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Suspect booked in eviction shooting

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of shooting a property manager during a bank repossession of his San Ramon home was an investment adviser facing financial trouble.

September 19, 2013 | | State


Deep reforms to environmental law prove difficult

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At the beginning of this year's legislative session, Gov. Jerry Brown, the state Senate's top Democrat and key business groups joined in a call to overhaul California's landmark environmental-protection law.

September 18, 2013 | | State


Low carbon fuel standard upheld

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Wednesday upheld California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

September 18, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

MAN SHOOTS, WOUNDS LOCKSMITH DURING EVICTION: SAN RAMON (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of shooting a locksmith in the leg when he and two Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies tried to serve an eviction notice.

September 18, 2013 | | State


Can gay jurors be taken off cases?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court gave little indication Wednesday whether a potential juror can be booted from a trial solely because of sexual orientation.

September 18, 2013 | | State


UC turns to social media to raise student aid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Putting a technological spin on the adage that it takes a village to raise a child, the University of California launched a campaign on Wednesday to harness the power of social media to raise money for student scholarships.

September 18, 2013 | | State


News from around california

SEABIRDS SUDDENLY EXPAND RANGE IN CALIFORNIA: LOS ANGELES (AP) - High-diving seabirds known as blue-footed boobies have suddenly expanded their range in California.

September 18, 2013 | | State


Avoid a whale? There’s an app for that

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marine scientists looking for new ways to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California's coast by massive commercial ships have turned to a familiar tool: mobile devices.

September 18, 2013 | | State


1 killed, 4 injured in Stockton shooting

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say one man was killed and four others wounded when gunfire broke out outside a convenience store.

September 18, 2013 | | State


News from around california

CALIF. CITIES, COUNTIES GETS MONEY TO HIRE POLICE: OAKLAND (AP) - Cities and counties across California will receive nearly $20 million in federal grants to help hire more than 100 new law enforcement officers, officials said Tuesday.

September 17, 2013 | | State


Immigrants prepare for reform

SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigration reform is stalled in Congress but that's not stopping immigrants from contacting lawyers, filling out paperwork and making other preparations in hopes of getting a head start should laws change.

September 17, 2013 | | State


Vacant UC president's house may get restored

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano takes over as president of the University of California later this month, she will live in a house that the school is leasing for nearly $10,000 a month.

September 17, 2013 | | State


Safeway adopts poison pill to prevent investor takeover

PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway adopted a plan to prevent a hostile takeover after learning of a significant accumulation of its stock by an investor.

September 17, 2013 | | State


Donors offer to fund LAPD lapel cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said Tuesday that he has privately raised roughly half the $1 million he says is necessary to equip 1,500 Los Angeles Police Department officers with lapel cameras.

September 17, 2013 | | State


Lucas museum among finalists

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A museum proposed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to showcase visual storytelling and house his art collection is one of three development projects being considered for a plot of park land at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

September 17, 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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