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‘Hobbit’ wins in theater showings but, ‘Interview’ has strong VOD sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

December 28, 2014 | | State


Egypt: Biblical epic ‘Exodus’ banned over historical errors

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Farmers brace for labor shortage

FRESNO - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

December 28, 2014 | | State


School bans ‘I Can’t Breathe’ player T-shirts at tournament

FORT BRAGG (AP) - A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words "I Can't Breathe" during warmups.

December 28, 2014 | | State


PlayStation back online

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Drought, plastic bags prompt new California laws

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Deputies give mom & son shelter

YUCAIPA (AP) - Joy Anderson thought she and her adult son would spend Christmas like they do each year, eating and sleeping in the compact car they call home and maybe listening to Christmas carols on the radio.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Great white shark bites California surfer

LOS OSOS (AP) - A man in his 50s surfing on the Central California coast survived an attack Sunday by a juvenile great white shark, state officials said.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Mall closes early after 2 brawls erupt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California mall has closed early after two separate large-scale brawls erupted among after-Christmas shoppers near the food court.

December 27, 2014 | | State


Boy riding new scooter killed by car

UPLAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy riding a motorized scooter he got for Christmas has been fatally struck by a car in front of his home in Southern California.

December 27, 2014 | | State


LA Police policy for impounding cars is OK

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Gearing up for migrant driver’s licenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.

December 26, 2014 | | State


At 89, enigmatic Angela Lansbury is back in the ‘Spirit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angela Lansbury has moved yet again.

December 26, 2014 | | State


California braces for first widespread frost

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is under the influence of a cold air mass that could bring the first widespread frost of the winter across the Central Valley, as southern areas see more damaging winds.

December 26, 2014 | | State


Homeowner shoots Christmas burglar

ANAHEIM (AP) - Nathanael Blair went to the garage to move his truck early Christmas morning when he was surprised by a ski-mask-wearing burglar who threw a pipe wrench at him, hitting him in the jaw and neck.

December 26, 2014 | | State


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Man intentionally run

ANAHEIM (AP) - Police in Orange County say a 26-year-old man was intentionally run over and killed in a parking lot shared by a strip club and a fast food restaurant.

January 01, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

DEATH PENALTY VERDICT FOR MAN WHO MURDERED MOTHER, 3 GIRLS: LANCASTER (AP) - A Los Angeles County jury says a man should die for the torture killings of a Lancaster woman and her three young daughters.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Survey shows higher snowpack

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Fine wine stolen from famed Napa Valley restaurant

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Wine sold for nearly $8,000 a bottle was stolen from the French Laundry in Napa Valley, a restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Officers cleared in deadly shooting

LODI (AP) - Two Northern California police officers were justified when they shot and killed a Gulf War veteran who allegedly charged at them with a knife, prosecutors concluded in a report released Tuesday.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Rains help fuel California mushroom boom

SONOMA (AP) - Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Toppled trees kill 2 people in windy Paradise

PARADISE (AP) - Falling trees killed two people in separate incidents as winds topped 60 mph in Northern California.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Coyote that bit man, child not rabid

FREMONT (AP) - Police in Northern California shot and killed a wild coyote after it bit a man and a child and tried to attack a third person in separate attacks in residential neighborhoods on Christmas.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Former lawmaker plots return after lung transplant

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California state lawmaker announced this week she is plotting her return campaign three years after a rare autoimmune disease required her to undergo a life-saving double lung transplant.

December 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALFORNIA

SURFER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER SHARK BITE: LOS OSOS (AP) - A California man who was pulled off his surfboard and bitten by a juvenile great white shark was released from the hospital Monday, a spokesman for the medical center said.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Signatures submitted to fight bag ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups trying to overturn a new California law that bans single-use plastic bags said Monday that they've collected more than enough signatures to put their referendum on the November 2016 ballot.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Men open fire on LA Police patrol car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Team allowed to wear protest shirts

FORT BRAGG (AP) - A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading "I Can't Breathe" and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.

December 29, 2014 | | State


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