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• NEW LIGHTS TO ADD PIZAZZ TO SF-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is getting spruced up with 25,000 white LED lights, transforming the gray, workhorse of a bridge into a light sculpture.

December 28, 2012 | | State


Volunteers toughen up bobcat kitten who's too nice

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice.

December 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

ARREST OVER DEAD NEWBORN IN STRAWBERRY FIELD: CAMARILLO (AP) - A Ventura County sheriff's sergeant says DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a woman believed to be the mother of a dead newborn found in a Camarillo strawberry field.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Shipping lanes tweaked to protect whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ship traffic off the California coast will be re-routed under new rules designed to protect slow-moving endangered whales from ship collisions.

December 27, 2012 | | State


LA gun buyback collects more than 2,000 weapons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A one-day gun buyback program in Los Angeles brought in 2,037 firearms.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Birdwatchers furious over cutting of refuge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles bird lovers are squawking after the Army Corps of Engineers razed 80 acres of a San Fernando Valley wildlife refuge.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Silicon Valley's $2 billion light rail among least efficient in United States

SAN JOSE (AP) - A $2 billion light-rail system built to serve San Jose and some surrounding cities in Silicon Valley has become among the least efficient in the country and suffers from low ridership and high operating costs.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Heavy snows halt missing plane search in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials are suspending the search for a missing plane until spring.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Plans under way to refurbish LA market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand Central Market, a bustling downtown landmark that saw its glory days decades ago, is hoping to recover some of its fashionable luster as the gritty neighborhood gentrifies.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Woman set on fire in LA as she sleeps

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than 10 years, the homeless woman slept on the same plastic bus stop bench at a busy intersection in the San Fernando Valley, no matter how cold it was or if it was raining.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA MAN DIES CLIMBING VOLCANO IN ECUADOR: QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Authorities in Ecuador say an American expert on teen sexual health has died while climbing a volcano in the South American nation.

December 27, 2012 | | State


Stores in Sacramento mall open after fight

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say all the stores of Sacramento's Arden Fair Mall shopping center are open again after a lockdown during a fight in the mall's in the food court.

December 27, 2012 | | State


California's snow pack levels about 146% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.

December 26, 2012 | | State


Beer sales help rebuild NorCal monastery

VINA (AP) - Monks in a small Northern California town are rebuilding a centuries-old Spanish monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely source: beer.

December 26, 2012 | | State


Wash. man held in Greyhound bus attack

DUNSMUIR (AP) - A 66-year-old Washington man is in custody on suspicion of stabbing two people aboard a Greyhound bus in far Northern California.

December 26, 2012 | | State


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AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste dumping case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period.

November 20, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DRUG LAB EXPLOSION KILLS 1, HURTS 2; HOUSE GUTTED: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say an explosion that tore apart a Southern California shack, killing one person and critically injuring two others, was caused by a lab illegally making hash oil.

November 20, 2014 | | State


PG&E fined over secret dealings to get higher rates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento sheriff criticizes Obama on immigration move

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California sheriff is harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to illegal immigration after the recent fatal shootings of two deputies, just as the president announces his own executive action on the issue.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Insurance sign-ups ahead of 2013

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Individual insurance sign-ups under California's health care exchange were running ahead of pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time, state officials reported Thursday.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Brown backs Obama on immigration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is praising President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration while calling on Congress to "finish the job."

November 20, 2014 | | State


Drought relief bill out for this year

FRESNO (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that congressional efforts to provide drought relief to Central Valley farmers and communities are dead for the year.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Yosemite hotel’s housekeeper faces theft charges

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a housekeeper at a Yosemite National Park hotel with 32 counts of first degree burglary and theft for stealing cash from guests' rooms.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Driver arrested after shooting himself on 101

WILLITS (AP) - Mendocino County authorities say a man was arrested after apparently shooting himself in the face while driving on U.S. 101 with a California Highway Patrol car behind him.

November 20, 2014 | | State


SELF-DRIVING CARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.

November 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.

November 19, 2014 | | State


Calexico police chief alleges council corruption

CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."

November 19, 2014 | | State


Demos retain Sacramento-area seat after $19.6 million campaign

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.

November 19, 2014 | | State


OC drops plans for $3.6M shelter

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.

November 19, 2014 | | State


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