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POLITENESS POLICY DIES AMID CITY COUNCIL BICKERING: MENIFEE (AP) - A proposed politeness policy that asked the Menifee City Council to remain civil during meetings died after council members spent 15 minutes arguing about the idea.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Feds OK equipment change at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday concluded that the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California did not mislead the government about modifications to its troubled steam generators, where unusual damage has been found on scores of tubes that carry radioactive water.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Attorney General Harris endorses illegal immigrant’s bid for California law license

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sergio Garcia completed law school with the help of odd jobs and proceeds from a self-help book. Then he passed the state law exam on the first try.

July 19, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Murder defendant says she was performing exorcism

July 19, 2012 | | State


Father accused of shooting adult son over karaoke singing

SHINGLETOWN AP) - A Northern California man is accused of shooting his 50-year-old son because he didn't like his country karaoke singing.

July 18, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ENCINO MAN ACCUSED IN WINDOW-SMASHING SPREE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Beverly Hills investment adviser was arrested on suspicion of being the mysterious gloved man who used a slingshot to smash dozens of windows in the wealthy area and the San Fernando Valley, police said.

July 18, 2012 | | State


Bullet train faces funding, legal challenges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown gave his approval Wednesday to spending billions of dollars in government money for a high-speed rail line that still faces major funding, environmental and political challenges before it could connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.

July 18, 2012 | | State


Company to pay nearly $50M for wildfire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest timber company has agreed to pay nearly $50 million and donate 22,500 acres of land to settle a lawsuit over a 2007 wildfire that destroyed about 65,000 acres in Northern California.

July 18, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO SYSTEM NOT WORKING: OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland city report says a new radio system for police and firefighters has numerous deficiencies and has given officers trouble even communicating with each other.

July 18, 2012 | | State


UC board: If tax initiative doesn’t pass tuition could increase 20%

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California board voted Wednesday to freeze undergraduate tuition this fall and endorse Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, calling it the best option for preventing damaging cuts at the 10-campus system.

July 18, 2012 | | State


Police force tests online chat system

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - In one San Francisco Bay area city, a police officer is now just a click of a button away.

July 18, 2012 | | State


California home prices climb 8% in June

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose sharply last month to the highest levels in more than two years, a research firm said Wednesday.

July 18, 2012 | | State


Crews gain ground on Calif. wildfires

FORESTHILL. (AP) - Fire crews aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity made significant gains Wednesday against California's wildfires.

July 18, 2012 | | State


Slain Marine's wife targeted by sex ring

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A woman charged with murdering a Marine's wife said she strangled the victim to keep her from another Marine who ran a kinky sex ring, according to search warrants unsealed Wednesday.

July 18, 2012 | | State


209 News

STANISLAUS COUNTY GIRL HAS WEST NILE, 3RD CASE IN STATE: MODESTO (AP) - A 6-year-old California girl has the West Nile virus, the third confirmed case in the state this year.

July 18, 2012 | | State


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Counties sue over painkiller marketing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California counties have filed a lawsuit accusing five drug companies of waging a campaign of deception to boost the sales of painkillers behind the nation's prescription drug addiction problem.

May 22, 2014 | | State


Mom persuaded kidnapped woman to contact police

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.

May 22, 2014 | | State


8 charged in California National Guard recruitment bonus fraud

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eight current or former members of the California National Guard have been indicted on federal charges alleging that they fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Thursday.

May 22, 2014 | | State


Protest against police in Salinas turns violent

SALINAS (AP) - A police officer was injured when demonstrators protesting recent police shootings in Salinas attacked officers as they tried to assist a victim who had been shot in an unrelated incident, authorities said.

May 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FARMERS SUE TO STOP LAKE WATER RELEASE: FRESNO (AP) - A group of Central California farmers have asked a judge to halt the release of water from behind a dam east of Fresno.

May 22, 2014 | | State


Woman found 10 years after kidnapping

SANTA ANA (AP) - A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother's ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Oscar Grant’s friends settle with BART

OAKLAND (AP) - Five friends of Oscar Grant, the man who was fatally shot by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, have reached a deal to settle a federal lawsuit against the agency, officials said.

May 21, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial hopefuls in tight race for No. 2 primary spot

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The two leading Republican candidates vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are locked in a close contest for second place just weeks before the June 3 primary, while the incumbent enjoys a comfortable lead among likely voters, according to a poll released Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Biologists to tow dead whale out to sea

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A dead whale that washed up on shore in San Diego will get a sea burial.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Gov. Brown defends his record

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown presented a robust defense of his record over the last three-and-a-half years during a speech to California business leaders Wednesday, promoting his efforts with education, pension reform, workers' compensation, criminal justice and the economy.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Judge hears outcry on serial-rapist release

SAN JOSE . (AP) - After a sniper's bullet killed her husband in Afghanistan earlier this year, Misty Vivirito moved herself and four daughters from a San Diego Marine Corps base to a home in Southern California's Antelope Valley with room enough for horses and other farm animals.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Bus strikes metal pipes on remote interstate, killing 4

BLYTHE (AP) - A bus rolling through a remote stretch of desert struck a load of metal pipes scattered across a dark California highway Wednesday, then slid down an embankment and overturned in an accident that killed four passengers and seriously injured at least seven others.

May 21, 2014 | | State


California approves expansion of toxic waste site in Kettlemen City

KETTLEMEN CITY (AP) - Residents of a small California farming community who have worried for years about the health effects of a hazardous waste landfill learned Wednesday that the state has cleared the way for it to expand.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Man wants car, laptop back after freed in double murder case

SANTA ANA (AP) - Eder Herrera lost his mother and brother to a gruesome stabbing and spent three months in jail as the prime suspect.

May 21, 2014 | | State


Estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil slashed to 600 million barrels from 13.7 billion

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's sprawling Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought, according to a new federal estimate that potentially deals a blow to oil companies looking to extract the resource.

May 21, 2014 | | State


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