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MAN HELPS ELDERLY WOMAN NAB ROBBERY SUSPECT: OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland carpenter is being credited with helping a 90-year-old woman catch a robbery suspect who allegedly knocked her down outside a convenience store and stole her wallet.

June 21, 2012 | | State


Teen pleads not guilty in Lamborghini theft

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge on Wednesday denied a defense request to try a Northern California teen charged with stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini separately for another crime in which he allegedly shot at a teenaged girl and her boyfriend.

June 20, 2012 | | State




California economy will pick up speed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will make steady gains in employment and its jobless rate will dip below double digits next year as the housing market finally halts its plunge, UCLA forecasters said Wednesday.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Oakland OKs Army base redevelopment to add distribution center jobs in $1B deal

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland officials have approved a $1 billion deal to transform a former U.S. Army base into a state-of-the-art distribution center that's expected to create thousands of jobs.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Priest at center of attack trial says he never molested man

SAN JOSE (AP) - The priest at the heart of an assault trial testified Wednesday that he never molested the man accused of assaulting him.

June 20, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

NOOSE FOUND ON DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL GOAL POST: DAVIS (AP) - City leaders in Davis are angrily denouncing the hanging of a noose at a local high school while police search for whoever was responsible.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Updates with DMV declining comment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ashton Kutcher's production company is suing because it isn't being allowed to spend more time at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Lake Isabella fire 35 percent contained

LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - A 300-acre fire near popular Lake Isabella is 35 percent contained, U.S. Forest Service officials said Wednesday.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Convicted Calif. serial killer in NYC to face case

NEW YORK (AP) - His twisted saga has taken him from a stint on a dating show to California's death row, where he has spent the last two years as a convicted serial killer who murdered five women and girls more than 30 years ago.

June 20, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Oracle's Ellison to buy most of Lanai

June 20, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

REDDING FIRE CREWS FIGHT BLAZE STARTED BY KIDS: REDDISNG (AP) - Redding firefighters are battling a brush fire that was sparked by kids and now threatens a subdivision and apartment complex.

June 19, 2012 | | State


Students, parents occupy Oakland school

OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators who have been occupying the campus of an Oakland elementary school in a protest against school closures have been warned that they are trespassing and risk arrest.

June 19, 2012 | | State


California tobacco tax trails by razor-thin margin with 400,000 ballots still to count

California tobacco tax trails by razor-thin margin with 400,000 ballots still to count

June 19, 2012 | | State


Parents planted drugs on school volunteer

IRVINE (AP) - A California couple was charged Tuesday with felony conspiracy and false imprisonment for allegedly planting drugs in the car of an elementary school parent volunteer they disliked because they felt she didn't properly supervise their son, prosecutors said.

June 19, 2012 | | State


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UC Riverside student freed after kidnapping

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police say a University of California, Riverside, psychology student may have used her lessons to escape from a kidnapper.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Sacramento County eyes indoor pot growing limitations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors this week would limit indoor marijuana growing to nine plants per house in unincorporated areas.

June 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SISTERS CHARGED IN SAN FRANCISCO BROTHEL PROBE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris says two sisters are in custody for allegedly operating a sex trafficking ring in San Francisco.

June 09, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley’s interns enjoy perk-filled summer

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it's a very long list.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Fresno principal kills self amid sex abuse probe

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An elementary school principal in Fresno shot and killed himself as sheriff's deputies prepared to search his home as part of a child sex abuse investigation that will continue in the aftermath of the suspect's suicide, authorities said.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Study: California grocery workers struggle to pay for their own food

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One out of three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance while one in five rations the food he or she helps sell, according to a new report that laments the industry's diminishing standing as a source of stable, middle-class jobs.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Teen jailed after arrest in $240K car

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.

June 08, 2014 | | State


Another county sues state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kern County officials filed a lawsuit Friday over the state's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, alleging deficiencies in the environmental review of the route from Fresno to Bakersfield, a day after Kings County and a group of residents there made similar claims in a separate lawsuit.

June 06, 2014 | | State


California spends $2.5M to cultivate inmate artists

SACRAMENTO (AP) - For seven years, inmates at a Southern California state prison have learned to express themselves through acting, acquiring skills that actor Tim Robbins says can change their lives.

June 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CRIMINAL PROBE IN BIRD INJURIES DROPPED: OAKLAND (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are no longer pursuing criminal charges against a tree trimmer who injured baby birds outside California post office.

June 06, 2014 | | State


LA mayor wants state aid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made his first official visit to the Capitol on Thursday to make his case for getting state aid to help revitalize California's most populous city.

June 05, 2014 | | State


Kings County challenges EIR for high speed rail project

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the latest challenge to California's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, Kings County and a group of its residents filed another lawsuit against the bullet train Thursday, alleging continued violations of California's Environmental Quality Act and several other state laws.

June 05, 2014 | | State


Lowest voter turnout in state history

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Preliminary figures show that fewer voters likely turned out for Tuesday's no-drama primary than for any regular statewide election in California history.

June 05, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• SEIZURE-PRONE DRIVER CONVICTED OF DOUBLE MURDER: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California seizure-prone driver with a suspended license has been convicted for causing a double-fatal crash while having a seizure.

June 05, 2014 | | State


PG&E expects new indictment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to be hit with a new federal indictment next month over a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010, a regulatory filing says.

June 04, 2014 | | State


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