2014 | | State


Emergency SJ River drought bill proposed

FRESNO (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to visit the Central Valley of California on Wednesday, joining three Republican colleagues to propose emergency legislation aimed at drought relief, a congressional aide said Tuesday.

January 21, 2014 | | State


BART: Officer fatality first in agency's history

DUBLIN (AP) - A Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer Tuesday in the first on-duty fatality in the department's 40-year history, authorities said.

January 21, 2014 | | State


Phone calls unanswered at state’s jobless agency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most callers needing help with unemployment benefits just get a recording at the California Employment Development Department, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

January 21, 2014 | | State


Oakland woman loses two sons to gunfire weeks apart

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California mother pleaded for justice Tuesday, two days after her eldest teenage son was fatally shot and just three weeks after her youngest son suffered a similar fate.

January 21, 2014 | | State


Head of bank bailout running for governor

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who was the architect of the nation's bank bailout at the height of the recession, said Tuesday he is running for governor of California with a campaign that will focus on boosting jobs and improving public schools.

January 21, 2014 | | State


California home foreclosure activity plummets 52.6%

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home foreclosure activity plummeted to an eight-year low in the fourth quarter as price gains left fewer owners owing more money than their properties were worth, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.

January 21, 2014 | | State


CHP shoots, kills man following Oakland chase

OAKLAND, (AP) - Police say the California Highway Patrol shot and killed a man in Oakland after he ran from his vehicle waving a gun following a chase.

January 21, 2014 | | State


Shortage of EV charge stations creates animosity

PALO ALTO (AP) - An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers.

January 20, 2014 | | State


News from around california

FISHERMAN DIES AFTER BEING SWEPT TO SEA IN NORCAL: POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - A fisherman is dead after getting dragged into the ocean by large, strong surf while trying to retrieve an ice chest.

January 20, 2014 | | State


Tech industry: Obama’s reforms ‘insufficient’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Technology companies and industry groups took President Barack Obama's speech on U.S. surveillance as a step in the right direction, but chided him for not embracing more dramatic reforms to protect people's privacy and the economic interests of American companies that generate most of their revenue overseas.

January 20, 2014 | | State


Deadline Jan. 31 for hundreds of state bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Hundreds of bills that failed to pass the Legislature last year face an end-of-the-month deadline to gain initial support, including measures affecting gun owners, the oil industry and farm laborers.

January 19, 2014 | | State


Fallon and Crystal among Leno’s final guests

PASADENA . (AP) - Jay Leno will close out his 22-year run as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" with a nod to the future and to the past.

January 19, 2014 | | State


Manteca Youth Focus seeking participants for competitions

Share your talents. Give back to the community. Earn money for college. Expand your leadership skills. Learn how to write a résumé. Gain confidence in public speaking. Make new friends. Wear a cool crown.

January 19, 2014 | | State


Resorts weather drought with snow machines

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Major ski resorts in Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada are using high-tech snow-making machines to weather a record drought that has left many Sierra Nevada mountainsides dry and bare.

January 19, 2014 | | State


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Suspect arrested in death of deputies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A suspect was arrested Friday afternoon after two Northern California sheriff's deputies were killed during a series of shootings that spanned about six hours and 30 miles across two Northern California counties. A third deputy and a bystander were also shot during the spree.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Jury: Free castrated sex offender who preyed on young girl victims

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California jury on Friday found that a castrated sex offender who preyed on young girls should no longer be considered a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Triple shooting was murder-suicide

LA QUINTA (AP) - Authorities say an argument between three siblings over who inherited their mother's house in the Palm Springs area led one of them to shoot the other two before turning the gun on himself.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Reagan astrologer, Joan Quigley, dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.

October 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons to take new balance after riots

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Firm fined for underpaying workers

FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Steinbeck heirs fight over movie rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.

October 23, 2014 | | State


Driver attacked after ice cream truck kills boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

October 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.

October 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.

October 22, 2014 | | State


1000 plus SF inmates to get computer tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Study looks at lane splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.

October 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CALIFORNIA PRISONS END RACE POLICY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Malpractice cap proposal generates big spending

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Transgenders, gays isue over jail rights

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.

October 22, 2014 | | State


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