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Amid ‘Mockingbird’ sequel buzz, worries about author Lee’s wishes

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Hometown friends and fans of "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher's sensational announcement - that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel had been rediscovered and will be released - with the image of the elderly writer at her sister's recent funeral.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Officer acquitted in beanbag gun death

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Tahoe golf course opens months early

KINGS BEACH (AP) - The mild winter has taken a toll on Sierra ski resorts but the lack of snow has some golfers hitting the links much earlier than usual at a course with a long history on Lake Tahoe's north shore.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SUV-train crash kills 6

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal investigators looking into a fiery commuter train wreck that killed six people zeroed in Wednesday on what they called the big question on everyone's mind: Why was the driver of an SUV stopped on the tracks, between the lowered crossing gates?

February 04, 2015 | | State


NBC’s Brian Williams apologizes for lying about coming under fire

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.

February 04, 2015 | | State


RadioShack worker accused of stealing nude phone photos

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former Northern California RadioShack employee was charged with stealing revealing photos from the smartphone of a woman who had brought in the device to have its cracked screen fixed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Stun gun used on diabetic driver

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - An officer feared he was in danger when he twice used a stun gun on a 78-year-old diabetic driver with low blood sugar who crashed into several cars and refused orders to stop, police say.

February 04, 2015 | | State


College: More stress, less time to socialize

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Today's high school seniors aren't partying and socializing as much as their parents' generation - they're too busy trying to get into college, and when they get there, some don't feel good about themselves, a new survey reports.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Plan slaps drivers with $52 annual fee for roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most California drivers would pay an extra $52 a year under a proposal to raise $2 billion a year to fix the state's crumbling roads, bridges and highways.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Suspect: ‘I did kill those cops’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man charged with killing two Northern California sheriff's deputies stunned a courtroom Wednesday by blurting out that he committed the crimes and is ready to be executed.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Family of slain Stockton bank heist hostage blames police

STOCKTON (AP) - The family of a bank robbery hostage who was shot and killed in Stockton blamed police for the death Wednesday and demanded the city take financial responsibility.

February 04, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers aim to limit exemptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.

February 04, 2015 | | State


SILICON VALLEY BOOMING

SAN JOSE (AP) - A study released Tuesday shows Silicon Valley's tech economy is continuing to boom, with 58,000 new jobs and 42,000 new residents last year and all indications the record growth will continue.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Finishing college growing divide between rich, poor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is a growing divide between who earns a bachelor's degree by age 24, with the gap between the nation's richest and poorest students doubling during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | | State


Court panel questions federal attempt to close pot dispensary

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court questioned Tuesday why the Department of Justice was trying to shut down a large California medical marijuana dispensary in light of recent indications the department would not go after pot stores.

February 03, 2015 | | State


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Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A troubled 22-year-old man who killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students last year searched online for ways to silently kill with a knife just before he repeatedly stabbed his first three victims, one of them 94 times, according to a police report released Thursday.

February 19, 2015 | | State


Covered California sends out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

February 19, 2015 | | State


Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently murder

MARYSVILLE . (AP) - Six people were arrested at a Northern California air force base in protest of people killed by government drones.

February 19, 2015 | | State


Congressman says in tweet he is has a transgender grandchild

SAN JOSE (AP) - Democratic congressman Mike Honda says on his Twitter account he has a transgender grandchild, an announcement that comes amid a national conversation about people who struggle with gender identity.

February 18, 2015 | | State


State issues 59,000 driver’s licenses to illegals

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California issued 59,000 driver's licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally during the first month their applications were accepted, state officials said Wednesday.

February 18, 2015 | | State


WANT WATER? ASK FIRST

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.

February 18, 2015 | | State


Water-main failure in Hollywood submerges four vehicles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An estimated 100,000 gallons of water flowed along residential streets and submerged cars in a parking lot after a nearly century-old 18-inch main burst early Wednesday a few blocks north of Hollywood Boulevard.

February 18, 2015 | | State


Did ex-CPUC leader break law dealing with LA utility?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state lawmaker will hold oversight hearings into allegations of wrongdoing at the Public Utilities Commission - particularly involving its relationship with Southern California Edison, the principal owner of the now-shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.

February 18, 2015 | | State


More measles infections in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California health officials say six more cases of measles have been recorded since an outbreak that originated at Disneyland.

February 18, 2015 | | State


UC postpones tuition increase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday she is postponing a proposed tuition increase as a good-faith gesture stemming from her ongoing negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown to resolve their standoff over higher education funding.

February 18, 2015 | | State


Tougher water restrictions eyed

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As the California drought drags on, water officials are considering expanding mandatory outdoor water restrictions on homeowners and adding new limits on restaurants, hotels and decorative fountains.

February 17, 2015 | | State


Port talks focus on arbitrator

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The labor-management standoff that is disrupting billions of dollars of international trade at West Coast seaports now centers on the future of one man who resolves workplace disputes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

February 17, 2015 | | State


1.4 M Californians sign up in second health enrollment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 1.4 million Californians have either signed up or renewed their coverage for individual private insurance in the second year of the federal health expansion, a state official said Tuesday.

February 17, 2015 | | State


Police chief fired over stolen gun

KENSINGTON (AP) - A small California town has fired its police chief over his handling of an investigation into a sergeant accused of having his gun, badge and handcuffs stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel.

February 17, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area king tides flood warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters are calling for minor flooding on low-lying roads, parking lots, sidewalks and trails along the coast as king tides begin to rise.

February 17, 2015 | | State


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