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MOTORIST FACES TRIAL IN ELECTROCUTION DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been ordered to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter in spite of his attorney's argument that the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans trying to help after the crash were not his fault.

July 24, 2013 | | State


SF leader seeks to close parks at night

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker's proposal to close city parks overnight is drawing criticism from homeless advocates.

July 23, 2013 | | State


2 found dead at Sacramento County house fire

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are investigating a suspicious house fire at which an elderly man and his son were found dead and have named a person of interest in the case.

July 23, 2013 | | State


Land deal grows protected area of N. California. coast

POINT ARENA . (AP) - Another piece of California's North Coast will join a patchwork of coastal lands where development is banned and public use is encouraged, a preservation group said Monday.

July 23, 2013 | | State


Court rejects bid to stop gay marriages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's highest court refused Tuesday to block the state from sanctioning same-sex marriages while it considers a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.

July 23, 2013 | | State


High school teacher faces sex charges

SANTA ANA (AP) - A high school math teacher in Orange County has been charged with having sex with one of her students.

July 23, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

ELDERLY WOMAN ROBBED, PUNCHED BY TEENS IN ROBBERY: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say two teenagers pretending to look for a lost dog attacked a 90-year-old woman in her San Bernardino home before demanding cash and stealing her car.

July 23, 2013 | | State




Calif. seeks firms to scout high-speed rail route

FRESNO (AP) - The California High-Speed Rail Authority has put out a call for firms to handle engineering and surveying for its prospective route from Fresno to Bakersfield.

July 23, 2013 | | State


State foreclosures rise in 2nd quarter

SAN DIEGO (AP) - More Californians went into foreclosure in the second quarter of this year - a blip in an overall trend that has seen more people hanging onto troubled property as home prices soar.

July 23, 2013 | | State


California news briefs

YMCA WORKER FACES MORE CHILD SEX CHARGES: MORGAN HILL (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area YMCA worker accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl he was tasked with watching is facing additional charges involving two other girls under his care.

July 23, 2013 | | State


SD mayor’s accuser comes forward

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mayor Bob Filner's former communications director filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Monday against the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city, alleging he asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses and dragged her around in a headlock while whispering sexual advances.

July 22, 2013 | | State


2 men face breeding cruelty charges for 20,000 rats, reptiles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men have been charged with more than 100 counts each of felony animal cruelty for the way they treated many of nearly 20,000 rats and reptiles found dead, dying or diseased at a breeding center in Lake Elsinore, authorities said Monday.

July 22, 2013 | | State


After blaze, mudslide threat for 20 homes

IDYLLWILD . (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and threatened the mountain town of Idyllwild was sluggish after a thunderstorm drenched the timberland, and more storms were expected Monday.

July 22, 2013 | | State


Gore returns for Lake Tahoe Summit

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who orchestrated the first presidential summit focused on Lake Tahoe's environmental challenges, on Monday announced that former Vice President Al Gore will return to Tahoe's shores for the 17th annual forum highlighting the Sierra's crown jewel.

July 22, 2013 | | State


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Ex-NFL running back suspected of murdering prison cellmate

FRESNO (AP) - Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Audit finds problems in pipe oversight after deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Firm seeks to build world’s largest surfboard

HUNNINGTON BEACH (AP) - A Rhode Island engineering technology and manufacturing company has set out to build the world's largest surfboard.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Drought improves Lake Tahoe’s clarity

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Lake Tahoe's clarity improved again in 2014, and the drought was a factor why, researchers said.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Clorox apologizes for ‘emojis’ tweet

OAKLAND (AP) - Clorox has apologized for a social media misstep after the household products company sparked outrage by tweeting "where's the bleach" in reference to last week's introduction of new "emoji" cartoons for iPhones that include several faces of people with black and brown skin.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Clinton kicks off campaign online

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the "champion" of everyday Americans.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Mother left disabled son in woods

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An arrest warrant has been issued for the mother of a severely disabled man left in the woods for several days near a Philadelphia park, authorities said.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Caffeine High: Space station getting espresso maker

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy.

April 12, 2015 | | State


TWIN TUNNELS WON’T RESTORE DELTA

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is rethinking a major component of the state's proposed $25 billion twin-tunnel water project, a newspaper reported.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Pedestrian killed during wild SF police chase

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A pedestrian was killed and another injured when they were struck by a car fleeing police during a wild chase through San Francisco, and the suspects involved were still on the loose Saturday.

April 12, 2015 | | State


1 dead, 2 injured in Bay Area crash following chase

RICHMOND (AP) - A man died after a driver broadsided his car following a police chase - the second fatality in the San Francisco Bay Area linked to a police pursuit in two days.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Delta’s water mysteriously missing amid severe drought

STOCKTON (AP) - As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta - and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Fire crews increase staffing earlier due to severe drought

SANTA BARBARA. (AP) - In a reflection of California's bone-dry conditions after four years of drought, fire agencies along the state's central and southern coasts are ramping up staffing levels well before they normally do.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Farms face steep water cuts in water district deemed urban

VALLEY CENTER (AP) - A San Diego municipal water agency appealed to the state to revise proposed water cutbacks because most of its users are farmers and they fear abundant avocado and citrus crops will dry up.

April 12, 2015 | | State


Transgender teen kills self after bullying

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 16-year-old transgender girl who spoke on YouTube about being bullied at school in Southern California killed herself, a support group said, raising questions about what educators can and should do to support students who change gender identity.

April 10, 2015 | | State


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