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Wildfire destroys at least 10 homes

BEAUMONT (AP) - A rapidly spreading wildfire chewed through a rugged Southern California mountain range on Thursday, destroying at least 10 homes, threatening more than 500 other residences and forcing some 1,500 people to flee.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Football player, 14, dies after practice collapse

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old football player has died after collapsing during a practice at his high school in Anaheim.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Man’s body found in girl friend’s freezer

VENTURA (AP) - Police found the body of a California man missing for more than two years in a freezer in his girlfriend's storage unit, authorities said Thursday.

August 08, 2013 | | State


BART, unions still far apart

OAKLAND (AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and two of its unions appeared drastically far from a contract deal on Wednesday as they stated their cases before Gov. Jerry Brown's appointed-panel with the threat of another strike looming.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Riverside County fire grows fast, more houses evacuated

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A new wildfire has broken out in Riverside County near Banning, sending up a massive plume of smoke and surging toward three communities where people have been told to evacuate.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

1-YEAR-OLD, FATHER SHOT AND KILLED IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland police say a 1-year-old boy and his 20-year-old father were killed when someone shot into the rear of a home.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Senate leader backs private prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate on Wednesday backed Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to send thousands of inmates to private prisons rather than free them early to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Study: Destructive Medfly entrenched; threatens state crops

FRESNO (AP) - Fruit flies that are highly destructive to crops are now permanently established in California and spreading, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Did abductor have crush on girl?

LAKESIDE (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Lake Tahoe has ‘amazing’ clarity rebound

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe experienced an "amazing" rebound in clarity in 2012 to mark a second straight year of improvement, although scientists say studies of long-term trends show climate change continues to take a toll on the waters.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Tracy teacher facing molestation charges

TRACY . (AP) - A Northern California elementary school teacher is facing charges that he molested 12 children.

August 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TRUCKEE POLICE TURN TO FACEBOOK TO NAME FIRST K-9: TRUCKEE (AP) - The Truckee Police Department is turning to Facebook to name is first-ever police K-9.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Districts get No Child Left Behind waivers

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Eight of California's largest school districts can ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday in announcing the first district-by-district waivers he had long tried to avoid.

August 06, 2013 | | State


Controller blasts Stockton accounting

STOCKTON (AP) - California's controller blasted the city of Stockton in a series of audits, saying a poor accounting system and several bad decisions led to it becoming the largest U.S. city at the time to ever declare bankruptcy.

August 06, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail land audit sought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers from the Central Valley want the state auditor to review the California High-Speed Rail Authority's moves to buy up land for the $68 billion project.

August 06, 2013 | | State


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Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Similar ideas mark race for state elections chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Democratic candidate running to become California's top election official has worked in government since soon after graduating college and touts his familiarity with the political process.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California key to GOP, Demo House strategies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Political strategists mapping potential gains in the House next month are circling, of all places, California.

October 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

4 DOGS ATTACK ELDERLY COUPLE IN THEIR MODESTO HOME: MODESTO (AP) - Two people are in critical condition after being mauled by four pit bulls at a home in central California.

October 15, 2014 | | State


School, feds settle transgender complaint

DOWNEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other youngsters and was encouraged to change schools, it was announced Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Hillary Clinton calls for ending ‘word gap’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation needs to close a "word gap" between low-income children and their more affluent peers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Anaheim cutting power, water to shut down pot shops

ANAHEIM (AP) - Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Expensive wingding to celebrate swearing-in

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The first Latino to head the California Senate in more than 130 years will celebrate his new post with far more pomp and expense than a typical affair marking a change of leadership at the Capitol.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Tracy man pleads guilty in fake debt collections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Tracy businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail and wire fraud involving more than $5 million that his company collected from consumers with pending loans by impersonating authorities in threatening phone calls, federal prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | State


LA mayor urges conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to residents Tuesday amid a severe California drought - conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions on use in the future.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Facebook, Apple provide worker benefits for egg freezing, sperm donors

SAN JOSE (AP) - Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages - frozen eggs?

October 14, 2014 | | State


Golf cart plows into students, injuring nine

FRESNO (AP) - Police in California say two students suffered serious injuries when a special-needs student got into a golf cart at a local middle school and took off, plowing into a group of teenagers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Move to rename tunnel after Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker said he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian Robin Williams.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Brown promotes restraint in bid for his fourth term

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Restraint and steady progress don't necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California's fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown's central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Kashkari aims to rebrand GOP in gubernatorial bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Neel Kashkari is trying to rewrite the playbook for Republican gubernatorial candidates in California and nudge the party back to relevance after years of declining registration.

October 13, 2014 | | State


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