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Snow shuts down Interstate 5 traffic in Tejon Pass

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cold storm moving across Southern California on Monday froze traffic, slowing or stranding thousands of motorists on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles, dumping snow and hail on mountains, and bringing high, hazardous surf to beaches.

February 27, 2012 | | State


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CALIFORNIA SEEKS SUSPENSION OF FORECLOSURES: WASHINGTON (AP) - California officials have asked the federal government to suspend foreclosures in the state and consider reducing mortgages for those at-risk homeowners who have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Death of girl after fight ruled homicide

LONG BEACH (AP) - What began as an after-school fight between two young girls over a boy exploded into a homicide investigation Monday, when authorities said a 10-year-old died of a head injury after the confrontation with an 11 year-old classmate.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Occupy Oakland protestors travel to Sacramento; injure two officers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At least two law enforcement officers were injured Monday during a clash with members of the Occupy movement who were at the state Capitol to counter a rally by a group protesting violence by blacks against whites in South Africa.

February 27, 2012 | | State


SF waterfront plans for America's Cup scaled back to avoid major pier renovation project

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of sailing's most prestigious event said Monday they are dramatically scaling back plans to renovate San Francisco's dilapidated waterfront.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Analyst: Tax revenue $6.5 billion less than governor projects even with Facebook IPO

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax revenues will fall $6.5 billion short of Gov. Jerry Brown's prediction, even with an expected boost from Facebook's initial public stock offering and if voters approve the governor's proposed tax initiative later this year, according to a forecast released Monday.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Calif. GOP hopes primary will be relevant

BURLINGAME (AP) - California remains little more than an afterthought in the back-and-forth Republican presidential nominating contest, but the primaries and caucuses over the next couple of weeks will go a long way to determining whether the nation's most populous state will matter in a way it has not in decades.

February 26, 2012 | | State


Girl, 11, fights classmate, dies hours later

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - After getting her nose bloodied in a fight with another girl near their Southern California elementary school, 11-year-old Joanna Ramos told her mother on the way home she felt sick. Hours later, she was dead.

February 26, 2012 | | State


National gas prices up 18 cents in past 2 weeks

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 18 cents over the past two weeks.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


From Negro Creek to Wop Draw, place names offend

FRESNO (AP) - Just east of Victorville in California's Mojave Desert two bluffs rise 3,000-feet from the valley floor. A 1949 map by the U.S. Geological Survey officially gave them the name locals had called them for as long as anyone could remember: Pickaninny Buttes.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Hells Angels member arrested in funeral shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police have arrested a Hells Angel gang member several months after he was suspected of fatally shooting a fellow member at a funeral for the regional leader of the motorcycle gang.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Scrambling to save doomed state parks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lucy D'Mot was feeling patriotic last July 4 when she read with dismay about a cost-saving plan to shutter 70 California state parks. The news propelled her on a mission: focus attention on the doomed parks by visiting them all and blogging about their unique features before the gates shut for good.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


State news briefs

TOM CRUISE, ANGELINA JOLIE REHEARSE FOR OSCAR SHOW: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie lit up the Hollywood & Highland Center with their star power when they came to rehearse for Sunday's Oscar show.

February 24, 2012 | | State


California Republican chairman aims to rebuild, reach out to voters skeptical of the GOP party

BURLINGAME (AP) - California Republicans must stay focused on economic issues to win over voters who are skeptical of the party, Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Friday as he outlined his efforts to rebrand the damaged GOP name in the state.

February 24, 2012 | | State


SF group sues to halt America's Cup plans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has filed a lawsuit seeking a new environmental review of the America's Cup sailing race.

February 24, 2012 | | State


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Blind man survives LA track fall as train arrives

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A blind man walked off the edge of a subway platform and bounced off one of the rails below, landing in a tiny alcove in the track bed just wide enough to keep him from being struck by an approaching train, a transit official who saw video of the incident said Friday.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Cyberbully law proposed after 15-year-old’s suicide

SARATOGA (AP) - Juveniles who sexually assault unconscious victims could be tried as adults under proposed California legislation brought in response to the suicide of a 15-year-old girl who was sexually battered while passed out at a party then humiliated by photos circulated to classmates.

March 07, 2014 | | State


GOP candidate Kashkari reports income for 2013

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari filed his first financial disclosure form with the state Friday, reporting income of more than $100,000 last year from his former employer but few reportable financial holdings.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Five convicted Bell leaders suing former city attorney

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former leaders of the city of Bell who were convicted in a municipal fraud scandal sued their former city attorney Friday, saying he led them to believe they were doing nothing wrong when they accepted six-figure salaries to run a modest Los Angeles suburb.

March 07, 2014 | | State


State’s new K-12 testing plan gets OK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal education officials on Friday approved California's plan to roll out new computer-based standardized tests this spring, ending a months-long dispute that put the state at risk of sacrificing $1.5 billion in federal school funding.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Demos: Campaigns offer mixed prospect

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even in an election year that appears favorable for national Republicans, California Democrats are confident they will retain their iron grip on state leadership and possibly enrich their share of House seats in Washington.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Lawyer: Alleged crimes too old in YouTube case

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A lawyer for a California educator accused of sex crimes after a former student talked about sex-abuse allegations on YouTube said Friday that the charges are too old to be tried in court.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Google barge cruising from San Francisco to Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - Google's mystery barge floated Thursday to its new home in Stockton after the Internet company was ordered to move it from San Francisco.

March 07, 2014 | | State


5 things to know about Google’s mystery barge

STOCKTON (AP) - A Google barge built with recycled shipping containers proved its seaworthiness Thursday as it cruised from the San Francisco Bay to Stockton. But many other details about the odd-looking vessel remain a mystery. Here are five things that we do know so far:

March 06, 2014 | | State


Baby found dead pinned under dresser

ATWATER (AP) - A 19-year-old Central California mother is out on bail following her arrest on suspicion of child cruelty in the death of her 2-year-old son, who was found pinned under a fallen dresser.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Woman rescued after ordeal in Monterey Bay

PACIFIC GROVE (AP) - A woman suffering from hypothermia was rescued from a California bay after spending about 15 hours in a partially submerged raft, the Coast Guard said.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Pot growers plead guilty to damaging conservation land

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three Northern California men are each facing up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that they damaged federal conservation land while allegedly growing marijuana.

March 06, 2014 | | State


GOP governor hopeful Neel Kashkari: Brown oversaw middle-class downfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Thursday blamed Gov. Jerry Brown for what he sees as California's decline over the past three decades, saying poverty and unemployment have climbed during the time that Brown was a member of the state's political elite.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Scandals prompt ethics bills from Demos

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Group demands roadside cross removal in SoCal

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A group that blocked construction of a veterans' memorial featuring a cross has now successfully challenged a memorial roadside cross in the same Southern California city.

March 06, 2014 | | State


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