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MODESTO HOMEOWNER SHOOTS AND KILLS MARIJUANA BURGLAR: MODESTO (AP) - Investigators say a homeowner has shot and killed a burglar who broke into his Modesto indoor marijuana garden.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Chevron refinery fire highlights pollution concerns; one of state’s 10 worst emitters

RICHMOND (AP) - A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.

August 08, 2012 | | State


California official replaced after killing Idaho mountain lion

FRESNO (AP) - The California Fish and Game Commission removed its president on Wednesday, months after he was criticized for killing a mountain lion in Idaho.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers order audit of state parks funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks department will be subject to an independent audit to examine how and why nearly $54 million in two special funds went unreported even as budget cuts were threatening to close 70 parks.

August 08, 2012 | | State


New call for conservation as Southern Cal bakes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Edison is ramping up the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages as sweltering temperatures send electricity use climbing.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Critics blast state retirement plan for private workers that could cost billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a bill that would create the nation's first state-run retirement program for private-sector workers testified Wednesday that California taxpayers cannot afford to take on the potential for billions of dollars in new liabilities at a time when the state's public pension systems already are facing massive shortfalls.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Romney equates California to Greece

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drew sharp rebukes from California Democrats on Wednesday for comparing the nation's most populous state to struggling European countries.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Official: Budget cuts to blame for fire's spread

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A Sacramento fire official said budget cuts are in part to blame for the spread of a fire in a city neighborhood.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers demand audit of mental health initiative to see if voters’ will is being ignored

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two lawmakers on Wednesday requested a detailed audit to determine whether the state has spent mental health funding from a 2004 ballot initiative the way voters intended.

August 08, 2012 | | State


Temperatures soaring in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After weeks of mild summertime temperatures, Southern Californians are sweltering in a heat wave expected to last for days and potentially test an electrical grid lacking one major power plant.

August 07, 2012 | | State


NASA gives a peek of rover's Mars journey

PASADENA (AP) - NASA's latest adventure to Mars has given the world more than just glimpses of a new alien landscape.

August 07, 2012 | | State


Get ready to be burned by higher gas prices

RICHMOND (AP) - A major fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries that sent hundreds of people to hospitals with complaints of breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday.

August 07, 2012 | | State


Police: Woman stole baby after faking being pregnant

GARDEN GROVE (AP) - A woman caught trying to steal a newborn girl from a Southern California hospital had faked a pregnancy with her estranged husband, and needed the baby to continue the deception after her due date passed, according to Garden Grove police.

August 07, 2012 | | State


9th Circuit sides with feds in wiretap ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned an order that the federal government pay attorney fees and damages of an Islamic group that claimed it was the target of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program.

August 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

LA BANS SKATEBOARD "BOMBING" AFTER 2 DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials voted Tuesday to respond to two teen deaths by banning skateboard "bombing," where skaters zoom down steep hills at up to 40 mph.

August 07, 2012 | | State


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California State Senate leader says indicted lawmaker should resign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Friday that a fellow Democratic lawmaker should resign or face suspension after he was indicted on multiple federal corruption charges.

February 21, 2014 | | State


USDA: Plant that recalled beef circumvented rules

PETALUMA (AP) - A California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef circumvented federal inspection rules, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Tim Lincecum awarded $100K in landlord dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and his former San Francisco landlord have agreed to a $100,000 judgment in Lincecum's favor, ending a long legal dispute that began with allegations that he left a townhouse he rented during the 2010 season a wreck.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Methodist churches push same-sex unions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of five Sacramento-area United Methodist congregations are leading a push to sanction same-sex weddings, in clear defiance of international church rules.

February 21, 2014 | | State


NASA suspends space capsule recovery test

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A training exercise designed to showcase the government's ability to recover a space capsule at sea was scrubbed after NASA ran into trouble off the Southern California coast, the space agency said Friday.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Tesoro bars federal safety agency investigators from Bay Area refinery

MARTINEZ (AP) - Federal safety officials have been barred from returning to a Martinez refinery to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe.

February 21, 2014 | | State


Overstock to pay $6.8M for false advertising

SONOMA . (AP) - Overstock.com has been ordered to pay more than $6.8 million after a judge ruled the online retailer engaged in false advertising and unlawful business practices in Sonoma County and throughout California.

February 21, 2014 | | State


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