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VICTIM CELL PIC LEADS TO LA-AREA BURGLARY ARREST: SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Authorities have arrested a home burglary suspect based on a photo the victim, who was home at the time, took with her cell phone at her residence in northern Los Angeles County.

January 09, 2013 | | State


California teachers pension fund moves to divest from firms selling firearms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest teacher pension fund took the first step Wednesday toward divesting from companies that make guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are illegal in California.

January 09, 2013 | | State


Brown wants to stay frugal, legislature wants to spend

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is preparing a spending plan as California faces its most optimistic financial outlook in years, yet the Democratic governor's intention to stick with a frugal fiscal agenda could put him on a collision course with Democratic lawmakers who seek to restore state services lost during the recession.

January 09, 2013 | | State


Lawyer says it is too early to pin Bay Bridge tanker accident on pilot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lawyer for the pilot of an empty oil tanker that clipped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says any speculation about "pilot error" being the cause is "highly premature."

January 09, 2013 | | State


Yosemite plan would ease traffic, shut ice skating rink

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors might miss the 1920s-era ice skating rink in the winter or the summer bike and raft rentals, but they'll likely be glad to hear that a plan released Tuesday to protect the river that runs through Yosemite National Park won't reduce the number of daily visitors.

January 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• ARTIFACT STOLEN FROM OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA: OAKLAND (AP) - Officials say what they're describing as a "valuable artifact" has been stolen in a break-in from the Oakland Museum of California.

January 09, 2013 | | State


RFK's son sues NY nurses over maternity ward fight

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A son of the late Robert F. Kennedy who was acquitted of criminal charges in a maternity ward scuffle is suing two nurses who said on TV that he hurt them.

January 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

OC CAT-HOARDER SENTENCED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT: SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who kept 110 cats in a filthy Orange County home where his grandchildren lived has been sentenced for child abuse and endangerment.

January 08, 2013 | | State


State aims to test students' critical thinking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Insurance chief criticizes Anthem rate hike

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Tuesday that Anthem Blue Cross' proposed rate hike for some of its small-group members is unreasonable, but the insurer says the increase reflects the rising cost of health care.

January 08, 2013 | | State


UC online courses attract few outside students despite $4M marketing blitz

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has spent more than $4 million marketing its new online courses, but so far it's attracting few students outside the UC system.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SMALL GROUP OF MOTORISTS CLOGGING SF AREA FREEWAYS: BERKELEY . (AP) - Researchers are blaming a small group of motorists for the San Francisco area's freeway traffic headaches.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Review board endorses gay teen's Eagle Scout bid

MORAGA (AP) - A review board has challenged the Boy Scouts of America's prohibition on gay members by recommending a local teenager for the rank of Eagle Scout, but the action won't have an immediate effect on the young man's status, his father said Tuesday.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Brown challenges court oversight of California prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Declaring that California's long-running prison crisis is over, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday challenged a federal court order by saying the state has done all it can to safely relieve overcrowding and improve medical and mental health care for inmates.

January 08, 2013 | | State


Republican favored in special Senate election

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A former state assemblyman is expected to win a special election to a GOP-leaning Senate district that covers a wide swath of rural Northern California.

January 08, 2013 | | State


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Game show host Geoff Edwards passes away at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

March 05, 2014 | | State


LA mayor in Mexico: Obama should cut down on deportations

MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to become citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday during a visit to Mexico's capital.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit suing to reinstate canceled health benefit plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker who is running for state insurance commissioner said Wednesday that he is suing California's health benefits exchange for wrongly cutting off more than 1 million insurance policies and for what he called wasting taxpayer money on useless marketing campaigns.

March 05, 2014 | | State


NorCal woman charged in mom’s hammer killing

NEWARK (AP) - A Northern California woman has been charged with murder after her elderly mother was beaten to death with a hammer, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler over gun control policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Redwood park closes road at night to deter destructive burl poachers

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

March 04, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Lawmakers report thousands in gifts from groups: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers, including two Democrats who are on leave after being charged with criminal offenses, have reported thousands of dollars in gifts and travel expenses they received from donors.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Group asks Supreme Court to allow cross

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A veterans group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule an order to remove a war memorial cross from a San Diego mountaintop after it was found to violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Sierra foothills gold mine shuts down temporarily

SUTTER CREEK (AP) - An attempt to unearth new riches from some of the Gold Rush era's most productive mines has stalled, with the owners saying they must spend more than $1 million before work can resume.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Gold coin discovery spurs rush of theories

SONORA (AP) - Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.

March 04, 2014 | | State


About 120,000 letters burn in SoCal crash

BREA (AP) - A fiery crash involving two big rigs on an Orange County freeway Tuesday destroyed about 120,000 pieces of mail, postal officials said.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Auditor says CPUC accounts are poorly managed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state auditor says utility regulators are not doing enough to protect ratepayers from possible unfair hikes to gas and electric bills.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Former NAACP head joins tech venture capital firm

SAN JOSE (AP) - Just months after stepping down as head of the nation's largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Riverside officer saves baby choking on plastic bottle cap

RIVERSIDE . (AP) - Police in Southern California say an officer flagged down by a frantic mother saved the life of a baby who was choking on a plastic bottle cap.

March 03, 2014 | | State


Suspect: Satanism allowed him to kill

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California teenager charged in the alleged thrill-killing of a high school classmate told police his religion, Satanism, allowed him to kill and he had already killed a rabbit and a cat, according to a recently released transcript of his interview with investigators.

March 03, 2014 | | State


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