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SF BUS CATCHES FIRE FOR 2ND TIME IN A WEEK: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco commuter bus has caught fire for the second time in less than a week.

August 09, 2013 | | State


California asks high court to halt releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Against growing odds, Gov. Jerry Brown formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court late Friday to intervene once again in California's yearslong battle with federal judges over control of the state's prison system.

August 09, 2013 | | State


Search crews find body in Vacaville

OAKLAND (AP) - Authorities found a woman's body on Friday near a Northern California park where they had been searching for a missing federal investigator.

August 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TEACHER FIRED AFTER FIGHT WITH FEMALE STUDENT: FRESNO (AP) - An instructor at a California college says he has been fired after being accused of slamming a female student to the ground during a fight.

August 08, 2013 | | State


BART, unions resume contract talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit's management and employee unions resumed contract negotiations Thursday as California's two senators urged the parties resolve the labor dispute and head off a crippling transit strike.

August 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E sued for tree killing camp counselor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a camp counselor crushed to death by a falling tree near Yosemite National Park sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co., contractors hired by the utility and the camp's arborist, saying they were negligent in inspecting the tree.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Wildfire destroys at least 10 homes

BEAUMONT (AP) - A rapidly spreading wildfire chewed through a rugged Southern California mountain range on Thursday, destroying at least 10 homes, threatening more than 500 other residences and forcing some 1,500 people to flee.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Football player, 14, dies after practice collapse

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old football player has died after collapsing during a practice at his high school in Anaheim.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Man’s body found in girl friend’s freezer

VENTURA (AP) - Police found the body of a California man missing for more than two years in a freezer in his girlfriend's storage unit, authorities said Thursday.

August 08, 2013 | | State


BART, unions still far apart

OAKLAND (AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and two of its unions appeared drastically far from a contract deal on Wednesday as they stated their cases before Gov. Jerry Brown's appointed-panel with the threat of another strike looming.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Riverside County fire grows fast, more houses evacuated

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A new wildfire has broken out in Riverside County near Banning, sending up a massive plume of smoke and surging toward three communities where people have been told to evacuate.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

1-YEAR-OLD, FATHER SHOT AND KILLED IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland police say a 1-year-old boy and his 20-year-old father were killed when someone shot into the rear of a home.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Senate leader backs private prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate on Wednesday backed Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to send thousands of inmates to private prisons rather than free them early to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Study: Destructive Medfly entrenched; threatens state crops

FRESNO (AP) - Fruit flies that are highly destructive to crops are now permanently established in California and spreading, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Did abductor have crush on girl?

LAKESIDE (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.

August 07, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Tracy man pleads guilty in fake debt collections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Tracy businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail and wire fraud involving more than $5 million that his company collected from consumers with pending loans by impersonating authorities in threatening phone calls, federal prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | State


LA mayor urges conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to residents Tuesday amid a severe California drought - conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions on use in the future.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Facebook, Apple provide worker benefits for egg freezing, sperm donors

SAN JOSE (AP) - Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages - frozen eggs?

October 14, 2014 | | State


Golf cart plows into students, injuring nine

FRESNO (AP) - Police in California say two students suffered serious injuries when a special-needs student got into a golf cart at a local middle school and took off, plowing into a group of teenagers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Move to rename tunnel after Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker said he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian Robin Williams.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Brown promotes restraint in bid for his fourth term

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Restraint and steady progress don't necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California's fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown's central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Kashkari aims to rebrand GOP in gubernatorial bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Neel Kashkari is trying to rewrite the playbook for Republican gubernatorial candidates in California and nudge the party back to relevance after years of declining registration.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Plumpest pumpkin: 2,058-pound gourd sets record at Half Moon Bay festival

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.

October 13, 2014 | | State


4 NorCal faults primed for big quakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dog needs 1,000 stitches after beating, stabbing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An animal rescue group says a dog that required more than 1,000 stitches after being stabbed and beaten is recovering in Los Angeles.

October 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

STOCKTON TURNS TO STATE FOR HELP AFTER SHOOTINGS: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police have called in the state Department of Justice after a series of weekend shootings left five people dead.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Probe sought in California no-bid health contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Caltrans equips fleet with high- tech devices for $2.5 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

October 12, 2014 | | State


California gives no-bid health contracts worth $184 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 12, 2014 | | State


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