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Armed gang member was on way to avenge killing

September 25, 2012 | | State


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POLL: VOTERS DIVIDED OVER DEATH PENALTY REPEAL : SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A new Field Poll shows California voters split over a November ballot initiative seeking to repeal the death penalty.

September 25, 2012 | | State


Fed crackdown on pot dispensaries extends to LA; 68 operations warned

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly a year after federal prosecutors started targeting California medical marijuana shops, they took their fight to Los Angeles on Tuesday after city officials struggled to halt a proliferation of dispensaries.

September 25, 2012 | | State


City Hall ruins from 1906 quake are unearthed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Construction crews have unearthed the massive foundations of the old San Francisco City Hall destroyed in the disastrous 1906 earthquake.

September 25, 2012 | | State


California governor signs driverless cars bill

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown rode to Google headquarters in a self-driven Toyota Prius before signing legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California.

September 25, 2012 | | State


Stockton diocese sued over alleged priest abuse

STOCKTON (AP) - The Roman Catholic diocese in Stockton is facing another lawsuit alleging child abuse by a defrocked priest who spoke openly about molesting children in a 2006 documentary.

September 25, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SECOND DUI COUNT AGAINST LAWMAKER DISMISSED: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Contra Costa County judge has dismissed a second DUI count against a state lawmaker from Southern California.

September 24, 2012 | | State


Renters find body on move-in day

MODESTO (AP) - Renters moving into a Modesto home have found a body and police say the death is being investigated as a homicide.

September 24, 2012 | | State


Pipeline safety rules strengthened in aftermath of deadly PG&E blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators have new powers to ensure gas utilities follow safe practices, thanks to a suite of bills that have just been signed into law, a state assemblyman said Monday.

September 24, 2012 | | State


SF could OK among tiniest apartments in US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco may soon give new meaning to the word "downsizing."

September 24, 2012 | | State


Los Angeles fields motorcycle response team to get around traffic congestion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Firefighters on motorcycles outfitted with defibrillators and medical supplies have been scooting around congested Los Angeles roadways and some off-road areas where bigger vehicles can't navigate in a bid to save lives and improve response times.

September 24, 2012 | | State


Schwarzenegger back - as think tank guru

LOS ANGELES (AP) - He's been a governor, a movie star and the world's greatest body builder, but Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't done yet.

September 24, 2012 | | State


FBI agent accused of paying for prostitutes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An undercover FBI agent has been accused in court documents of spending U.S. taxpayer dollars on prostitutes in the Philippines for himself and others during an international weapons trafficking probe last year.

September 24, 2012 | | State


1 dead in SoCal wildfire; 20 homes destroyed

CAMPO (AP) - Firefighters recovered a body from a burned house Monday as they raced the winds to contain Southern California wildfires that destroyed 20 homes and threatened several hundred more in rural areas.

September 24, 2012 | | State


12k riders, Tahoe's Sand Harbor shuttle a success

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - The new shuttle bus system at Lake Tahoe's Sand Harbor State Park has been declared a success and is coming back again next summer, albeit with a possible tweak or two to better target peak demand at the sandy peninsula on the azure mountain lake's north shore.

September 23, 2012 | | State


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Fish found with mercury in remote regions of western national parks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Salmon released in SJ River restoration

FRESNO (AP) - Tens of thousands of spring-run Chinook salmon are being released into the San Joaquin River, marking a major milestone in the federal plan to restore native fish populations to the state's second-longest river.

April 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• BABY DIES AFTER BEING FORGOTTEN IN HOT CAR: SAN JOSE (AP) - An infant has been pronounced dead after accidentally being left in a hot car alone for hours.

April 17, 2014 | | State


California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

FRESNO (AP) - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Ex-official leaves huge $150M debt for Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Governor pushing rainy-day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Lost sea lion in SJ Valley found mile from water

MERCED . (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson leads mayoral group

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Court rules for environmentalists in water fight over Delta smelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits for tracking parolees

SANTA ANA (AP) - A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Steinberg seeks review of GPS tracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

April 15, 2014 | | State


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