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Teen faces murder charge in death of younger brother

The 16-year-old half-brother of an 11-year-old boy found dead earlier this week in Southern California will be charged with one count of murder, prosecutors said Friday.

July 12, 2013 | | State


LA, Mammoth Lakes reach settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes have agreed to share water, ending a conflict between the metropolis and the Sierra Nevada ski town that has century-old roots, it was announced Friday.

July 12, 2013 | | State


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BART PORN UNDER INVESTIGATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit police are investigating an amateur pornographic video apparently shot on a moving train. Deputy Chief Ben Fairow tells the San Francisco Chronicle the cell phone video shows a "partially disrobed" couple having intercourse on a seat at the end of a BART train car. The video was apparently filmed by a third party, and the man and woman in the video appear to know that someone is filming them. The video quality is good enough that investigators are hopeful that they'll be able to identify the couple.

July 12, 2013 | | State


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STATE REMOVES SIGNS OBJECTING TO TWIN TUNNELS: WALNUT GROVE (AP) - Activists opposed to California's $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are accusing state transportation workers who removed anti-tunnel yard signs of trying to silence them. The signs proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!" have disappeared over the past several days from yards fronting a state highway in Sacramento County. Transportation officials they were placed too close to the highway, violating state law. Caltrans spokesman Gareth Lacy says any private sign is forbidden within a state right of way. The state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees ...

July 11, 2013 | | State


D.C. Council rebukes Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council issued a legislative rebuke to Wal-Mart on Wednesday, approving a bill that would require the retail giant and other big-box chain retailers operating in the nation's capital to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

July 10, 2013 | | State


PROBE QUESTIONS SPEED CONTROLS

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

July 10, 2013 | | State


‘Shimming’ could allow Bay Bridge to open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials are studying a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that could allow the new span to open as scheduled on Labor Day, but they said Wednesday a decision had not yet been made on the work.

July 10, 2013 | | State


THINGS TO DO

The 2013 Stanislaus County Fair offers new showstoppers for food loving aficionados.

July 10, 2013 | | State


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POSSIBLE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT MISSING BOY'S HOME: MENIFEE (AP) - Authorities say they've found possible human remains at the Southern California home of an 11-year-old autistic boy who vanished over the weekend. Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez says investigators served a search warrant before dawn Wednesday at the Menifee home of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. He says investigators dug up some remains but they haven't determined whether they're human. Martinez also says investigators never ruled out foul play in the boy's disappearance.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Investigators interview Asiana Airlines pilots

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aviation investigators put more questions to the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Tuesday, trying to learn what was happening in the cockpit of the Boeing 777 as the plane made a dangerously low and slow approach before a crash-landing that killed two passengers.

July 09, 2013 | | State


From Country to Rock to Weird Al, Stanislaus County Fair has it all

Whether you prefer to tap your toes to country twang or get up and boogie-woogie to rockin' beats, the Stanislaus County Fair is likely to have some music to suit your fancy.

July 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PANEL: NEXT MARS ROVER SHOULD GATHER ROCKS, SOIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA-appointed team says the next rover sent to Mars should collect rocks and dirt and store them so that a later mission can return them to Earth. The team's report posted online Tuesday describes recommended science goals for the mission slated to launch in 2020. NASA last year said it planned to launch another rover to the red planet following the success of Curiosity, which made a dramatic touchdown near the Martian equator last August. To keep costs down, engineers will recycle spare parts where possible and ...

July 09, 2013 | | State


Giant sequoia smoldering after more than a year

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An ancient giant sequoia has been smoldering for more than a year in Sequoia National Park, with the small fire even surviving a full Sierra Nevada winter, National Park Service officials said.

July 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge delayed by broken rods

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day as it will take contractors until at least December to repair cracks in the bridge's seismic safety bolts, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Fire Chief: Victim possibly run over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials acknowledged Monday that one of their trucks responding to the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport may have run over one of the two teenage girls killed in the accident.

July 08, 2013 | | State


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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


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


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