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PRODUCT MAY HAVE CAUSED FIREWORKS BLAST: The operator of a Southern California fireworks show that sprayed the crowd and injured more than three dozen people says a product malfunction appears to be the cause of the "catastrophic failure." Pyrotechnic operator Bruce Sussin said Monday that they immediately pulled the plug on the July 4 show when the problem occurred at a park in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles. Sussin says fire inspectors checked the site before the show by Bethpage, N.Y.-based Bay Fireworks and everything was fine. Sussin says he later heard that other operators reported similar ...

July 08, 2013 | | State


Plane parts found in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Part of the tail section of an Asiana jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was found in the waters of San Francisco Bay, and debris from the seawall was carried several hundred feet down the runway, a federal official said Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Bill restores rules on domestic violence cases

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state Senate has approved legislation that would reinstate mandates that police departments keep records of restraining orders and adopt standards for responding to domestic violence calls.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers OK 4.5% state worker raises

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rebounding state revenue bolstered by temporary tax increases recently approved by voters are paying off for California's largest public employees' union.

July 05, 2013 | | State


BART commuter service resumes

OAKLAND (AP) - Commuter rail service resumed Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area after unions called off a strike and agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while bargaining continues.

July 05, 2013 | | State


State resurgent under Brown, spending a worry

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is drawing praise and glowing reviews from the national media for his deft political maneuvering in closing a $25 billion budget deficit and restoring some of California's financial luster after years of recession.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Fireworks accident injures more than 30

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - When a July Fourth fireworks display exploded and sent red and white bursts into spectators at a Southern California park, Paulina Mulkern saw shrapnel headed straight for her 4-year-old cousin.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Great America’s Gold Striker. roller coaster screams exceed decibel limit

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A Northern California roller coaster appears to have been a little too much fun.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Swastika using rocks found on black Tracy councilwoman's lawn

TRACY (AP) - Police are investigating an apparent hate crime where several landscape rocks were arranged in the form of a swastika on the lawn of an African-American city councilwoman.

July 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SUSPECTED TAGGER DIES RUNNING FROM DEPUTIES ON FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Highway Patrol officials say a suspected tagger running from deputies across a Southern California freeway was struck and killed by a car.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Probation in dark on some arriving inmates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - County probation officials say they aren't consistently getting required notice about inmates being released to their supervision, making it harder to monitor felons and potentially endangering the public.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Threats force 3 officers off street duty after shooting attacking dog

HAWTHORNE (AP) - Three police officers have been pulled from street duty for their safety in Southern California after a widely circulated video showed an officer fatally shooting a Rottweiler and drew numerous death threats.

July 05, 2013 | | State


Body identified as ocean swimmer who went missing

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A body found in the waters off the Central Coast last week has been identified as missing Cal Poly student Stefan Wagner, according to sheriff's officials.

July 05, 2013 | | State


BART talks resume as strike goes on

OAKLAND (AP) - Striking San Francisco Bay Area rail workers and transit agency officials returned to the bargaining table on Thursday for talks that one union leader described as "frustrating."

July 05, 2013 | | State


Ex-US border inspector sentenced in bribery case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former U.S. border inspector has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking more than $50,000 to wave drug-laden vehicles from Mexico through his lane.

July 05, 2013 | | State


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Local group seeks to save world’s first Taco Bell building

DOWNEY (AP) - A local group is trying to save the world's first Taco Bell building in Southern California from a potential date with a wrecking ball.

January 18, 2015 | | State


Zapien seeks to represent Lathrop, part of Manteca

Stockton City Councilmember Moses Zapien is seeking to represent the residents of San Joaquin County's 3rd District on the Board of Supervisors which encompasses north and west Stockton neighborhoods, Lathrop and most of the City of Manteca.

January 18, 2015 | | State


Judge rules on accreditation suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An accrediting commission must give City College of San Francisco - one of California's largest community colleges - a chance to respond to criticism before deciding whether to stick to its decision to revoke the school's accreditation, a judge said Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | State


Teen takes plea deal in 2013 school shooting

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A teenager charged with shooting a classmate in the chest at his central California high school two years ago accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors Friday for a 27-year sentence in state prison.

January 16, 2015 | | State


SF protest at transit stations leads to arrests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Demonstrators shut down two San Francisco transit stations Friday morning and two people were arrested during a protest to bring attention to what they say are unfair charges against 14 activists accused of blocking rail service two months ago.

January 16, 2015 | | State


Motorist fires gun during road-rage incident

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police are looking for a motorist who fired gunshots and struck a man's car following a road-road incident in Northern California.

January 16, 2015 | | State


California girls’ basketball coach suspended after lopsided 161-2 win

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California high school basketball coach has been suspended and faces accusations of mercilessly running up the score after his team won a game 161-2, one of the most lopsided scores in state history.

January 16, 2015 | | State


Man scooped up by garbage truck survives ride

WOODLAND (AP) - A man searching for his wallet in a trash bin in Northern California was scooped up by a garbage truck and taken on a long ride.

January 16, 2015 | | State


A COLD ODYSSEY

TRUCKEE (AP) - After more than two months spent cold, wet, frostbit and blistered, Justin Lichter and Shawn Forry just wanted a few moments of comfort.

January 16, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

INMATE WHO ESCAPED WORK CAMP TRIES TO FLEE COURT: STOCKTON (AP) - A jail inmate suspected of trying to rob a bank after escaping from a FGrench Camp work camp tried to escape again during a courtroom appearance.

January 16, 2015 | | State


Carson likens Islamic State to patriots

CORONADO (AP) - Republican presidential prospect Ben Carson on Thursday compared the Islamic State group to American patriots willing to die for freedom.

January 15, 2015 | | State


SF mayor calls housing city’s top priority

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With San Francisco's home prices soaring, Mayor Ed Lee unveiled plans Thursday to try to increase the city's stock of affordable housing and help more people buy homes.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Nominations add intrigue to Oscar race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Oscar nominations added intrigue if not diversity to an Academy Awards race by favoring one late-season release ("American Sniper") over another ("Selma").

January 15, 2015 | | State


Contractor in Navy bribery scheme pleads guilty

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday - only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

January 15, 2015 | | State


Teens to face murder trial in killing of student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Los Angeles teenagers were ordered Thursday to stand trial on murder charges in the slaying of a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California.

January 15, 2015 | | State


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