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Lawmakers return for election-year session

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week for a pivotal election-year session.

January 05, 2014 | | State


Selling fake clicks becomes big business

SAN JOSE (AP) - Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

January 05, 2014 | | State


Mom clear to take brain dead daughter

OAKLAND (AP) - A judge said Friday that the mother of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery can remove her daughter from a California hospital if she assumes full responsibility for the consequences.

January 03, 2014 | | State


News from around california

JUDGE SAYS SF COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAN REMAIN ACCREDITED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco judge has ruled that a private commission can't revoke the accreditation of one of the nation's largest community colleges until a trial can be held to determine if the action is lawful.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Walker crash: Car was going 100 mph?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver, according to a coroner's report released Friday.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Man hopes law license will help immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation.

January 03, 2014 | | State


California winner of $648M lottery jackpot forgot he had bought tickets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's $324 million Mega Millions jackpot winner Steve Tran had a 3 a.m. epiphany earlier this week that spurred him from sleep and had him fumbling through a pile of lottery tickets on top of his dresser.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Dog owner arrested after Akita’s alleged attack on 3-year-old

MURIETTA (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested after his 3-year-old Akita allegedly attacked a toddler at a home improvement store.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Police: No reason to hold man before priest killed in Eureka

EUREKA . (AP) - When the body of the Rev. Eric Freed was discovered in the rectory of his church on New Year's Day, police immediately had a suspect: A man released from jail hours earlier who was spotted on church grounds by a security guard, questioned by a police officer, and then seen again by the same guard, this time holding a wooden stake.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Sierra snowpack 20% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first Sierra snow survey of the winter on Friday confirmed the fears of state water managers, who are warning of drought conditions in the coming year unless the state receives significantly more rain and snow.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Architect pleads no contest in fireman’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A German architect pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of a Los Angeles firefighter crushed in the collapse of a ceiling during a fire at a luxury home the architect designed and built in the Hollywood Hills.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Talks ordered in brain dead girl case

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered settlement talks between lawyers for a California hospital and a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Police arrest suspect in priest killing

EUREKA (AP) - Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the killing of a respected priest and educator who was found dead on New Year's Day in a church rectory in Northern California.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-CHP dispatcher arrested in drug, weapons case involving Hells Angels

WOODLAND (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol dispatcher and her husband are facing various charges after authorities say they orchestrated deals for drugs and weapons in Yolo County.

January 02, 2014 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

WOMAN KILLED, BABY INJURED CROSSING FREMONT STREET: FREMONT (AP) - A 19-year-old woman has been killed and a 3-month-old boy she was carry has life-threatening injuries after they were struck by a vehicle on New Year's Eve in Fremont.

January 02, 2014 | | State


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AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste dumping case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period.

November 20, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DRUG LAB EXPLOSION KILLS 1, HURTS 2; HOUSE GUTTED: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say an explosion that tore apart a Southern California shack, killing one person and critically injuring two others, was caused by a lab illegally making hash oil.

November 20, 2014 | | State


PG&E fined over secret dealings to get higher rates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento sheriff criticizes Obama on immigration move

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California sheriff is harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to illegal immigration after the recent fatal shootings of two deputies, just as the president announces his own executive action on the issue.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Insurance sign-ups ahead of 2013

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Individual insurance sign-ups under California's health care exchange were running ahead of pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time, state officials reported Thursday.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Brown backs Obama on immigration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is praising President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration while calling on Congress to "finish the job."

November 20, 2014 | | State


Drought relief bill out for this year

FRESNO (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that congressional efforts to provide drought relief to Central Valley farmers and communities are dead for the year.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Yosemite hotel’s housekeeper faces theft charges

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a housekeeper at a Yosemite National Park hotel with 32 counts of first degree burglary and theft for stealing cash from guests' rooms.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Driver arrested after shooting himself on 101

WILLITS (AP) - Mendocino County authorities say a man was arrested after apparently shooting himself in the face while driving on U.S. 101 with a California Highway Patrol car behind him.

November 20, 2014 | | State


SELF-DRIVING CARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.

November 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.

November 19, 2014 | | State


Calexico police chief alleges council corruption

CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."

November 19, 2014 | | State


Demos retain Sacramento-area seat after $19.6 million campaign

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.

November 19, 2014 | | State


OC drops plans for $3.6M shelter

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.

November 19, 2014 | | State


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