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4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


High school asked to abandon Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Suspect in bus passenger fire charged as adult

OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Thief gets away with 140,000 pounds of nuts from Escalon facility

ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from around California

HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED

November 06, 2013 | | State


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Lawmakers stall roadside test for motorists

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Assembly committee has rejected making California one of more than a dozen states that allow police to conduct roadside testing for marijuana and other drugs.

May 05, 2015 | | State


Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in US for 1st time

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

May 05, 2015 | | State


Choking child saved by Santa Barbara deputies

SANTA YNEZ, (AP) - Two Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies are being credited with helping to save an 18-month-old girl who was choking.

May 05, 2015 | | State


In online era, restaurants face scorn, raves of the amateur critic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The online reviews had filtered in, and they weren't good: The restaurant Mark Cammarano had invested nearly all of his mother's retirement money in got just two stars.

May 05, 2015 | | State


2nd beached whale found south of San Francisco

PACIFICA (AP) - A beached humpback whale was discovered south of San Francisco, marking the second dead whale to wash ashore in less than three weeks.

May 05, 2015 | | State


People who disturb falcons can be ticketed by rangers

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - State park rangers are trying to stamp out activity that could threaten peregrine falcon nesting sites in Mount Diablo State Park.

May 05, 2015 | | State


State seeks to block inmate’s sex surgery

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials want a federal appeals court to block a judge's order that the state immediately provide a transgender prisoner with sex reassignment surgery.

May 05, 2015 | | State


Girl shoots self in leg using gun of police relative

GILROY (AP) - A 13-year-old girl is recovering after police say she shot herself in the leg with a gun belonging to her stepfather, who is a police officer.

May 05, 2015 | | State


CalFire chief seeks discipline change

IONE (AP) - Two captains demoted after a scandal at California's firefighting training academy were restored to their previous rank within a month, prompting the agency's chief to say Monday that he will try to demote them again.

May 04, 2015 | | State


Huge waves in SoCal lures bodysurfers, crowds to beaches

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Hundreds of spectators lined the beach and gasped, cheered and clapped on Monday as bodysurfers braved 15-foot waves at The Wedge, a Newport Beach break known for its powerful waves.

May 04, 2015 | | State


Twain project finds cache of new writing

BERKELEY (AP) - Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of dispatches written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco.

May 04, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

'DJANGO UNCHAINED' ACTRESS ORDERED TO APOLOGIZE TO POLICE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actress who accused Los Angeles police of racial profiling when they investigated a report she was having sex with her boyfriend in a parked car was ordered Monday to apologize to officers.

May 04, 2015 | | State


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