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Solar plane leaves NorCal on start of cross-country trip

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered airplane left Northern California on Friday for the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history.

May 03, 2013 | | State


California prison crowding plan still falls short

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Underlying California's attempts to meet a federal court order for reducing its prison population is an unsettling question: Will the public be in greater danger as a result?

May 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SAN BERNARDINO BANKRUPTCY SPARKS RECALL EFFORT: SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - San Bernardino's bankruptcy has sparked a recall campaign against the mayor, city attorney and the entire City Council.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies at 49

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Fire forces evacuation of CSU campus, homes in Camarillo area west of LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of homes and a university while setting recreational vehicles ablaze.

May 02, 2013 | | State


New '3 Strikes' law varies by county

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Majorities in every California county voted last fall to scale back the state's Three Strikes law so thousands of inmates serving life sentences for relatively minor third offenses would have the chance to be set free.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Bill gives parents control of networking sites

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow parents to remove their children's personal information from social networking sites, over the objection of Facebook and other tech companies that say it would be impossible to implement.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OFFICIAL: SHINY DOG BOWL SPARKS CALIF. HOUSE FIRE: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Northern California couple might be able to blame this one on the dog.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Bad news: Snowpack at 17%

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - The man in charge of surveying California's snowpack to measure the amount of water that will flow into storage reservoirs over the next few months had bad news Thursday.

May 02, 2013 | | State


State to say how it will cut prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is housing thousands of inmates out of state and sentencing thousands more to county jails instead of prison, but the draw-down in population is still not enough for the federal courts.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Rail contractor gets additional $96M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project voted Thursday to give its largest private contractor another $96 million and two more years to oversee architectural and engineering work, but warned that it will exercise rigorous oversight.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Judge axes federal suit filed by LA over new Owens Lake dust control measures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles against air quality regulators who are requiring the city to do more to control dust on a lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.

May 02, 2013 | | State


Governor signs bill to speed up gun seizures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation expanding the ability of state agents to seize firearms from nearly 20,000 Californians who are not allowed to have them.

May 01, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING SEASON OPENS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commercial salmon fishermen are heading to sea from San Francisco and other area ports in what is expected to be a strong fishing season.

May 01, 2013 | | State


Police doubt kidnapping try in Placerville linked to killing of girl in Valley Springs

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to determine if there's a link between a brazen kidnapping attempt involving a 15-month-old California girl and the killing of an 8-year-old girl in her home - though they acknowledged the likelihood is slim.

May 01, 2013 | | State


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Manson marriage license to expire without a wedding

FRESNO (AP) - A 26-year-old woman with the nickname Star who says she is going to marry 80-year-old mass murderer Charles Manson will have to wait a while longer.

February 02, 2015 | | State


County jail populations dip after voter-approved measure goes into effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Inmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided in November that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies.

February 02, 2015 | | State


Truck crash cooks frozen chicken

INDIO (AP) - A big-rig hauling frozen chicken collided with a truck carrying bees in Southern California, igniting a fireball that quickly cooked the chicken.

February 02, 2015 | | State


Richmond chief’s new approach revitalizes force

RICHMOND (AP) - In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police.

February 01, 2015 | | State


Man arrested after body parts found in suitcase on SF street

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Saturday in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown street stuffed with dismembered human remains.

February 01, 2015 | | State


Bay Area agency accuses ex-official of embezzling $1.3M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area government association is accusing its former director of financial services of embezzling $1.3 million from a fund meant for parks and other public improvements.

February 01, 2015 | | State


Second BART tunnel under bay gets renewed attention

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With the San Francisco Bay Area economy booming, a plan to build a second tube for BART trains under San Francisco Bay is getting renewed attention.

February 01, 2015 | | State


SF experiences driest January on record

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the first time in recorded weather history, San Francisco received no measurable rain in January.

February 01, 2015 | | State


‘Power Ranger’ actor arrested in fatal sword attack

PALMDALE (AP) - A former star of the "Power Rangers" TV series has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword.

February 01, 2015 | | State


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