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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 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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LA district moves to end ‘teacher jails’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers under investigation for possible misconduct will be allowed to stay home during their suspensions rather than report every workday to Los Angeles school district offices referred to as "teacher jails."

May 27, 2014 | | State


Bill would allow local groundwater management

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Tuesday asking local agencies to develop plans to manage groundwater, a supply that is largely unregulated throughout the state even amid a statewide drought.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Couple’s buried gold coins go for sale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A treasure trove of rare gold coins that were discovered by a California couple out walking their dog last year are set to go on sale. The nearly 1,430 coins date from 1847 to 1894 and have been valued at more than $11 million. One was auctioned at the Old San Francisco Mint on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Most of the rest will go on sale on Amazon.com and Kagins.com later that evening. Here are five things to know about the coins and their origin:

May 27, 2014 | | State


‘HiddenCash’ creates social media frenzy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Someone is dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco - and causing an international frenzy on social media.

May 27, 2014 | | State


SJ Valley man shoots, kills 1 of home intruders

OROSI (AP) - A man defended his three younger siblings in a shootout inside their Central California home early Tuesday, killing one intruder and sending a second to the hospital with serious injuries, officials said.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Firefighters fight Mariposa blaze

FRESNO (AP) - Firefighters swarmed to the Central California foothills on Tuesday, attacking a blaze that had grown to cover 2 square miles in two days.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Bill would allow 4-year community college degrees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a pilot program under which some California community college campuses would offer four-year degrees in certain specialized fields.

May 27, 2014 | | State


Proposals aim to help young offenders

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature.

May 26, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles city leader to probe street crew work

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city leaders are investigating accusations that some city street crews have been taking extended breaks while on the job instead of repairing potholes and sidewalks.

May 26, 2014 | | State


Mass murderers are hard to predict

GOLETA (AP) - Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. Sandy Hook school attacker Adam Lanza. And now Elliot Rodger.

May 26, 2014 | | State


Police: Masked gunman wounds 2 in shooting

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Authorities in Northern California were searching Monday for a masked gunman who shot two people in a car after they attended an R&B concert.

May 26, 2014 | | State


African-American cowboy crooner dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Herb Jeffries, the first African-American singing cowboy to appear in movies in the 1930s, died of heart failure Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.

May 26, 2014 | | State


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