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FORMER SANTA CLARA POLITICIAN FACING NEW CHARGE : SAN JOSE (AP) - A longtime California politician convicted of using campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction has been charged in a separate case involving an illegal campaign flier, prosecutors said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Serial murder suspect interviews possible jurors

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.

June 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-UCI PROFESSOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN OC ARSONS: SANTA ANA (AP) - A former University of California, Irvine professor has pleaded not guilty to charges he set a series of fires at his son's high school and elsewhere after the boy committed suicide.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Humanists sue over monument with cross

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A group that promotes a secular way of life is suing a California city for funding a monument depicting a soldier kneeling at a cross.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Serial murder suspect interviews possible jurors

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Firing of ex-LAPD officer Dorner justified

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An internal review by the Los Angeles Police Department concluded that rogue ex-officer Christopher Dorner was justifiably fired, a lawyer who reviewed the findings told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

June 04, 2013 | | State




PG&E didn't spend $50M for safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. did not use more than $50 million it collected from ratepayers that was meant to improve its gas pipeline network in the decade leading up to a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, an audit shows.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Norcal News

DEFENSE SUGGESTS VICTIM FATALLY SHOT HIMSELF: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A defense lawyer suggested a man who was fatally shot at a Sacramento Sikh sports festival five years ago may have fired the fatal bullet himself.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cuts will limit health access

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health care providers rallying at the Capitol on Tuesday warned that a Central Valley medical center could shut down and doctors throughout California could stop accepting Medicaid patients if a state funding cut is not reversed.

June 04, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

VETERAN RUNNER DIES DURING MT. DIABLO FOOTRACE: MARTINEZ (AP) - A veteran long-distance runner competing in a 50-kilometer footrace on Mount Diablo died during the competition.

June 04, 2013 | | State


State parks system launching makeover

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California state parks system, beset by financial problems and scandal, is launching a study commission that leaders hope will reshape the system and restore public confidence and financial stability.

June 03, 2013 | | State


209 News

TRAIN DERAILS, DAMAGES TRACK ON POPULAR VALLEY ROUTE: DENAIR (AP) - Rail authorities are working to repair damage on Amtrak's popular San Joaquin route after a freight train derailed in the Central California town of Denair.

June 03, 2013 | | State


Zynga to cut 520 jobs amid performance woes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online game maker Zynga Inc. said Monday that it is cutting 520 jobs, about 18 percent of its workforce, in a cost-saving move designed to help it adapt to consumers shifting game play from computers to mobile devices.

June 03, 2013 | | State


2,800 residents allowed to go home

PALMDALE (AP) - Smelling smoke, Scott Reader watched and waited for hours as a huge plume drew ever closer to his home in the rural community of Lake Hughes in northern Los Angeles County.

June 03, 2013 | | State


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Wildfire eases near giant Yosemite Park sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

July 31, 2014 | | State


SF MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $1M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Prison staff told to fake suicide checks

STOCKTON (AP) - California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if not malicious, lack of transparency in the project," a state Senate investigative report released Thursday found.

July 31, 2014 | | State


San Francisco senator pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Crews work to protect Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Pipe break flooding UCLA submerged 960 cars in water

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Psych exam for young wildfire suspect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A girl suspected of starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California in May was ordered Wednesday to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Overhaul approved for Richmond refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron's troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Defense attorney: Merced DA’s son is innocent

MERCED (AP) - The attorney for a California district attorney's son charged with murder says his client is innocent and authorities have arrested the wrong person.

July 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN FRANCISCO LEADERS PUT $15 WAGE ON BALLOT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors have voted in favor of The supervisors voted unanimously and without comment in favor of the move on Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors: PG&E lied

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Tuberculosis patient who refused care is arrested in Kern

STOCKTON (AP) - A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | State


Crews make gains on fires in El Dorado County & Yosemite

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

July 29, 2014 | | State


New California fines for wasting water take effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California.

July 29, 2014 | | State


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