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FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has reached $1 billion at the box office, achieving the milestone with record-setting hyper speed.

December 27, 2015 | | State


Inmates not getting enough sleep

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most dangerous inmates could be getting more sleep under an agreement announced Thursday that requires guards to hold down the noise.

December 25, 2015 | | State


Storm dumps snow in Sierra

TRUCKEE (AP) - A storm that brought two feet of snow to parts of the northern Sierra Nevada and sparked a tornado moved Friday to Southern California, where it was expected to bring high winds.

December 25, 2015 | | State


Uber passenger killed in crash

PACIFICA (AP) - A wrong-way driver collided head-on with the car of an Uber driver in northern California, killing two.

December 25, 2015 | | State


SF Bay Area transit officer shot, wounded

HAYWARD (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area transit officer was shot in the arm by a fleeing suspect Friday who was then shot by a second officer, officials said.

December 25, 2015 | | State


Social Security update for 2016

It has been my custom for most of the last 18 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates scheduled to take place the following year. Usually, that means I give the planned Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) amounts, along with other revisions that are based on increases to the government's inflation measuring stick called the "consumer price index." But for the third year out of the last 10, the CPI hasn't budged an inch.

December 25, 2015 | | State


Drive to bar prison cellphones hits snag

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's high-tech solution to rid prisons of illegal cellphones may be unable to keep up with advances in technology quickly enough, so state officials have stopped plans to expand it to more prisons, officials told The Associated Press.

December 23, 2015 | | State


100 Mexicans seek return to US under suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Nearly 100 Mexicans have sought to return to the U.S. by Wednesday's deadline under the settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accused federal immigration officials in Southern California of failing to advise people of their rights.

December 23, 2015 | | State


Snowpack above average for December

FRESNO (AP) - The Sierra Nevada snowpack measured above average for this time of year, but it's not enough to make a dent in California's stubborn four-year drought, state water managers said Wednesday.

December 23, 2015 | | State


State Senate raises employees ‘pay just a year after layoffs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California state Senate is giving all its employees pay raises just one year after laying off several dozen employees due to financial problems, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

December 23, 2015 | | State


Officer who killed transient initially said he saw no weapon

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego police officer who shot and killed a transient within seconds of exiting his car initially told investigators that he didn't see a weapon but said days later that he recalled thinking the man might be carrying a knife, according to a report released Wednesday.

December 23, 2015 | | State


Church, artist can’t agree on gun protest in Nativity display

CLAREMONT . (AP) - For the last eight years, a Southern California church has hosted an artist's socially provocative Nativity scenes addressing issues such as homelessness and immigration.

December 23, 2015 | | State


Final curtain for junkyard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's not just a junkyard - or even a really big junkyard - but a living, breathing monument to Los Angeles pop culture. And now it's headed for the dustbin of history itself.

December 22, 2015 | | State


Black students persuade UC to sell prison shares

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has decided to unload at least $25 million worth of stock in three private prison companies following a campaign by black student activists from the system's 10 campuses, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

December 22, 2015 | | State


Video shows San Diego police officer shooting man in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County district attorney released a video Tuesday that shows a police officer fatally shooting a transient seconds after the officer left his patrol car as the man walked toward him.

December 22, 2015 | | State


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Plan offered to divide funds among victims

SAN BERNARDINO. (AP) - Eighty percent of the nearly $2.5 million donated to the United Way following the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


San Diego harbor cruise boat hits pier, injuring 7

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego harbor cruise boat crashed into a pier while docking Thursday, injuring seven people and causing significant damage to the ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


Last day for hikers at popular Los Angeles trail for months

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles fitness fanatics whose daily routine includes a hike or a run along the Runyon Canyon trail are bracing themselves for ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


SUV fleeing police crashes into jet at California naval base

FRESNO (AP) - A wrong-way driver leading authorities on a high-speed chase crashed through a gate and into a fighter jet at a central California naval ...

March 31, 2016 | | State


Hufstedler, first US education secretary, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shirley Hufstedler, a former federal appellate court judge who served as the nation's first education secretary, has died. She was 90.

March 31, 2016 | | State


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