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Toy gun buyback asks kids to give up play pistols

HAYWARD (AP) - Organizers of a Northern California gun buyback are looking to get weapons off the streets. But gun owners shouldn't show up looking to hand over their arms, unless they shoot rubber bands, Nerf bullets or imaginary lasers.

June 10, 2013 | | State


SF sues over high-capacity magazines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is suing three gun accessories companies and one gun show promoter, alleging they sold disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as repair kits in violation of California law, the city attorney said Monday.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Legislative leader: Budget deal is near

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature's Democratic leaders are close to a state budget deal that maintains fiscal balance, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and other lawmakers said Monday ahead of a budget committee vote on many of the outstanding issues.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies of liver disease

CORCORAN (AP) - California prison officials say a 44-year-old death row inmate convicted of beating a 90-year-old woman to death with a baseball bat has died from liver disease.

June 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HUGE SHARK CAUGHT BY ANGLER OFF CALIF. WASN'T PREGNANT : LONG BEACH . (AP) - Scientists who dissected the huge mako shark caught off the Southern California coast have found that the female shark had gallons of sea water and a seal or sea lion in her stomach.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Injured dog that saved 2 girls honored

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Every dog has its day, but few canines get a motorcade on their return home.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Another limo fire, 10 women escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ten women - some of them in their 90s - escaped unharmed from a limousine that began smoking and caught fire in Northern California just more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on a nearby bridge.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Threat forces LA-to-Texas flight to land in Ariz.

PHOENIX (AP) - The FBI says a "telephonic bomb threat" against a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Texas led to the plane being diverted to Phoenix on Monday afternoon.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF PRIDE CONFIRMS MANNING WON'T BE HONORED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration have confirmed that the U.S. soldier who has acknowledged providing classified documents to WikiLeaks no longer will not be honored during this month's celebration.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Gunman killed 6 in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A gunman with an assault-style rifle killed at least six people in Santa Monica on Friday before police shot him to death in a gunfight in the Santa Monica College library, authorities said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Senators upset about exchange secrecy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Five Republican U.S. senators said Friday they have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether California is inappropriately concealing details of contracts for its health insurance exchange.

June 07, 2013 | | State


State senator gets subpoena in federal probe at Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the state Senate's top Democrats said Friday that he has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, days after another senator's Capitol offices were searched by the FBI.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Utility to close troubled nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a jolt to the nation's nuclear power industry, Southern California's San Onofre plant was shut down Friday for good after its owners surrendered in a costly and drawn-out fight over whether it was too damaged to operate safely.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Serial killer Richard Ramirez dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Richard Ramirez, the demonic serial killer known as the Night Stalker who left satanic signs at murder scenes and mutilated victims' bodies during a reign of terror in the 1980s, died early Friday in a hospital, a prison official said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Raley’s website possible cyberattack target

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California supermarket chain is advising customers who used their credit or debit cards at any of its stores to check their statements, saying its computer network may have been the target of a cyberattack.

June 07, 2013 | | State


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Manson marriage license to expire without a wedding

FRESNO (AP) - A 26-year-old woman with the nickname Star who says she is going to marry 80-year-old mass murderer Charles Manson will have to wait a while longer.

February 02, 2015 | | State


County jail populations dip after voter-approved measure goes into effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Inmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided in November that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies.

February 02, 2015 | | State


Truck crash cooks frozen chicken

INDIO (AP) - A big-rig hauling frozen chicken collided with a truck carrying bees in Southern California, igniting a fireball that quickly cooked the chicken.

February 02, 2015 | | State


Richmond chief’s new approach revitalizes force

RICHMOND (AP) - In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police.

February 01, 2015 | | State


Man arrested after body parts found in suitcase on SF street

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Saturday in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown street stuffed with dismembered human remains.

February 01, 2015 | | State


Bay Area agency accuses ex-official of embezzling $1.3M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area government association is accusing its former director of financial services of embezzling $1.3 million from a fund meant for parks and other public improvements.

February 01, 2015 | | State


Second BART tunnel under bay gets renewed attention

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With the San Francisco Bay Area economy booming, a plan to build a second tube for BART trains under San Francisco Bay is getting renewed attention.

February 01, 2015 | | State


SF experiences driest January on record

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the first time in recorded weather history, San Francisco received no measurable rain in January.

February 01, 2015 | | State


‘Power Ranger’ actor arrested in fatal sword attack

PALMDALE (AP) - A former star of the "Power Rangers" TV series has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword.

February 01, 2015 | | State


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