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CHECK 'N GO SETTLES LAWSUIT FOR $4.3M: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians charged interest rates of up to 400 percent by the loan company Check 'n Go could be eligible for refunds after a $4.3 million legal settlement agreement.

December 28, 2012 | | State


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REPORT ON FATAL MODESTO EVICTION SHOOTING DELAYED: MODESTO (AP) - An independent report into the fatal shootings of a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy and a locksmith while serving an eviction notice has been delayed.

December 28, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• NEW LIGHTS TO ADD PIZAZZ TO SF-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is getting spruced up with 25,000 white LED lights, transforming the gray, workhorse of a bridge into a light sculpture.

December 28, 2012 | | State


Volunteers toughen up bobcat kitten who's too nice

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice.

December 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ARREST OVER DEAD NEWBORN IN STRAWBERRY FIELD: CAMARILLO (AP) - A Ventura County sheriff's sergeant says DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a woman believed to be the mother of a dead newborn found in a Camarillo strawberry field.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Shipping lanes tweaked to protect whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ship traffic off the California coast will be re-routed under new rules designed to protect slow-moving endangered whales from ship collisions.

December 27, 2012 | | State


LA gun buyback collects more than 2,000 weapons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A one-day gun buyback program in Los Angeles brought in 2,037 firearms.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Birdwatchers furious over cutting of refuge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles bird lovers are squawking after the Army Corps of Engineers razed 80 acres of a San Fernando Valley wildlife refuge.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley's $2 billion light rail among least efficient in United States

SAN JOSE (AP) - A $2 billion light-rail system built to serve San Jose and some surrounding cities in Silicon Valley has become among the least efficient in the country and suffers from low ridership and high operating costs.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Heavy snows halt missing plane search in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials are suspending the search for a missing plane until spring.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Plans under way to refurbish LA market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand Central Market, a bustling downtown landmark that saw its glory days decades ago, is hoping to recover some of its fashionable luster as the gritty neighborhood gentrifies.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Woman set on fire in LA as she sleeps

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than 10 years, the homeless woman slept on the same plastic bus stop bench at a busy intersection in the San Fernando Valley, no matter how cold it was or if it was raining.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA MAN DIES CLIMBING VOLCANO IN ECUADOR: QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Authorities in Ecuador say an American expert on teen sexual health has died while climbing a volcano in the South American nation.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Stores in Sacramento mall open after fight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say all the stores of Sacramento's Arden Fair Mall shopping center are open again after a lockdown during a fight in the mall's in the food court.

December 27, 2012 | | State


California's snow pack levels about 146% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.

December 26, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FORMER FIRE CHIEF PLEADS NO CONTEST TO RADIO THEFT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Southern California fire chief has pleaded no contest to stealing more than $300,000 of radio equipment to sell on eBay and setting a fire in a bungled attempt to hide the theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Drivers in fatal bus crash had clean records

ORLAND (AP) - Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Netflix’s Comcast deal improves quality of video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Trend persists of prisons as mental health housing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were scaled back, prisons and county jails have become the de facto housing for many who are mentally ill.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Injured man flown from fishing boat to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Coast Guard says an injured man has been picked up from a charter fishing boat off Baja California and flown to San Diego for medical treatment.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Did parolees wear GPS devices during killings

ANAHEIM (AP) - Two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Steinberg backs off ‘carbon tax’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Larger marine sanctuaries proposed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday proposed more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the Northern California coast, a move that would restrict the movements of cargo ships, aircraft and personal watercraft, and close the areas to oil and gas exploration.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Man comes to courthouse in stolen vehicle

SONORA (AP) - Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Landmark thermometer to be renovated, relit

BAKER (AP) - A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert will once again be a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Suicide suspected in man’s fall in Yosemite Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say suicide is suspected in the death of a man who apparently jumped from the top of a popular climbing spot in Yosemite National Park.

April 14, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FBI ASKS TO MEET WITH SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI plans to talk with San Francisco city leaders as part of its ongoing investigation targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate in Chinatown, the agency confirmed Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Missing paintings found in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of missing paintings by a Polish artist have been found in a storage facility in Northern California.

April 13, 2014 | | State


Drought spawns well drilling boom

CHOWCHILLA (AP) - The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

April 13, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge rusting in critical areas

OAKLAND (AP) - Some cable sections and rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting, and engineering experts say it could lead to structural damage if the corrosion worsens, a newspaper reported Sunday.

April 13, 2014 | | State


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