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DA ASSIGNS PROSECUTOR TO 1991 FIRE DEATH: MURPHYS (AP) - A California district attorney says she has appointed a prosecutor with experience in arson investigations to the case of a New York man charged with killing his son and now under investigation in the fire death of his wife more than two decades ago.

June 06, 2013 | | State


PUC lawyer says why he resigned from PG&E probe

SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - A lead attorney probing a deadly pipeline explosion for state regulators says he quit the investigation because he disagreed with managers handling of the case.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Latinos stuck in poverty amid bounty of San Joaquin Valley

FRESNO (AP) - On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she's done since childhood.

June 06, 2013 | | State


FBI started asking about state lawmaker back in 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI started seeking information about the business and political dealings of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom, a former state assemblyman, as long ago as 2005, though the investigation only came to light this week when agents raided Ron's Sacramento offices.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BILL WOULD CHARGE 911 FEES ON PREPAID CELLPHONES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians who use prepaid cellphones would pay a little more to add minutes under a bill moving through the Legislature.

June 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SF BAGGAGE HANDLER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO THEFT: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A San Francisco International Airport baggage handler accused of stealing items from passengers' bags has pleaded not guilty.

June 06, 2013 | | State


Her challenge is to keep Brown focused

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anne Gust Brown, the wife, chief adviser and de facto chief of staff of Gov. Jerry Brown, acknowledged her role in keeping her intellectual but sometimes unfocused husband on track during his second stint in the governor's office.

June 05, 2013 | | State


CPUC legal team probing PG&E blast resigns

SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - The lead attorneys probing a deadly pipeline explosion for California regulators have abruptly quit the investigation, putting the integrity of the probe in jeopardy, a San Bruno city official said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | State


SF, NY officials to meet over cellphone thefts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies.

June 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TACO BELL FIRING RIDGECREST EMPLOYEE FOR TACO LICKING: RIDGECREST. (AP) - Taco Bell is firing a California employee who was photographed licking a stack of taco shells.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Parole denied for Manson follower

CHINO (AP) - Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was denied parole Wednesday for the 20th time.

June 05, 2013 | | State


CPUC enforcement division” ‘Time to throw book at PG&E’

SAN FRANCISCO - The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday said "it is time to throw the book at PG&E" in a brief replying to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the CPUC's penalty consideration cases regarding PG&E's pipeline safety.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

FORMER SANTA CLARA POLITICIAN FACING NEW CHARGE : SAN JOSE (AP) - A longtime California politician convicted of using campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction has been charged in a separate case involving an illegal campaign flier, prosecutors said Wednesday.

June 05, 2013 | | State


Serial murder suspect interviews possible jurors

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.

June 04, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-UCI PROFESSOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN OC ARSONS: SANTA ANA (AP) - A former University of California, Irvine professor has pleaded not guilty to charges he set a series of fires at his son's high school and elsewhere after the boy committed suicide.

June 04, 2013 | | State


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‘Footloose the Musical’ on stage at Community Theatre of Linden

LINDEN - This summer Community Theatre of Linden is staging their most ambitious musical yet, "Footloose the Musical", that opens Friday, July 31.

July 29, 2015 | | State


Violin ensemble plays at Haggin

STOCKTON – The Gleason Park Electric Violin Ensemble returns to The Haggin Museum on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m.

July 29, 2015 | | State


Administration wants to give prisoners access to student grants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.

July 28, 2015 | | State


Twitter 2Q revenue grows sharply but user growth stays slow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding ...

July 28, 2015 | | State


Intel chip thousand times faster

SAN JOSE (AP) - Chipmakers Intel and Micron Technologies say they've made a major breakthrough by creating a new kind of memory chip that's ...

July 28, 2015 | | State


Motorola smartphone takes aim at Apple faster memory

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives ...

July 28, 2015 | | State


Mom pleads for return of missing 8-year-old

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - The mother of a missing 8-year-old girl pleaded for her safe return Monday as search efforts grew to include federal authorities.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Best of California honors for wine from Bokisch Vineyards

LODI -The Bokisch Vineyards team's passion for making great wines was recognized at the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Federal appeals court upholds shark fin ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.

July 27, 2015 | | State


Covered California: Cost of health care coverage increasing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The cost of private individual health plans on California's state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence ...

July 27, 2015 | | State


3,900 wildfires so far this year

FRESNO (AP) - More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts ...

July 27, 2015 | | State


LA radio show peeks into the love lives of immigrants

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Alzheimer’s project belongs to UC San Diego

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ruled that control of a landmark project on Alzheimer's disease belongs to the University of California, San Diego ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Delta saltier from SF Bay water

STOCKTON (AP) - State officials say they are struggling to keep portions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fresh as saltier water from the San Francisco ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michelle Obama welcomed thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympic World Games on Saturday during a festive opening ceremony ...

July 26, 2015 | | State


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