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• 27 indicted in Mexican Mafia gang extortion case: VENTURA (AP) - More than two dozen people have been charged in connection with case where the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang controlled the street drug activities of local gangs through extortion, authorities said Tuesday.

November 28, 2012 | | State


Judge rejects most Crystal Cathedral court claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a court bid to obtain more than $5 million from the ministry he founded, a now-bankrupt religious empire that included worldwide "Hour of Power" broadcasts and Orange County's landmark Crystal Cathedral.

November 28, 2012 | | State


SF seeking $1.2 million for costs in Stow beating

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials are seeking $1.2 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers to cover the unpaid medical costs for Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.

November 27, 2012 | | State


NorCal community mourns family swept to sea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as 10-foot surf churned the water just feet away like a washing machine.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Democrats gain 1 more seat in state Senate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani has won an open seat in the state Senate, expanding the Democrats' supermajority, while election officials announced that a special election runoff will be needed for another Senate seat.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Prosecutors seek 8 years for campaign treasurer

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Monday recommended an eight-year sentence for a California campaign treasurer who pleaded guilty to defrauding at least $7 million from Democratic politicians.

November 27, 2012 | | State


FBI: Reward helped capture fugitive in Mexico

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A murder suspect on the FBI's most wanted list gained weight and switched identities to evade authorities for 14 years, but his notoriety and a $100,000 reward finally led to his capture, the agency said Monday.

November 27, 2012 | | State


College launches research institute devoted to pot

ARCATA (AP) - A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Merced County to shore up jail dorms after attack

MERCED (AP) - Steps are being taken to reinforce a dorm cell at a correctional facility in Merced after jail officials say inmates forced open the door to attack members of a rival gang.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Robbers flee after shootout in jewelry store

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police are looking for two would-be robbers who were involved in a shootout when they tried to hold up a jewelry store.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Bid to get LA pension measure on ballot dropped

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Organizers have dropped a bid to get a Los Angeles pension reform measure on the May ballot.

November 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• SF deputy pleads not guilty to robbing bank: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco sheriff's deputy accused of robbing a bank has pleaded not guilty.

November 27, 2012 | | State


Seats of long-serving California Democrats a coveted prize

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to politics, the state synonymous with perpetual youth has gone gray at the top.

November 26, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• 42 people facing charges after San Jose party: SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say 42 people are facing charges after a weekend party in San Jose got out of hand.

November 25, 2012 | | State


Independent candidates sparse despite voter gains

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Even as California voters increasingly turn away from political party labels, Democratic and Republican candidates dominate the state's elections.

November 25, 2012 | | State


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Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Fight against King Fire is California’s 2nd most costly

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


91 arrests, 12 rescues in SoCal sex trafficking

LONG BEACH (AP) - A crackdown on sex trafficking in Southern California has led to 91 arrests and the rescue of nearly two dozen children who had been forced into prostitution, authorities announced Wednesday.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against billionaire in dispute

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California judge ruled Wednesday against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had shut down public access to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, ordering him to reopen his private road to the beach.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Renewable plan hinges on huge caverns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Pot legalization effort begins in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Prisons toughen screenings of visitors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation's toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates.

September 24, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

September 24, 2014 | | State


Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State


SLANTED DOOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State


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