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Snow shuts down Interstate 5 traffic in Tejon Pass

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cold storm moving across Southern California on Monday froze traffic, slowing or stranding thousands of motorists on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles, dumping snow and hail on mountains, and bringing high, hazardous surf to beaches.

February 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA SEEKS SUSPENSION OF FORECLOSURES: WASHINGTON (AP) - California officials have asked the federal government to suspend foreclosures in the state and consider reducing mortgages for those at-risk homeowners who have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Death of girl after fight ruled homicide

LONG BEACH (AP) - What began as an after-school fight between two young girls over a boy exploded into a homicide investigation Monday, when authorities said a 10-year-old died of a head injury after the confrontation with an 11 year-old classmate.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Occupy Oakland protestors travel to Sacramento; injure two officers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At least two law enforcement officers were injured Monday during a clash with members of the Occupy movement who were at the state Capitol to counter a rally by a group protesting violence by blacks against whites in South Africa.

February 27, 2012 | | State


SF waterfront plans for America's Cup scaled back to avoid major pier renovation project

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of sailing's most prestigious event said Monday they are dramatically scaling back plans to renovate San Francisco's dilapidated waterfront.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Analyst: Tax revenue $6.5 billion less than governor projects even with Facebook IPO

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax revenues will fall $6.5 billion short of Gov. Jerry Brown's prediction, even with an expected boost from Facebook's initial public stock offering and if voters approve the governor's proposed tax initiative later this year, according to a forecast released Monday.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Calif. GOP hopes primary will be relevant

BURLINGAME (AP) - California remains little more than an afterthought in the back-and-forth Republican presidential nominating contest, but the primaries and caucuses over the next couple of weeks will go a long way to determining whether the nation's most populous state will matter in a way it has not in decades.

February 26, 2012 | | State


Girl, 11, fights classmate, dies hours later

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - After getting her nose bloodied in a fight with another girl near their Southern California elementary school, 11-year-old Joanna Ramos told her mother on the way home she felt sick. Hours later, she was dead.

February 26, 2012 | | State


National gas prices up 18 cents in past 2 weeks

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 18 cents over the past two weeks.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


From Negro Creek to Wop Draw, place names offend

FRESNO (AP) - Just east of Victorville in California's Mojave Desert two bluffs rise 3,000-feet from the valley floor. A 1949 map by the U.S. Geological Survey officially gave them the name locals had called them for as long as anyone could remember: Pickaninny Buttes.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Hells Angels member arrested in funeral shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police have arrested a Hells Angel gang member several months after he was suspected of fatally shooting a fellow member at a funeral for the regional leader of the motorcycle gang.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


Scrambling to save doomed state parks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lucy D'Mot was feeling patriotic last July 4 when she read with dismay about a cost-saving plan to shutter 70 California state parks. The news propelled her on a mission: focus attention on the doomed parks by visiting them all and blogging about their unique features before the gates shut for good.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


State news briefs

TOM CRUISE, ANGELINA JOLIE REHEARSE FOR OSCAR SHOW: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie lit up the Hollywood & Highland Center with their star power when they came to rehearse for Sunday's Oscar show.

February 24, 2012 | | State


California Republican chairman aims to rebuild, reach out to voters skeptical of the GOP party

BURLINGAME (AP) - California Republicans must stay focused on economic issues to win over voters who are skeptical of the party, Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Friday as he outlined his efforts to rebrand the damaged GOP name in the state.

February 24, 2012 | | State


SF group sues to halt America's Cup plans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has filed a lawsuit seeking a new environmental review of the America's Cup sailing race.

February 24, 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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