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Bieber paparazzo faces criminal charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A paparazzo photographer faces criminal charges in connection with a high-speed chase of Justin Bieber earlier this month, marking the first use of a new state law designed to clamp down on photographers' reckless pursuit of celebrities.

July 25, 2012 | | State


Sally Ride sparks posthumous debate over revealing of sexual orientation

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out.

July 25, 2012 | | State


California counties report fewer fugitive felons skipping out on probation after shift

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fewer felons are skipping out on probation under California's new criminal justice realignment than under the state's old parole system, according to a report released Wednesday.

July 25, 2012 | | State


Brown breaks silence on state parks fund debacle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown broke his silence Wednesday on the discovery of hidden money at California's cash-strapped state parks department.

July 25, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN JOSE THEATER EVACUATED DURING BATMAN SCREENING: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say a movie theater was evacuated when someone threw a suspicious package into a screening of the new Batman film.

July 25, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CAMP STAFFERS RESIGN IN SUPPORT OF GAY EAGLE SCOUT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Ten staff members at a Boy Scouts camp in Northern California have resigned to protest the firing of a 22-year-old Eagle Scout who says he was let go because he is gay.

July 25, 2012 | | State


More than 5,000 pot plants seized in SoCal

SAN MARCOS . (AP) - Authorities say they've seized more than 5,000 marijuana plants in two Southern California raids.

July 25, 2012 | | State


Ships told to slow for whales while navigating aorund San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials are asking large ships to slow down near San Francisco Bay to avoid killing the droves of whales feeding near the Northern California coast.

July 25, 2012 | | State


Judge appoints temp guardian for Jackson kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday intervened in the turmoil roiling the Jackson family, appointing the son of Tito Jackson to serve as temporary guardian of Michael Jackson's children in the absence of the family matriarch and in the midst a feud over the pop superstar's estate.

July 25, 2012 | | State


Couple hospitalized after bee attack

INDIO (AP) - Killer bees have swarmed a gardener and homeowner in the Southern California desert, stinging them dozens of times.

July 25, 2012 | | State


California farms export $22.1B in food

FRESNO . (AP) - There is a bright spot in the economy of California and elsewhere in the nation, and it is agriculture.

July 25, 2012 | | State


Low on funds: City plans sugary drink tax

EL MONTE (AP) - City leaders are looking for a sugar fix.

July 24, 2012 | | State


Crowd heckles police for fatal shootings

ANAHEIM (AP) - More than 100 raucous protesters heckled police officers Tuesday for fatally shooting two suspects in separate incidents over the weekend, including an unarmed man running from officers.

July 24, 2012 | | State


Foreclosure rate for California homes slows, eases fears of housing recovery hit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home foreclosure activity in California has fallen to five-year lows, easing concerns there might be a flood of distressed sales to slow or even reverse the housing market's recovery.

July 24, 2012 | | State


Chilling video confession in dismemberment killing

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno County murder defendant acknowledged beating his alleged victim with a metal pipe before dismembering his body with a knife and hacksaw in a bathtub in a chilling video confession played in court.

July 24, 2012 | | State


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Suspect sought in good Samaritan’s punch death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are looking for a man who fatally punched another man who intervened while he was screaming at a 3-year-old boy.

July 25, 2014 | | State


DO AS WE SAY. . .

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.

July 25, 2014 | | State


California to have 4 (acting) governors in 4 days

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have four governors in four days next week as top officials take turns temporarily leaving the state.

July 25, 2014 | | State


Designer: Bay Bridge bolts don’t need replacing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief designer of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says more than 2,000 bolts and rods on the span that have been called into question are safe and can remain in place, a newspaper reported.

July 25, 2014 | | State


TRANSIENT WITH TB SOUGHT

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states including California and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.

July 24, 2014 | | State


California removes lane splitting guidelines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Man shot burglar who said she was pregnant

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.

July 24, 2014 | | State


Google offers electric shuttle buses for pilot Mountain View program

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is proposing to fund four electric shuttles that will provide free transportation to residents of Mountain View, where the technology giant is headquartered, a newspaper reported.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Former LA councilman may receive 6 years for lying about where he lived

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of perjury and voting fraud for living outside the district he was elected to represent.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Obama: Republicans bamboozle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and dishonor among Washington's political elite.

July 23, 2014 | | State


California seeks final ruling on teacher tenure

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown refused to say Wednesday if he plans to appeal a Los Angeles judge's closely watched decision to strike down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit tests racial policy at state prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge said Wednesday that he will consider whether California's policy of locking up prisoners by race violates the constitutional rights of the roughly 125,000 male inmates within the state prison system.

July 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

BAY AREA POSTAL INSPECTOR INDICTED IN THEFT CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) - A federal grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging a San Jose postal inspector with stealing and destroying mail.

July 23, 2014 | | State


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