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MAN CHARGED WITH FLINGING HAMMER AT BART WORKERS: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A 39-year-old San Francisco is facing felony assault charges after he allegedly threw a hammer and waved a metal pick at striking Bay Area Rapid transit workers.

October 23, 2013 | | State


Speed, phone use may have led to crash killing five

LODI (AP) - Investigators are looking into reports that the driver of an SUV involved in a horrific accident that killed five people was speeding and on his cellphone moments earlier, authorities said.

October 23, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

BAY AREA NATURAL GAS PIPELINE RECONNECTED: SAN CARLOS (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric is reconnecting a Northern California natural-gas pipeline that it was ordered to seal off for safety reasons after concerns surfaced in an e-mail from an engineer.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Sea serpents' was egg-carrying female

'LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 14-foot oarfish that washed ashore in Southern California last week was ready to become a mommy.

October 22, 2013 | | State


BART contract similar to previous deal

OAKLAND (AP) - Trains in the San Francisco Bay Area were running again Tuesday after a tentative deal capped six months of contentious labor negotiations and two strikes that disrupted hundreds of thousands of daily commutes.

October 22, 2013 | | State


‘Condor cam' captures giant bird in wild

BIG SUR (AP) - A solar-powered "condor cam" in the hills of Big Sur, on the Central California coast, allows the public to view North America's largest birds from the comfort of home.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Man who dropped infant's body at hospital sought

UKIAH (AP) - Police are searching for a Mendocino County man who disappeared after dropping the body of his 5-month-old son at a hospital.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Concern over cost of LA streetcar plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles City Hall staffers kept mum about concerns that the cost estimate for reviving downtown's streetcar system was not detailed and the price tag could balloon, according to a newspaper investigation.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Foreclosure activity falls in 3rd quarter

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home foreclosure fell in the third quarter as rising prices left fewer homeowners in trouble, a research firm said Tuesday.

October 22, 2013 | | State


Bob Barker welcomes elephants to sanctuary

Bob Barker welcomes elephants to sanctuary

October 22, 2013 | | State


Crowding deadline extended 1 month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Monday gave California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue over a longer-term delay.

October 21, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail begins search for artifacts

FRESNO. (AP) - Backhoes began digging up a parking lot in downtown Fresno on Monday in search of underground tunnels and artifacts from an 1880s-era Chinatown neighborhood that lies in the path of California's planned high-speed rail network.

October 21, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

TECH COMPANIES LEAD BAY AREA BUYING BINGE: SAN JOSE (AP) - Internet giants are buying up businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country by the hundreds.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Man, wife arrested after accidental store shooting in SoCal

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A husband and wife were arrested after a gun they were carrying accidentally went off inside a Southern California Sam's Club store.

October 21, 2013 | | State


Hopes rise for end to BART strike

OAKLAND (AP) - Representatives of the San Francisco Bay Area's transit rail system and its striking unions returned to the bargaining table Monday, raising hopes among the region's frustrated commuters that a four-day work stoppage that has gridlocked highways and doubled travel times is about to end.

October 21, 2013 | | State


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UC Berkeley cuts off waterfall access

GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Fresno mayor touts independence in bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


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