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GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE GOES ALL ELECTRONIC FOR TOLLS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Toll takers on the Golden Gate Bridge soon will be a thing of the past, as the span prepares to become the first in California to do away with toll collectors and go all-electronic.

March 08, 2013 | | State


Uncle Sam declares victory in rat war

ANACAPA ISLAND (AP) - Authorities say they've won the war against rats on a Southern California island.

March 08, 2013 | | State


Court overturns conviction in stove death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has overturned a first-degree murder conviction for a man who caused a deadly crash when a stolen stove fell from his truck.

March 08, 2013 | | State


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MAN DIES IN MODESTO ARSON FIRE: MODESTO - A man pulled from a house fire in Modesto Friday morning has died, according to the Modesto Fire Department.

March 08, 2013 | | State


Slain Santa Cruz officers honored

SAN JOSE (AP) - She was an adventurer, a traveler who loved her small beach town and spent weekends enjoying its parks and beaches with her partner and two young boys.

March 07, 2013 | | State


State Senate OKs money for gun-seizure

State Senate OKs money for gun-seizure

March 07, 2013 | | State


Death of lion lover spurs scrutiny

DUNLAP. (AP) - A 24-year-old intern who was described by her father as a "fearless" lover of big cats ventured into a lion enclosure at a privately owned zoo and was mauled to death, prompting investigations by several government agencies that want to know how the accident happened.

March 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SAN DIEGO TO CONSIDER POT VENDING MACHINES: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego may soon permit marijuana sales from vending machines.

March 07, 2013 | | State


Expansion of the program is optional for states.

Lawmakers give initial OK to Medi-Cal expansion to million more Californians

March 07, 2013 | | State


Witnesses nab kidnapping suspect in Whittier

WHITTIER (AP) - Several good Samaritans chased down and detained a registered sex offender who allegedly tried to kidnap an 18-year-old woman, Southern California authorities said.

March 07, 2013 | | State


More sex offenders go missing under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California is 15 percent higher today than before Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect 17 months ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the state corrections department.

March 06, 2013 | | State


Garcetti, Greuel in command in Los Angeles mayoral contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two City Hall veterans took command Tuesday in the contest to replace outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, setting up a likely runoff to determine who will lead a city troubled by double-digit unemployment and a looming budget gap.

March 06, 2013 | | State


LA mayor would like to be governor someday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that he will join a think tank after leaving office this summer - and he'd also like to be California's governor someday.

March 06, 2013 | | State


Worker killed by lion was female intern

DUNLAP (AP) - A female intern-volunteer was killed Wednesday by a lion at a private wild animal park in Central California, and state and local authorities were trying to determine what might have caused the fatal attack.

March 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

POLICE STANDOFF ENDS WITH ARREST IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police arrested a robbery suspect Wednesday after a nearly seven-hour standoff that began when he barricaded himself inside a marijuana growing site in San Francisco.

March 06, 2013 | | State


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Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Twitter admits to hiring too many white & Asian men for top tech jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

July 23, 2014 | | State


2 cent per ounce soda tax on SF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Agency may hire ‘water cops’

SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.

July 22, 2014 | | State


IRS employee charged with ID theft

FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Stockton bank robber linked to 2 other heists

STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

July 21, 2014 | | State


Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


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