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Brown lauds strength of American Indians

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday told a national gathering of American Indians that the adversity they faced in the past should be a "confidence builder" for future achievements.

October 22, 2012 | | State


Disney defends new Hispanic-influenced princess who is blue-eyed & fair-skinned

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Co. is defending its newest princess following a backlash over her Hispanic-influenced ethnicity.

October 22, 2012 | | State


Tornado hits near Yuba City, no injuries reported

YUBA CITY (AP) - A tornado touched down north of the state capital Monday, ripping shingles off rooftops, scattering patio furniture and blowing down trees and power lines.

October 22, 2012 | | State


Parents considering legal action over free yoga classes; say its indoctrination

ENCINITAS (AP) - A group of parents is bent out of shape by free yoga classes at schools in this San Diego County beachside community, fearing they are indoctrinating youngsters in eastern religion.

October 22, 2012 | | State


Male beluga whale mimics human speech

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets' Swedish Chef.

October 22, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

TECH FIRM MOVING TO SF'S MID-MARKET NEIGHBORHOOD: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's plans to revitalize its blighted mid-Market neighborhood are getting another boost.

October 22, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

VALLEJO POLICE FATALLY SHOOT MAN WITH RIFLE: VALLEJO (AP) - A Vallejo police officer shot and killed a 29-year-old man who pointed a rifle at another officer early Sunday, police said.

October 21, 2012 | | State


5.3-magnitude quake, rattles King City

SALINAS (AP) - A moderate earthquake and minor aftershocks jolted the central California coast over the weekend but didn't cause any damage, authorities said.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Dead man found at shooting wearing armor

INGLEWOOD (AP) - Police were nearly certain Sunday that a man found dead at the property where five members of a Southern California family were shot - two fatally - was the killer because he was wearing body armor, clutching a handgun and had a bullet hole in his head.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Uncle Sam ends Sir Francis Drake debate

POINT REYES (AP) - The federal government has apparently ended a 433-year-old historical controversy by determining that English sea captain and explorer Sir Francis Drake came ashore in what is now a county in the San Francisco Bay area when he claimed California for England.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Brown calls for help in final push for tax hike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown called on teachers Saturday to protect their classrooms by helping him pass a tax increase on the November ballot with a final three-week push.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Private colleges boom as state universities falter under weight of budget shortfalls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's public higher education crisis has a flip side: swelling enrollment, expanding faculty, and state-of-the-art construction at the state's private colleges and universities.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Voice software helps study of rare Yosemite National Park owls

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - In the bird world, they make endangered condors seem almost commonplace.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Hundreds of local tax measures fill ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has competition on the November ballot, and it's not just from a rival statewide tax initiative seeking to raise income taxes for school funding.

October 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• SF PLANNERS OK PLANS FOR CITY'S TALLEST BUILDING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco planners have approved plans to build what will become the city's tallest building.

October 19, 2012 | | State


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Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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