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ESCONDIDO POLICE CHIEF APOLOGIZES FOR GAG GIFT: ESCONDIDO (AP) - A Southern California police chief has apologized for a holiday party gag prize that included mug shots of intoxicated people.

December 20, 2013 | | State


California jobless rate continues positive trend

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped to 8.5 percent in November, the state Employment Development Department said Friday, continuing a positive trend after increasing temporarily over the summer.

December 20, 2013 | | State


Judge to hospital: Keep girl on support

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge on Friday ordered a California hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.

December 20, 2013 | | State


ACLU alleges racism at NorCal school district

EUREKA (AP) - A civil liberties group has accused a Northern California school district of pervasive racism and of condoning weekly traditions in which female students are groped.

December 19, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

PG&E FINED $14M OVER INCORRECT RECORDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been fined with $14.35 million for failing to promptly notify state officials of incorrect records related to a Northern California natural gas pipeline.

December 19, 2013 | | State


Student who spurs school lockdown killed by train

MOORPARK (AP) - Authorities say a student who spurred a lockdown with a threatening note at a Ventura County high school killed himself by stepping in front of a train.

December 19, 2013 | | State


Inmate isolation case goes to judge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge abruptly interrupted a weeks long hearing so that he could begin considering whether the prolonged solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates in California prisons violates their civil rights.

December 19, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$8M SETTLEMENT IN ALLEGED CALIFORNIA TEACHER ABUSE: ANTIOCH (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area school district has agreed to an $8 million settlement with the families of eight special education students in an alleged teacher abuse case.

December 19, 2013 | | State


Mandatory 'kill switch' for smartphones?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California officials have announced plans to introduce legislation requiring smartphones to have a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable.

December 19, 2013 | | State


Activist wed in naked ceremony near SF City Hall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman known as the face of San Francisco Bay Area's nude rights movement was married in front of City Hall wearing only a veil.

December 19, 2013 | | State


CA lottery winner still hasn't claimed prize

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The identity of one of two jackpot winners of the near-record Mega Millions lottery drawing remains unknown.

December 19, 2013 | | State


Affirmative action foe wins court fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a bitter fight over the effects of affirmative action, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that law school data on race, attendance and grades should be available to the public.

December 19, 2013 | | State


News from around california

ORANGE COUNTY REJECTS MAPPING DANGEROUS DOGS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has rejected a proposal to create an online map pinpointing dangerous dogs in more than a dozen cities.

December 18, 2013 | | State


Official: No mechanical issues in Walker car crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed, killing the "Fast & Furious" star.

December 18, 2013 | | State


Seller of winning ticket to receive 1M

SAN JOSE . (AP) - The owner of an eclectic, unassuming strip mall gift shop in Silicon Valley earned $1 million for selling one of two winning tickets in the near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday.

December 18, 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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