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• 42 people facing charges after San Jose party: SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say 42 people are facing charges after a weekend party in San Jose got out of hand.

November 25, 2012 | | State


Independent candidates sparse despite voter gains

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Even as California voters increasingly turn away from political party labels, Democratic and Republican candidates dominate the state's elections.

November 25, 2012 | | State


2 children among 4 dead in Calif. highway crash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two children were among four people killed when a car collided with a minivan on a rural Northern California highway, authorities said.

November 25, 2012 | | State


Calif students drug tested at parents' request

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - A Santa Clarita school district plans to expand a first-of-its-kind program that allows parents to track the results of random drug tests of their children.

November 25, 2012 | | State


DUI suspect drives with pedestrian on car's hood

TORRANCE (AP) - An alleged drunken driver hit a pedestrian and drove with the dying man on her car's hood for more than two miles in Torrance before witnesses stopped her, authorities said Sunday.

November 25, 2012 | | State


Arrests made during LA-area Wal-Mart protest

PARAMOUNT (AP) - Nine people were arrested for blocking a busy street in front of a Wal-Mart in suburban Los Angeles on Black Friday in one of several protests staged around the country to demand better wages and benefits for employees of the superstore chain.

November 24, 2012 | | State


Proposal to increase no-burn days in Central California

FRESNO (AP) - Central California air officials are proposing to further curtail residential wood burning in an effort to reduce airborne particulate pollution in one of the nation's most polluted regions, according to a plan released this week.

November 24, 2012 | | State


SoCal-Vegas party train could hit tracks in 2013

LAS VEGAS - As if a weekend in Las Vegas isn't wild enough for Southern Californians, a Nevada entrepreneur is about to add five more hours of party to either end.

November 24, 2012 | By MICHELLE RINDELS Associated Press | State


Governor names internal inspector for Calif. Guard

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed an Army National Guard lieutenant colonel as the first independent inspector general of the California Military Department to investigate claims of wrongdoing at an agency beset by fraud in recent years.

November 24, 2012 | | State


Santa Maria settles teen sex lawsuit

SANTA MARIA (AP) - The city of Santa Maria agreed to pay $185,000 to a teenager who claimed she was repeatedly raped while she was a police Explorer by an officer who was later killed while resisting arrest.

November 24, 2012 | | State


County sued over denial of oil drilling plan

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - The oil exploration company Excelaron LLC has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County after the Board of Supervisors rejected a plan for extracting crude oil from beneath rural Huasna Valley.

November 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Highway 101crash: PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman died and her sister was critically injured when they were thrown from their SUV after it crashed into a California Highway Patrol car and flipped over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.

November 24, 2012 | | State


Calif. city building a "tsunami-resistant" port

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - It doesn't matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City. Churning water rushes into the boat basin and then rushes out, lifting docks off their pilings, tearing boats loose and leaving the city's main economic engine looking as if it has been bombed.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Ex-fiancee of man charged in OC killings arrested

COSTA MESA (AP) - Police arrested the ex-fiancee of a stage actor charged with beheading a neighbor, scattering his body parts in a park and killing the neighbor's friend two years ago.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Senior home staff had complained about suspect

TORRANCE (AP) - Residents and staff members at a senior high-rise in California had complained in the past about erratic behavior by an elderly man now suspected of killing two women and himself at the facility, authorities and employees said.

November 22, 2012 | | State


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Nominations add intrigue to Oscar race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Oscar nominations added intrigue if not diversity to an Academy Awards race by favoring one late-season release ("American Sniper") over another ("Selma").

January 15, 2015 | | State


Contractor in Navy bribery scheme pleads guilty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday - only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Teens to face murder trial in killing of student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Los Angeles teenagers were ordered Thursday to stand trial on murder charges in the slaying of a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Contractor in Navy bribery scheme pleads guilty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday - only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

January 15, 2015 | | State


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


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