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OFFICIALS ID CHP OFFICER KILLED IN OFF-DUTY CRASH: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Officials have released the name of a veteran California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash, while his colleagues remembered him as a dedicated public servant.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Mission Hills man suspected of stabbing his grandmother to death with BBQ fork

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his grandmother to death, possibly with a barbecue fork.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Napa do-over prompts grape plant shortage

NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.

December 16, 2012 | | State


Police trade $200,000 for 590 guns

OAKLAND (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."

December 16, 2012 | | State


School yoga tries to avoid religious controversy as district faces lawsuit

ENCINITAS (AP) - Public school yoga instructor Katie Campbell proudly looks out at 23 first graders as they contain their squirming in a kid-friendly version of the lotus position.

December 16, 2012 | | State


PG&E: Workers fired for lying about inspections

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it has fired or suspended nearly 20 workers after discovering legally required inspections may not have been performed.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Regulators approve free cellphones for the poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Impoverished Californians will soon get free cellphones.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Big surge in smokeless tobacco sales

SACRAMENTO (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.

December 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JURY: LAPD MUST PAY $24M FOR SHOOTING OF BOY, 13: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has ruled the Los Angeles Police Department must pay $24 million for a 13-year-old boy shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

WOMAN'S SEX ROMP EXPOSES WORKERS' COMP FRAUD : SAN MATEO (AP) - A sex romp at a public park helped prosecutors convict a California woman of faking an ankle injury to collect workers' compensation payments, authorities said.

December 14, 2012 | | State


Modest growth sends population to 37.8M

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew at the same modest pace during the year that ended in July as it did during the previous 12 months, sending the population to 37.8 million, according to a state population estimate released Thursday.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Stockton carjacking suspect faces murder charges for death

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police are releasing more details about a suspected carjacker facing murder charges following a high-speed chase that ended when the stolen car crashed and killed his female accomplice.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Ruling allows Medi-Cal payment cuts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed California's right to cut payments made to Medi-Cal providers by 10 percent, a victory that Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says will save the state more than $330 million a year.

December 13, 2012 | | State


California sees unusually high 'king tides'

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Seawater spread into several low-lying communities along the California coast Thursday morning as unusually high "king tides" pulled the Pacific Ocean farther ashore than normal.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Investigators say acquaintances attacked couple

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who died after being beaten, shot, and bound and gagged in San Francisco had planned to relocate to the city from Georgia, a relative said.

December 13, 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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