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Armed robber'sslim booty: $2

August 30, 2012 | | State


Yosemite shuts 90 plus cabins at center of deadly rodent probe

YOSEMITE (AP) - More than 90 cabins in Yosemite National Park are closed indefinitely after the site was found to be at the center of a mouse-borne virus that has been blamed for the deaths of two people, officials said Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Crash involving driver, 100, rekindles age debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jack Wyard is 92 and sees no reason to surrender his car keys, not to mention the freedom they give him to get up and go anywhere he wants, whenever he wants.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Bill devotes $20M in hidden funds to parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would use $20 million found hidden in a state Department of Parks and Recreation special fund to keep all parks open under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

August 30, 2012 | | State


Study: Calif. heat waves increasing toward coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California heat waves are trending toward being more humid with elevated nighttime temperatures and are becoming stronger in populous coastal areas, a new study by climate researchers found.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAGNITUDE-4.1 QUAKE SHAKES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: YORBA LINDA (AP) - A magnitude-4.1 earthquake rolled across Southern California on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Pot dispensary shut down by feds reopening

BERKELEY (AP) - A Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary forced to shut down by the federal government in May is reopening down the street.

August 29, 2012 | | State


LA clergy group: Halt Skid Row street feedings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of downtown clergy members has taken the unusual step of publicly urging other religious organizations to stop feeding homeless people on the streets of Skid Row, saying the effort is well meaning but misguided.

August 29, 2012 | | State


FX orders 90 more episodes of 'Anger Management'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - FX is ordering 90 more episodes of "Anger Management," Charlie Sheen's TV comeback vehicle after being fired from "Two and a Half Men."

August 29, 2012 | | State


Union pans use of guard for Santa Clara County supervisor at taxpayer expense

SAN JOSE (AP) - Sheriff's officials are being criticized for a program that provided a county supervisor with a bodyguard at taxpayer expense in Santa Clara County.

August 29, 2012 | | State


State lawmaker promises fix after Israel flap

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker on Wednesday promised to introduce a fix to an Assembly resolution that stirred controversy a day earlier because it urged California colleges and universities to crack down on demonstrations against Israel.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Law restricts pension cuts for existing workers; PERS unfunded by $100B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The bulk of the projected savings in the public pension reform deal announced by Gov. Jerry Brown won't be felt for decades because most of the proposed changes will affect government workers who have yet to be hired.

August 29, 2012 | | State


NorCal wildfire expected to be fully contained

REDDING (AP) - A major Northern California wildfire that once threatened thousands of homes and led to a massive evacuation could be fully contained by late Wednesday, officials said.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Police: 100-year-old driver hits 11 near South Los Angeles elementary school

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 100-year-old man backed his car on to a sidewalk and hit 11 people, including nine children, across from an elementary school in South Los Angeles just after classes had ended Wednesday, authorities said.

August 29, 2012 | | State


Yosemite officials say 1,700 visitors at risk for disease

YOSEMITE (AP) - The rustic tent cabins of Yosemite National Park - a favorite among families looking to rough it in one of the nation's most majestic settings - have become the scene of a public health crisis after two visitors died from a rodent-borne disease following overnight stays.

August 29, 2012 | | State


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High court assigns liability in liquor cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else, California's high court has ruled.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Insurance exchange had ‘vulnerability’

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - More than three months after it opened for business, California's online health insurance marketplace had what federal officials described as a potential security flaw in its computer system and one that had already been disclosed publicly.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Google Glass sparks fight at California bar

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police are trying to identify three suspects in an altercation over Google's new Internet-connected, head-mounted computer at a city bar.

February 25, 2014 | | State


‘Lifers’ leaving prison at record pace

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 1,400 lifers in California's prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.

February 25, 2014 | | State


California gas tax drops but pump price may not

CULVER CITY (AP) - The state Board of Equalization voted Tuesday to reduce a gasoline tax by 3.5 cents per gallon - but that doesn't mean consumers will see a dip at the pump.

February 25, 2014 | | State


NASA helping with California drought research

FRESNO (AP) - NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.

February 25, 2014 | | State


NorCal couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare gold coins

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Galgiani seeks $5.1B water storage bond

Senator Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, introduced legislation Tuesday to place a water bond on the November 2014 ballot that prioritizes water storage benefiting all Californians.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Police officers arrested in car impound scheme

KING CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme to steal more than 200 cars from poor Hispanic people.

February 25, 2014 | | State


Residents sand-bag burn areas ahead of storms

GLENDORA (AP) - Eager anticipation of the most substantial winter storm systems predicted for drought-stricken California this winter turned to a bit of wariness Tuesday as residents of foothill communities picked up sandbags at fire stations and city yards to protect their homes.

February 25, 2014 | | State


WW2 Medal of Honor recipient dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the historic D-Day invasion of World War II, Walter D. Ehlers accomplished some of the most awe-inspiring acts of bravery imaginable, earning a Medal of Honor for knocking out two German machine-gun nests and saving countless Allied soldiers' lives.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Transgender rights repeal fails to make California ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice will not appear on the November ballot after its backers failed to gather enough voter signatures to qualify the measure, the secretary of state said Monday.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Smugglers challenging Coast Guard

SAN DIEGO (AP) - While security has tightened at the U.S. border, drug smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Stanford University ending tobacco sales next month

STANFORD (AP) - Stanford University is eliminating sales of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes starting next month.

February 24, 2014 | | State


Sacramento student has tuberculosis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California high school student has been diagnosed with the lung disease tuberculosis, health officials say.

February 24, 2014 | | State


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