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MAN APPEALS FOR RELEASE AFTER 14 YEARS IN PRISON: PASADENA (AP) - An attorney says a Los Angeles man who was in prison for nearly 14 years is innocent and should stay free, despite prosecutors' argument that missed deadlines for paperwork by defense lawyers mean he should remain behind bars.

July 30, 2013 | | State


No joke: Jay Leno opposes using isolation to control prison gang violence

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Celebrities including Jay Leno and Gloria Steinem have condemned the isolation of inmates to control gang violence at California prisons - a practice that sparked a hunger strike by hundreds of inmates.

July 30, 2013 | | State


Richmond may seize, condemn bad mortgages

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A working class San Francisco Bay Area city is considering invoking eminent domain to condemn and seize hundreds of underwater mortgages to help troubled homeowners. The controversial move would be the first of its kind in the country.

July 30, 2013 | | State


Judge rejects forest fire lawsuit

QUINCY (AP) - A Plumas County Superior Court judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California's largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California.

July 30, 2013 | | State


Car crashes into nail salon, 7 hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A car plowed through the window of a busy South Los Angeles nail salon, injuring seven people, according to firefighters and the store's owners.

July 30, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DUAL BIDS TO RECALL SAN DIEGO MAYOR GET UNDERWAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dueling efforts to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are underway as the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city ignores mounting calls that he resign over allegations of sexual harassment.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

July 29, 2013 | | State


1 injured in rampage after surfing contest

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Bicycle salesman Bert Etheredge locked down the shop where he works and sent customers and co-workers into a back room when he saw a raucous mob moving up the main street of a California beach town after a popular surf contest.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Calif. groups worry over environmental law reform effort

SACRAMENTO(AP) - A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects - the opposite of what lawmakers hope to achieve with the overhaul.

July 29, 2013 | | State


Fremont offers pay-to-stay jail program

FREMONT (AP) - A Northern California police department is offering an alternative for inmates who might actually want to pay for their stay in jail.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Task force created to help combat Valley Fever

FRESNO (AP) - A California Congressman has announced a new task force to increase awareness about the potentially deadly disease known as Valley Fever.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Los Angeles DWP spent millions on excessive worker extra sick days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A report says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent tens of millions of dollars on extra sick days for its employees, and some workers may have abused the system.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Public officials criticize Kaiser for rate hikes

OAKLAND (AP) - One of the state's biggest health insurers, Kaiser Permanente, is drawing complaints from employers who say the company's policies are no longer the quality care bargain they once were.

July 26, 2013 | | State


Gay bars boycotting Russian vodka

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Several gay bars in West Hollywood have boycotted Stolichnaya vodka - which is distilled from Russian ingredients - following the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia that ban gay pride events and "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."

July 26, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND CONSIDERS BANNING PROTEST 'VIOLENCE TOOLS' : OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland will consider banning so-called "tools of violence" from protests, two weeks after a waiter was struck in the face with a hammer during a demonstration against the Trayvon Martin trial outcome.

July 26, 2013 | | State


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Ride-sharing drivers need insurance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster child, and investigators are asking for the public's help to find other possible victims.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Terrorism suspect denies he’s part of US attack plot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A terrorism suspect from California who was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists said in jailhouse interviews that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Bill addresses HOA watering

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BAN ON 'GAY PANIC DEFENSE' HEADS TO GOVERNOR: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Feds allow logging after Big Rim fire

SONORA. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Assembly OKs groundwater management bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

If you've been investing for a while, you know the financial markets go through "up" and "down" cycles. And you may respond to these normal market cycles by going through emotional cycles. But this can lead to problems.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Boy hurt in quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Quake major test for hard-luck Vallejo

VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.

August 26, 2014 | | State


US eager to cater to Chinese

COSTA MESA (AP) - On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.

August 26, 2014 | | State


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