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PASTOR GETS 158 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MOLESTING GIRLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A pastor of a Northern California church has been ordered to serve 158 years to life in prison for molesting five young girls that he and his wife were caring for at their home.

March 02, 2012 | | State


DVI removes symbol of prison overcrowding

TRACY (AP) - California prisons marked a milestone Friday, when officials said they had removed the last of nearly 20,000 beds that had been jammed into gymnasiums and other common areas to house inmates who overflowed traditional prison cells.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Oakdale Marine wanted to show partner his love

HONOLULU (AP) - Sgt. Brandon Morgan of Oakdale didn't expect to become a global phenomenon when he kissed his partner upon returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Orange County bank gunman had business with hostage; suspect remains in intensive care unit

BUENA PARK (AP) - A man shot and wounded by SWAT officers after a standoff at a Southern California bank was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and several homemade pipe bombs, and he knew the bank manager he held hostage, police said Friday.

March 02, 2012 | | State


LA-bound big rock to get extra push up hill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just like the little engine that thought it could, the people hauling a 340-ton rock for an earthy work of art know they can get up the next hill and make it to Los Angeles.

March 02, 2012 | | State


Snow from storm exceeds forecast, but still too little too late to cover shortfall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's finally looking like ski season in California's Sierra Nevada as a late winter storm exceeded forecasts by dumping at least 6 feet of fluff at the highest elevations.

March 01, 2012 | | State


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JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST FED POT CRACKDOWN: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged U.S. attorneys' efforts to shut down pot clubs in California.

March 01, 2012 | | State


California college students, Occupy Wall Street groups protest education cuts at various campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Students, educators and Occupy Wall Street activists held demonstrations Thursday across California to protest state budget cuts to education, partially shutting down at least one college campus.

March 01, 2012 | | State


FBI director: Cyber-threats will become top worry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The director of the FBI told an annual gathering of cyber-security professionals on Thursday that the agency needs the private sector to help combat what he believes is becoming the nation's No. 1 threat.

March 01, 2012 | | State


Delta plan would build tunnels to pump water more water down to LA

STOCKTON (AP) - California could soon build two giant tunnels to boost water deliveries to farms and cities and improve habitat for fish, according to documents released by the California Natural Resources Agency.

March 01, 2012 | | State


Teacher quits high school job in Modesto, leaves wife, moves in with 18-year-old Enochs student

MODESTO (AP) - A California teacher quit his job, left his wife and kids, and moved in with an 18-year-old student less than half his age, saying he knows "she's the one."

March 01, 2012 | | State


Medical marijuana ruling over nuisance ordinance adds to confusion over med-pot

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California appellate court has ruled that cities cannot use nuisance ordinances to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, further adding to the confusion about how municipalities should regulate clinics protected under state law.

March 01, 2012 | | State


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Ex-prosecutor sues over fight with colleague

March 01, 2012 | | State


Controversial water bill giving urban, farm users more SJ River water gets first OK

FRESNO (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a controversial water bill that would block the restoration of the San Joaquin River and give California farmers and urban residents more water.

February 29, 2012 | | State


States won't oppose Honda hybrid mpg settlement

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Attorneys general in California and four other states said Wednesday that they won't oppose a class-action settlement between Honda Motor Co. and owners of its hybrid cars over inflated claims of fuel efficiency.

February 29, 2012 | | State


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Archaeologists seek to uncover movie set in California sands

GUADALUPE (AP) - Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the Central California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes - but these are made of plaster.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Brown pursues lasting policy legacy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jerry Brown is on the verge of doing what no one has ever done in California and what no one may ever do again: get elected to a fourth term as governor.

October 19, 2014 | | State


Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows

TAHOE CITY (AP) - Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno.

October 17, 2014 | | State


25 years later, could Bay Area take another quake?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's been 25 years since a massive quake rocked the Bay Area just before a World Series game, killing dozens, injuring thousands and causing billions of dollars' worth of damage as it buckled freeways, brought down a bridge and knocked buildings off their foundations.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Bird deaths in plant’s ponds investigated

BLYTHE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are investigating as many as 60 bird deaths at a Southern California solar plant.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Unemployment rate dips to 7.3 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September even as the number of jobs in the state dipped by 9,800.

October 17, 2014 | | State


US marshal arrested in marijuana robbery

YUBA CITY (AP) - A deputy U.S. marshal is accused of stealing roughly 24 pounds of marijuana at gunpoint from three people parked at a Northern California motel.

October 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TOP-SECRET SPACE PLANE LANDS ON CALIFORNIA COAST: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Bank robbery hostage begged for her life

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton woman taken hostage during a bank robbery and killed by police in an ensuing shootout begged for her life as she was dragged away by kidnappers, a lawyer for her family said Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Groups appeal for release of license plate scans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.

October 17, 2014 | | State


Groups appeal for release of license plate scans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.

October 16, 2014 | | State


College ropes off building amid false Ebola scare

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fears about the Ebola virus prompted officials to rope off a college classroom building for several hours Thursday in San Diego County after a student told her instructor that her sister was in a hospital with flu-like symptoms.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Health exchange preps for second round

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange said Thursday that it is learning from past mistakes by adding staff and capacity in preparation for the second round of open enrollment next month.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Maui birthday invite washes ashore in SoCal

PISMO BEACH (AP) - A Central California beach outing has turned into a mystery after a bottle turned up with an invitation to a party in Hawaii - four years ago.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Secret PG&E, CPUC talks banned

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's public utilities commission should stop all back-channel contact between commission members and the state's largest utility for at least a year, a judge ruled Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | | State


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