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Burglars foiled by kids hiding in closet

August 24, 2012 | | State


California news briefs

2 killed, 6 hurt as LA crash mixes water, power

August 23, 2012 | | State


2 women charged in cat hoarding case

MONTEREY (AP) - A mother and daughter were charged Thursday in connection with an animal hoarding case after authorities recovered 51 neglected cats from their coastal California house and discovered 113 dead kittens in a nearby apartment.

August 23, 2012 | | State


$320M Medi-Cal settlement reached with HMO

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California and federal officials have announced a $320 million settlement over allegations a Long Beach-based health plan received overpayments from Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Environmental reforms quashed for the year

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislative leaders said Thursday they have dropped plans to overhaul California's environmental regulations in a way that would have made it easier for developers and local governments to build new projects.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Police: Rodney King death ruled accidental

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Rodney King had been drinking and was on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and accidentally drowned in June, a coroner's report released Thursday concluded.

August 23, 2012 | | State


California news briefs

SENATE OKS CALIF. ELECTION DAY VOTER SIGN-UP : SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians could register to vote any time, including on Election Day, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Bill would require coaches to report child abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate unanimously passed a bill adding coaches and administrators in K-12 schools to the list of California workers who are required to report suspected child abuse to authorities, legislation that arose in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse case.

August 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

AGENTS BUST 3 MEN FOR SELLING DRUGS AT TACO TRUCK

August 23, 2012 | | State


South state high school senior dress-up day deemed offensive to Hispanics

ANAHEIM (AP) - A Southern California high school canceled an annual dress-up day for seniors, saying that students who dressed as gang members, a U.S. Border Patrol agent and a pregnant woman pushing a stroller demeaned Latinos.

August 23, 2012 | | State


NOAA wants to expand sanctuary outside Golden Gate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials are proposing a plan to expand the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to include the busy waters just west of the Golden Gate Bridge.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Denham, other SJ Valley congress members ask USDA to reopen plant

FRESNO (AP) - Three Central California congressmen cited the region's high unemployment Thursday while asking the federal government to reopen a slaughterhouse at the center of a cruelty and food safety investigation.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Fire near Redding destroys 84 buildings

MINERAL . (AP) - Twisted sheets of metal, the hulks of pickup trucks and brick walls were all that was left of dozens of homes once sheltered by green pine and cedar trees in several Northern California communities that were the latest to feel the wrath of massive western wildfires.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Jury awards man $425K for false arrest

FRESNO (AP) - A federal jury has awarded a California man $425,000 who claimed he was wrongfully jailed by Fresno County authorities for violating his probation.

August 23, 2012 | | State


State will audit Calif. mental health spending

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state auditor will review some of California's mental health spending to determine whether money from a 2004 ballot initiative is being spent the way voters intended.

August 23, 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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