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Americans now lead world wine drinking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - U.S. residents now make up the largest wine market in the world, consuming 13 percent of all that's produced globally, according to an analyst who spoke Wednesday at a major wine industry gathering.

January 31, 2013 | | State


DEMOGRAPHIC REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of the demographic report released Thursday by the California Department of Finance:

January 31, 2013 | | State


Gas prices start spring surge early

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gasoline prices are getting an early start on their annual spring march higher.

January 31, 2013 | | State


Stolen ancient rock carvings found

BISHOP (AP) - Five rock carvings that were sheared off and stolen from a sacred American Indian site in California's Sierra Nevada have been recovered but no arrests have been made, authorities said Thursday.

January 31, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

WIFE DRIVES TRUCK INTO HOME OF HUBBY'S GIRLFRIEND: PIONEERTOWN (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California woman angry over her husband's love affair drove a truck into the other woman's desert home.

January 31, 2013 | | State




Decades-old Santa Cruz needle exchange ends

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A decades-old needle exchange operation outside a Santa Cruz laundry has ended.

January 31, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF BAY NAMED AN 'WETLAND OF IMPORTANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay estuary has been added to a list of protected wetlands under a 1971 international treaty among 163 countries meant to limit damaging development along ecologically important waterways.

January 31, 2013 | | State


Californians upbeat over future, budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic about the future of the state than at any time since before the recession and are giving high marks to Gov. Jerry Brown's budgeting approach after voters approved higher taxes to help balance the state budget, according to a poll released Wednesday.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Sales of million-dollar homes soar

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Suspected doc killer was patient with appointment

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of fatally shooting a California urologist was a patient who had an appointment with the victim and brought the gun with him to the exam room, prosecutors said Wednesday.

January 30, 2013 | | State


High-tech cargo airship being built

TUSTIN (AP) - The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.

January 30, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HOTEL EXPLOSION INJURES 3 NEAR SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety.

January 30, 2013 | | State


San Francisco home searched in 1984 disappearance of 10-year-old boy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker: Train school staff in gun use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.

January 30, 2013 | | State


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Family saved at sea asks critics to hold judgment

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A family lifted from a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast with their sick 1-year-old thanked rescuers and defended their "maritime life" in their first public comments since returning to land.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Woman gets 9 years for murder plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California woman who plotted to kill her daughter's boyfriend has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

April 11, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• WIKILEAKS FIGURE HONORED IN PRIDE PARADE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An imprisoned U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will serve as an honorary grand marshal in this year's San Francisco Pride parade.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Dreams dashed in fatal bus crash

ORLAND (AP) - It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650 miles north.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Mickey Rooney to be laid to rest in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mickey Rooney will be laid to rest alongside Hollywood royalty.

April 11, 2014 | | State


High-paid school official suspended

LAWNDALE (AP) - The superintendent of a small Southern California school district who makes more than the president of the United States has been put on administrative leave while his salary is reviewed.

April 11, 2014 | | State


Poll: Republican leads race for secretary of state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Field Poll finds little-known Republican Pete Peterson leading in the race for California secretary of state, although four in 10 voters remain undecided.

April 11, 2014 | | State


New charges coming in Chinatown case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors said Friday more charges and defendants are expected to be added to a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

April 11, 2014 | | State


High-speed rail allowed to seize parcels

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board says the agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project can acquire four parcels in Fresno County through eminent domain if necessary.

April 11, 2014 | | State


SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

April 11, 2014 | | State


LA mayor wants greener streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hoping to give a new look to a city where the car is king, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that he planned to add plazas, trees and artwork to some of the city's busiest streets to lure walkers, cyclists, new cafes and shops.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Assembly passes change to campaign disclosure bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that would force political nonprofits to reveal the names of campaign donors no longer applies retroactively under an amendment pushed by Republican lawmakers and approved Thursday by the Assembly.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Ex-city official gets nearly 12 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Pharmacy syringe sales permanent?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Thursday to make permanent a program that allows pharmacies to sell syringes to drug users as a way to prevent diseases spread by needle-sharing.

April 10, 2014 | | State


LA deputies, shot, kill unarmed man who was victim of attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a man who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

April 10, 2014 | | State


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