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Woman arrested over drug-laced postcard at jail

SANTA MARIA (AP) - A Santa Barbara County woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drug-laced postcard to her jailed boyfriend.

December 18, 2013 | | State


Weather to help crews battling Big Sur blaze

BIG SUR (AP) - Firefighters were making progress Wednesday battling an unusual late fall wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced about 100 people to flee the scenic Big Sur region overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

December 18, 2013 | | State


Ex-firefighter arrested for arson in Clover Fire

REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and several arson charges in connection with a wildfire that killed one person and destroyed dozens of structures in rural Northern California.

December 18, 2013 | | State


Less time for life-term inmates?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has agreed to change its policy for considering when murderers and others serving life sentences should be eligible for parole, though corrections experts differed Tuesday on whether the change could lead to shorter prison terms for thousands of inmates.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Less time for life-term inmates?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has agreed to change its policy for considering when murderers and others serving life sentences should be eligible for parole, though corrections experts differed Tuesday on whether the change could lead to shorter prison terms for thousands of inmates.

December 17, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BIG SUR FIRE IS 20 PERCENT CONTAINED: BIG SUR (AP) - A wildfire that has burned more than a dozen homes in the Big Sur area of central California is now 20 percent contained.

December 17, 2013 | | State


EPA: Chevron violated law at Richmond refinery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

December 17, 2013 | | State


LAPD officers now have body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Downtown Angelenos may be the first to encounter a Los Angeles police officer equipped with a new on-body camera.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Google's top searches peer into society's current mindset

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Squaw Valley ski resort scales back expansion plan

SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Squaw Valley ski resort is scaling back its expansion plans to try to meet concerns of critics in the Sierra just north of Lake Tahoe, but conservationists say the verdict is still out on whether the changes will go far enough to protect the wetlands, scenery and charm of the rustic mountain resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Doomsday minister Harold Camping dead at 92

OAKLAND (AP) - Harold Camping, the California preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave up public prophecy when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass, has died at age 92.

December 17, 2013 | | State


$1.1B California paint ruling may prompt more lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paint makers could face a surge of lawsuits after a California state court judge ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies get rid of lead from an estimated 5 million homes in the state.

December 17, 2013 | | State


Big Sur fire destroys 15 homes, forces 100 to flee

BIG SUR (AP) - A wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. No injuries were reported.

December 16, 2013 | | State


Billionaire to push lawmakers for oil tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Monday that he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state.

December 16, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO OFFERS FREE WI-FI ALONG MARKET ST. : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is offering free Internet access along one of its main thoroughfares.

December 16, 2013 | | State


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Hufstedler, first US education secretary, dies at 90

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shirley Hufstedler, a former federal appellate court judge who served as the nation's first education secretary, has died. She was 90.

March 31, 2016 | | State


Apple in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone

CUPERTINO (AP) - The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they ...

March 29, 2016 | | State


Student measles case closes charter school

NEVADA CITY . (AP) - A charter school in the Sierra Nevada closed Tuesday after an unvaccinated child was diagnosed with measles.

March 29, 2016 | | State


Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," then maintained a long career ...

March 29, 2016 | | State


Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170 ...

March 28, 2016 | | State


UC boss to monitor campus’ plan to combat harassment

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Saturday it will closely monitor UC Berkeley's efforts to address sexual harassment complaints and assaults ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.

March 27, 2016 | | State


Sonoma Coast commercial crab season starts

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The commercial crab season officially opened Saturday after being postponed for more than four months because tests showed high levels of domoic ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


Push in Sacramento for $15 wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an ...

March 27, 2016 | | State


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