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Solar plane leaves NorCal on start of cross-country trip

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered airplane left Northern California on Friday for the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history.

May 03, 2013 | | State


California prison crowding plan still falls short

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Underlying California's attempts to meet a federal court order for reducing its prison population is an unsettling question: Will the public be in greater danger as a result?

May 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SAN BERNARDINO BANKRUPTCY SPARKS RECALL EFFORT: SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - San Bernardino's bankruptcy has sparked a recall campaign against the mayor, city attorney and the entire City Council.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies at 49

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Fire forces evacuation of CSU campus, homes in Camarillo area west of LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of homes and a university while setting recreational vehicles ablaze.

May 02, 2013 | | State


New '3 Strikes' law varies by county

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Majorities in every California county voted last fall to scale back the state's Three Strikes law so thousands of inmates serving life sentences for relatively minor third offenses would have the chance to be set free.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Bill gives parents control of networking sites

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow parents to remove their children's personal information from social networking sites, over the objection of Facebook and other tech companies that say it would be impossible to implement.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OFFICIAL: SHINY DOG BOWL SPARKS CALIF. HOUSE FIRE: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Northern California couple might be able to blame this one on the dog.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Bad news: Snowpack at 17%

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - The man in charge of surveying California's snowpack to measure the amount of water that will flow into storage reservoirs over the next few months had bad news Thursday.

May 02, 2013 | | State


State to say how it will cut prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is housing thousands of inmates out of state and sentencing thousands more to county jails instead of prison, but the draw-down in population is still not enough for the federal courts.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Rail contractor gets additional $96M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project voted Thursday to give its largest private contractor another $96 million and two more years to oversee architectural and engineering work, but warned that it will exercise rigorous oversight.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Judge axes federal suit filed by LA over new Owens Lake dust control measures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles against air quality regulators who are requiring the city to do more to control dust on a lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Governor signs bill to speed up gun seizures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation expanding the ability of state agents to seize firearms from nearly 20,000 Californians who are not allowed to have them.

May 01, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING SEASON OPENS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commercial salmon fishermen are heading to sea from San Francisco and other area ports in what is expected to be a strong fishing season.

May 01, 2013 | | State


Police doubt kidnapping try in Placerville linked to killing of girl in Valley Springs

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to determine if there's a link between a brazen kidnapping attempt involving a 15-month-old California girl and the killing of an 8-year-old girl in her home - though they acknowledged the likelihood is slim.

May 01, 2013 | | State


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Ground breaks on bullet train

FRESNO - California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

January 06, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians improve slightly on water-saving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians did slightly better in November on conserving water during the drought, figures released Tuesday show.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Cat killer gets 2 years in prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach man who aroused suspicion when he sought a refund from an animal shelter for dead "defective" cats was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for animal cruelty.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Two men halfway up El Capitan’s Dawn Wall

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Californians on way to state’s new energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday.

January 06, 2015 | | State


Reward in shooting of parents, baby’s death

LONG BEACH (AP) - Los Angeles County supervisors offered a $25,000 reward Tuesday to help catch an attacker who shot and wounded three members of a family and kidnapped a 3-week-old girl who was later found dead in a trash bin near the Mexican border.

January 06, 2015 | | State


State prison guard files discrimination lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California prison guard has filed a lawsuit alleging co-workers harassed him because of his race and religion.

January 05, 2015 | | State


UPPING THE ANTE

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years.

January 05, 2015 | | State


Harris seeks review after police shootings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general stepped into the national debate over the recent slayings of unarmed civilians by police on Monday, calling for a review by her agency and promising to lead a public dialogue.

January 05, 2015 | | State


No motive for attack that wounded 3, left baby dead

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police are pleading for the public's help finding a gunman who wounded three members of a California family and stole a 3-week-old baby girl who was later found dead in a trash bin near the Mexican border.

January 05, 2015 | | State


YOSEMITE FREE CLIMB

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.

January 05, 2015 | | State


SF police kills man who pulled air gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man who brandished what appeared to be a handgun but was actually an air gun after they told him to leave a restricted parking lot outside a San Francisco police station.

January 05, 2015 | | State


Northern California waterfalls roaring

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Recent heavy rains have opened the taps on waterfalls on Northern California waterfalls.

January 05, 2015 | | State


Two quakes shake area north of LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two small earthquakes have struck north of Los Angeles, shaking parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, but officials say there have been no reports of injury or serious damage.

January 04, 2015 | | State


Cambria rushes desalination water plant

CAMBRIA (AP) - California's drought declaration has triggered only local limits such as restrictions on washing cars or watering lawns for most communities, but one Pacific Coast tourist town has seized it as an opportunity to build a long-desired desalination plant.

January 04, 2015 | | State


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