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IRON BUTTERFLY BASSIST LEE DORMAN DIES AT AGE 70: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lee Dorman, the bassist for psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at age 70.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Court blocks law banning gay therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

December 21, 2012 | | State


San Bernardino presses for bankruptcy

RIVERSIDE (AP) - California's giant pension fund is among creditors opposing San Bernardino's bid on Friday to convince a judge that the debt-ridden city is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

December 21, 2012 | | State


5 feet of snow possible in Sierra

TRUCKEE. (AP) - The most powerful winter storm of the season is expected to bring as much as 5 feet of snow to the top of the Sierra through Sunday.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Police stop 2 high school shooting plots

ALTURAS (AP) - A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody after investigators said they found evidence he was planning a shooting at his high school in Northern California.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHEVRON MOVING 800 CALIFORNIA JOBS TO TEXAS

December 21, 2012 | | State


New air quality rules may further restrict home fires

FRESNO (AP) - Rules to help clean air in the San Joaquin Valley would cut down fireplace use earlier than initially proposed.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Former Marine guarding Hughson School lies about his service record

HUGHSON (AP) - A former Marine applauded for voluntarily guarding a central California elementary school apparently misrepresented his service history, U.S. Marine Corps officials said Thursday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


PG&E customers footing part of pipe safety cost

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday unanimously approved a two-year Pacific Gas and Electric Co. rate increase of $299 million to help pay for pipeline inspection and upgrade costs in the wake of the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Carjacking suspect says he strangled grandmother

FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother now faces murder and elder abuse charges.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An audit shows Oakland is keeping cash from overpaid parking tickets despite a state law requiring refunds.

December 20, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE DISMISSES CA BUS AND TRUCK POLLUTION LAWSUIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed without prejudice a trucking association's lawsuit against new rules aimed at reducing truck and bus pollution in California.

December 20, 2012 | | State


San Juan Capistrano official wants to arm teachers

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano suggests arming teachers, staff and parents to protect children in the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.

December 20, 2012 | | State


California: A national mental health model

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In response to the killing of schoolchildren in Connecticut, the federal government should consider California's strategy for dealing with mental illness, experts and lawmakers said Thursday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Brown: Medi-Cal expansion could hit state budget to tune of $4 billion a year

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Expanding the state's Medi-Cal program to meet new federal guidelines could add up to $4 billion a year in costs at the same time California is implementing federal health reform, potentially putting its budget "right out of whack," Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


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Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Scouts settle suit over abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

January 29, 2015 | | State


State must adopt execution process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California must move 2,100 inmates at risk of getting valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | | State


California meets crowding goal ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

January 29, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

January 29, 2015 | | State


SNOWPACK 12% OF NORMAL

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Some doctors won’t see anti- vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

January 29, 2015 | | State


State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.

January 29, 2015 | | State


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