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DISNEY WILL ALLOW PARK WORKERS TO HAVE BEARDS: ANAHEIM. (AP) - Workers at Disney's U.S. theme parks will be allowed to grow beards and goatees for the first time ever, Disney officials said Monday.

January 23, 2012 | | State


UC picks Richmond site for expansion of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

RICHMOND (AP) - The University of California said Monday that it has picked the spot where it hopes to build a new branch of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and it's in the city of Richmond, not Berkeley.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Ex-Beverly Hills school official convicted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Beverly Hills school superintendent has been convicted of giving a former female employee more than $20,000 in gifts and increasing her car allowance without board approval.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Catholic hospital chain cuts official church ties

January 23, 2012 | | State


Pot-based prescription drug looks for FDA OK to combat cancer pain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Horrific murder no surprise in Fresno, methamphetamine capital of United States

FRESNO (AP) - When a 23-year-old Fresno woman fatally shot her two toddlers and a cousin, critically wounded her husband then turned the gun on herself last Sunday, investigators immediately suspected methamphetamine abuse in what otherwise was inexplicable carnage. It turned out the mother had videotaped herself smoking meth hours before the shooting.

January 23, 2012 | | State


SF Mayor Lee questions whether sheriff can do job while fighting violence charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has questioned whether the city's new sheriff can effectively do his job while battling domestic violence charges.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Snow boosts spirits at Sierra ski resorts

TRUCKEE (AP) - A string of storms has brought something Sierra Nevada ski resorts haven't seen much this season: snow.

January 23, 2012 | | State


Six hurt during shooting at Antioch teen’s party

ANTIOCH (AP) - Six people, including five teens, were injured when gunfire erupted at a girl's 16th birthday party in the San Francisco Bay area, authorities said Sunday.

January 23, 2012 | | State


California news briefs

• DOWNED TREE KILLS MAN AT YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pair of winter storms bringing rain and snow swept across California on Saturday, buffeting Yosemite National Park with strong wind gusts that toppled a tree and killed a park employee.

January 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WIFE HELD IN DEATH OF AFGHAN WAR VET FOUND SHOT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police have arrested the wife of an Afghan war veteran on suspicion of his murder, saying her story about her husband being shot during a carjacking last month didn't add up.

January 20, 2012 | | State


One of world’s smallest surviving babies leaves Los Angeles hospital amid fanfare

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the world's smallest surviving babies was discharged Friday from the hospital where she spent nearly five months in an incubator - but not before getting the Hollywood treatment.

January 20, 2012 | | State


Endangered turtle gains protections off West Coast covers 41,000 square miles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has designated more than 41,000 square miles off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles.

January 20, 2012 | | State


‘Prosecutor and murder suspect give final remarks in Double Initial killing preliminary

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Prosecutors on Friday called suspected serial murderer Joseph Naso a "sexual deviant" who drugged his victims before he photographed them, strangled them to death and dumped their naked bodies in rural Northern California areas.

January 20, 2012 | | State


Occupy protesters block banks in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least a dozen people were arrested Friday during an anti-Wall Street protest in downtown San Francisco, mostly for blocking an entrance at a bank's corporate headquarters.

January 20, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Bond talks hinge on water storage

SITES (AP) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers who support increasing funding for water-storage projects made their case Wednesday at the site of a proposed reservoir in what is now a scenic agricultural valley north of Sacramento, addressing one of the main sticking points to getting a re-crafted water bond on the November ballot.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Officer kills man who tried to set woman on fire

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police in Central California shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon after he splashed gasoline on a woman and tried setting her on fire, officials said.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Insurer pays off lawsuit with coins

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An insurance company settled a lawsuit with a Los Angeles man by dropping off buckets full of thousands of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, his attorney said Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Son in family found dead stabbed parents

TURLOCK (AP) - One of two adult sons in a family of four found dead inside a California home in June fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there, police said.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Ships to be paid to slow to save whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cargo ships will be paid to slow down to avoid hitting whales and cut air pollution, under a new voluntary program being launched off Southern California.

August 06, 2014 | | State


No contest pleas in theft of Paul Walker car part after crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men have pleaded no contest to stealing part of the Porsche in which "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker died.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Guilty plea by man who hid camera in dressing room to get photos of girls

SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who hid a video camera in a dressing room at an Orange County college to record young girls taking off their clothes has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.

August 06, 2014 | | State


Insurers launch records info exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two California insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication and improve patient outcomes.

August 05, 2014 | | State


Officials lift evacuation in one NorCal wildfire

BURNEY (AP) - Officials say evacuation orders have been lifted for one of two wildfires in Northern California.

August 05, 2014 | | State


300 rescued after boat hits sand bar in drought ravaged Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Authorities say about 300 people out for a cruise on Lake Tahoe had to be rescued after their boat hit a sand bar and stranded them offshore.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Owners claim 150-pound tortoise found strolling on suburb street

ALHAMBRA (AP) - A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Few roles for Hispanics in top movies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.

August 04, 2014 | | State


NorCal wildfire menaces Burney homes

BURNEY (AP) - Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town on Monday, at a time when firefighters in Oregon and Washington state also aim to combat destructive blazes.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Family of Cal player who died in offseason training sue over death

BERKELEY (AP) - Attorneys representing the family of former California football player Ted Agu are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors can seek death in salon rampage but can’t use informant

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County prosecutors can seek the death penalty for a man who admitted killing eight people at a hair salon, but they can't use evidence improperly gleaned from a jailhouse informant in the case, a judge ruled Monday.

August 04, 2014 | | State


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