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Wildfire surges to 84 square miles

BUCK MEADOWS (AP) - A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park more than tripled in size Thursday, shutting down businesses in surrounding communities and leading scores of tourists to leave the area during peak season.

August 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

YOSEMITE SMOKE FUELS AIR QUALITY ALERT IN RENO: RENO, Nev. (AP) - Heavy smoke from a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park has triggered an air quality alert in Reno and surrounding areas more than 150 miles away.

August 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TRAVELERS TOLD TO MAKE TIME FOR CLOSED BAY BRIDGE: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials are warning travelers to find alternate routes around the San Francisco Bay Area next week through Labor Day weekend while workers ready the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

August 21, 2013 | | State


Judges: PG&E improperly declared two pipelines safe near San Bruno explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. could be fined for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines safe and using misleading filings to minimize the problem, state utilities regulators said.

August 21, 2013 | | State


School gunman had 500 bullets

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - A man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with police at an Atlanta-area school didn't seem to have any friends and rarely talked about his family or past during the months he lived with a couple who serve as pastors at a small church.

August 21, 2013 | | State


Panel passes bill on sex abuse lawsuits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some victims of childhood sexual abuse would have one more year to file civil lawsuits against private or nonprofit organizations that employed their alleged abusers under a bill that passed a key legislative committee Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | | State


17th woman tells of harassment by mayor

August 21, 2013 | | State


17th woman tells of harassment by mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego businesswoman stepped forward on Wednesday to say the leader of the nation's eighth largest city had made unwanted sexual advances toward her, the latest woman to accuse Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

August 21, 2013 | | State


Suspect's family wants DNA test on Hannah Anderson

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The family of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing her mother and younger brother wants paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children, a spokesman said Wednesday, a suggestion that was quickly rebutted by the victims' family.

August 21, 2013 | | State


DHM pre-surgical admitting clerk lauded for her patient concerns

Estrella Rodriguez is a "people person" who has been handling surgical admissions at Doctors Hospital's front desk for the past eight years.

August 21, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | State


State news briefs

PERRIS MAN HELD FOR DATING WEBSITE HOLDUPS: PERRIS (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing men he lured through a dating website.

August 20, 2013 | | State


Prison reforms costing LAPD $18M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The transfer of California state prisoners to county jails has forced the Los Angeles Police Department to pull dozens of officers from regular patrol duties to monitor ex-convicts, according to a new report.

August 20, 2013 | | State


Poll: Many Calif. voters in dark on 'Obamacare'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Enrollment for President Barack Obama's health care reforms kicks off in October, but many Californians have only a glancing familiarity with details of the plan, which is intended to bring coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, according to a poll released Tuesday.

August 20, 2013 | | State


SF may sue over influx of Nevada patients

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials are considering suing Nevada for allegedly giving some 500 poor psychiatric patients one-way bus tickets to California.

August 20, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

JURY FINDS MAN GUILTY OF 4 KILLINGS: MARIN (AP) - A jury on Tuesday found a former photographer guilty of murdering four young California women after a two-month trial in which prosecutors called him a remorseless serial killer who preyed on young prostitutes decades ago.

August 20, 2013 | | State


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UC Berkeley cuts off waterfall access

GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Fresno mayor touts independence in bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


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