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SoCal wildfire is 40 percent contained

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Firefighters stopped the spread of a 311-acre wildfire in the heavily vegetated Santa Ana River bottom Friday, despite gusty Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions amid a late-winter heat spell.

March 01, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SURFACES IN HOMELESS DEATH CASE: FULLERTON (AP) - An attorney for a popular bar says his client did nothing wrong by making a police call that set in motion a fatal confrontation between several Fullerton officers and a mentally ill homeless man.

March 01, 2013 | | State


Cities lose bid to halt high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto lost a bid to block the California high-speed rail line along the Caltrain corridor south of San Francisco after a judge dismissed a five-year-old lawsuit.

March 01, 2013 | | State


Shark protections set to go into effect

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Great white sharks off the coast of California will likely enjoy greater protection, as state officials consider whether to add the predator to California's list of endangered species.

March 01, 2013 | | State


1 of nation's oldest teachers retires at 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rose Gilbert wanted to be a schoolteacher since she was in the first grade and was inspired by the teacher who taught her to read and write.

March 01, 2013 | | State


California ocean protection zones helping struggling fish species

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A five-year scientific assessment of California's first marine protection zones established off the Central Coast has found that some struggling fish species are showing early signs of recovery, officials said on Thursday.

February 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TOLL OFFICIALS APPROVE $5.6M BAY BRIDGE BASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay area transportation officials have agreed to spend up to $5.6 million to pay for part of the inaugural celebration for the new east span of the Bay Bridge.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND MAYOR PUTS LOCK-PICKING CLASS IN NEWSLETTER: OAKLAND . (AP) - The mayor of a California city struggling with a spike in burglaries and other crimes is apologizing for promoting a class about how to pick locks in her newsletter.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Slain Santa Cruz police officers were taken by surprise, didn’t draw weapons

Slain Santa Cruz police officers were taken by surprise, didn't draw weapons

February 28, 2013 | | State


California Senate takes field trip to south state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate is embarking on what may be an unprecedented field trip to Southern California next week to view career education programs that proponents say should be the model throughout California.

February 28, 2013 | | State


LA appeals court ruling on homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse lower court rulings that prevent city workers from summarily removing and destroying homeless people's property left on Skid Row sidewalks.

February 28, 2013 | | State


'Girls Gone Wild' files for bankruptcy over debts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire has filed for bankruptcy in a move it says is an effort to restructure its legal affairs after several disputed court judgments.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Calif. support of gay marriage at 61 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A record 61 percent of Californians now approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a poll released Thursday.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Jails house 1,100 long-term inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California counties are housing more than 1,100 inmates serving sentences of five years or more in jails designed for stays of a year or less, according to the first report detailing the size of that population under Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment strategy to reduce state prison overcrowding.

February 28, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers move on health insurance rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers took the first step Thursday toward passing new consumer protections, such as guaranteeing coverage even with pre-existing conditions, under the federal health care overhaul.

February 28, 2013 | | State


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CalFire chief seeks discipline change

IONE (AP) - Two captains demoted after a scandal at California's firefighting training academy were restored to their previous rank within a month, prompting the agency's chief to say Monday that he will try to demote them again.

May 04, 2015 | | State


Huge waves in SoCal lures bodysurfers, crowds to beaches

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Hundreds of spectators lined the beach and gasped, cheered and clapped on Monday as bodysurfers braved 15-foot waves at The Wedge, a Newport Beach break known for its powerful waves.

May 04, 2015 | | State


Twain project finds cache of new writing

BERKELEY (AP) - Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of dispatches written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco.

May 04, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

'DJANGO UNCHAINED' ACTRESS ORDERED TO APOLOGIZE TO POLICE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actress who accused Los Angeles police of racial profiling when they investigated a report she was having sex with her boyfriend in a parked car was ordered Monday to apologize to officers.

May 04, 2015 | | State


Cops hail man who fatally shoots suspect

OREM, Utah (AP) - Police are hailing a man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store, saying he did the right thing by coming to the aid of the vehicle's owner.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Labor assisting California marijuana legalization effort

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Organized labor is assisting efforts to frame a California ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state, sensing an opportunity to expand its presence in the workplace.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Woman, toddler killed when car hits apartment

LIVERMORE . (AP) - A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said Sunday.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Quakes hit California, no damage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two separate quakes at or near magnitude-4.0 hit Northern and Southern California on Sunday, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

May 03, 2015 | | State


Is Father Serra saint material?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.

May 03, 2015 | | State


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