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Man faces up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty for celeb hacking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Florida man has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Mavericks big-wave surfing contest unlikely

March 22, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SF SHERIFF CHARGED WITH OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Over the past nine weeks, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi hasn't spoken to his wife and has seen his 3-year-old son only sporadically.

March 21, 2012 | | State


Salinas counselor arrested on sex, porn charges

SALINAS (AP) - Police have arrested a high school counselor whose computer allegedly contained videos of students engaged in sexual activity in his office, authorities said.

March 21, 2012 | | State


California mosque sues city over denial of application to rebuild and expand

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mosque filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the small suburban city of Lomita engaged in religious discrimination when it rejected an application to rebuild and expand the worship facility.

March 21, 2012 | | State




LA council urges curbs on derogatory radio speech

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council called on TV and radio broadcasters Wednesday to keep their hosts from spouting crude slurs, citing Rush Limbaugh's reference to a woman as a "slut" and a KFI show calling Whitney Houston a "crack ho."

March 21, 2012 | | State


Wife: 'Kony 2012' director suffers from psychosis

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The director of a wildly popular video about brutal African warlord Joseph Kony has been diagnosed with brief psychosis and is expected to stay in the hospital for weeks, his wife said Wednesday.

March 21, 2012 | | State


Oakland to pay legal fees in public search by cops

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland officers' decision to pull two men's pants down on a public street after they were stopped by police has cost the city about a million dollars.

March 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PG&E wants to offset fine for pipeline blast

March 21, 2012 | | State


‘California inmates petition UN to monitor prisons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney for hundreds of California inmates held in solitary confinement because of their gang ties on Tuesday petitioned the United Nations to intervene to stop the practice and investigate living conditions and prisoners' health.

March 20, 2012 | | State


Three online date sites agree to screen for predators

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three online dating giants agreed to screen for sex offenders and take other safety steps after a woman was assaulted on a date, the California attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

March 20, 2012 | | State


Drake’s Bay could be named as explorer's landing place

PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - The U.S. government is poised to settle the long-running historical dispute over where British explorer Sir Francis Drake stopped on the West Coast to repair and restock his ship during his 16th century journey around the world.

March 20, 2012 | | State


Brown calls his tax 'superior,' tackles budget gap

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governor on Tuesday countered new ads airing in Los Angeles and San Francisco for a tax proposal that competes with one he is proposing for the November ballot, saying his measure is superior because it would help fund schools and address California's $9.2 billion budget deficit.

March 20, 2012 | | State


Lawyer: San Francisco sheriff won't resign office

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawyer for San Francisco's sheriff said Tuesday he has no plans to resign despite the threat of an ethics probe over a domestic violence case.

March 20, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FORMER FIRE CHIEF PLEADS NO CONTEST TO RADIO THEFT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Southern California fire chief has pleaded no contest to stealing more than $300,000 of radio equipment to sell on eBay and setting a fire in a bungled attempt to hide the theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


Drivers in fatal bus crash had clean records

ORLAND (AP) - Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Netflix’s Comcast deal improves quality of video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Trend persists of prisons as mental health housing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were scaled back, prisons and county jails have become the de facto housing for many who are mentally ill.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Injured man flown from fishing boat to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Coast Guard says an injured man has been picked up from a charter fishing boat off Baja California and flown to San Diego for medical treatment.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Did parolees wear GPS devices during killings

ANAHEIM (AP) - Two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Steinberg backs off ‘carbon tax’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Larger marine sanctuaries proposed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday proposed more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the Northern California coast, a move that would restrict the movements of cargo ships, aircraft and personal watercraft, and close the areas to oil and gas exploration.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Man comes to courthouse in stolen vehicle

SONORA (AP) - Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Landmark thermometer to be renovated, relit

BAKER (AP) - A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert will once again be a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Suicide suspected in man’s fall in Yosemite Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say suicide is suspected in the death of a man who apparently jumped from the top of a popular climbing spot in Yosemite National Park.

April 14, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• FBI ASKS TO MEET WITH SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI plans to talk with San Francisco city leaders as part of its ongoing investigation targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate in Chinatown, the agency confirmed Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | State


Missing paintings found in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of missing paintings by a Polish artist have been found in a storage facility in Northern California.

April 13, 2014 | | State


Drought spawns well drilling boom

CHOWCHILLA (AP) - The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

April 13, 2014 | | State


Bay Bridge rusting in critical areas

OAKLAND (AP) - Some cable sections and rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting, and engineering experts say it could lead to structural damage if the corrosion worsens, a newspaper reported Sunday.

April 13, 2014 | | State


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