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BERKELEY FIREMAN ON MEDICAL CALL GRAZED BY BULLET: BERKELEY (AP) - Police in Northern California arrested an 88-year-old man after he started shooting at Berkeley firefighters who were tending to him and grazed one of the responders.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bill seeks to ban plastic bags at stores

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups are supporting a bill that would ban California grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies from handing out single-use plastic bags.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs bill limiting gun permit to individual by excluding companies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the California Assembly approved a bill Monday that would allow only individuals, and not companies, to obtain permits to own assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

EARTHQUAKES 'APPALLED' BY PLAYER'S ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN JOSE (AP) - The president of the San Jose Earthquakes says he is appalled that forward Alan Gordon directed an anti-gay slur at an opponent.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Assaulted teen had drawings, name on body

SAN JOSE (AP) - The family of a teen who hanged herself after being sexually assaulted and then shamed by a humiliating photo of her body circulating school is suing the three teen suspects in custody, claiming the boys removed her shorts and attacked her while she was unconscious.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Girl saw details online of sex assault

SARATOGA (AP) - A 15-year-old California girl who was sexually abused while passed-out drunk at a party hanged herself after discovering an intimate photo of her circulating online, a lawyer for her family said Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Brown chooses private donors to pay for cost of China trip

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown likes to portray his administration as frugal when it comes to spending taxpayers' money. So he has taken the same approach as his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in paying for his trade mission to China - asking business interests and political donors to foot the bill.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Groundbreaking improv comic Jonathan Winters dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Lead bidder ranked for $1B bullet-train deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California-based construction group Friday emerged as the top contender for the first contract that will be awarded to build California's high-speed rail line.

April 12, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TEMECULA STUDENTS DISCIPLINED FOR VANDALISM: TEMECULA (AP) - Seventeen Temecula Valley High School students are being punished this week for vandalism that included racist graffiti, a dismembered squirrel, glued lockers and a bleached sports field.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Contempt threat against Brown is a rare move

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judicial panel's threat to place Gov. Jerry Brown in contempt of court if he fails to comply with a mandated prison population reduction is a rare move, legal observers said Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | State


209 News

PIT BULL KILLS WOMAN IN YARD OF STOCKTON HOME: STOCKTON (AP) - A 38-year-old woman in Stockton has become the latest person to be mauled to death by a pit bull.

April 12, 2013 | | State


3 teens charged with assault; girl killed herself

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's office on Thursday arrested three 16-year-old boys on accusations that they sexually battered 15-year-old Audrey Pott, who hanged herself eight days after the attack last fall.

April 11, 2013 | | State


Brown praises & rides Chinese for bullet train

BEIJING (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown got a firsthand look on Thursday at the world's most extensive high-speed rail system and praised the initiative that created the Chinese railway, saying he was anxious to start building similarly ambitious projects in California.

April 11, 2013 | | State


The judicial panel was unmoved.

Judges deny bid to end prison oversight

April 11, 2013 | | State


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US sues Sprint over company’s wiretap expenses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services.

March 03, 2014 | | State


Demo leader says lost supermajority won’t hinder California Senate work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Major issues facing the Legislature, including a water bond and reshaping the state's rainy day fund, can be addressed this year despite the loss of Democrats' supermajority, the state Senate leader said Monday.

March 03, 2014 | | State


6 rescued, including 3 lifeguards, in high surf

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.

March 03, 2014 | | State


Settlement reached in deputy killing 2 with patrol car

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The families of two pedestrians fatally struck by a California sheriff's deputy have reached a multi-million dollar settlement.

March 03, 2014 | | State


1 survivor, 1 dead in plane crash near Truckee Tahoe Airport

TRUCKEE (AP) - Rescuers say one person is dead and one is alive after a single-engine plane crashed a few miles from California's Truckee Tahoe Airport.

March 03, 2014 | | State


Oak tree disease found in Trinity County

WEARVERVILLE (AP) - Scientists say a disease that kills oak trees along the California coast has spread into yet another county.

March 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• TWITTER INSTALLING LOG CABINS AT HEADQUARTERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics.

March 03, 2014 | | State


Yosemite kicks off lottery system for Half Dome

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers say hikers can now apply for permits to ascend the summit of Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Expanded UNR Earthquake Lab 2nd biggest in world

RENO, Nev. (AP) - There's a whole lot of shakin' going on at the University of Nevada, Reno.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Survivor of 1963 fatal crash surfaces

SALINAS (AP) - Isidro Hernandez Tovar lived for more than five decades with the searing memory of a crash in the Salinas Valley that killed 32 of his colleagues, all farmworkers who died when a freight train collided with their bus.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Squaw Valley to fete Reno-Tahoe Olympians

SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Squaw Valley is planning a special celebration at the Sierra ski resort March 21 to honor more than a dozen U.S. Olympians from the Reno-Lake Tahoe area who competed in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, including three who brought home gold.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Farmers hire dowsers to find water

ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) - With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Evacuation orders lifted after storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents in three California foothill communities headed home Sunday after a powerful storm that threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Browns frets USA may turn into stoner nation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.

March 02, 2014 | | State


Pair of deputies kill armed man

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man armed with an assault rifle on Sunday morning after he pointed a handgun at them.

March 02, 2014 | | State


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