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RIVERSIDE DOG'S DEATH PROBED, WATER HOSE SUSPECTED: LAKELAND VILLAGE (AP) - Riverside County authorities are investigating the death of a pregnant pet dog that reportedly died after a water hose was stuffed in its mouth by a neighbor.

November 02, 2012 | | State


GOP registration dips below 30 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has reached an all-time high of 18.2 million registered voters, while the number of registered Republicans has fallen below 30 percent, signaling a worrisome decline for the state's minority party, officials said Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | State


San Diego candidate could be first gay Republican leader of big city

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Whoever wins Tuesday's election for mayor of the nation's eighth-largest city will represent a break from the past.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Arizonia group can keep shielding financial documents on $11M while appeal is underway

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Arizona group can continue to withhold documents related to an $11 million contribution to a California political action committee while it appeals a lower court ruling, California's 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Poll: Support up for ending death penalty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Support is growing to end California's death penalty, but backers of an initiative on Tuesday's ballot still lack the majority needed to pass it, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Grandma claims $23M lotto prize just in time

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - For more than five months - while Julie Cervera struggled to pay a $600 electrical bill, feed her family and keep the cable company from shutting off her service because she couldn't pay - she was a millionaire without knowing it.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Principal testifies at teacher's abuse trial

SAN JOSE (AP) - A former California principal accused of failing to report the suspected sexual abuse of a young student at her school tearfully told jurors that she believed a teacher when he told her the reason he had blindfolded the girl and put something in her mouth was to teach her about Helen Keller.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PG&E sued by family of electrocution victim

November 02, 2012 | | State


Woman who won $23M lottery forgot ticket in car

PALMDALE (AP) - A California woman who didn't know she had a jackpot-winning $23 million lottery ticket in her car has come forward to claim her fortune.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Poll: Brown's tax initiative slips below majority; given decent chance of passing Proposition 30

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's undecided voters will determine the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative as the latest public opinion survey shows support slipping below the majority needed for passage.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Married teachers sentenced for three-way sex with student

WESTMINSTER . (AP) - Married teachers in Orange County were sentenced Thursday to probation for having a months-long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student, individually and as a couple.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Death penalty opponents say it's too costly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Death penalty opponents in California are trying a new argument this year: Abolish capital punishment because the perpetually cash-strapped state just can't afford it.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Costs at ailing nuclear power plant tops $300M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The long-running blackout at the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California has cost at least $317 million, and it's not clear if the plant's troubled steam generators can ever be repaired and operated at full power, the plant's operator said.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Busy US-Mexico border crossing gets makeover

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A rerouting of tens of thousands of vehicles a day began Thursday without a hitch at the busiest crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a major expansion that aims to keep lines manageable while allowing heightened inspections for drugs, weapons and other contraband.

November 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIANS PUNCH SHARKS TO SAVE THEMSELVES: EUREKA (AP) - Two Californians say they survived separate shark attacks over the past few days by punching the beast in the head.

November 01, 2012 | | State


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Kings County challenges EIR for high speed rail project

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the latest challenge to California's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, Kings County and a group of its residents filed another lawsuit against the bullet train Thursday, alleging continued violations of California's Environmental Quality Act and several other state laws.

June 05, 2014 | | State


Lowest voter turnout in state history

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Preliminary figures show that fewer voters likely turned out for Tuesday's no-drama primary than for any regular statewide election in California history.

June 05, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• SEIZURE-PRONE DRIVER CONVICTED OF DOUBLE MURDER: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California seizure-prone driver with a suspended license has been convicted for causing a double-fatal crash while having a seizure.

June 05, 2014 | | State


PG&E expects new indictment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to be hit with a new federal indictment next month over a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010, a regulatory filing says.

June 04, 2014 | | State


Former Uber driver charged with assaulting rider in his car

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who drove for the ridesharing service Uber in San Francisco has been charged with assaulting a customer, prosecutors said Wednesday.

June 04, 2014 | | State


Deputy shoots, kills 18-year-old

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - San Mateo County Sheriff's officials say a deputy shot and killed an 18-year-old girl after responding to a report of an armed and violent person.

June 04, 2014 | | State


California secession movement stalls at ballot box in NorCal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A break-away movement in far Northern California apparently sounded better in theory than in reality to voters in Tuesday's primary.

June 04, 2014 | | State


Primary imperils some legislative comeback bids

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top-two primary system delivered Election Day drama in a handful of state legislative contests, including for some former lawmakers who saw their comeback campaigns imperiled by Tuesday's low turnout.

June 04, 2014 | | State


Several House freshmen survive primary

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several vulnerable U.S. House freshmen survived tight contests in California's congressional races, as Democrats sought to gain ground in the party's longshot bid to reclaim majority control in Washington.

June 04, 2014 | | State


Statewide candidate races nearly set

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The full slate of statewide candidates for November's elections all but filled out Wednesday, as a Republican mayor won a close primary race for state controller and the Democrat seeking a second term as California's top education official was forced into a fall runoff despite a strong showing.

June 04, 2014 | | State


Child migrants driven by violence, poverty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Before 14-year-old Brian Duran set out from central Honduras in mid-April, he heard that child migrants who turned themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol were being cared for and not deported.

June 03, 2014 | | State


Hollywood doctor charged with $33M Medicare fraud claims over eight years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Hollywood doctor was charged Tuesday with conspiring to bilk Medicare out of more than $33 million by charging for unnecessary services and medical equipment.

June 03, 2014 | | State


Naked photos in aircraft cockpits cited in Navy probe of Blue Angels

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former Blue Angels commander tolerated inappropriate sexual comments and pornographic images in the workplace - including photos of naked women in the cockpits of the precision flying team's planes - during his time as its leader, the Navy said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | | State


SF transit workers call in sick again

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's famed cable cars were halted Tuesday for a second straight day while the rest of the city's transit system experienced delays after drivers called in sick again - days after overwhelmingly rejecting a new labor contract.

June 03, 2014 | | State


California navy base readies to house illegal migrant kids

PORT HUENEME (AP) - Hundreds of migrant children will be sheltered at a naval facility in California amid a spike in the number of minors caught crossing the border alone, authorities said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | | State


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