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Quake felt in Coalinga was magnitude 4.5

COALINGA (AP) - A magnitude-4.5 earthquake has shaken a rural area of Central California.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Weekend thunderstorms fuel California wildfires

BELDEN (AP) - A wildfire in Northern California's Plumas National Forest has now consumed more than 21 square miles although officials say calmer winds and higher humidity helped crews battling the blaze overnight.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Woman tries to steal newborn in tote bag from Southern California hospital

GARDEN GROVE (AP) - A woman disguised in scrubs was caught trying to steal a newborn girl from a Southern California hospital in a duffel bag after sensors attached to the baby alerted employees, Garden Grove police said.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Man trying to rob pot operation killed

August 06, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Couple reports finding baby's body

August 06, 2012 | | State


Man wants to farm shellfish in federal waters

LONG BEACH . (AP) - A Southern California entrepreneur already has a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provision permit to harvest a million pounds of mussels and oysters from an underwater shellfish farm nearly five miles offshore. The project, described as a milestone in aquaculture, now needs California Coastal Commission approval.

August 06, 2012 | | State




Fire burning at N. California refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Residents in two Northern California cities are being told to shelter-in-place because of a fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Man sentenced to prison for kidnapping son

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than two years, Christine Stackhouse lived one of a parent's worst nightmares - her son, Greg, had been kidnapped.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Ex-WaMu exec gets OK as Brown's banking regulator

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Monday approved Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to head the department that oversees banking, financial and consumer regulations.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Can lawmakers be trusted with money?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature resumes its session this week after a monthlong summer recess, giving the Democratic majority one last chance to persuade voters that a statewide tax increase is needed and that lawmakers can be trusted to handle the extra money wisely.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Elite colleges transform online higher education with free, worldwide reach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offered its first free online course this spring, Ashwith Rego jumped at the chance to learn from some of the world's leading researchers - without leaving his home in India.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Red flag warnings have firefighters on high alert thanks to dry Sierra lightning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters predicted another day of thunderstorms producing lightning but dropping little rain, which put firefighters in California on high alert again Sunday as crews lost ground on an expanding wildfire in the Plumas National Forest.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Bill seeks to tighten assault weapons law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that has the backing of California's attorney general would close a loophole in the nation's toughest assault weapons law, making it more difficult for guns to be swiftly reloaded with high-capacity magazines.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Officer who revealed corruption gets job back

BELL (AP) - A police sergeant from the city of Bell who was forced to retire after reporting corruption in local government has been given his job back, along with a $400,000 settlement.

August 05, 2012 | | State


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GOP governor hopeful Neel Kashkari: Brown oversaw middle-class downfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Thursday blamed Gov. Jerry Brown for what he sees as California's decline over the past three decades, saying poverty and unemployment have climbed during the time that Brown was a member of the state's political elite.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Scandals prompt ethics bills from Demos

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Group demands roadside cross removal in SoCal

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A group that blocked construction of a veterans' memorial featuring a cross has now successfully challenged a memorial roadside cross in the same Southern California city.

March 06, 2014 | | State


Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

MENLO PARK. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

March 05, 2014 | | State


3rd graders at Sonora School caught with pot

SONORA (AP) - Police in Sonora are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana got the drug.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Sacramento to launch ‘cash for grass’ program

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento City Council has voted to launch a "cash for grass" program that will provide rebates to homeowners who replace their water-guzzling grass lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Judge wants GOP political Berryhill brothers fined for campaign violations

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Two brothers should be fined for illegally transferring money between their campaigns in 2008 when both were running for separate seats in the state Assembly in 2008, an administrative law judge said in an opinion made public Wednesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Judge upholds San Jose’s gun magazine ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge on Wednesday upheld a San Francisco Bay Area city's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets, the second similar ruling from a federal court in less than a month.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawmaker seeks apology for Obama-Hitler comparison

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Jewish lawmaker said Wednesday that he wants an apology from a Republican candidate for California governor who compared President Barack Obama's gun control policies to those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Game show host Geoff Edwards passes away at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

March 05, 2014 | | State


LA mayor in Mexico: Obama should cut down on deportations

MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to become citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday during a visit to Mexico's capital.

March 05, 2014 | | State


Lawsuit suing to reinstate canceled health benefit plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker who is running for state insurance commissioner said Wednesday that he is suing California's health benefits exchange for wrongly cutting off more than 1 million insurance policies and for what he called wasting taxpayer money on useless marketing campaigns.

March 05, 2014 | | State


NorCal woman charged in mom’s hammer killing

NEWARK (AP) - A Northern California woman has been charged with murder after her elderly mother was beaten to death with a hammer, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 05, 2014 | | State


GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler over gun control policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Redwood park closes road at night to deter destructive burl poachers

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

March 04, 2014 | | State


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