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Fugitive ex-LA cop charged with murder of police officer; massive manhunt goes on

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was charged Monday with murdering a Riverside officer in a potential death penalty case, but hundreds of tips triggered by a $1 million reward failed to end the manhunt.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Birthday fete held for Pinnacles National Park

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials on Monday celebrated the addition of America's newest national park.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Aging piano sounds its last notes by the Pacific

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As waves lapped in the background, the pianist tapped out Schumann, Debussy and Chopin at sunset, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where he had planned to let the baby grand succumb to the elements.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Inmate lawsuits cost Calif. $200M; federal oversight pushing expenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Texas governor tries to lure businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations.

February 11, 2013 | | State


CHP posts rules for motorcycle lane-splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them.

February 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COPPER THEFTS HIDDEN CULPRIT IN TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

February 11, 2013 | | State


3 killed in California helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people have been killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming for a reality TV show.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley venture capitalist was suffocated by tape on home invasion

MONTE SERENO (AP) - A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was killed during a brutal home-invasion when three intruders bound and gagged him with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to "be quiet if you want to live," authorities said Friday.

February 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GAS PRICES JUMP 25 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 25 cents over the past two weeks.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Dirty side of solar panel production

SAN JOSE (AP) - Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet.

February 10, 2013 | | State


$1 million reward for tip on ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seeking leads in a massive manhunt, Los Angeles authorities on Sunday offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former police officer suspected in three killings.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Controversial coyote hunt under way

ALTURA, Modoc County (AP) - Hunters were tromping through the countryside of a remote Northern California county over the weekend as they competed in a controversial contest to see who could kill the most coyotes.

February 10, 2013 | | State


School health clinics expand to serve communities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Maria Barrales' children got sick, she would drive two hours south from her East Los Angeles home to the Mexican border and spend two more hours waiting to cross so she could go to an affordable doctor in Tijuana.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Bill would require 3-day wait before lawmakers act

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamming major bills through the Legislature at the last minute with little if any time for review has been an ongoing source of frustration for some lawmakers, especially minority Republicans.

February 10, 2013 | | State


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First week charts the course

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first week of the new legislative session provided a preview of the politics that will dominate the year ahead as Democratic leaders push for increased spending on education and social programs while Republicans strive for relevancy after a strong showing in legislative races last month.

December 07, 2014 | | State


Berkeley protesters smash windows; 4 hurt & 6 arrested

BERKELEY (AP) - Three officers and a technician were hurt and six people arrested when a protest over police killings turned violent.

December 07, 2014 | | State


Fishermen catch abundant squid

MONTEREY (AP) - Northern California fishermen have reported an above-average squid harvest.

December 07, 2014 | | State


Couple cleared in death of their daughter attend church

PASADENA (AP) - An American couple detained in Qatar before being cleared in the death of their 8-year-old daughter attended a church service in Southern California where worshippers greeted them with a standing ovation.

December 07, 2014 | | State


Crews break up homeless camp ‘Jungle’

SAN JOSE (AP) - About 50 muddy souls dragged their meager belongings out of a trash-strewn California creek bed Thursday as police and social-service workers began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a collection of flimsy tents and plywood shelters in the heart of Silicon Valley.

December 04, 2014 | | State


For 1 Cosby accuser, a day in court awaits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For weeks, women have publicly shared stories of alleged sexual abuse by Bill Cosby with the expectation that any lawsuits they might file would be blocked due to long-expired statutes of limitations.

December 04, 2014 | | State


SoCal nuke plant key in quake safety review

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have been too slow and lax when it comes to ensuring the safety of California's last operating nuclear plant, according to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who clashed repeatedly with members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

December 04, 2014 | | State


State bans coyote hunts that offer prizes

California officials on Wednesday banned coyote hunting contests that have sparked a culture clash between wildlife advocates and ranchers who offer cash and other prizes to marksmen who killed the most animals.

December 04, 2014 | | State


Appeals court strikes down DNA collection law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California appeals court Wednesday struck down a state law that requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.

December 04, 2014 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A storm that saturated California for a second day Wednesday was just what the dr

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two sinkholes opened on the streets of San Francisco during a sustained rain storm.

December 04, 2014 | | State


Rain falls for a second day on parched California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A storm that saturated California for a second day Wednesday was just what the dry state needed, adding water to depleted reservoirs, quenching crops and even awakening picturesque waterfalls.

December 04, 2014 | | State


State loses ground in drought water-saving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians are losing ground on compliance with a state goal to cut water use by 20 percent during the drought, according to statewide water-use figures released Tuesday.

December 02, 2014 | | State


35 hospitals designated for Ebola care

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers.

December 02, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers push for changes to higher education system

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate released a plan Tuesday to avoid tuition increases at the University of California by directing more money to the system and charging a higher rate to out-of-state students.

December 02, 2014 | | State


LA city attorney sues to block pot delivery app

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to shut down a mobile phone application that arranges medical marijuana home deliveries.

December 02, 2014 | | State


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