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FEDS TO PROBE REPAIR WORK ON BAD BAY BRIDGE RODS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Federal Highway Administration on Monday said it is investigating the state's response to broken steel seismic safety rods on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

May 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

15 OF 23 CAL STATE CAMPUSES CHARGE GRADUATION FEES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Graduating students at more than a dozen California public universities will have to hand over money before they are handed their diplomas, a newspaper reported.

May 13, 2013 | | State


End near for evangelical radio network?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The end may be near for a California evangelical radio network used by a preacher to predict - incorrectly - the apocalypse, a newspaper reported.

May 13, 2013 | | State


Girl , 7, escapes kidnapper's car trunk in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are praising the quick-thinking of a 7-year-old girl who was kidnapped off the street and thrown into her abductor's car trunk, but managed to escape.

May 13, 2013 | | State


Ginsburg: Roe gave abortion opponents a target

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she supports a woman's right to choose to have an abortion, but feels her predecessors' landmark Roe v. Wade ruling 40 years ago was too sweeping and gave abortion opponents a symbol to target.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Person of interest named in jogger killed by pit bull pack

PALMDALE . (AP) - Sheriff's authorities said a man who was arrested this week on suspicion of growing marijuana is now a "person of interest" in the death of a 63-year-old jogger who was mauled to death by a pack of pit bulls in the Mojave Desert.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Los Angeles, Paris project aims to track big city carbon footprints

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every time Los Angeles exhales, odd-looking gadgets anchored in the mountains above the city trace the invisible puffs of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases that waft skyward.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Relentless thief still taking Tahoe crawfish traps - 160 stolen so far

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - It's not that easy to catch crawfish in Lake Tahoe. Turns out, it may be harder to keep them.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Black student targeted with racist note

IRVINE (AP) - University of California, Irvine officials pledged to work on race relations on campus this week after a black student found a hand-scrawled note in her backpack calling her a slave, making it the second racist incident that has offended black students in recent weeks.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Mom: Accused boy, 12, ‘could never’ hurt sister

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - A day before a 12-year-old boy was arrested for the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister, his mother described him as "protective" of his younger sibling.

May 12, 2013 | | State


State lawmakers debate how to spend $900M in new revenue from loophole

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California schools are expecting a boost from the $900 million to be raised over the next year through the closure of a corporate tax loophole, but Gov. Jerry Brown is locked in a disagreement with state lawmakers over how to hand out that money.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Chris Brown’s scary curbside art irks LA neighbors; city cites him for ‘signage’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammy-winning musician Chris Brown's neighbors are unhappy with what some are calling frightening art he's chosen to have painted along the curb of his Hollywood Hills home.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge base rods can’t be easily inspected

OAKLAND (AP) - More than 400 seismic safety rods that may be vulnerable to cracking or breaking are embedded in the base of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and may be difficult to inspect, remove or replace, according to a newspaper report.

May 12, 2013 | | State


One by one, homes in subdivision sinking

LAKEPORT (AP) - Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.

May 12, 2013 | | State


Judge denies bid to block Dorner reward payout plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A camp ranger who was carjacked by Christopher Dorner lost a bid Friday to block payout of $1 million in rewards for helping track down the killer as he seeks the money.

May 10, 2013 | | State


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CPUC fines PG&E $530,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California billionaire to skip senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not enter the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, a move that reshaped the early contest that has attracted a pack of potential candidates.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Yosemite climber says he hopes historic feat inspires others

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Kevin Jorgeson's hands still bear souvenirs from the historic climb Dawn Wall of El Capitan he completed with his partner last week. The scabs on his fingertips are so thick that track pads on computers and phones don't register his touch.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Authorities charge inmate with two 1976 ‘Gypsy Hill’ murders

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Northern California prosecutors on Thursday charged an Oregon prison inmate with two counts of murder in the serial killings of six young women that terrified the region nearly 40 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Beautician to stars cleared of murder plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A skin-care specialist to the stars was acquitted Thursday of charges that she plotted to murder a rival beautician she mistakenly blamed for stalking her.

January 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

8 ARRESTED AS SAN JOSE POLICE SHUT DOWN HOME-BASED CASINO: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say eight people have been arrested after officers broke up a home-based casino with roughly 15 video gambling machines.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Woman, 84, killed in Tulare County by hit-run driver

VISALIA (AP) - Authorities in Tulare County are search for a hit-and-run driver who killed an 84-year-old woman.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Magnets used to plant drugs under cars

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Deputies fatally shoot man they say killed police dog during search

SAN JACINTO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man they believe killed a police dog during standoff at a Southern California home.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Police use patrol car to stop pit bull rampage

SAN MATEO (AP) - A police officer in California resorted to hitting two pit bulls with his patrol car to stop a neighborhood rampage in which the dogs attacked several people, including a city sanitation worker, and charged a woman pushing two children in a stroller.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Measles cases casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Replacing turf with water-saving plants

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Officials in the Placer County city of Roseville have approved a plan to tear up turf on some public property and replace it with water-saving plants amid the state's historic drought.

January 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

POLICE PROBE OFFICER'S SHOVE OF MAN IN WHEELCHAIR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities are investigating an altercation between a police officer and a man in a wheelchair that was captured on video and circulated online.

January 22, 2015 | | State


2 firefighters fired in ethics probe

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two state firefighters were fired Wednesday and another has resigned after an ethics investigation that stemmed from the killing of a battalion chief's girlfriend.

January 22, 2015 | | State


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