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Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State

Pot legalization backers eye 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous - and arguably most pot-infused - state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

February 13, 2015 | | State

Obama: Cyberspace is new ‘Wild West’

PALO ALTO (AP) - Cyberspace is the new "Wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he told the private sector it must do more to stop cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. every day.

February 13, 2015 | | State

West Coast seaports reopen for day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seaports from Southern California to Seattle reopened - for a day - as negotiators labored to resolve a crippling contract dispute and resume the free flow of international trade across the West Coast waterfront.

February 13, 2015 | | State


TRUCKEE - With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running.

February 13, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State

Even bigger longer droughts for West?

SAN JOSE (AP) - As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming - and they're bound to last for decades.

February 12, 2015 | | State

High-speed falls behind buying land

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's $68 billion high-speed rail project is as much as a year behind schedule in buying the land needed to start construction on the first 29-mile stretch in the Central Valley, rail officials say.

February 12, 2015 | | State

Los Angeles officer who saw replica gun shoots teen in back

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in the back after spotting him in an alley standing near someone holding what appeared to be a gun, authorities said Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | | State

California falling 400,000 plus short of health care sign-up goal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is falling short of its goal to sign up 1.7 million people for private insurance in the second year of the federal health expansion, but state officials hope to make up much of the difference this weekend.

February 12, 2015 | | State

Town requests probe after prostitute steals sergeant’s gun

KENSINGTON (AP) - A Northern California town plans to request an independent investigation into how its police chief handled the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel room, a newspaper reported.

February 12, 2015 | | State

University to offer pot policy class

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A Northern California university is offering a marijuana policy class to study the legal issues linked to the recreational pot market.

February 12, 2015 | | State

Authorities crack down on cardboard theft

FONTANA (AP) - Investigators wearing bulletproof vests sit in unmarked cars outside a Southern California recycling center, swapping license plate details over two-way radio before dawn.

February 12, 2015 | | State

4-year-old loses foot, part of leg in police dog attack

HESPERIA (AP) - A 4-year-old Southern California boy who was bitten by his father's police dog had to have his leg amputated below the knee, and the canine probably will be euthanized, police said Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | | State


FORMER DETROIT ZOO ELEPHANT EUTHANIZED AT SAN ANDREAS REFUGE: SAN ANDREAS (AP) - A popular but ailing elephant named Wanda that lived in several zoos before being sent to a Northern California wildlife sanctuary has died.

February 12, 2015 | | State

22 Marines exposed to fire retardant

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said.

February 12, 2015 | | State

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Repealing English-only school measure

SANTA ANA (AP) - California voters are considering repealing a law banning most bilingual education, an idea state residents overwhelmingly endorsed almost 20 years ago.

October 14, 2016 | | State

Man charged with attempted murder of officers

RIVERSIDE . (AP) - A man who allegedly led Southern California authorities on a gunfire-punctuated chase was charged Friday with attempting to murder three officers.

October 14, 2016 | | State

Measure would give voters say on mega-projects over $2 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A proposition that a prosperous farmer brought to the California ballot would threaten two ambitious water and rail projects that Gov. Jerry ...

October 09, 2016 | | State

Democrats look to bolster majority in state Legislature

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Democrats are looking to regain supermajorities in the state Legislature that would allow them to govern without Republicans, an endeavor that will ...

October 09, 2016 | | State

Gun or stun gun? Different police responses

SAN DIEGO (AP) - When Alfred Olango pulled out an object from his right pocket last month and assumed a shooting stance in a strip mall ...

October 09, 2016 | | State

LA judge blocks Jewish ceremony involving killing of chicken

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal court judge issued a temporary restraining order banning a Southern California synagogue from carrying out a Yom Kippur-Rosh Hashanah ceremony ...

October 09, 2016 | | State

5-year-old boy revived after boat capsizes off San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two children pulled out of the San Francisco Bay in critical condition after a recreational sailboat carrying 30 people capsized are doing ...

October 09, 2016 | | State

Lawsuit says California could have stopped slaying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims California officials could have stopped what it says was the "assassination" of a notorious California inmate who was stabbed ...

October 06, 2016 | | State


DALLAS (AP) - State agents raided the Dallas headquarters of adult classified ad portal Backpage and arrested Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer on Thursday following allegations ...

October 06, 2016 | | State

Judge questions Airbnb in fight over SF law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge expressed skepticism Thursday that a San Francisco ordinance setting fines for short-term rental websites that process bookings for unregistered ...

October 06, 2016 | | State

Taser death victim went 14 minutes without medical care

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 66-year-old man who died this week after California police stunned him with a Taser during a struggle lay on the ground ...

October 06, 2016 | | State

Sheriff: LA County sergeant was shot execution-style

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant was the victim of "a calculated execution" by a parolee with a long history of ...

October 06, 2016 | | State

State tightens rule on popular agricultrure pesticide, citing health

FRESNO (AP) - California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation's most productive agricultural state as ...

October 06, 2016 | | State

Person in clown suit tried to kidnap baby girl

CONCORD (AP) - Concord police say a person dressed in a clown suit tried to abduct an infant.

October 06, 2016 | | State

Teen shot by LA officer was suicidal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 16-year-old boy shot dead last weekend as he pointed a fake gun at police wanted to kill himself, Police Chief Charlie ...

October 06, 2016 | | State

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