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• OFFICIALS: ILLEGAL FIRE PIT CAUSED MODESTO BLAZE: MODESTO (AP) - Fire authorities in Modesto say they believe a fast-moving grass fire that damaged or destroyed nine town houses spread from an illegal outdoor fire pit.

May 19, 2014 | | State


DID MOM CHOKE KID AT SCHOOL?

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Santa Rosa mother suspected of attacking a 12-year-old boy she said was bullying her daughter at school may have targeted the wrong child, a sheriff's official said Monday.

May 19, 2014 | | State


Brown: Climate change is to blame

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is at the "epicenter" of global warming and other climate change, with the state experiencing longer fire seasons, rising sea levels and droughts that threaten agriculture, Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday.

May 19, 2014 | | State


California drought costs Central Valley $2 billion

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought will cost the state's agricultural economy an estimated $1.7 billion this year and leave some 14,500 farmworkers without jobs, says a preliminary study released Monday by the University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences.

May 19, 2014 | | State


Death penalty sought in missing teen’s case

SAN JOSE (AP) - Prosecutors said Monday they are seeking the death penalty against a man charged with kidnapping and killing a 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl whose body has not been found.

May 19, 2014 | | State


San Diego couple in 80s killed by their pickup

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities in San Diego say a married couple in their 80s were killed when he backed a pickup truck over her, then was hit by the truck himself as he scrambled to help her.

May 19, 2014 | | State


Custody case ruling may impact other dads

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A ruling in actor Jason Patric's custody battle could have repercussions for an unexpected population - women who use fertility treatments.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Online retailer tries to sue over posting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge has ruled against an online retailer that tried to force a Utah couple to pay $3,500 over a critical online review.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Helping transgender students fit in

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had known as a girl now wanted to be accepted as a boy.

May 18, 2014 | | State


9 public college presidents’ pay tops $1M

BALTIMORE (AP) - The number of public college presidents earning over $1 million more than doubled in the 2012-2013 fiscal year from the year before, according to a new survey.

May 18, 2014 | | State


AT&T agrees to buy DirecTV for $48.5B

DALLAS (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara County pondering fracking ban

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A proposal by an environmental group to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County is headed to the board of supervisors on Tuesday.

May 18, 2014 | | State


1950s crooner Jerry Vale dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.

May 18, 2014 | | State


State gearing up for bad wildfire season

SAN DIEGO (AP) - All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week - while the governor warned the state was gearing up for what could be one of the drought-stricken region's worst wildfire seasons.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Gay marriage seeps in DA’s race in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The voter initiative banning gay marriage dominated California's political landscape six years ago, and it still casts a shadow over the race for district attorney in Sacramento County.

May 18, 2014 | | State


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Woman attacks girl with hammer

OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area woman is accused of attacked a 9-year-old girl with a hammer at the girl's elementary school.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Sex reassignment surgery ban lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | | State


Musk unveils spacecraft to ferry astronauts

HAWTHORNE (AP) - A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.

May 30, 2014 | | State


CHP looks into allegations of firefighter behavior

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether state firefighters had sex with a woman who later was stabbed to death in the home she shared with a battalion chief, a claim made during the subsequent homicide investigation.

May 30, 2014 | | State


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