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Birthday fete held for Pinnacles National Park

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials on Monday celebrated the addition of America's newest national park.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Aging piano sounds its last notes by the Pacific

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As waves lapped in the background, the pianist tapped out Schumann, Debussy and Chopin at sunset, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where he had planned to let the baby grand succumb to the elements.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Inmate lawsuits cost Calif. $200M; federal oversight pushing expenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Texas governor tries to lure businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations.

February 11, 2013 | | State


CHP posts rules for motorcycle lane-splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them.

February 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COPPER THEFTS HIDDEN CULPRIT IN TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

February 11, 2013 | | State


3 killed in California helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people have been killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming for a reality TV show.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley venture capitalist was suffocated by tape on home invasion

MONTE SERENO (AP) - A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was killed during a brutal home-invasion when three intruders bound and gagged him with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to "be quiet if you want to live," authorities said Friday.

February 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GAS PRICES JUMP 25 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 25 cents over the past two weeks.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Dirty side of solar panel production

SAN JOSE (AP) - Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet.

February 10, 2013 | | State


$1 million reward for tip on ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seeking leads in a massive manhunt, Los Angeles authorities on Sunday offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former police officer suspected in three killings.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Controversial coyote hunt under way

ALTURA, Modoc County (AP) - Hunters were tromping through the countryside of a remote Northern California county over the weekend as they competed in a controversial contest to see who could kill the most coyotes.

February 10, 2013 | | State


School health clinics expand to serve communities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Maria Barrales' children got sick, she would drive two hours south from her East Los Angeles home to the Mexican border and spend two more hours waiting to cross so she could go to an affordable doctor in Tijuana.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Bill would require 3-day wait before lawmakers act

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamming major bills through the Legislature at the last minute with little if any time for review has been an ongoing source of frustration for some lawmakers, especially minority Republicans.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Laotians top growers of pot on Calif. farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Last fall, narcotics agents confiscated thousands of marijuana plants, many 10 feet tall, from a 140-acre farm just on the edge of Fresno - one of the biggest pot busts in the county's history. The pot grew hidden among rows of rotting peppers, tomatoes and bitter melons, tended by a dozen immigrant farming families.

February 10, 2013 | | State


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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


Buffett lunch auction bids nearing $400,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The top bid for a private lunch with investor Warren Buffett is already approaching $400,000, but the bidding often reaches astronomical levels near the end of the weeklong auction.

June 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAILOR'S BODY FOUND IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The body of a sailor whose boat sank near the Golden Gate Bridge was recovered Tuesday, officials said.

June 03, 2014 | | State


California’s state universities hiring 700 faculty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's state universities plan to hire 700 full-time faculty members, putting the skids on years of class and staff reductions prompted by state budget cuts.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Californians vote on secession to governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first gubernatorial primary under California's new top-two system has evolved into a typical campaign between Republicans hoping to come in second, pitting a state lawmaker who is a tea party favorite against a socially moderate investment banker making his first run for public office.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Cable cars, buses stall as workers call in sick in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's famed cable cars stopped running Monday and the rest of the city transit system experienced delays when drivers called in sick a few days after overwhelmingly rejecting a new labor contract, officials said.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Alameda County sued over forced jail pregnancy tests

OAKLAND (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a lawsuit Monday against the Alameda County Sheriff's Office over a policy that requires every woman under 60 in its custody to take a pregnancy test.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Search for 78-year-old hiker called off

KENNEDY MEADOWS (AP) - Sheriff's officials have called off the search for a 78-year-old man who went missing after heading off on a planned weeklong hike in the Sierra east of Sonora.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Modesto Airport passenger service ends Wednesday

MODESTO (AP) - The end of airline passenger service is looming for Modesto Airport.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Surf’s up for teen for 1,095 days in a row in SoCal

DANA POINT (AP) - A Southern California teen who says surfing keeps her stoked marked a milestone by hitting the waves daily for three years, a newspaper reported Monday.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Sailboat sinks near Golden Gate Bridge, search on for sailor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday was searching for a missing sailor whose boat sank near the Golden Gate Bridge.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Group: Mining operation will threaten snail

MOJAVE (AP) - An environmental group says a mining company's plan to extract more than a billion dollars' worth of gold and silver from a mountain near the desert town of Mojave threatens a snail's existence and must be halted.

June 01, 2014 | | State


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