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ARCHITECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN LA FIREMAN'S DEATH: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The architect of a Hollywood Hills mansion where a ceiling collapsed and killed a firefighter who was trying to extinguish a blaze has pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter.

February 15, 2012 | | State


Brown to play host to Chinese VP for 2 days

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will welcome Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to California with a tour of the Port of Los Angeles and events highlighting the economic and cultural ties between the world's most populous nation and the U.S. state with the most people and largest economy, the governor's office announced Wednesday.

February 15, 2012 | | State


Armstrong charity gives $1.5M to tobacco tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Supporters of an initiative on California's June ballot that would raise cigarette taxes to fund cancer research got a boost Wednesday from Lance Armstrong's Livestrong charity as the cycling champion announced a $1.5 million contribution.

February 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

15-minute-old newborn gets pacemaker for heart

February 15, 2012 | | State


PG&E stops talks on settlement fund with San Bruno over pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city of San Bruno said Wednesday settlement talks were back on track with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. about compensation for a deadly gas pipeline explosion after the city held a morning press conference announcing the collapse of negotiations.

February 15, 2012 | | State


5 states may intervene in Honda hybrid settlement

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge on Tuesday granted California and four other states more time to consider objecting to a class-action settlement between Honda Motor Co. and car owners over inflated fuel-efficiency claims about the automaker's hybrid vehicles.

February 14, 2012 | | State


Republicans take Solyndra message about political favoritism to Obama

FREMONT (AP) - If you want a window into how outside Republican groups are likely to assail President Barack Obama's record this year, look no further than how the GOP is lambasting the administration's handling of solar company Solyndra.

February 14, 2012 | | State


S&P improves California bond outlook to positive thanks to spending reductions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Standard & Poor's on Tuesday improved California's bond outlook from stable to positive, a sign the state might be poised for a credit-rating upgrade if the Legislature continues to make spending cuts and tax revenue meets projections.

February 14, 2012 | | State


Dig for human remains of speed freak killers’ victims near Linden

LINDEN (AP) - The childhood friends killed for the first time less than three months after their high school graduation in 1984. Then they seemingly killed with impunity for the next 15 years, with one man making barroom boasts about their ability to make people disappear.

February 14, 2012 | | State


Los Angeles teacher aide arrested for sex contact

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A high school teacher's aide accused of sending inappropriate Internet messages to a 15-year-old student was arrested Monday on suspicion of contacting her with the intent to commit a sexual offense, the FBI said.

February 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Man at home with son shoots, kills robbery suspect

February 14, 2012 | | State


Couple sentenced in Filipino ‘slavery’ smuggling case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A couple who smuggled immigrants from the Philippines to work as virtual slaves in an elder-care business were sentenced Monday to 18 months each in federal prison.

February 13, 2012 | | State


Authorities: Houston was underwater in tub

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Whitney Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, and she had prescription drugs in her room, authorities said Monday.

February 13, 2012 | | State


Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban on race to determine public college admission

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the state's elite campuses.

February 13, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

LA BUSINESSMAN GETS 8 YEARS FOR MEDICARE FRAUD: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The co-owner of two Los Angeles-area health care companies has been sentenced to eight years in prison for scheming to defraud Medicare out of millions.

February 13, 2012 | | State


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Marijuana is an issue in state attorney general race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican fighting to unseat California's incumbent attorney general has adopted the unconventional strategy of seeking to legalize recreational marijuana as the centerpiece of his uphill campaign.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Brown: State needs long-term water vision

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Addressing California's longstanding water problems will take tens of billions of dollars more and a large dose of political compromise, but the epic drought may provide new motivation, Gov. Jerry Brown told a Stanford University water conference on Monday.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Youths, tech workers duel over San Francisco rec soccer field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Teenage soccer players in San Francisco won an off-field victory over the city's technology workers after a videotaped confrontation gained national attention.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Yosemite may raise entrance, camping fees

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors to Yosemite National Park may soon have to pay more to enter and camp overnight, under proposed fee increases announced Monday.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Cal State faculty reach tentative 3-year pay deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University faculty would get a pay raise under a tentative deal reached on a three-year contract.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Santa Rosa man arrested in sledgehammer slaying

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A 33-year-old Santa Rosa man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his father, who police say was strangled and hit in the head with a sledgehammer.

October 20, 2014 | | State


Fair Oaks teen triumphs after diving accident

FAIR OAKS (AP) - A suburban Sacramento teenager who was paralyzed from the chest down in a summer diving accident and vowed not to let it stop him from succeeding in his senior year of high school was named his school's homecoming king on Saturday night.

October 19, 2014 | | State


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


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