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Progress made against Southern Calif. wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters are drawing closer to surrounding a pair of blazes that torched several hundred acres of Southern California brushland and briefly threatened dozens of homes earlier this week.

September 26, 2013 | | State


Arrests in California-Nevada recycling fraud

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California authorities have arrested five people who allegedly bought bottles and cans from recycling centers in Nevada and then redeemed them for cash in California, the California Department of Justice said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | State


]Officials unveil BART strike contingency plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With another possible strike on the horizon, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials unveiled a transportation contingency plan that will provide commuters with a range of options.

September 25, 2013 | | State


Early inmate releases worry Californians

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are concerned about the possible early release of state inmates and say they are not confident local governments can handle the extra responsibilities under the criminal justice realignment plan pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

September 25, 2013 | | State


Doctor saves choking diner with knife

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Dinner was just getting served to a crowd of doctors and elected officials when a cry to dial 911 rang out at The Mark restaurant.

September 25, 2013 | | State


Minimum wage going to $9 on July 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 25, 2013 | | State


LA students breach school iPads' security

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.

September 25, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

LEGAL CLAIM FILED IN SF BAY AREA CHILD ABUSE CASE: CONCORD, Calif. (AP) - A new legal claim accuses officials at a San Francisco Bay Area school district of failing to report suspected child abuse by a teacher who is now charged with molesting numerous students.

September 25, 2013 | | State


Governor signs quake warning system bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide earthquake early warning system that could give millions of Californians a few precious seconds of warning before a powerful temblor strikes.

September 24, 2013 | | State


News from around california

GETTING CALIF. CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS VARIES: LODI (AP) - Obtaining a concealed weapon permit in California is a roll of the dice as the standards vary wildly from agency to agency, according to a report.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Judges extend deadline for prisons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal judges agreed Tuesday to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California's prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis that has forced the state to spend billions of dollars to improve inmate medical care.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Valley fever clinical trial announced

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - California prison officials say they have met a federal judge's order to transfer nearly 2,000 prisoners prone to valley fever from two Central Valley prisons in areas particularly hard-hit by the fungal infection.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Ellison snubs big crowd to watch Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - About 60,000 people have come from all over the world to attend Oracle's biggest customer conference of the year, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison left no doubt Tuesday that his boating team's defense of the America's Cup is a higher priority.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Modoc County votes to secede from state

ALTURAS (AP) - A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state after Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession.

September 24, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PLEASANTON MAN INVESTIGATING NOISE ATTACKED: PLEASANTON (AP) - Authorities say a San Francisco Bay Area man was beaten into a coma after trying to quiet a group of people making noise near his home.

September 24, 2013 | | State


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Trump scraps plans to develop seaside golf range

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Donald Trump said Thursday that he is abandoning plans to build luxury homes on the driving range of the 18-hole seaside golf course he owns in Los Angeles County.

January 15, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

13 MORE CALIFORNIA MEASLES CASES TIED TO DISNEY OUTBREAK: LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials confirmed that 13 new measles cases are connected to an outbreak at Disney theme parks last month, bringing the total number of illnesses to 39.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Illegals can now get Mexican birth certificates at consulates

SANTA ANA (AP) - For Mexicans living in the U.S. illegally and hoping to stay in the country under President Barack Obama's new immigration policy, things just got one step simpler.

January 15, 2015 | | State


State releasing more water after storms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Recent storms will allow California to provide more water to local agencies and farms even as drought conditions stretch into a fourth year, officials announced Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | | State


More schools serve students dinner as demand expands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many of the students at Kingsley Elementary School in a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles eat breakfast and lunch provided by the school. For the nearly 100 enrolled in the after-school program, another meal is served: supper.

January 15, 2015 | | State


UPS driver found guilty of stealing dozens of guns

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Southern California UPS driver was found guilty Thursday of stealing dozens of guns to sell them on the black market.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Climbers: Whiskey on the rocks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Father safely delivers son in car along Bay Area freeway

LAFAYETTE (AP) - A man delivered his son in a car on the side of a Northern California freeway and then called off an ambulance and drove the baby boy and the mother to a hospital.

January 15, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAN PICKPOCKETED AFTER OAKLAND CRASH: OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California bicyclist and the truck driver who hit him were both robbed by bystanders following the collision.

January 15, 2015 | | State


New strict rules on pesticide impacting almonds, other crops

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce.

January 14, 2015 | | State


Democrats use new tax estimates in push for more social services

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a coal miner's daughter who now holds one of the most powerful positions in California politics, said on Tuesday funding an effective safety net must be a top priority for the state to tackle poverty.

January 14, 2015 | | State


Foreclosures fall to pre-housing bust levels

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A healthier U.S. housing market and economy helped to winnow foreclosures in 2014 to levels not seen since before the housing bust.

January 14, 2015 | | State


2 men reach top of Yosemite’s El Capitan after historic climb

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A pair of Americans completed what had long been considered the world's most difficult rock climb Wednesday, using only their hands and feet to scale a 3,000-foot vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for more than half a century.

January 14, 2015 | | State


Count of unsheltered homeless in Manteca takes place Jan. 27

A countywide count of unsheltered homeless people has been scheduled for Jan. 27 through 29.

January 14, 2015 | | State


PG&E ordered to release more emails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release 65,000 emails that critics say could contain additional evidence of backroom dealings between the utility and state regulators.

January 14, 2015 | | State


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