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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA BIKE-SHARE COULD EXPAND: OAKLAND (AP) - A bicycle sharing program popular in San Francisco and Silicon Valley could soon expand to the East Bay.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Whale of a fight stalls in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker Yee pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Evidence against Calderon sealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand jury testimony and other potential evidence against indicted California state Sen. Ronald Calderon should not be handed over to his attorney at this time, a federal judge said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | State


School to let kids give Bible coins

APPLE VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district will allow students to hand out Bible coins on campus, saying teachers who banned them violated the children's rights of free expression.

April 08, 2014 | | State


LAPD officers tamper with antennas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police officers tampered with recording gear in dozens of patrol cars to avoid being monitored, and avoided discipline for the altered cars, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | State


Did police station shooter want to be a cop?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police say the man suspected of shooting up a Los Angeles police station and wounding an officer had been rejected after applying to become a policeman.

April 08, 2014 | | State


New Elk Grove social media effort feeds the hungry

ELK GROVE (AP) - A Northern California city has launched a social media venture that connects residents in need with excess food that would otherwise go to waste.

April 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CAR CRASH KILLS TODDLER, INJURES 4 INCLUDING CHEF: NAPA (AP) - A car crash on a busy highway in Northern California on Sunday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured four people, including a well-known chef.

April 07, 2014 | | State


2 students arrested over teacher fight

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Police arrested two Santa Monica High School students over a video-recorded classroom fight between a teacher and a pupil that sparked condemnation from a district official and a backlash from parents.

April 07, 2014 | | State


California Senate erases websites of three suspended lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

April 07, 2014 | | State


One in four inmates using drugs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Girls stabbed during sleepover recovering

MODESTO (AP) - Two teenage girls stabbed in Northern California on Saturday are in stable condition at a hospital, and that a third younger victim is improving, authorities said.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Vandals flip over four Smart cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four Smart cars were flipped over in an apparent vandalism spree Monday in two San Francisco neighborhoods.

April 07, 2014 | | State


Massive rockfall at Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail.

April 07, 2014 | | State


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Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Water thefts on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.

February 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Shoot-out at grow-house kills 1, wounds 1

SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Trial nears in high-profile Silicon Valley sex bias case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.

February 23, 2015 | | State


2 Californians get 25 years in federal prison for terror try

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.

February 23, 2015 | | State


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