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GUN, AMMO BILLS PENDING IN LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers have introduced a dozen bills seeking further restrictions for guns and ammunition, and promise that more are on the way:

January 29, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

GNOMES TO STAY ONUTILITY POLES FOR NOW : OAKLAND (AP) - Small paintings of gnomes that have popped up on utility poles have become a community sensation in Oakland, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to say Tuesday that it will keep them in place for now.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Push for Calif. quake warning system

PASADENA (AP) - Californians could have critical seconds to seek safety or shut down important systems before the onset of damaging shaking under legislation introduced Monday to build an $80 million earthquake early warning system.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Scientists work on snakeskin-like bio-warfare suit

LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists are designing a snakeskin-like protective suit that would shield its wearers against a chemical or biological attack.

January 28, 2013 | | State


California speaker seeks to expand Medi-Cal coverage for poor, disabled

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez introduced legislation Monday to expand Medicaid in California under the federal Affordable Care Act, extending the health care program for the poor and disabled to include more than 1 million additional people.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Woman swept away by 'sneaker' wave in NorCal

EUREKA (AP) - A woman was swept out to sea by a large wave and drowned on a Northern California beach Sunday in the third such tragedy in the region this winter, authorities said.

January 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

POLICE CALLED FOR LOUD MUSIC FIND INDOOR POT FARM: ARCADIA (AP) - Police responding to a loud music call found a Southern California home filled with marijuana plants.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Chris Brown investigated for possible assault

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said early Monday.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Lancaster mayor sues nearby city for voter discrimination via district voting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mayor of Lancaster has taken on pit bulls and motorcycle gangs in the past. On Monday, the flamboyant politician said he is going after the high-desert city next door.

January 28, 2013 | | State


California. health care exchange at a glance

SACRAMENTO (AP) - How many people are uninsured in California, and how many of those are projected to get insurance under the exchange?

January 28, 2013 | | State


Arsonist gets death for fire that killed 5

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - An arsonist was given the death penalty Monday for killing five men who died of heart attacks during a wildfire nearly a decade ago that ripped through the hills east of Los Angeles.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Half dozen stranded hikers rescued in SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A half-dozen stranded hikers have been rescued safely in Southern California mountain areas.

January 28, 2013 | | State


SUV purchase prompts warning from FPPC

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former legislative leader violated state law when he used campaign money to purchase a state vehicle and have it titled under his name, California's campaign watchdog said Monday.

January 28, 2013 | | State


LA targets immigrant birthing hotels

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County is planning a crackdown on makeshift maternity wards where mothers from other countries stay while giving birth so their children will be U.S. citizens.

January 28, 2013 | | State


Invasive plants clogging Delta waterways

STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal officials are trying to get a jumpstart this year on an annual herbicide spraying program to combat an invasive plant that has clogged Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waterways and harbors in the summer.

January 28, 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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