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EUREKA YURT YIELDS MORE THAN 3,880 POT PLANTS: EUREKA (AP) - State and local drug agents say they found 3,881 marijuana plants and 110 one-pound bags of dried pot inside a Eureka yurt and seized $420,000 in cash from the structure and a nearby home.

February 29, 2012 | | State


California walloped as snow falls; helps ease drought concerns a bit for summer

Late winter storms forced school and road closures from Seattle to upstate New York, but the snow was welcomed in California as it suffers through one of the driest winters in history.

February 29, 2012 | | State


California Rep. Dreier announces plan to retire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rep. David Dreier, the powerful chairman of the House Rules Committee, announced on the House floor Wednesday that he will not seek another term. He becomes the latest lawmaker to decide to retire after recast district boundaries in his home state left him with dimmed re-election prospects.

February 29, 2012 | | State


NorCal man arrested after deadly ax rampage

MOUNTAIN GATE (AP) - A man who apparently became upset when he thought someone was stealing his medication went on a gruesome rampage with an ax, killing two people, authorities said Wednesday.

February 29, 2012 | | State


Stockton mediation first test of union backed law making it tough for cities to file bankruptcy

STOCKTON (AP) - Beleaguered Stockton is the first California city to test a new union-backed law aimed at protecting public employee contracts by making it harder for municipalities to file bankruptcy.

February 29, 2012 | | State


Brewing storm could help California’s water woes; snowpack at 30% of normal

FRESNO (AP) - State surveyors who measured California's paltry Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday might have fared better had they waited another day.

February 28, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PG&E SAYS NEW GAS SAFETY PLAN WILL COST $5B: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says its customers should pay the lion's share of a $5 billion plan to boost safety on its gas lines following the deadly San Bruno explosion.

February 28, 2012 | | State


US attorney warns California farmers they will lose farms if they allow marijuana grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in the Central Valley said Tuesday that he plans a tour this week to tell agricultural landowners they could lose their property or be prosecuted if they permit large marijuana plantations on their land.

February 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Wild parrots of SF spread to the 'burbs

February 28, 2012 | | State


Parents allege fraud foiled school reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Parents who lost their initial bid to reform a low-performing school in the Mojave Desert are requesting a criminal investigation into allegedly fraudulent documents submitted to the school district that helped scuttle their petition.

February 28, 2012 | | State


3 men face court date after violence at Capitol

3 men face court date after violence at Capitol

February 28, 2012 | | State


Stockton aims to avoid being biggest bankrupt city in USA

STOCKTON (AP) - The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine - twice.

February 28, 2012 | | State


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


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Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.

July 23, 2014 | | State


Twitter admits to hiring too many white & Asian men for top tech jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

July 23, 2014 | | State


2 cent per ounce soda tax on SF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Agency may hire ‘water cops’

SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.

July 22, 2014 | | State


IRS employee charged with ID theft

FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.

July 22, 2014 | | State


Stockton bank robber linked to 2 other heists

STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

July 21, 2014 | | State


Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


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