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Oil companies frack in coastal waters as regulators ponder special permits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require a separate permit and be subject to stricter environmental review.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Clerk withdraws bid to revive Prop. 8

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group that already has a similar challenge pending.

August 04, 2013 | | State


FBI probes burglary at pheasant farm

RIVERSIDE (AP) - An FBI terrorism task force is investigating after an animal rights group took responsibility for cutting open fencing and releasing birds from a Southern California pheasant farm.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Convicts wearing GPS went unsupervised

SANTA ANA (AP) - A memo from Orange County probation officials shows that more than a dozen convicts required to wear GPS units were left unsupervised for days.

August 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• SAN PABLO MINISTER SENTENCED FOR RAPING WOMAN, 56: SAN PABLO (AP) - A San Pablo minister has been sentenced to nine years in state prison for raping a 56-year-old woman at his house.

August 04, 2013 | | State


Hollywood tower project maybe on fault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A recently approved project that would create two of Hollywood's tallest towers might run directly over an active earthquake fault, raising doubt about whether construction should go forward.

August 02, 2013 | | State


LA student film nearly turns tragic during staged robbery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For a few harrowing seconds, eight officers from a suburban Los Angeles police department had their guns drawn and pointed at a group of college filmmakers shooting a robbery scene at a coffee shop.

August 02, 2013 | | State


Ex UC Davis cop trying to reach workers comp deal

DAVIS (AP) - Efforts are underway to reach an out-of-court deal over former UC Davis police officer John Pike's worker's compensation claim.

August 02, 2013 | | State


10,000 getting out of prison early

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year's end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they're forced to open the prison gates.

August 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Area commuters brace for BART strike

OAKLAND . (AP) - More ferries and buses will be deployed to get commuters across San Francisco Bay. Carpool lanes will be open all day, not just for rush hour. And gift cards for coffee will be handed out to drivers who pick up riders.

August 02, 2013 | | State


Bid to recall San Diego mayor faces long odds

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Organizers behind dueling efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner amid sexual harassment allegations said Friday they are joining forces to beat a short deadline for gathering petition signatures.

August 02, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SILICON VALLEY TECH EXEC CONVICTED OF LEGO THEFTS: PALO ALTO (AP) - A former Silicon Valley software executive has been convicted of burglary for cheating Target stores out of Lego collectors' sets.

August 02, 2013 | | State


So how safe is high speed rail?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California high-speed rail officials sought Thursday to reassure the public about safety in the wake of deadly European train crashes this summer.

August 01, 2013 | | State


BART workers vow to strike in 72 hours

OAKLAND (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay Area transit unions are set to go on strike and shut down one of the region's major train systems if they don't reach agreement on a new contract.

August 01, 2013 | | State


Pot farm pollution: Too dangerous for state to deal with?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With parts of Northern California's scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used on the pot plants.

August 01, 2013 | | State


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Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

May 17, 2015 | | State


It’s ‘Wild West’ for stem cells

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions - a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Congresswoman apologizes for Indian whooping-cry caricature

ANAHEIM (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Spending tops $7 million in nasty East Bay Senate contest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Hundreds attend ‘family picnic’ for San Francisco archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds turned out for a "family support picnic" held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Mothers guilty of chaining, starving girl

SALINAS . (AP) - A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Best hope for drought: El Nino pattern next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Court sides with fruit farm in fight with workers union

FRESNO (AP) - A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.

May 15, 2015 | | State


State tells for-profit ITT colleges to stop enrolling veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A for-profit college company with 15 campuses in California was ordered by the state Friday to stop enrolling new or returning students who plan to fund their educations with GI Bill benefits.

May 15, 2015 | | State


Rare spring storm sweeps across Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather.

May 15, 2015 | | State


TAKING IT TO THE STREET

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

May 15, 2015 | | State


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