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Chevron fined nearly $1M for refinery fire

RICHMOND AP) - Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company's San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters dead at age 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Man sues Boy Scouts, alleging sex abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man sued a regional Boy Scouts council on Wednesday, alleging he was sexually abused by his scout leader more than 30 years ago.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Calif. gets more time to reduce prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Tuesday gave California six more months to reduce inmate crowding to court-ordered levels, even as Gov. Jerry Brown argues that the courts should end their oversight of the state's prison system.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Suspect in urologist killing had prostate trouble after surgery

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of shooting a California urologist to death in his exam room suffered from prostate problems and was angry about his incontinence after a recent surgery, neighbors said Tuesday.

January 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

STOCKTON WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SHOPLIFTING, RESELLING CLOTHES: FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Stockton woman has been sentenced to prison for shoplifting more than $1 million worth of designer clothes and selling the clothes online.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider range of gun controls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.

January 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco nudity ban upheld

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for the city of San Francisco to ban most displays of public nudity, ruling that an ordinance set to take effect on Feb. 1 does not violate the free speech rights of residents and visitors who like going out in the buff.

January 29, 2013 | | State


LA leaders sued over teacher sex abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The current Los Angeles schools superintendent and five of his predecessors were sued Tuesday on grounds that they systematically covered up complaints about teacher sex abuse of students over the past two decades.

January 29, 2013 | | State


GUN, AMMO BILLS PENDING IN LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers have introduced a dozen bills seeking further restrictions for guns and ammunition, and promise that more are on the way:

January 29, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

GNOMES TO STAY ONUTILITY POLES FOR NOW : OAKLAND (AP) - Small paintings of gnomes that have popped up on utility poles have become a community sensation in Oakland, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to say Tuesday that it will keep them in place for now.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Push for Calif. quake warning system

PASADENA (AP) - Californians could have critical seconds to seek safety or shut down important systems before the onset of damaging shaking under legislation introduced Monday to build an $80 million earthquake early warning system.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Scientists work on snakeskin-like bio-warfare suit

LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists are designing a snakeskin-like protective suit that would shield its wearers against a chemical or biological attack.

January 28, 2013 | | State


California speaker seeks to expand Medi-Cal coverage for poor, disabled

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez introduced legislation Monday to expand Medicaid in California under the federal Affordable Care Act, extending the health care program for the poor and disabled to include more than 1 million additional people.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Woman swept away by 'sneaker' wave in NorCal

EUREKA (AP) - A woman was swept out to sea by a large wave and drowned on a Northern California beach Sunday in the third such tragedy in the region this winter, authorities said.

January 28, 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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