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Hollywood-style bank heist

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities investigating a bizarre bank heist on Thursday searched the home of a bank manager who was told to strap what she believed was a bomb to her midsection and was forced to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Discrimination claim against In-N-Out chain

September 06, 2012 | | State


Facebook stock up on Zuckerberg's no-sale pledge

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's stock increased nearly 5 percent on Wednesday following a disclosure that its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, won't sell stock in the company for at least a year.

September 05, 2012 | | State


NASA Dawn spacecraft traveling to dwarf planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Next and final stop: The biggest object in the asteroid belt.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Report: Teacher fund lax on anti-spiking efforts; audits each district every 48 years

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report released Wednesday by the state controller's office found that the nation's largest teacher pension fund has been so lax about detecting pension spiking at California school districts that it is on pace to audit each district once every 48 years.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Paraplegic awarded $1.5M from Fresno Kaiser hospital

FRESNO (AP) - A man who was left partially paralyzed by an infection has been awarded $1.5 million from a Fresno medical center.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Court denies LA's bid to take Skid Row property

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles cannot seize property left temporarily unattended on sidewalks by Skid Row's homeless residents, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in a denying an appeal by the city.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Bank robbed; device strapped to manager

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two masked gunmen kidnapped a bank manager, strapped what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forced her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her Bank of America branch when it opened Wednesday morning, authorities said.

September 05, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY POLICE CAR CHASING SUSPECT : WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 17-year-old who police say stole a car and then led West Sacramento police on a chase that ended up killing a pedestrian is being charged with murder.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Investigator says suspect shot CHP officer in head

MARTINEZ (AP) - The suspect killed in a shootout following a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway had shot a California Highway Patrol officer in the head without warning, leaving him in critical condition, authorities said Wednesday.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Feds grant SF shrub endangered status

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To an average person, it may just be a drab clump of evergreen leaves indistinguishable from the other plants in the Presidio woods. But the rediscovered San Francisco shrub now has the protection of the federal government.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Company fined $267K after immigration raid

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California printer supply manufacturer raided by federal authorities four years ago has agreed to plead guilty to employing illegal immigrants and pay $267,000 in fines.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Rain aids battle against forest fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Light rainfall and cooler temperatures are helping firefighters gain ground on a blaze in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

GROUP FIGHTING RICHMOND SODA TAX FILES LAWSUIT: RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A group funded by the beverage industry has sued to avoid campaign-disclosure laws as it fights a proposed soda tax in Richmond.

September 05, 2012 | | State


Mother, 1-year-old child, die in CA canal accident

WATERFORD . (AP) - Authorities say a mother and baby daughter died after their car struck an embankment and flipped over into a canal Monday afternoon near Waterford.

September 05, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

RARE WHALE FOSSIL PULLED FROM BACKYARD: RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Full speed ahead for rail?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Attorney in deadly bank robbery requests police records

STOCKTON (AP) - The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed after being taken hostage during a Northern California bank robbery said he wants to know whether police made mistakes or suffered a communication breakdown, a newspaper reported.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Fontana man wins $60 million Powerball jackpot

SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - A 76-year-old Fontana man has won a $60 million Powerball jackpot - the largest Lotto award in San Bernardino County history.

August 01, 2014 | | State


40 hurt in two SF bus, train crashes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit bus and a commuter train crashed into trucks minutes apart Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 of them to the hospital, authorities said.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

ALTURAS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California were battling several lightning-sparked wildfires Friday, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that forced about 120 people to evacuate.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Suspect in death of his grandma standing trial

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Repairing LA main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

August 01, 2014 | | State


$11M deal to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) - Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

August 01, 2014 | | State


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