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Injured hiker saves rescuer hit by copter blades

REDDING (AP) - When he broke his leg and needed to be evacuated from a national forest in Northern California, U.S. Air Force doctor Jeremy Kilburn never thought he would be called on to save the life of his rescuer.

July 10, 2012 | | State


Firefighters try to outrun heat wave

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Firefighters on Tuesday scrambled to ward off several blazes burning thousands of acres across California as an anticipated heat wave was expected to peak by midday.

July 10, 2012 | | State


ACLU files suit against LA County sheriff, DA for withholding evidence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday against Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and Sheriff Lee Baca alleges the pair concealed evidence that potentially affected verdicts and pleas in thousands of criminal cases over the past decade.

July 10, 2012 | | State


$3.2M yacht sinks in Lake Tahoe marina

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Witnesses at the Tahoe Keys Marina say they heard screeching, the sound of tearing metal, and a passenger yell "oh, no!" late Sunday night.

July 10, 2012 | | State


S. California, Sierra experiencing heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's deserts and interior valleys broiled in triple-digit or upper 90s temperatures on Monday as a mini heat wave set in.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Eastern Sierra wildfire now 85 percent contained

BIG PINE (AP) - A wildfire burning near a main highway in the eastern Sierra Nevada is nearly surrounded.

July 09, 2012 | | State


5 shot outside Oakland's Jack London Square

OAKLAND (AP) - Police on Monday were still searching for the gunman who allegedly opened fire and left five people wounded during a late-night shooting outside a movie theater in Oakland's popular Jack London Square.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Challenges remain for high-speed rail plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers may have given their OK to what could be the nation's first high-speed rail line, but the project is still a ways from leaving the station.

July 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

REMAINS OF MISSING WWII SOLDIER RETURN TO CALIF.: SAN BRUNO (AP) - A California soldier who died during World War II will be buried near his boyhood home this week after the former Marine's remains were discovered on a remote island in the South Pacific.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Judge clears governor's tax for top billing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge on Monday cleared Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative for top billing on the November ballot by rejecting a challenge from a competing tax campaign. The decision drew a new appeal from anti-tax advocates.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Trial under way in deadly 2003 wildfire that killed 5, burned hundreds of homes

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A prosecutor said Monday a man who was angry about being thrown out of a house where his family was staying was guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately torched a hillside and started a raging wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Metal thieves take SF park bleachers

July 09, 2012 | | State


Yosemite historic bridges under siege

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Perhaps no river crossing in Yosemite Valley has been more photographed than the historic Stoneman Bridge: a single, arching span faced with rough-hewn granite that provides a dramatic foreground to Half Dome, the park's most iconic natural marvel.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Owner drops price for SF Bay island

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An island offering a secluded beach, promises of great fishing and stunning views of the San Francisco skyline is up for sale - and at a discounted price.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers depart to prepare for fall election

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California state lawmakers have adjourned for their summer recess after spending months unabashedly positioning themselves to their best competitive advantage going into the fall election campaign.

July 09, 2012 | | State


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San Jose man blows off hands with fireworks

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California man igniting illegal fireworks blew off both of his hands when a device exploded prematurely, police said.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Perez seeks recount in California controller race after placing third

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez said Sunday he will request a recount of votes cast in the June 3 primary contest for state controller, in which preliminary results show he does not have enough votes to advance to the November general election.

July 06, 2014 | | State


State restricts access to water well records

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A decades-old law barring the public from viewing records of water wells throughout California is drawing criticism amid the state's drought from those who believe the information locked away could help scientists and water policy specialists better protect the groundwater supply.

July 06, 2014 | | State


Homeless parolees weigh on counties

SANTA ANA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them stay clean, find jobs and avoid committing new crimes.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Good Samaritan beaten, run over, dies

FRESNO (AP) - A good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by twin brothers was brutally beaten by the suspects before being run over by a driver, police said.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Video shows officer punching woman on freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Water reporting rules expanded for loggers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators have expanded water reporting requirements for logging companies in response to the state's ongoing drought, a newspaper reported.

July 04, 2014 | | State


Drama mounts for water-bond measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature adjourned for its summer recess Thursday without meeting its top remaining priority: overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond scheduled to go before voters this fall.

July 03, 2014 | | State


State regulators up enforcement powers as water use fails to drop

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators voted to give themselves tough new drought enforcement powers after learning that most water rights holders haven't responded to their orders to use less.

July 03, 2014 | | State


California wildfires grow in north, south

JULIAN (AP) - Crews scrambled Thursday to corral a wildfire that burned two homes in Southern California and threatened hundreds of others as an older, larger blaze endangered more homes in rural Northern California.

July 03, 2014 | | State


Murrieta is latest immigration flashpoint

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When American flag-waving protesters forced busloads of migrants to leave Murrieta earlier this week, the Southern California city became the latest flashpoint in an intensifying immigration debate that could heat up even more as patriotism surges on the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature on Thursday, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their monthlong summer recess.

July 03, 2014 | | State


College’s restrictive free-speech rules targeted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A student who claims his right to free expression was violated has sued Citrus College in Southern California, one of four schools around the nation targeted by a free-speech group.

July 02, 2014 | | State


TB outbreak at Sacramento high school campus

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | State


California moves to speed up quake fault mapping

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A plan to study earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development is moving forward again in California after funding was approved from Gov. Jerry Brown.

July 02, 2014 | | State


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