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• LAPD VOLUNTEER ACCUSED OF STEALING GAS: VAN NUYS (AP) - Authorities say a longtime Los Angeles Police Department volunteer faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing city gas for his personal vehicle.

April 07, 2013 | | State


Dangers of urban wilderness hiking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In Southern California, where urban sprawl meets pristine wilderness, one can stand on a backwoods mountain trail and be so close to the city as to still hear the rumble of traffic and make out a downtown skyline.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Obama apologizes to AG for comment on looks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - President Barack Obama has apologized to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for causing a stir when he called her "the best-looking attorney general" at a Democratic fundraiser they attended together this week.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Doctor to plead guilty in prescription case

SANTA ANA, (AP) - A Southern California doctor has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally prescribing drugs to his patients at nightly meetings in Starbucks stores.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Teen shot by officer is not a suspect

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Police say teenage boy who was shot in the face by an officer was not involved in an armed robbery near downtown.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Feds to state: Bolster refinery oversight

RICHMOND (AP) - Federal investigators looking into last year's fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery said Friday that the incident shows stronger state oversight of oil refineries is needed.

April 05, 2013 | | State


State Bar court recommends DA be disbarred

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California district attorney is facing possible disbarment after a judge found he conducted a conversation with a drug defendant without her lawyer present, lied about the conversation and failed to promptly disclose it to defense attorneys in the case.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CALIF PARAMEDIC DIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN CAR: OAKLAND (AP) - An off-duty paramedic who was shot in the head while waiting at a stop sign in Oakland shortly after visiting his father has died.

April 05, 2013 | | State


DA says Toyota to pay $16M settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $16 million settlement over the safety recall of Toyota vehicles that were at risk for unintended acceleration and braking issues was announced Friday by Orange County prosecutors and Toyota Motor Corp.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Feds retain control prison mental health

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Friday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to regain state control of inmates' mental health care, citing systematic failures to reduce prison suicides, provide timely care and hire enough staff.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Fed attorneys blast judge's ruling in Lassen case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal prosecutors claim a magistrate judge's ruling that the National Park Service purposely destroyed evidence in the wrongful death case of a 9-year-old boy who was crushed by a retaining wall in Northern California was based on findings that were "patently untrue."

April 05, 2013 | | State


209 News

STOCKTON - A man on the U.S. Marshal's "Top 10 Most Wanted" list as a suspect in a Stockton homicide dating back to 2011, was located and arrested in Hayward on Thursday.

April 05, 2013 | | State


Jury awards $6.5M for death after police mistook water nozzle for gun

SANTA ANA (AP) - A federal jury in Southern California awarded $6.5 million in damages Thursday to the family of a man fatally shot by police while he held a pistol-gripped water nozzle they mistook for a gun.

April 04, 2013 | | State


2nd lost hiker rescued after 5 days

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA . (AP) - Rescuers who plucked a young woman on Thursday from a steep, rocky canyon wall said she was exhausted, had trouble breathing and likely could not have survived much longer than another day in the rugged Southern California wilderness.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Californians due $2B in power rebates?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California electricity consumers could see up to $2 billion in new refunds from energy wholesalers that profited during the state's energy crisis more than a dozen years ago if a federal judge's recommendation holds up at trial, state regulators said Thursday.

April 04, 2013 | | State


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No ban on use of private email by officials

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has no blanket policy restricting the use of personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it's among about two dozen states that have no clear rules or precedent-setting cases addressing whether those communications are public records.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Justin Bieber sued by former neighbor for assault, distress

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's former neighbor claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the pop singer spit in his face and terrorized his family with loud parties, drug use and aggressive driving.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Filipino workers sue SoCal bakery alleging forced labor, scant pay

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Filipino workers brought to this country by the husband-and-wife owners of a bakery have sued the business and the couple, claiming they were forced to do laundry and yard work, received meager wages and told they would have to pay off a hefty debt if they tried to leave.

March 19, 2015 | | State


$1,000 reward for missing moose head at Lake Tahoe

TAHOE CITY. (AP) - There's a moose on the loose at Lake Tahoe and authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who finds it.

March 19, 2015 | | State


Fast-food curb did not cut obesity rate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Shooting kills 3 outside Stockton convenience store

STOCKTON (AP) - Three people were killed and four people were wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting at a Stockton convenience store that one official called one of the worst mass shootings in the city's recent history.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Church to stop drenching homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco on Wednesday dismantled a sprinkler system it had installed at the city's cathedral during one of the worst droughts in California history to soak the alcoves and prevent homeless people from sleeping there.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Glazer, Bonilla seem bound for May runoff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Democrats on Wednesday appeared headed to a May runoff for an open state Senate seat in the San Francisco Bay Area following a bruising primary that saw special interest groups pour in $2.1 million in campaign funding.

March 18, 2015 | | State


California’s biggest lake continues to slowly vanish

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California officials said Wednesday that the drought-stricken state set an unachievable bar to save the Salton Sea and outlined small projects aimed at staving off the demise of the state's largest lake, disappointing farmers, environmentalists and others.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Attorney general uses personal email for work

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she uses a personal email account to communicate with her senior state staff on "very rare" occasions.

March 18, 2015 | | State


Trendy creation: Pop Tart doughnut

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Southern California doughnut shop has come up with yet another guilty pleasure gone viral: a gigantic doughnut stuffed with a Pop Tart filling.

March 18, 2015 | | State


SF mayor eyes firing over racist texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of San Francisco said Tuesday that four police officers under investigation in the sending of racist and homophobic texts will be fired if the probe determines they sent the messages.

March 17, 2015 | | State


CALIFORNIA RAMPS UP RESTRICTIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.

March 17, 2015 | | State


Murder-suicide among the vines

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A winery owner chased an investor through a Northern California vineyard and shot him in the head at close range as police approached before leading them on a short chase that ended with his apparent suicide, authorities said Tuesday.

March 17, 2015 | | State


Coffee and code: Software giant opens Silicon Valley cafe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley has no shortage of coffee shops where sleep-starved programmers and eager entrepreneurs sit hunched over laptop computers and talk about ideas for launching the next Google or Facebook. Now a giant tech company is opening its own cafe for the same clientele.

March 17, 2015 | | State


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