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LAUGHING GAS ABUSER BLAMES HEAD SHOPS FOR INJURY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A nitrous oxide abuser is blaming California head shops for injuries during his laughing gas highs.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Pension bonds add risk to public retiree crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oakland's city leaders took a risk when, rather than lay off more staff or cut services, they decided to borrow nearly $213 million to cover pension payments owed to retired city workers. They're betting that the pension fund's investments will earn more than the cost of issuing pension obligation bonds.

January 03, 2013 | | State


California receives approval for health exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Thursday approved California's plan to run its own health insurance market, a milestone in the state's effort to meet requirements of the national health care reform law.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

RETIREES PROMISED LIFETIME HEALTH COVERAGE SUE: LIVERMORE (AP) - A California appeals court says Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees who were promised lifetime health care can sue over a switch to a private plan that costs more and covers less.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Snowpack looks good, but dry January looms

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - A snowy December that kept Sierra ski resorts busy also had California's water managers hopeful Wednesday at the start of a monthly snow-measuring ritual that determines everything from types of crops planted to municipal water allocations.

January 02, 2013 | | State


Fiscal cliff deal brings some relief to California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff in Washington will bring a reprieve to California's slowly rebounding economy, but uncertainty remains in part because Congress delayed action on federal spending cuts.

January 02, 2013 | | State


Helicopter wreckage found near Delano

DELANO (AP) - Sheriff's officials have located the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared in Central California while trying to keep crops from freezing, and they say the female pilot is dead.

January 02, 2013 | | State


3D laser project aims to preserve missions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's centuries-old Spanish missions are getting cutting-edge 3D treatment.

January 02, 2013 | | State


Paparazzo killed after taking shots of Justin Bieber car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the world of paparazzi, one image of the rich or famous can be like winning the lottery. But the hunt for that shot can be dangerous - even deadly.

January 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

POINT REYES DROWNING PROMPTS WARNING ABOUT HIGH WAVES: POINT REYES (AP) - Authorities are warning beachgoers to be careful after a man was swept out to sea by a large wave and drowned while trying to save his dog on a Northern California beach.

January 02, 2013 | | State


Storm returns to TV 3 weeks after grill accident to host Rose parade telecast

PASADENA (AP) - With a wave of her bandaged left hand, and boosted by well wishes from Dr. Phil, Chris Evert and even a young woman she once babysat, Hannah Storm returned to a most comfortable setting - talking in front of a TV camera.

January 02, 2013 | | State


San Jose police arrest naked man wielding sword during 3-hour New Year’s standoff

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police arrested a naked man wielding a large Samurai sword after a three-hour New Year's Day standoff in San Jose.

January 02, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

WHALES, ELEPHANT SEALS DELIGHT NORCAL BEACHGOERS: POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Gray whales and elephant seals are putting on a show at Point Reyes National Seashore, delighting beachgoers.

January 01, 2013 | | State


Salinas school named after bandido ignites debate

SALINAS (AP) - Scaffolding climbs the walls of the new elementary school in Salinas, an agricultural city celebrated as John Steinbeck's birthplace but plagued by gang violence.

January 01, 2013 | | State


Newspaper defies trend to shrink costs

SANTA ANA. (AP) - New and expanded sections to cover business, automobiles and food. A nearly five-fold increase in community news pages and more investigative reporting. Even daily color comics.

January 01, 2013 | | State


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San Francisco ‘24 Olympic bid taking shape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This tech-booming city, home to Twitter and other innovative startups, is experiencing its greatest growth since the California Gold Rush more than 150 years ago.

November 28, 2014 | | State


Storms could wallop Northern Ca.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A series of storms was headed toward Northern California Friday and could bring more rain to parts of the region in one weekend than they have seen so far this season, forecasters said.

November 28, 2014 | | State


Congressional delegation loses wealth of experience

WASHINGTON (AP) - California's congressional delegation will take a double hit when a new Congress convenes in January.

November 28, 2014 | | State


Bay Area officer busted for texted pic

PALO ALTO (AP) - A detective with the Palo Alto Police Department has been disciplined for forwarding an explicit photo of a suspect from a cellphone while the woman was under arrest, an audit report reveals.

November 28, 2014 | | State


Oakland protestors chain themselves to BART trains

OAKLAND (AP) - Protesters who chained themselves to trains Friday stopped service from Oakland to San Francisco and shut down a major station in the Bay Area Rapid Transit system days after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to indict an officer in the shooting death of an 18-year-old.

November 28, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE

• Couple robbed, kidnapped at lookout spot: BERKELEY (AP) - Police say a couple sitting in a car at a Berkeley hillside lookout point taking in the view of the San Francisco Bay were robbed and kidnapped. University of California, Berkeley police are looking for three men who tried to rob a 26-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man about 2 a.m. Thursday. No one was injured. Police said the men, armed with at least two guns and two baseball bats, went to the couple's car, parked on Grizzly Peak Boulevard viewpoint behind the UC Berkeley campus, and tried to rob ...

November 28, 2014 | | State


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