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Drug cartel leader arrested at US border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday.

November 22, 2013 | | State


Crime witness who vanished on walk found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A key witness who failed to show up in a burglary case involving Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend because he vanished while walking his dog was found Friday, police said.

November 22, 2013 | | State


Convicted California serial killer gets death

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to death Friday in the decades-old killings of four women with matching initials, saying the serial killer has "made this world a worse place."

November 22, 2013 | | State


Computer glitch is latest issue for transit agency

OAKLAND (AP) - In recent months, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system has seen two strikes shut down service and had two workers killed on tracks.

November 22, 2013 | | State


How low will we go? Study shows SJ Valley land is sinking

FRESNO (AP) - Land in California's San Joaquin Valley is sinking more rapidly than usual because of increased pumping from underground sources, a phenomenon that is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday.

November 21, 2013 | | State


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November 21, 2013 | | State


News from around california

TEACHER STABBED BY STUDENT ON CAMPUS: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say a California high school teacher has been stabbed by a student at the school that led to an hourslong lockdown.

November 21, 2013 | | State


Network of electric car chargers stalled in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 percent of what it promised in the first year.

November 21, 2013 | | State


Vallejo school abandons use of Apache mascot

VALLEJO (AP) - A Northern California school will no longer use a Native American as its mascot after critics decried it as offensive.

November 21, 2013 | | State


California health exchange upholds policy cancelations

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The board overseeing California's health insurance exchange voted unanimously Thursday to stick with its current year-end deadline of phasing out more than 1 million individual health insurance policies that fail to meet requirements of the federal health care overhaul, turning aside a plea by President Barack Obama to let those policies continue.

November 21, 2013 | | State


Transit agency OKs deal without key provision

OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit board approved a tentative labor contract Thursday after stripping out a disputed family medical leave provision that officials with its two largest unions have said they want included.

November 21, 2013 | | State


New chemical flame retardant rules adopted

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California on Thursday adopted new flammability standards for furniture and other products that would allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.

November 21, 2013 | | State


3 charged with hate crime after San Jose State dorm harassment

SAN JOSE (AP) - Three white students at San Jose State University face misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges after authorities say they harassed a black roommate by outfitting their dormitory suite with a Confederate flag, barricading him in his room, and fastening a bicycle lock around his neck and claiming they lost the key.

November 21, 2013 | | State


Latinos help carry Alvarez to runoff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city's burgeoning Latino population helped propel a native son and child of Mexican immigrants into a mayoral runoff against a fellow city councilman to replace the disgraced Bob Filner, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

November 20, 2013 | | State


News from around california

COSTCO APOLOGIZES FOR CALIFORNIA BIBLE FLAP : SIMI VALLEY (AP) - A Costco store in Southern California drew some unwanted attention this week after labeling some of its Bibles as fiction.

November 20, 2013 | | State


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California must speed up inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges have ordered California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.

November 16, 2014 | | State


DROUGHT BRINGS HARD TIMES

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's chronic drought is causing hardships on the coast south of San Francisco for property owners who ordinarily get their water from creeks and wells that have gone dry after four years of scant rainfall.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Customers must pick up part of twin tunnels tab

STOCKTON (AP) - A huge conservation project that includes building two massive tunnels to carry water to California farms and communities can only be funded if local water agencies agree to make fixed payments - even during dry periods when deliveries are reduced, state officials said Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | State


‘No homework’ school fundraiser idea is nixed

LOS ALAMITOS (AP) - A Southern California elementary school has shut down a fundraising idea to let youngsters skip homework if their parents donate money.

November 14, 2014 | | State


LA reaches deal on Owens Lake dust

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles could save billions of gallons of water under an agreement announced Friday that allows it to use waterless methods to control dust at Owens Lake.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Creditor appeals bankruptcy plan for Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - A major investment firm has challenged a court-approved bankruptcy plan for the California city of Stockton, possibly jeopardizing resolution of one of the country's biggest city bankruptcies stemming from the 2008 housing bust.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Teen gets 7 years for setting boy on fire on bus

OAKLAND (AP) - A 17-year-old boy who set another teen's clothes on fire on a public bus has been sentenced to seven years at a California juvenile facility.

November 14, 2014 | | State


2 employees hurt after blast at Vallejo school

VALLEJO (AP) - Two maintenance workers at Vallejo High School were seriously injured Friday in an explosion inside a classroom that was under construction, authorities said.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Drone-assisted farming taking flight

NAPA (AP) - Hot air balloons drifting in multicolored splashes against a blue heaven are a common sight in the Napa Valley. But lately, more than balloons have been taking to the wine country skies.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Sexual violence reporting up at state universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California State University official said Thursday that he's hearing there are more reports of sexual violence on campuses - but that doesn't necessarily mean there are more attacks.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Governors tackle drought crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governors of California and Nevada met Thursday at a forum aimed at coming up with the best ways to cope with the unprecedented drought affecting the western U.S., now in its third year.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Man badly injured in SF by falling tree

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a man sustained a critical head injury in San Francisco when part of a tree fell on him during a rare rainstorm.

November 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND CALIFORNIA

INVASIVE FISH POISONED AT SAN FRANCISCO LAKE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workers in hazmat suits used a fish-killing chemical to rid a San Francisco lake of invasive species - a major step toward turning the area into a nature preserve.

November 13, 2014 | | State


California state senator trial up early next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge says he wants the political corruption portion of a sweeping San Francisco Chinatown organized crime case to go to trial quickly.

November 12, 2014 | | State


Court: Most law-abiding citizens must be issued permits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gun owners and advocates scored another big legal victory Wednesday in their quest to loosen restrictions on carrying concealed weapons in California.

November 12, 2014 | | State


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