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Governor names internal inspector for Calif. Guard

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed an Army National Guard lieutenant colonel as the first independent inspector general of the California Military Department to investigate claims of wrongdoing at an agency beset by fraud in recent years.

November 24, 2012 | | State


Santa Maria settles teen sex lawsuit

SANTA MARIA (AP) - The city of Santa Maria agreed to pay $185,000 to a teenager who claimed she was repeatedly raped while she was a police Explorer by an officer who was later killed while resisting arrest.

November 24, 2012 | | State


County sued over denial of oil drilling plan

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - The oil exploration company Excelaron LLC has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County after the Board of Supervisors rejected a plan for extracting crude oil from beneath rural Huasna Valley.

November 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Highway 101crash: PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman died and her sister was critically injured when they were thrown from their SUV after it crashed into a California Highway Patrol car and flipped over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.

November 24, 2012 | | State


Calif. city building a "tsunami-resistant" port

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - It doesn't matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City. Churning water rushes into the boat basin and then rushes out, lifting docks off their pilings, tearing boats loose and leaving the city's main economic engine looking as if it has been bombed.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Ex-fiancee of man charged in OC killings arrested

COSTA MESA (AP) - Police arrested the ex-fiancee of a stage actor charged with beheading a neighbor, scattering his body parts in a park and killing the neighbor's friend two years ago.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Senior home staff had complained about suspect

TORRANCE (AP) - Residents and staff members at a senior high-rise in California had complained in the past about erratic behavior by an elderly man now suspected of killing two women and himself at the facility, authorities and employees said.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Man pleads not guilty to killing, cooking wife

VISTA (AP) - A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife after police found her severed head in a freezer and her body parts cooking on the stove at their Oceanside home.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Man pleads no contest in burglary of Jobs' home

PALO ALTO (AP) - A California man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs' house and stealing computers and the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet has pleaded no contest to burglarizing homes across the San Francisco Bay area.

November 22, 2012 | | State


SpongeBob Christmas special goes 3-D

LOS ANGELES (AP) - How does "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" squeeze even more fun out of our porous little hero and the Bikini Bottom gang? By turning the animated characters three-dimensional for their holiday special.

November 21, 2012 | | State


San Francisco sheds part of free-spirited past with citywide ban on public nudity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.

November 21, 2012 | | State


SF approves 220-square-foot apartments

SF approves 220-square-foot apartments

November 21, 2012 | | State


Ex-'Price is Right' model gets $8.5M in damages

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The producers of "The Price is Right" owe a former model on the show more than $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a jury determined Wednesday.

November 21, 2012 | | State


Terror suspects grew up in suburbia, played pickup hoops, video games

UPLAND (AP) - Three of the young men swept up in a federal terrorism probe grew up in the Southern California suburbs where they played pick-up basketball, ran for homecoming court and sparred in video games with neighborhood kids - a far cry from the wannabe terrorists described by the FBI.

November 21, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DISNEY WORKER INJURED ON SPACE MOUNTAIN: ANAHEIM (AP) - Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.

November 21, 2012 | | State


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Arrest made in chase after SF officer shot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police said Sunday that they arrested the driver of a car that led them on a 90-mile chase throughout the San Francisco Bay Area after a police officer was shot and wounded.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Counties undermine prison efforts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions.

March 09, 2014 | | State


State oversight may tame California marijuana shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Criminal behind 3-strikes law arrested again

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The career criminal whose participation in a notorious murder spurred California's so-called three strikes law has been arrested again.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Struggle to enforce ban on gun magazines

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Enforcement issues surround two Northern California cities' bans on high-capacity magazines.

March 09, 2014 | | State


2 dozen injured as Anaheim school stage falls

ANAHEIM (AP) - Investigators combed through a collapsed theater stage at a Southern California high school Sunday, trying to determine why it buckled during a performance that sent 25 students to the hospital with mainly minor injuries.

March 09, 2014 | | State


Transgender sues CrossFit over competition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions.

March 07, 2014 | | State


UC Davis campus establishes center for coffee study

DAVIS (AP) - University of California students who drink coffee to get through the day will soon be able to study the science behind the beverage.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Blind man survives LA track fall as train arrives

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A blind man walked off the edge of a subway platform and bounced off one of the rails below, landing in a tiny alcove in the track bed just wide enough to keep him from being struck by an approaching train, a transit official who saw video of the incident said Friday.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Cyberbully law proposed after 15-year-old’s suicide

SARATOGA (AP) - Juveniles who sexually assault unconscious victims could be tried as adults under proposed California legislation brought in response to the suicide of a 15-year-old girl who was sexually battered while passed out at a party then humiliated by photos circulated to classmates.

March 07, 2014 | | State


GOP candidate Kashkari reports income for 2013

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari filed his first financial disclosure form with the state Friday, reporting income of more than $100,000 last year from his former employer but few reportable financial holdings.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Five convicted Bell leaders suing former city attorney

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former leaders of the city of Bell who were convicted in a municipal fraud scandal sued their former city attorney Friday, saying he led them to believe they were doing nothing wrong when they accepted six-figure salaries to run a modest Los Angeles suburb.

March 07, 2014 | | State


State’s new K-12 testing plan gets OK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal education officials on Friday approved California's plan to roll out new computer-based standardized tests this spring, ending a months-long dispute that put the state at risk of sacrificing $1.5 billion in federal school funding.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Demos: Campaigns offer mixed prospect

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even in an election year that appears favorable for national Republicans, California Democrats are confident they will retain their iron grip on state leadership and possibly enrich their share of House seats in Washington.

March 07, 2014 | | State


Lawyer: Alleged crimes too old in YouTube case

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A lawyer for a California educator accused of sex crimes after a former student talked about sex-abuse allegations on YouTube said Friday that the charges are too old to be tried in court.

March 07, 2014 | | State


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