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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


8 firefighters injured battling Venice fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight firefighters were injured battling a large and extremely hot fire that had engulfed a storage facility in Venice, authorities said Sunday.

October 26, 2014 | | State


Two health initiatives on ballots top $100 million

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday.

October 24, 2014 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

AIR TAINTED WITH SOOT LINGERS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stubborn dry weather pattern settled over Northern California in January, helping create some of the sootiest air in years for the 7.5 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, air quality officials said Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Climbers closing in on historic feat

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two climbers trying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park in California are almost to the top, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

January 13, 2015 | | State


Kamala Harris to run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Climbers push to finish El Capitan ascent

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - One of two climbers attempting a grueling ascent up a half-mile of sheer granite in California's Yosemite National Park was making a push Monday to catch up with his partner.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Kaiser nurses to strike at all hospitals & medical facilities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 18,000 Kaiser nurses and nurse practitioners in Northern and Central California are planning for an upcoming strike.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Farmers in decry decision involving appeal

By SCOTT SMITH

January 12, 2015 | | State


Federal judge weighs marijuana’s classification

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California is weighing the constitutionality of a 45-year-old act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug along with LSD, cocaine and heroin.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Kaiser’s 2,600 mental health workers strike in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kaiser Permanente mental health professionals throughout California went on a strike Monday to protest what they say is a lack of staffing that affects care.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Fetus discovered in Stockton dumpster

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police have launched an investigation after a human fetus was found in a trash dumpster.

January 12, 2015 | | State


Killing of 4 may have involved gangs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police on Saturday were investigating the possibility of gang involvement in the killings of four men shot to death in a trendy San Francisco neighborhood.

January 11, 2015 | | State


$5M to screen inmates for valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is spending more than $5 million to screen tens of thousands of prison inmates for a potentially deadly illness to see which ones can safely be housed at two prisons in the Central Valley.

January 11, 2015 | | State


Deal may end long dispute over land

FRESNO (AP) - A California water district that is the country's largest says it has reached a deal with the federal government in a decades-long dispute over thousands of acres of contaminated land.

January 11, 2015 | | State


2nd Yosemite climber completes grueling segment

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Hands torn and bleeding, the second of two men attempting a grueling climb up a half-mile of sheer granite in California's Yosemite National Park cleared one of the ascent's most difficult stretches after days of failed attempts and waiting.

January 11, 2015 | | State


Calls for new discipline model

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former executive director of the California organization charged with rooting out lawyers who cheat clients or botch cases says he was fired after reporting that disciplinary files were deliberately being removed to make its case backlog appear smaller.

January 11, 2015 | | State


In-school tech teams helping build confidence

PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A California school program is giving schoolkids confidence with computers - one busted laptop or bugged program at a time.

January 11, 2015 | | State


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