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No mechanical issues in Superman roller coaster stall at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

VALLEJO (AP) - Mechanical problems were not to blame for the stalling of a roller coaster carrying a dozen people at a Northern California theme park while the coaster was about 150 feet above the ground, park officials said Monday.

July 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MAN ATTEMPTS TO SMUGGLE METH AS CANDY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man faces federal drug charges for allegedly trying to smuggle more than four pounds of methamphetamine to Japan in what looked like dozens of Snickers bars.

July 30, 2012 | | State


Newest California city may fold after state hijacks half of its revenue

JURUPA VALLEY (AP) - California's newest city could be broke in a year because the state has taken away nearly half its budget.

July 30, 2012 | | State


Marketing aids Catholic schools enrollment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After 97 years, Our Lady of Lourdes School was closing - enrollment had dwindled to just 35 children last year at what was once one of the West Coast's biggest Catholic schools.

July 29, 2012 | | State


Hundreds decrying police violence during march

ANAHEIM (AP) - More than 300 demonstrators rallied Sunday to denounce two fatal police shootings and to issue a call for community peace.

July 29, 2012 | | State


California companies get creative with 'cremains'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More people are taking the remains of their loved ones and having them cremated, and having the ashes turned into other items such as diamonds.

July 29, 2012 | | State


Mental health dollars bypass mentally ill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As state mental health services have crumbled under budget cuts, tens of millions of dollars raised through a tax designed to help the mentally ill have gone to "wellness" programs like horseback riding for teens and yoga classes for city workers. And that's by design.

July 29, 2012 | | State


Death Valley drive at click of a mouse

DEATH VALLEY (AP) - Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon.

July 29, 2012 | | State


Judge hears arguments on San Diego pension measure

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A city employees' labor union on Friday urged a judge to put a voter-approved pension overhaul on hold while it hammers out details of new 401(k)-style retirement plan for new hires.

July 28, 2012 | | State


Ice cream truck driver sentenced for murder

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A California ice cream truck driver has been sentenced to life without parole in the murder of his brother and the brother's business associate, whose screams while being stabbed were captured on a 911 recording.

July 27, 2012 | | State


Oregon wolf looking for love finds none in NorCal from wolves & people

REDDING (AP) - A wandering Oregon wolf that has been out looking for love has gotten the cold shoulder from people in one Northern California county.

July 27, 2012 | | State


UC regents dropped from deadly lab accident case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge Friday dropped criminal charges against University of California regents stemming from a 2008 UCLA lab accident in which a worker died after suffering severe burns.

July 27, 2012 | | State


Willard says he did nothing to warrant arrest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fred Willard said his recent lewd conduct arrest at an adult movie theater was "very embarrassing" but insisted he did nothing wrong.

July 27, 2012 | | State


Legal gun sales on pace to set record

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legal gun sales in California are on pace to set a record this year, according to state projections, although no one can say exactly why.

July 27, 2012 | | State


Is there $2.3B laying around in Sacramento?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state controller and the Department of Finance are $2.3 billion apart in their calculations of how much money is in hundreds of special funds kept by various state agencies, officials acknowledged Friday.

July 27, 2012 | | State


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Naked photos in aircraft cockpits cited in Navy probe of Blue Angels

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former Blue Angels commander tolerated inappropriate sexual comments and pornographic images in the workplace - including photos of naked women in the cockpits of the precision flying team's planes - during his time as its leader, the Navy said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | | State


SF transit workers call in sick again

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's famed cable cars were halted Tuesday for a second straight day while the rest of the city's transit system experienced delays after drivers called in sick again - days after overwhelmingly rejecting a new labor contract.

June 03, 2014 | | State


California navy base readies to house illegal migrant kids

PORT HUENEME (AP) - Hundreds of migrant children will be sheltered at a naval facility in California amid a spike in the number of minors caught crossing the border alone, authorities said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | | State


Buffett lunch auction bids nearing $400,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The top bid for a private lunch with investor Warren Buffett is already approaching $400,000, but the bidding often reaches astronomical levels near the end of the weeklong auction.

June 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SAILOR'S BODY FOUND IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The body of a sailor whose boat sank near the Golden Gate Bridge was recovered Tuesday, officials said.

June 03, 2014 | | State


California’s state universities hiring 700 faculty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's state universities plan to hire 700 full-time faculty members, putting the skids on years of class and staff reductions prompted by state budget cuts.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Californians vote on secession to governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first gubernatorial primary under California's new top-two system has evolved into a typical campaign between Republicans hoping to come in second, pitting a state lawmaker who is a tea party favorite against a socially moderate investment banker making his first run for public office.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Cable cars, buses stall as workers call in sick in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's famed cable cars stopped running Monday and the rest of the city transit system experienced delays when drivers called in sick a few days after overwhelmingly rejecting a new labor contract, officials said.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Alameda County sued over forced jail pregnancy tests

OAKLAND (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a lawsuit Monday against the Alameda County Sheriff's Office over a policy that requires every woman under 60 in its custody to take a pregnancy test.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Search for 78-year-old hiker called off

KENNEDY MEADOWS (AP) - Sheriff's officials have called off the search for a 78-year-old man who went missing after heading off on a planned weeklong hike in the Sierra east of Sonora.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Modesto Airport passenger service ends Wednesday

MODESTO (AP) - The end of airline passenger service is looming for Modesto Airport.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Surf’s up for teen for 1,095 days in a row in SoCal

DANA POINT (AP) - A Southern California teen who says surfing keeps her stoked marked a milestone by hitting the waves daily for three years, a newspaper reported Monday.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Sailboat sinks near Golden Gate Bridge, search on for sailor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday was searching for a missing sailor whose boat sank near the Golden Gate Bridge.

June 02, 2014 | | State


Group: Mining operation will threaten snail

MOJAVE (AP) - An environmental group says a mining company's plan to extract more than a billion dollars' worth of gold and silver from a mountain near the desert town of Mojave threatens a snail's existence and must be halted.

June 01, 2014 | | State


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