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Calif. launches drone to aid wildfire battle

GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Falling tree branch kills Chico student

CHICO. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at California State University, Chico, has died after being struck in the head by a large tree branch that fell about 20 feet.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Closure to complicate Bay Area commute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters slogged through heavy traffic over the Depression-era San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the last time Wednesday before it is closed in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fast-food strikes taking place today

NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries today might run into striking workers instead.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Demos bicker over inmate count reduction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos.

August 28, 2013 | | State


San Jose approves foam food container ban

SAN JOSE (AP) - Plastic foam food containers may soon be a thing of the past in San Jose.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. HIGH COURT ALLOWS SEX PREDATOR'S RELEASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fire is largest ever in recorded Sierra history

GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 28, 2013 | | State


‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator gets 270 days in jail for assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Yosemite smoke triggers hazardous air alert in area in and around Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Worsening air pollution from the huge California wildfire more than 100 miles away triggered emergency warnings along parts of the eastern Sierra near Carson City where school children were kept inside and everyone was urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Tioga Road in Yosemite high country closing for fire suppression work

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A portion of Tioga Road impacted by a wildfire in Yosemite National Park will be closed beginning Wednesday while firefighters clear brush to slow the spread of the inferno.

August 28, 2013 | | State


City pays $1M to family of tree victim

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Newport Beach has paid more than $1 million to the parents of a woman crushed by a falling tree.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-SCHOOL EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX WITH TEENS: HEMET (AP) - A former assistant principal at a Hemet high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with three teenage students.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Agencies at odds over probe

Agencies at odds over probe

August 27, 2013 | | State


Governor proposes $315M prison fix

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send thousands of inmates to private prisons and vacant county jail cells, hoping to avoid what he said would be a mass release of dangerous felons.

August 27, 2013 | | State


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Ridiculed LA tower may get face-lift

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For 40 years, Joseph Young festooned public buildings, open spaces and private places across his adopted city of Los Angeles with dozens ...

February 12, 2017 | | State


Push to end drought emergency

FRESNO (AP) - A coalition of state and local leaders is pressing California to lift restrictions on urban water use after the wettest winter for years.

February 07, 2017 | | State


School bus crash critically injures student

LANCASTER (AP) - A school bus and car crashed in California, toppling the bus onto its side and critically injuring two people, including a student Tuesday ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Sirens, rescues as new storm hits Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emergency crews in the San Francisco Bay Area rescued stranded residents from flooded homes and cars Tuesday as the latest storm in ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Parole agent trades state bus passes for drugs

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A former parole agent has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for embezzling funds from the California Department of Corrections and ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Sacramento calls on cruise to bring historic ship to town

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The city of Sacramento is calling for a river cruise company to bring a historic vessel to the Sacramento River.

February 07, 2017 | | State


Berkeley probes ‘hands-off’ response to protest chaos

BERKELEY (AP) - University of California, Berkeley police took a hands-off approach to protesters on the campus last week when violent rioters caused chaos when they ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


3 face murder charges in 1993 LA apartment fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three gang members accused in a 1993 fire set to retaliate against an attempt to quell drug sales at a Los Angeles ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Appeals court hammers on government

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A panel of appeals court judges reviewing President Donald Trump's travel ban hammered away Tuesday at the federal government's arguments ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Twitter broadens campaign against hate and abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter announced Tuesday that it is expanding efforts to protect its users from abuse and harassment, the latest milestone in a broader ...

February 07, 2017 | | State


Uplifting ‘Hidden Figures’ shocks 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cast of "Hidden Figures" rocketed to the Screen Actors Guild top award at a fiery, protest-laden ceremony that was dominated by ...

January 29, 2017 | | State


Judge will issue order for San Bernardino to exit bankruptcy

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A federal bankruptcy judge has agreed to issue a written confirmation order for the city of San Bernardino to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

January 29, 2017 | | State


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