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Mall closes early after 2 brawls erupt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California mall has closed early after two separate large-scale brawls erupted among after-Christmas shoppers near the food court.

December 27, 2014 | | State


Boy riding new scooter killed by car

UPLAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy riding a motorized scooter he got for Christmas has been fatally struck by a car in front of his home in Southern California.

December 27, 2014 | | State


LA Police policy for impounding cars is OK

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Gearing up for migrant driver’s licenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.

December 26, 2014 | | State


At 89, enigmatic Angela Lansbury is back in the ‘Spirit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angela Lansbury has moved yet again.

December 26, 2014 | | State


California braces for first widespread frost

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is under the influence of a cold air mass that could bring the first widespread frost of the winter across the Central Valley, as southern areas see more damaging winds.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Homeowner shoots Christmas burglar

ANAHEIM (AP) - Nathanael Blair went to the garage to move his truck early Christmas morning when he was surprised by a ski-mask-wearing burglar who threw a pipe wrench at him, hitting him in the jaw and neck.

December 26, 2014 | | State


People slide down bedsheets to escape

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some residents slid down knotted bedsheets or clambered down people standing on one another's shoulders to flee a raging Christmas night fire that injured six people and badly damaged a residential motel near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Friday.

December 26, 2014 | | State


LA Police policy for impounding cars is OK

OAKLAND (AP) - Protesters smashed business windows on the edge of downtown Oakland and tore ornaments and lights from a large Christmas tree in a protest designed to keep police working on the holiday.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Powers left mark on Manteca

Ed Powers was a 24 year-old when he arrived in Manteca with a dream.

December 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | State


Will ‘The Interview’ change how Hollywood does business?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously.

December 26, 2014 | | State


4 dead in fiery Fair Oaks car crash

FAIR OAKS (AP) - Two vehicles collided head-on in a fiery crash near Sacramento, California, leaving four people dead and two more seriously injured.

December 26, 2014 | | State


PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over online hacker claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Brown issues 105 pardons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators, a spokesman said.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Mom uses grief to help murder victims’ families

OAKLAND (AP) - Lorrain Taylor smiled a toothy grin and was warmly welcomed by customers and employees as she entered a popular barbecue restaurant just off Oakland's waterfront for a lunch meeting last week.

December 25, 2014 | | State


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Newspaper’s building defaced after it uses ‘illegals’ in headline

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The Santa Barbara News-Press building was defaced with paint and graffiti after the paper referred to immigrants as "illegals" in a front-page headline.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Sex offenders will take lie-detector tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California will make paroled sex offenders take periodic lie detector tests as a way to gauge their behavior patterns and perhaps prevent new sex crimes.

January 08, 2015 | | State


Netflix says it wants to stream ‘The Interview’

PASADENA (AP) - Netflix wants to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its 53 million worldwide subscribers, the streaming service's chief content officer said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Team says it will stop sales of shirts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that produced T-shirts for the Oakland Athletics with a logo created by a teenager will stop making and selling the attire in a gesture of goodwill, the team said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Attendants fired for refusing to fly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thirteen flight attendants filed a federal complaint Wednesday against United Airlines saying they were fired for refusing to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a plane with the words "BYE BYE" and a pair of faces scrawled on it, their attorneys said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Audit blasts financial management

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit released Wednesday criticizes the financial management of California's court system, saying questionable spending by the agency that helps administer its budget cost cash-strapped courts millions of dollars.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Federal judge blocks ban on foie gras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats press Gov. Brown to increase spending for poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anticipating a second year of surplus, Democratic state lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Jerry Brown to increase spending on welfare, health care, child care and other social programs to assist the poor.

January 07, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WOMAN PLUNGING SAN DIEGO TOILET PULLS UP 5 1/2-FOOT SNAKE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials in San Diego are trying to sort out how a 5 1/2-foot snake wound up in a toilet at an office building.

January 07, 2015 | | State


Knife attack on transgender spurs hate crime charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man has been charged with hate crimes after prosecutors say he stabbed a transgender woman who fled a San Francisco bus to escape his taunts about her gender preference.

January 07, 2015 | | State


California Republicans look forward to control of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican members of California's congressional delegation on Tuesday celebrated GOP control of Congress, pointing to passage of drought relief legislation for the San Joaquin Valley as one possible benefit.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Sisters get probation in swaddling abuse case

HAYWARD (AP) - Two Northern California sisters were sentenced Tuesday to probation for endangering the lives of infants at their daycare by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Ground breaks on bullet train

FRESNO - California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

January 06, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians improve slightly on water-saving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians did slightly better in November on conserving water during the drought, figures released Tuesday show.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Cat killer gets 2 years in prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach man who aroused suspicion when he sought a refund from an animal shelter for dead "defective" cats was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for animal cruelty.

January 06, 2015 | | State


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