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WIFE DRIVES TRUCK INTO HOME OF HUBBY'S GIRLFRIEND: PIONEERTOWN (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California woman angry over her husband's love affair drove a truck into the other woman's desert home.

January 31, 2013 | | State




Decades-old Santa Cruz needle exchange ends

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A decades-old needle exchange operation outside a Santa Cruz laundry has ended.

January 31, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF BAY NAMED AN 'WETLAND OF IMPORTANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay estuary has been added to a list of protected wetlands under a 1971 international treaty among 163 countries meant to limit damaging development along ecologically important waterways.

January 31, 2013 | | State


Californians upbeat over future, budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic about the future of the state than at any time since before the recession and are giving high marks to Gov. Jerry Brown's budgeting approach after voters approved higher taxes to help balance the state budget, according to a poll released Wednesday.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Sales of million-dollar homes soar

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Suspected doc killer was patient with appointment

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of fatally shooting a California urologist was a patient who had an appointment with the victim and brought the gun with him to the exam room, prosecutors said Wednesday.

January 30, 2013 | | State


High-tech cargo airship being built

TUSTIN (AP) - The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.

January 30, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HOTEL EXPLOSION INJURES 3 NEAR SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety.

January 30, 2013 | | State


San Francisco home searched in 1984 disappearance of 10-year-old boy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker: Train school staff in gun use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHP WANTS PAYMENT FOR PATROLLING OAKLAND STREETS: OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's three-month deal to help Oakland's undermanned police force by patrolling the city's dangerous streets expires this week.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Sheriff's car hits, injures boy, 8

ADELANTO (AP) - The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said one of its patrol cars hit an 8-year-old boy as it moved slowly in front of an elementary school. The boy was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Workers have 2nd jobs in same agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Many full-time state workers are moonlighting with second jobs in the same department, California jobs records show.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Students: End UC health insurance cap

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Students have called on the University of California to end caps on health care coverage that could leave them to foot the bill for their medical treatment.

January 30, 2013 | | State


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GOP governor hopeful Neel Kashkari: Brown oversaw middle-class downfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Thursday blamed Gov. Jerry Brown for what he sees as California's decline over the past three decades, saying poverty and unemployment have climbed during the time that Brown was a member of the state's political elite.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Scandals prompt ethics bills from Demos

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Group demands roadside cross removal in SoCal

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A group that blocked construction of a veterans' memorial featuring a cross has now successfully challenged a memorial roadside cross in the same Southern California city.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

MENLO PARK. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

March 05, 2014 | | State


3rd graders at Sonora School caught with pot

SONORA (AP) - Police in Sonora are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana got the drug.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Sacramento to launch ‘cash for grass’ program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento City Council has voted to launch a "cash for grass" program that will provide rebates to homeowners who replace their water-guzzling grass lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Judge wants GOP political Berryhill brothers fined for campaign violations

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Two brothers should be fined for illegally transferring money between their campaigns in 2008 when both were running for separate seats in the state Assembly in 2008, an administrative law judge said in an opinion made public Wednesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Judge upholds San Jose’s gun magazine ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge on Wednesday upheld a San Francisco Bay Area city's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets, the second similar ruling from a federal court in less than a month.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker seeks apology for Obama-Hitler comparison

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Jewish lawmaker said Wednesday that he wants an apology from a Republican candidate for California governor who compared President Barack Obama's gun control policies to those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Game show host Geoff Edwards passes away at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

March 05, 2014 | | State


LA mayor in Mexico: Obama should cut down on deportations

MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to become citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday during a visit to Mexico's capital.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit suing to reinstate canceled health benefit plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker who is running for state insurance commissioner said Wednesday that he is suing California's health benefits exchange for wrongly cutting off more than 1 million insurance policies and for what he called wasting taxpayer money on useless marketing campaigns.

March 05, 2014 | | State


NorCal woman charged in mom’s hammer killing

NEWARK (AP) - A Northern California woman has been charged with murder after her elderly mother was beaten to death with a hammer, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler over gun control policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Redwood park closes road at night to deter destructive burl poachers

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

March 04, 2014 | | State


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