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HOME INVASION ROBBERS DRAG RESIDENTS FROM BEDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police say home invasion robbers have stormed a San Francisco area home and dragged the residents from their beds at gunpoint before fleeing with valuables.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Half Dome cables will remain, hikers still limited

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The hike up the granite monolith Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is one of the most iconic in the nationwide system, but on Friday officials announced approval of a plan that permanently limits how many can do it.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker to bring back rape loophole bill from 1870s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Body of missing California woman found behind snow bank along busy Tahoe road

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - The search for a missing 19-year-old California woman who disappeared on New Year's Eve at Lake Tahoe ended Friday when her body was found behind a snow bank about a mile from the site of a music festival she attended that night, authorities said.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Top parks officials kept $20M hidden

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials at the highest levels of the California Department of Parks and Recreation helped keep millions of dollars in money intended for state parks secret for more than a decade, the California attorney general's office said in a report released Friday.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Search for who set puppy on fire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento animal control officers say they are looking for anybody responsible for deliberately setting fire to a puppy that has since died.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Law won’t protect unmarried victims in rape

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court overturned the rape conviction of a man who authorities say pretended to be a sleeping woman's boyfriend before initiating intercourse, ruling that an arcane law from 1872 doesn't protect unmarried women in such cases.

January 03, 2013 | | State


‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas engaged

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is engaged.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Health alliance could threaten larger rival

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten a powerful rival's dominance and fuel a new round of labor tensions.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Schools face rising special education costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal funding remains flat, according to a state report released Thursday.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Teens drug parents to use Internet

ROCKLIN (AP) - Two California teenagers were arrested after they gave one of the girl's parents milkshakes spiked with prescription sleeping pills so she could use the Internet past her curfew, police said.

January 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LAUGHING GAS ABUSER BLAMES HEAD SHOPS FOR INJURY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A nitrous oxide abuser is blaming California head shops for injuries during his laughing gas highs.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Pension bonds add risk to public retiree crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oakland's city leaders took a risk when, rather than lay off more staff or cut services, they decided to borrow nearly $213 million to cover pension payments owed to retired city workers. They're betting that the pension fund's investments will earn more than the cost of issuing pension obligation bonds.

January 03, 2013 | | State


California receives approval for health exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Thursday approved California's plan to run its own health insurance market, a milestone in the state's effort to meet requirements of the national health care reform law.

January 03, 2013 | | State


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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


UC Santa Barbara No. 3 party school

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Defense calls Silk Road search illegal

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for a San Francisco man charged with operating an online marketplace for illegal drugs are asking a judge to toss out most of the evidence against him, saying the Fourth Amendment protects their client from "indiscriminate rummaging" through his entire online history.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Caregivers can’t sue Alzheimer’s patients

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - People with Alzheimer's disease are not liable for injuries they may cause their paid in-home caregivers, California's highest court ruled Monday in a case involving a home health aide who was hurt while trying to restrain a client.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Drought dries up camping at state park

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - State park officials say California's drought is forcing them for the first time this year to close a campground to overnight use.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Flash floods damage more than 30 homes

MOUNT BALDY (AP) - When the skies opened up with a vengeance, Michael Honer had a front row seat to the powerful forces of Mother Nature.

August 04, 2014 | | State


LinkedIn pays $6M in unpaid wages, damages

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees, the Labor Department said on Monday.

August 04, 2014 | | State


Crews suspend search for man near grounded boat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews suspended an hourslong air and sea search for a captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat early Monday when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach.

August 04, 2014 | | State


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