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4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


High school asked to abandon Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Suspect in bus passenger fire charged as adult

OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Thief gets away with 140,000 pounds of nuts from Escalon facility

ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from around California

HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED

November 06, 2013 | | State


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Hatchet-wielding man killed

BEAUMONT (AP) - Police say a Southern California officer fatally shot a man armed with a hatchet who was approaching drivers near a fast food restaurant ...

September 18, 2016 | | State


Toxic algae in more than 40 state lakes, waterways

OAKLAND (AP) - Toxic algae has shown up in more than 40 state lakes and waterways from Los Angeles to the northern reaches of California, the ...

September 18, 2016 | | State


Zuckerberg’s ‘compound’ raises red flags

PALO ALTO (AP) - An advisory board recommended a California city refuse Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's plans to demolish and rebuild four homes around his ...

September 18, 2016 | | State


LAW FIRM SUES YELP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yelp.com is warning that a California lawsuit targeting critical posts about a law firm could lead to the removal of negative ...

September 18, 2016 | | State


Ex-high school teacher gets prison for molestation, porn

DANA POINT (AP) - A former Orange County high school teacher has been sentenced to five years in prison after admitting to sexually assaulting a teenage ...

September 16, 2016 | | State


Twin tunnels will cost taxpayers

STOCKTON (AP) - Giant tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build to haul water across California are economically feasible only if the federal government bears ...

September 15, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown approves $900M for air quality

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved $900 million in funding for environmental programs, signing legislation that frees up an unusually large influx of ...

September 15, 2016 | | State


COURT FILING ON FANT’S BEHALF

Editor's note: The following is the filling made in San Joaquin County Superior Court on behalf of Manteca Unified School District trustee Sam Fant ...

September 13, 2016 | | State


Study: California’s albino redwoods filter soil toxins

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A researcher may have figured out that albino redwoods - long considered freeloaders - contribute to the health of California's deep green redwood ...

September 13, 2016 | | State


Football player suspended after knocking out referee

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California community college football player was suspended for five years on Monday after knocking out a referee during a game ...

September 13, 2016 | | State


Farmworkers OT pay expanded

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farmworkers in the nation's largest agricultural state will be entitled to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers under a ...

September 12, 2016 | | State


Court: Yelp not liable for negative rating ‘stars’ on site

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online review site Yelp's star rating system does not make it responsible for negative reviews of businesses because it is based ...

September 12, 2016 | | State


California turns to civilians as inmate ranks to fight fires dwindle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Faced with a shrinking pool of inmates to help fight major wildfires, California is increasingly turning for new recruits to its state Conservation ...

September 12, 2016 | | State


Jim Anderson & The Rebels will rock 2016 Pumpkin Fair

Jim Anderson & The Rebels will close both days of the 2016 Pumpkin Fair on the Community Stage at Wilson Park in downtown Manteca.

September 12, 2016 | | State


Authorities ID body found by whale watcher

MOSS LANDING (AP) - Authorities say a body found floating in the Monterey Bay by people on a whale watching tour belongs to a man reported ...

September 12, 2016 | | State


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