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• NEW LIGHTS TO ADD PIZAZZ TO SF-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is getting spruced up with 25,000 white LED lights, transforming the gray, workhorse of a bridge into a light sculpture.

December 28, 2012 | | State


Volunteers toughen up bobcat kitten who's too nice

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice.

December 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ARREST OVER DEAD NEWBORN IN STRAWBERRY FIELD: CAMARILLO (AP) - A Ventura County sheriff's sergeant says DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a woman believed to be the mother of a dead newborn found in a Camarillo strawberry field.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Shipping lanes tweaked to protect whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ship traffic off the California coast will be re-routed under new rules designed to protect slow-moving endangered whales from ship collisions.

December 27, 2012 | | State


LA gun buyback collects more than 2,000 weapons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A one-day gun buyback program in Los Angeles brought in 2,037 firearms.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Birdwatchers furious over cutting of refuge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles bird lovers are squawking after the Army Corps of Engineers razed 80 acres of a San Fernando Valley wildlife refuge.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley's $2 billion light rail among least efficient in United States

SAN JOSE (AP) - A $2 billion light-rail system built to serve San Jose and some surrounding cities in Silicon Valley has become among the least efficient in the country and suffers from low ridership and high operating costs.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Heavy snows halt missing plane search in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials are suspending the search for a missing plane until spring.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Plans under way to refurbish LA market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand Central Market, a bustling downtown landmark that saw its glory days decades ago, is hoping to recover some of its fashionable luster as the gritty neighborhood gentrifies.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Woman set on fire in LA as she sleeps

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than 10 years, the homeless woman slept on the same plastic bus stop bench at a busy intersection in the San Fernando Valley, no matter how cold it was or if it was raining.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA MAN DIES CLIMBING VOLCANO IN ECUADOR: QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Authorities in Ecuador say an American expert on teen sexual health has died while climbing a volcano in the South American nation.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Stores in Sacramento mall open after fight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say all the stores of Sacramento's Arden Fair Mall shopping center are open again after a lockdown during a fight in the mall's in the food court.

December 27, 2012 | | State


California's snow pack levels about 146% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.

December 26, 2012 | | State


Beer sales help rebuild NorCal monastery

VINA (AP) - Monks in a small Northern California town are rebuilding a centuries-old Spanish monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely source: beer.

December 26, 2012 | | State


Wash. man held in Greyhound bus attack

DUNSMUIR (AP) - A 66-year-old Washington man is in custody on suspicion of stabbing two people aboard a Greyhound bus in far Northern California.

December 26, 2012 | | State


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Firefighters battle 5 blazes along I-80

APPLEGATE (AP) - Firefighters on the ground and in the air battled five grass fires totaling about 350 acres that forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 80 and brought home evacuations Wednesday near the unincorporated community of Applegate in Placer County.

October 08, 2014 | | State


Expert rejects evidence of life in brain-dead girl

OAKLAND (AP) - A court-appointed expert has told a California judge he sees no evidence that a 13-year-old girl is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.

October 08, 2014 | | State


California grounds air tankers after deadly Yosemite crash

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK . (AP) - California's fleet of 22 air tankers was grounded Wednesday after one of the planes crashed while battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot.

October 08, 2014 | | State


Pilot dies in crash fighting Yosemite fire

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a pilot is dead after his air tanker crashed while fighting a California wildfire near Yosemite National Park.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Air tanker crashes while fighting fire in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An air tanker fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in Northern California smashed into a steep canyon wall Tuesday, but there was no immediate word on the condition of the pilot, who was believed to be the only person aboard, officials said.

October 07, 2014 | | State


More than 50 sperm whales spotted

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - More than 50 sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting that had whale watchers and scientists giddy with excitement.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Twitter sues FBI & DOJ

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Police: Principal found with drugs, young woman

RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - The principal of a private Marin County high school resigned following his arrest at a hotel room where authorities said Tuesday he was found with drugs and a passed-out woman roughly 30 years younger than him.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Demos outspent GOP in state election races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Newly filed campaign finance reports show the Republican candidates for statewide office are lagging Democrats in every race, while candidates in the contest that is believed to be the closest, the nonpartisan race for schools superintendent, are more closely matched.

October 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

2 BOYS PLUNGE OUT APARTMENT WINDOW : HAWTHORNE (AP) - Two toddlers have fallen out of a Southern California apartment window and one is in critical condition.

October 07, 2014 | | State


PG&E faces penalty in judge-shopping

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California should ban all back-channel contacts between the state's largest utility and the utility's state regulators, groups representing rate-payers and others urged a state administrative judge Tuesday after the release of emails showing regulators and utility executives secretly negotiating rate cases and other matters.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Water use drops 11.5% in August

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians facing fines for wastefulness significantly cut their water usage this summer, as community wells run dry, farm fields turn to dust and key reservoirs shrink to a fraction of their capacity.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Biggest increases, decreases in August water consumption

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water suppliers serving more than 3,000 customers must submit monthly production numbers to the State Water Resources Control Board, which imposed statewide water restrictions in July.

October 07, 2014 | | State


Tutor charged in grade fixing scandal

SANTA ANA (AP) - A private tutor who fled the country after allegedly hacking a Southern California high school computer and changing student grades was arrested and charged Monday, authorities said.

October 06, 2014 | | State


Reports show huge cash advantage for Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has nearly $24 million left for his re-election campaign after spending very little so far this year, while his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, has about $680,000 left for the final month of the campaign.

October 06, 2014 | | State


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