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SUPER SCOOPERS ARRIVE IN LA FOR FIRE SEASON: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Canadian aircraft that can dump thousands of gallons of water on wildfires have arrived in Southern California as the region faces a brutal fire season.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Climate change helping redwoods thrive?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's beloved giant redwood trees are in the midst of an unprecedented growth spurt, according to a climate study released Wednesday.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Man dies after being struck by train in Modesto

MODESTO (AP) - Authorities in central California say a man who walked on to tracks carrying cans has died after being struck by a train in Modesto.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Teen uses Internet to describe captivity

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hannah Anderson says a longtime family friend "tricked" her into visiting his house, tied up her mother and younger brother in his garage and kidnapped her, setting off a massive search that stretched across much of the western U.S.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING SINGER AT BLUES FEST: HAYWARD (AP) - A woman has been charged with felony counts of assault and elder abuse in an attack on 73-year-old R&B singer Lester Chambers at a Northern California blues festival where he had just dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Immigration reform activists rally

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Hundreds of people from across California descended Wednesday on Bakersfield by car and bus to rally for an immigration overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants lacking legal status.

August 14, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GUN RANGE MANAGER HELD FOR BEING FELON WITH GUN: CORONA (AP) - The manager of a Southern California shooting range is fighting arrest for being a convicted felon in possession of a gun - in fact, lots of them.

August 14, 2013 | | State


Visalia man finds, turns in $6,900 in cash found near DMV office

VISALIA (AP) - A California man is being praised for his honesty after he turned in $6,900 in cash he found near a Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Central Valley.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BODY ID'D AS MISSING FEDERAL INVESTIGATOR: OAKLAND (AP) - A woman's body found near a Northern California park last week is that of a missing federal investigator, authorities said Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | State


New Bay Bridge could open on Labor Day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Plans to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as scheduled on Labor Day got a boost when federal officials signed off on a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts that have threatened to delay the opening by months.

August 13, 2013 | | State


LA allows veggie gardens between curb and sidewalk

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city officials have voted to allow green thumbs and gardening enthusiasts to plant vegetable gardens in public parkways between the curb and the sidewalk.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Filner: San Diego better off with him serving as mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner responded to a recall effort over sexual harassment allegations by touting progress the city has made during his term.

August 13, 2013 | | State


Inmate chokes doctor at Mule Creek State Prison

IONE (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California prison doctor is recovering after an inmate attacked her.

August 13, 2013 | | State


California paternity-rights bill on hold

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill sparked by a custody dispute involving "The Lost Boys" actor Jason Patric that would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights in court is on hold after failing to clear a legislative panel Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CORONA TEACHER CHARGED WITH ALLEGED STUDENT SEX: CORONA (AP) - Prosecutors have filed 16 felony counts against a 31-year-old Riverside County high school teacher suspected of having sex with students on school grounds.

August 13, 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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