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FIREBALL ACROSS SKIES IN WEST WAS FLAMING COMET: MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A California researcher says a fireball seen streaking across Western skies last week was a flaming comet.

January 23, 2013 | | State


Mickelson sorry for airing of tax issues

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Phil Mickelson turned to his biggest blunder on the golf course to apologize for his latest mistake with his mouth.

January 23, 2013 | | State


California foreclosures hit 6-year low

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Rising prices sent California home foreclosure activity to a six-year low in the fourth quarter, a real estate research said Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 | | State


ACLU pushes English classes for 20,000 kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of California on Wednesday charged that about a quarter of California school districts are violating state and federal laws by failing to provide English language instruction to all students who need it and demanded state education officials take action.

January 23, 2013 | | State


Pro golfer Mickelson may move over taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican state lawmakers reacted Tuesday with an "I told you so" after golf champion Phil Mickelson said he might leave California because voters approved higher income taxes on the wealthy.

January 22, 2013 | | State


SJ senior community sterilizing deer

SAN JOSE (AP) - A gated California senior community overrun by deer has decided to sterilize the critters.

January 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

POLICE: SACRAMENTO HOMEOWNER KILLS MAN: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police say a homeowner in Sacramento shot and killed a man in self-defense after the man refused to leave his yard and became increasingly violent.

January 22, 2013 | | State


Cal State system: $250M funding gap

LONG BEACH (AP) - California State University officials said Tuesday they will need nearly $250 million more in state funding for the next academic year than is currently proposed, an amount that Gov. Jerry Brown called "a dream more than reality."

January 22, 2013 | | State


Police say Los Angeles hospital nurse arrested for sex with corpse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse was arrested for committing a sex act with a corpse at a hospital, police said Tuesday.

January 22, 2013 | | State


5 held in shooting of Oakland officer

OAKLAND . (AP) - Five men were in custody Tuesday in connection with the shooting of an undercover police officer in Oakland.

January 22, 2013 | | State


World's best big wave surfers compete at Mavericks as faces reach 30 feet

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - Mother Nature saved the best for last, with some of the largest swells of the day arriving during the final heat of Sunday's Mavericks Invitational big wave surfing contest as thousands of spectators invaded a quaint coastal town known more for its annual pumpkin festival than for surf.

January 21, 2013 | | State


Governor attends funeral for fallen Galt police officer

ROSEVILLE (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown joined hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state Monday in honoring a Sacramento-area police officer who was killed in the line of duty last week.

January 21, 2013 | | State


Californians avoid jail for assisted suicides

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians who helped kill their friends or spouses have avoided jail time as prosecutors struggle with the troubling issue of assisted suicide.

January 21, 2013 | | State


AG seeks money for prescription database

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A system that tracks prescription drugs and has assisted in several celebrity death investigations is in jeopardy of ending, prompting California's top law enforcement official to seek new funding.

January 21, 2013 | | State


UP Railroad line through Colfax open again

COLFAX (AP) - A Union Pacific Railroad spokesman says trains are running as scheduled again through a section of Northern California where a freight train derailed on Sunday.

January 21, 2013 | | State


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Fight over WW II-era tank goes to court

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Voter fraud sentencing brings call for state Senator Wright to resign

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Rod Wright was sentenced Friday to three months in prison for lying about where he lived when he ran for office and leaders of the Senate said he should resign immediately.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Nudist camp stealing water

LOS GATOS (AP) - Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Californian wants to give back diploma, redo work

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A Southern California high school graduate has filed a federal lawsuit asking that her diploma be invalidated so she can redo part of her senior year.

September 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MARIA SHRIVER ERASED FROM SCHWARZENEGGER PORTRAIT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - An endearing gesture by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to include an image of his wife Maria Shriver in his official portrait has been covered with a splotch of blue paint.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Rare snowstorm slams Rockies states, South Dakota

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - It's still summer, but a snowstorm blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places, covering lawns and flower gardens and providing a preview of what is to come.

September 12, 2014 | | State


Bad roads cost Californians $44B

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Poorly maintained highways and major roads cost Californians an extra $44 billion each year in repairs, accidents and time and fuel burned in traffic, according to a report issued Thursday by a transportation advocacy group.

September 11, 2014 | | State


NorCal wildfire threatening 107 homes

BELLA VISTA (AP) - Firefighters battling a seemingly constant string of wildfires in California were tackling a new blaze Thursday in the northern part of the state that threatened more than 100 homes.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Attack on power grid easy to execute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter and did not require access to technology or a high degree of training, an FBI official said.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Teen to face charge in rat poison death

ANDERSON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Northern California boy will face criminal charges in the death of another teen who snorted rat poison that he believed was cocaine.

September 11, 2014 | | State


San Jose OKs private security camera registry

SAN JOSE (AP) - Officials in Silicon Valley's largest city voted unanimously to create a registry of private surveillance cameras that could help police solve crimes.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Fashion hub raids target cartel money

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies

FRESNO (AP) - Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California mandates sick days for workers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Regulators reject call for Diablo Canyon plant shutdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

September 10, 2014 | | State


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