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Amid ‘Mockingbird’ sequel buzz, worries about author Lee’s wishes

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Hometown friends and fans of "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher's sensational announcement - that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel had been rediscovered and will be released - with the image of the elderly writer at her sister's recent funeral.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Officer acquitted in beanbag gun death

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Tahoe golf course opens months early

KINGS BEACH (AP) - The mild winter has taken a toll on Sierra ski resorts but the lack of snow has some golfers hitting the links much earlier than usual at a course with a long history on Lake Tahoe's north shore.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SUV-train crash kills 6

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal investigators looking into a fiery commuter train wreck that killed six people zeroed in Wednesday on what they called the big question on everyone's mind: Why was the driver of an SUV stopped on the tracks, between the lowered crossing gates?

February 04, 2015 | | State


NBC’s Brian Williams apologizes for lying about coming under fire

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.

February 04, 2015 | | State


RadioShack worker accused of stealing nude phone photos

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former Northern California RadioShack employee was charged with stealing revealing photos from the smartphone of a woman who had brought in the device to have its cracked screen fixed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Stun gun used on diabetic driver

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - An officer feared he was in danger when he twice used a stun gun on a 78-year-old diabetic driver with low blood sugar who crashed into several cars and refused orders to stop, police say.

February 04, 2015 | | State


College: More stress, less time to socialize

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Today's high school seniors aren't partying and socializing as much as their parents' generation - they're too busy trying to get into college, and when they get there, some don't feel good about themselves, a new survey reports.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Plan slaps drivers with $52 annual fee for roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most California drivers would pay an extra $52 a year under a proposal to raise $2 billion a year to fix the state's crumbling roads, bridges and highways.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Suspect: ‘I did kill those cops’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man charged with killing two Northern California sheriff's deputies stunned a courtroom Wednesday by blurting out that he committed the crimes and is ready to be executed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Family of slain Stockton bank heist hostage blames police

STOCKTON (AP) - The family of a bank robbery hostage who was shot and killed in Stockton blamed police for the death Wednesday and demanded the city take financial responsibility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers aim to limit exemptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SILICON VALLEY BOOMING

SAN JOSE (AP) - A study released Tuesday shows Silicon Valley's tech economy is continuing to boom, with 58,000 new jobs and 42,000 new residents last year and all indications the record growth will continue.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Finishing college growing divide between rich, poor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is a growing divide between who earns a bachelor's degree by age 24, with the gap between the nation's richest and poorest students doubling during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Court panel questions federal attempt to close pot dispensary

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court questioned Tuesday why the Department of Justice was trying to shut down a large California medical marijuana dispensary in light of recent indications the department would not go after pot stores.

February 03, 2015 | | State


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Girl Scout robbed of cash records plate

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Tiny crab species invades Southern California shores

NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.

February 22, 2015 | | State


It’s getting to be an expensive world after all

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.

February 22, 2015 | | State


Drought cancels Sierra ski race

TRUCKEE (AP) - A major cross-country ski race in the Sierra Nevada has been canceled for the third time in four years due to a lack of snow.

February 22, 2015 | | State


Homicides on rise in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a "shocking start" to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods.

February 22, 2015 | | State


State pays $24M to settle lawsuit over building sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California officials announced Sunday an agreement to pay $24 million to investors suing the state over Gov. Jerry Brown's scuttling of a $2.3 billion lease-back plan to sell 11 state properties.

February 22, 2015 | | State


Californians vying for one-way trip to Mars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dozen Californians are finalists vying for a one-way private trip to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars.

February 22, 2015 | | State


Shooting protest shuts Home Depot

EMERYVILLE (AP) - Northern California protesters angered by a fatal police shooting shuttered a Home Depot for several hours.

February 22, 2015 | | State


NorCal wine taster uses blindness to advantage

DAVIS (AP) - Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago.

February 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

LA SCHOOLS: CAN'T GIVE TECH DEVICE TO EVERY STUDENT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District says there isn't enough money to provide every student with an iPad or other computer device.

February 20, 2015 | | State


Alcohol, sex photos led to state firefighter’s discipline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Firefighters drank on duty at the state's fire academy, displayed sexually explicit photographs on state cellphones, and an employee who is now charged with murder was accused of slapping a female cadet on the buttocks, public records released Friday show.

February 20, 2015 | | State


FIXING ROADS

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - As state legislatures across the nation grapple with declining funding to maintain roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, California lawmakers are confronting the unintended consequences of policies aimed at achieving ambitious environmental goals.

February 20, 2015 | | State


Woman says she was kidnapped, held in home

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's office is investigating a woman's claim that she was kidnapped, held captive and beaten sexually abused for three weeks.

February 20, 2015 | | State


Border agents wearing body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some U.S. border agents have started wearing body cameras in a test of the technology in the field, officials said on Friday.

February 20, 2015 | | State


Student charged with slashing sleeping roommate

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A university student stabbed his sleeping roommate in the throat, slashed his forehead and chased him to continue the attack when the victim broke free in their dormitory at the University of Santa Clara campus, prosecutors say.

February 20, 2015 | | State


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