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SONOMA COUNTY WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING $1.6M : SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A 44-year-old Sonoma County woman has been convicted of embezzling nearly $1.6 million from her employer.

December 12, 2012 | | State


Inmates must pay $3 for medical attention

SANTA ANA (AP) - Inmates at a Southern California jail must now pay $3 to see a nurse.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Suspect lived with girlfriend's rotting corpse in Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a California murder suspect lived with his girlfriend's rotting corpse for months.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Prison for trafficker in bogus exercise equipment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California trafficker of counterfeit Bowflex and Malibu Pilates exercise equipment has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Online petition calls on University of California system board to scrap new logo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's new logo isn't getting high marks from some students, staff and alumni.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Port audit finds questionable spending

OAKLAND (AP) - Audits found that employees at one of the nation's largest ports claimed nearly $200,000 in questionable expenses in 2011, and officials are trying to determine if the spending violated federal and state laws.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Bay Area crab fleet ends strike after price deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco area crab fishermen are ending their nearly weeklong strike after reaching an agreement with fish brokers over price.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

COUPLE PICKS UP CUSTOMERS' TABS AT LIVERMORE WALMART: LIVERMORE (AP) - Christmas came early for some shoppers at a Walmart in Livermore.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Man on freeway sign brings downtown LA gridlock

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A barefoot, shirtless man who climbed down from an overpass on to a freeway sign and appeared ready to jump onto the 110 Freeway below brought traffic to a halt for about two hours in downtown Los Angeles.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Millionaire’s billboard for Latina girlfriend by Christmas is removed

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A billboard put up by a San Diego millionaire who's seeking a Latina girlfriend has been removed.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Fresno man recovering after fall, complex rescue

OAKHURST (AP) - A Fresno man is recovering after a fall during a hike and a complicated rescue in the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said.

December 11, 2012 | | State


Union behind Oakland port strike approves contract

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of the union behind a one-day strike that shut down the Port of Oakland last month have ratified a new contract.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Judge: Turn over LA priest files to court

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Monday ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to turn over to the court the top-secret files it has kept for decades on dozens of priests accused of sex abuse, bringing the documents closer to public scrutiny.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Tribe prepares to bury 5 slain members

PORTERVILLE (AP) - Gravediggers work the old-fashioned way on the Tule River Indian Reservation, chipping away at the hard pan by hand with pickaxes and shoveling the dirt aside. They say it's a sign of respect not to use machinery, but never has the crew had to dig so many graves at one time.

December 10, 2012 | | State


Grad student killed by campus police was bipolar, had stopped taking his medications

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A graduate student who was shot to death during a furious struggle with campus police at California State University, San Bernardino, had a long history of mental illness and had stopped taking his medication at least a week earlier but hadn't appeared to be violent, authorities said Monday.

December 10, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Sea search suspended for missing boy: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rescue crews have suspended their search for a missing 14-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming with two family members at San Francisco's Ocean Beach.

April 10, 2014 | | State


High-speed rail adopts new business plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees the California High-Speed Rail Authority approved a new business plan to submit to state lawmakers Thursday, reflecting lower revenue projections but leaving the 2028 timeline for finishing the $68 billion bullet train unchanged despite legal setbacks that could cause delays.

April 10, 2014 | | State


PG&E offers $250K reward in grid attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Feinstein tweaks drought bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she has dropped $300 million in emergency spending from drought-relief legislation to try to improve prospects for getting the bill passed.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Justice Dept.: San Diego cross should stay

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a war memorial cross should remain on federal property atop a San Diego mountain, but it disagrees with cross supporters that an appeal should leapfrog straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 10, 2014 | | State


School apologizes to shamed students

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Administrators at a Bakersfield high school say they're sorry a staff member publicly embarrassed students who aren't expected to graduate by naming them during a senior rally.

April 10, 2014 | | State


City turns up heat on Sriracha maker

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city will.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Country club will be cited for stinky golf course manure

ESCONDIDO (AP) - Residents of a defunct country club in San Diego County are raising a stink over the stench of manure used on the golf course.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Smartphone trial judge is annoyed by phones in court

SAN JOSE (AP) - So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Ex-Bell city officials plead no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former elected officials pleaded no contest Wednesday to helping loot the city of Bell out of millions of dollars in a corruption scandal that gained national attention as it drove the working-class Los Angeles suburb to the brink of bankruptcy.

April 09, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• ABANDONED CROC CAPTURED AT ROSEVILLE STRIP MALL: ROSEVILLE (AP) - This is one crocodile that didn't want to become a handbag.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Twitter tweaks website to attract users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Bug causes major security headache

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

April 09, 2014 | | State


California man confesses to 40 killings

FRESNO . (AP) - A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with murdering nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

April 09, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors: Ads for rape posted in revenge scheme

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said.

April 09, 2014 | | State


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