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POT CLINIC OWNER NOW MAYOR OF CALIFORNIA CITY: SEBASTOPOL AP) - A medical marijuana dispensary owner has been named mayor of a small Northern California city in the heart of pot country.

December 06, 2013 | | State


Feds decline comment on DA's assertion

SONORA, Calif. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have declined to address a district attorney's claim that they intend to prosecute the hunter who allegedly started the Rim Fire that raged through Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Foothills.

December 06, 2013 | | State


Teen arrested in theft of part from Walker of ‘Fast & Furious’ crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Detectives arrested a teenager Thursday accused of stealing some wreckage from the Porsche that "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was in when he died in a crash, and a second suspect was planning to turn himself in, authorities said.

December 06, 2013 | | State


4 die of hypothermia in SF Bay Area

SAN JOSE (AP) - Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said, highlighting the danger to people without shelter as the region is gripped by freezing temperatures.

December 06, 2013 | | State


Hijack call leads police to 12 tons of pot

TUSTIN (AP) - A Southern California truck driver who called police fearing hijackers unwittingly led officers to a 12-ton haul of pot in his own trailer.

December 06, 2013 | | State


Expert: Fawcett portrait worth $12M,

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O'Neal is worth an estimated $12 million, an appraiser told a jury Friday.

December 06, 2013 | | State


Father, daughter sentenced after attack

TEMECULA (AP) - A Riverside County father and his teen daughter have each been placed on four years' probation after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a vigilante attack on a man the girl had accused of rape.

December 05, 2013 | | State


New home for state parks’ artifacts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state parks department has a new warehouse for its collection of historical artifacts, and the building will soon be open to the public.

December 05, 2013 | | State


Couple to turn Disney’s Chicago home into museum

CHICAGO (AP) - Call it Disneyland Chicago.

December 05, 2013 | | State


3,000 pounds of cocaine seized

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities have seized more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine in a three-year crackdown on a nationwide drug trafficking operation centered near the California-Mexico border.

December 05, 2013 | | State


Southbound Interstate 5 in Stockton reopened after officer shooting

STOCKTON (AP) - Southbound Interstate 5 in Stockton reopened hours after an officer-involved shooting shut it down during the busy morning commute.

December 05, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials respond to setbacks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees California's embattled high-speed rail project is responding to recent legal and administrative setbacks and says it will file a new motion seeking blanket authority to sell $8.6 billion in state bonds.

December 05, 2013 | | State


Crossbow killing defendant faces trial

EUREKA (AP) - A Northern California man is headed to trial on charges that he killed one person and wounded another with a crossbow.

December 05, 2013 | | State


Auditor: BART police make progress on reforms

OAKLAND (AP) - Police officers with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency have made significant progress in meeting reforms instituted after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer, an independent auditor said Thursday.

December 05, 2013 | | State


Universal shuts down ‘Fast & Furious 7’

NEW YORK (AP) - Universal Pictures has shut down production on "Fast & Furious 7" indefinitely following the death of its star, Paul Walker.

December 04, 2013 | | State


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Yosemite may raise entrance, camping fees

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors to Yosemite National Park may soon have to pay more to enter and camp overnight, under proposed fee increases announced Monday.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Cal State faculty reach tentative 3-year pay deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University faculty would get a pay raise under a tentative deal reached on a three-year contract.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Santa Rosa man arrested in sledgehammer slaying

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A 33-year-old Santa Rosa man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his father, who police say was strangled and hit in the head with a sledgehammer.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Fair Oaks teen triumphs after diving accident

FAIR OAKS (AP) - A suburban Sacramento teenager who was paralyzed from the chest down in a summer diving accident and vowed not to let it stop him from succeeding in his senior year of high school was named his school's homecoming king on Saturday night.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Archaeologists seek to uncover movie set in California sands

GUADALUPE (AP) - Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the Central California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes - but these are made of plaster.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Brown pursues lasting policy legacy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jerry Brown is on the verge of doing what no one has ever done in California and what no one may ever do again: get elected to a fourth term as governor.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows

TAHOE CITY (AP) - Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno.

October 17, 2014 | | State


25 years later, could Bay Area take another quake?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's been 25 years since a massive quake rocked the Bay Area just before a World Series game, killing dozens, injuring thousands and causing billions of dollars' worth of damage as it buckled freeways, brought down a bridge and knocked buildings off their foundations.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Bird deaths in plant’s ponds investigated

BLYTHE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are investigating as many as 60 bird deaths at a Southern California solar plant.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Unemployment rate dips to 7.3 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September even as the number of jobs in the state dipped by 9,800.

October 17, 2014 | | State


US marshal arrested in marijuana robbery

YUBA CITY (AP) - A deputy U.S. marshal is accused of stealing roughly 24 pounds of marijuana at gunpoint from three people parked at a Northern California motel.

October 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TOP-SECRET SPACE PLANE LANDS ON CALIFORNIA COAST: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Bank robbery hostage begged for her life

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton woman taken hostage during a bank robbery and killed by police in an ensuing shootout begged for her life as she was dragged away by kidnappers, a lawyer for her family said Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Groups appeal for release of license plate scans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Groups appeal for release of license plate scans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.

October 16, 2014 | | State


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