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Bay Area bust nets 17 arrests, $18M in drugs

SAN PABLO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California have arrested 17 people and seized $18 million in drugs in what officials describe as one of the region's biggest drug busts.

January 16, 2014 | | State


News from across the Bay

SAN JOSE WOMAN VICTIM OF DATING SITE FRAUD: SAN JOSE (AP) - Prosecutors in Santa Clara County are warning people about the possibility of dating website fraud after a 66-year-old San Jose woman was bilked out of more than $500,000 by a man who befriended her through the site, ChristianMingle.com.

January 16, 2014 | | State


Maldonado abandons bid for governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado abandoned his long-shot GOP bid for governor of California on Thursday as his campaign was floundering for support and failing to attract the kind of donors he would need to mount a credible challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown.

January 16, 2014 | | State


Motorist cleared in Google Glass case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

January 16, 2014 | | State


News from around california

SACRAMENTO KINGS TO ACCEPT BITCOIN FOR PURCHASES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases.

January 16, 2014 | | State


]Wildfire stops at LA suburbs as winds die down

GLENDORA (AP) - Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks.

January 16, 2014 | | State


Authorities crackdown on street gangs in Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials have arrested seven people in Stockton as part of a crackdown on street gangs that police say have been responsible for a recent spate of shootings.

January 16, 2014 | | State


Recidivism fell before prison realignment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 | | State


News from around california

OYSTER FARM TO ASK US SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The owner of a popular Northern California oyster farm says he'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case challenging a federal decision not to renew the facility's lease.

January 15, 2014 | | State


City of Sacramento votes to enact severe water rationing complete with patrols

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, the Sacramento City Council has voted to enact severe water rationing on residents and businesses, while also boosting enforcement efforts against people who flout the rules.

January 15, 2014 | | State


Court: Feds can target California marijuana clinics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court Wednesday affirmed the federal government's long-standing policy that California medical marijuana dispensaries have no protection under state law from drug prosecutions.

January 15, 2014 | | State


Homes lost to foreclosure hit 6-year low during 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of U.S. homes that got started on the path to foreclosure fell last year to a low not seen since before the high-flying days of the housing boom, the latest evidence that the threat of foreclosures continues to diminish.

January 15, 2014 | | State


SF crash firefighters saw girl before hitting, killing her

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Video from the helmet camera of a firefighter responding to the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows at least one rescuer was aware someone was on the ground outside the aircraft and even warned a colleague. Yet two fire trucks subsequently ran over an injured passenger.

January 15, 2014 | | State


Can high speed rail pay $180M debt?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials sought Wednesday to reassure congressional Republicans that the state will be able to match billions of dollars in federal funding for the state's high-speed rail project, including a $180 million payment due in April.

January 15, 2014 | | State


Beverly Hills center pampers poshest of pooches at pet lifestyle spa & center

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - It's just another spa day in the 90210. A valet parks the car, then it's off for a facial, manicure and shopping for couture fashions. The reward for a long day of pampering: a raw meat treat. The pets of tony Beverly Hills enjoy the good life as much as their owners.

January 15, 2014 | | State


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Homely hounds compete to be crowned World’s Ugliest Dog

PETALUMA . (AP) - He's overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.

June 26, 2015 | | State


SF told to stop taking some water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Regulators on Friday told San Francisco to stop taking some of the river water it routinely stores in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.

June 26, 2015 | | State


Cooler weather slowing week-old wildfire

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A slight break in the weather Friday slowed a week-old wildfire that is threatening thousands of buildings in the Southern California mountains.

June 26, 2015 | | State


OC expands groundwater system

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - An Orange County water district said Friday it is adding more purified wastewater to its groundwater basin, helping to continue its reliance on mostly local water sources during the drought.

June 26, 2015 | | State


2 San Diego firefighters stabbed by bystander at emergency scene

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two San Diego firefighters were hospitalized with multiple stab wounds but one of them was expected to go home late Thursday night, a day after a bystander attacked them as they were helping a drunken man on a packed trolley platform.

June 26, 2015 | | State


West Nile virus detected in Manteca

A dead bird found in the 95336 Manteca ZIP code - the area to the north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that go through the center of the city - has been confirmed to have been killed by the West Nile virus.

June 26, 2015 | | State


Vaccine bill clears major hurdle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Six balcony deaths in Berkeley could bring manslaughter charges

OAKLAND (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a criminal investigation into a fatal California balcony collapse that could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Mountain communities on alert as week-old wildlife gets new life

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hamlets in the San Bernardino Mountains were placed on alert Thursday as a week-old wildfire roared to new life, devouring thousands of acres of brush and old-growth trees as it was stoked by gusty winds.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Congress probes California oil spill that blackened beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congressional committee Thursday opened a probe into an oil pipeline rupture on the Central California coast that spread to the Pacific Ocean and washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Drone forces brief grounding of air tankers

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Officials say they temporarily grounded air tankers for safety reasons after a hobbyist's drone flew near a huge forest fire in Southern California.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Brown signs budget with anti-poverty initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Trust says Old Mint in SF is endangered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed San Francisco's Old Mint as one of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Kim Kardashian to speak to prestigious Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kim Kardashian is joining a prestigious list that includes Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.

June 25, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles deputies guilty in jail beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and a sergeant were found guilty Wednesday in the backroom beating of a jail visitor who fellow guards testified already was handcuffed on the ground and covered in blood.

June 25, 2015 | | State


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