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SERRA: SAINT OR SINNER?

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. Boulevards, public squares, freeways and elementary schools bear his name. A 26-foot statue of the priest looms over Interstate 280 in San Francisco.

February 08, 2015 | | State


She worries dog has a screw loose

DEAR DIDI: I am terribly confused about my dog's intentions. He is a German Shepherd mix and is 1.5 years old. He always seems very happy with his tail wagging yet he got into a fight at the dog park for the first time this past week. Luckily, no one was hurt but we were completely taken by surprise. He was wagging and looked happy, then lashed out at the dog he was meeting. Does this mean he has a screw loose? -Scared Doggy Mommy

February 08, 2015 | Didi McElroy | State


Las Vegas Strip too snooty?

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tear down your red velvet ropes, Las Vegas.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Drought sends California skiers packing

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Warm temperatures and drought conditions in the West have changed the migratory patterns of birds and wildlife, but are also impacting another group: skiers, especially cross country skiers.

February 08, 2015 | | State


SpaceX calls off launch of weather satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory - and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt - after a critical radar-tracking system failed.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Whooping cough outbreak raises vaccine concerns

ELK GROVE (AP) - A Sacramento County city with a large number of whooping cough cases despite a high immunization rate is revealing the limitations of the current vaccine used to protect against the disease, a newspaper reported.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Evacuations remain after fire chars eastern Sierra towns

SWALL MEADOWS, Mono County (AP) - Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Jenner phone records, texts could be issue in fatal crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators will likely seek Bruce Jenner's cellphone records to determine if the Olympic gold medalist was texting when he was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a chain-reaction crash in Malibu that killed a woman, authorities said Sunday.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Suspect shot after chase from Stockton to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a suspected truck thief was shot by California Highway Patrol officers following a roughly 50-mile chase from Stockton to Sacramento.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Brown seeks taxes for fixing roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Worst of storm appears to be over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California was hit by a second wet and windy storm on Sunday, though it appeared to do far less damage than a similar system two days earlier.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Oil fracking puts environmentalists & Brown at odds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy.

February 06, 2015 | | State


UC system to require measles shots

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students entering the University of California system in 2017 will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new immunization rules announced Friday.

February 06, 2015 | | State


TB exposure for 16 people at high school

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sixteen people at a Northern California high school have tested positive for tuberculosis exposure after a student was diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

February 06, 2015 | | State


Storm hits slams Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A storm sweeping down the West Coast pelted parts of the San Francisco Bay Area with much-needed rain Friday, triggered flooding that swamped several homes in Washington state, and unleashed hurricane-force winds in Nevada.

February 06, 2015 | | State


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Big-rig crash scatters McDonald’s fries by freeway

IRVINE (AP) - All that was missing was the ketchup after a crashed big-rig truck scattered thousands of french fries bound for a McDonald's restaurant ...

March 25, 2018 | | State


Grenades found in LA home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The bomb squad was called out to a Los Angeles neighborhood after people cleaning out the house of a relative who had ...

March 25, 2018 | | State


Sharpton attending funeral of black shot by Sacramento police

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Rev. Al Sharpton says he plans to attend Thursday's funeral for an unarmed black man shot to death by Sacramento police ...

March 25, 2018 | | State


Facebook questioned about pulling data from Android devices

MENLO PARK (AP) - On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social ...

March 25, 2018 | | State


California Gov. Brown’s top adviser dies after cancer battle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nancy McFadden, chief of staff for California Gov. Jerry Brown and a driving force behind his agenda, died Thursday in her home after ...

March 23, 2018 | | State


FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at Travis AFB

FAIRFIELD (AP) - Investigators said Friday that they are stumped as to why a man who emigrated 25 years ago from India drove a flaming minivan ...

March 23, 2018 | | State


POWERFUL STORM BRINGS RAIN

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The storm that drenched California this week brought much-needed rain to the state, which has been slipping back into drought conditions ...

March 23, 2018 | | State


Parents raffle off gun for graduation party fundraiser

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A group of parents raffling off a gun to support a Maine high school graduation celebration is receiving backlash online.

March 22, 2018 | | State


Officers shot 2, believing escaped inmate was in car

DENVER (AP) - Denver police officers who opened fire killing one man and injuring another after a high-speed car chase erroneously believed an escaped inmate was ...

March 22, 2018 | | State


Former Playboy model says Trump tried to pay her after sex

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Playboy model apologized to first lady Melania Trump for a 10-month affair she claims she had with President Donald Trump ...

March 22, 2018 | | State


PG&E to cut power in areas at grave fire risk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will start switching off power to minimize sparks in vulnerable areas during times of extreme fire ...

March 22, 2018 | | State


Suspect dies following shootout with SF police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 21-year-old suspected gunman died after a shootout with police in a barbershop, San Francisco authorities said Thursday.

March 22, 2018 | | State


Protest over shooting of unarmed black man spills onto nearby freeway

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Protesters decrying this week's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man marched from Sacramento City Hall and onto a nearby freeway Thursday ...

March 22, 2018 | | State


Lawyers for Marine call serviceman’s stabbing an accident

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Defense attorneys for a Marine accused of fatally stabbing a fellow military member on a California Marine Corps base are arguing the ...

March 22, 2018 | | State


California storm forces flood rescues but spares Montecito

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A powerful storm dropped more rain across California on Thursday, swelling rivers, flooding streets and causing some mudslides but so far sparing ...

March 22, 2018 | | State


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