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MOTORIST FACES TRIAL IN ELECTROCUTION DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been ordered to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter in spite of his attorney's argument that the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans trying to help after the crash were not his fault.

July 24, 2013 | | State


SF leader seeks to close parks at night

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker's proposal to close city parks overnight is drawing criticism from homeless advocates.

July 23, 2013 | | State


2 found dead at Sacramento County house fire

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are investigating a suspicious house fire at which an elderly man and his son were found dead and have named a person of interest in the case.

July 23, 2013 | | State


Land deal grows protected area of N. California. coast

POINT ARENA . (AP) - Another piece of California's North Coast will join a patchwork of coastal lands where development is banned and public use is encouraged, a preservation group said Monday.

July 23, 2013 | | State


Court rejects bid to stop gay marriages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's highest court refused Tuesday to block the state from sanctioning same-sex marriages while it considers a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.

July 23, 2013 | | State


High school teacher faces sex charges

SANTA ANA (AP) - A high school math teacher in Orange County has been charged with having sex with one of her students.

July 23, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

ELDERLY WOMAN ROBBED, PUNCHED BY TEENS IN ROBBERY: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say two teenagers pretending to look for a lost dog attacked a 90-year-old woman in her San Bernardino home before demanding cash and stealing her car.

July 23, 2013 | | State




Calif. seeks firms to scout high-speed rail route

FRESNO (AP) - The California High-Speed Rail Authority has put out a call for firms to handle engineering and surveying for its prospective route from Fresno to Bakersfield.

July 23, 2013 | | State


State foreclosures rise in 2nd quarter

SAN DIEGO (AP) - More Californians went into foreclosure in the second quarter of this year - a blip in an overall trend that has seen more people hanging onto troubled property as home prices soar.

July 23, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

YMCA WORKER FACES MORE CHILD SEX CHARGES: MORGAN HILL (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area YMCA worker accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl he was tasked with watching is facing additional charges involving two other girls under his care.

July 23, 2013 | | State


SD mayor’s accuser comes forward

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mayor Bob Filner's former communications director filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Monday against the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city, alleging he asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses and dragged her around in a headlock while whispering sexual advances.

July 22, 2013 | | State


2 men face breeding cruelty charges for 20,000 rats, reptiles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men have been charged with more than 100 counts each of felony animal cruelty for the way they treated many of nearly 20,000 rats and reptiles found dead, dying or diseased at a breeding center in Lake Elsinore, authorities said Monday.

July 22, 2013 | | State


After blaze, mudslide threat for 20 homes

IDYLLWILD . (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and threatened the mountain town of Idyllwild was sluggish after a thunderstorm drenched the timberland, and more storms were expected Monday.

July 22, 2013 | | State


Gore returns for Lake Tahoe Summit

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who orchestrated the first presidential summit focused on Lake Tahoe's environmental challenges, on Monday announced that former Vice President Al Gore will return to Tahoe's shores for the 17th annual forum highlighting the Sierra's crown jewel.

July 22, 2013 | | State


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West Coast ports backing up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

February 16, 2015 | | State


17-year-old boy dies playing Russian roulette

CARSON (AP) - A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself early Monday during what authorities are describing as a game of Russian roulette in his apartment with other teens.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Security guard killed chasing cigar thieves

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say a security guard was shot and killed trying to stop a pair of men stealing cigars from a Northern California liquor store.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Medi-Cal rolls swell to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Citrus exports hurt by labor dispute

FRESNO (AP) - California's citrus growers already grappling with a fourth year of drought say their exports are taking a hit from a labor dispute at West Coast seaports, costing farmers millions of dollars a week.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Redding police chief says city attracts homeless with free services

REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.

February 15, 2015 | | State


USC adds humanist chaplains for nonbelievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State


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