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12-year-old boy charged in Kutcher hoax

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 12-year-old boy accused of making a prank call that sent police racing to Ashton Kutcher's home was charged Thursday with making that call and another that falsely reported an emergency at a bank.

February 07, 2013 | | State


Many who grew up with snail mail ready to let go

SEAL BEACH (AP) - The death of Saturday mail delivery would seem to have the biggest impact in places such as Leisure World, where residents - many in their 80s and 90s - grew up with the mailbox as their connection to the rest of the world.

February 07, 2013 | | State


State lawmakers seeks to adopt nation’s toughest restrictive firearm legislation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Weeks after New York enacted the nation's toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre.

February 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

13-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR POT COOKIES AT SCHOOL: WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - West Sacramento police have arrested a 13-year-old suspected of taking marijuana cookies to his school.

February 07, 2013 | | State


Odd News

POLICE: BANDITS STEALING TOILET PIPES IN NM : ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police say bandits are hitting up Albuquerque public restrooms and running off with metal pipes that automatically flush toilets.

February 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF OFFICIAL: NO ALARM BEFORE CABLE CAR MISHAP: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit officials say an alarm that is supposed to alert authorities to obstructions on the city's cable car line did not sound before a cable car hit a metal object and came to a sudden stop, injuring seven people.

February 07, 2013 | | State


Brown pitches twin tunnels to farmers

COLUSA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown waded into potentially hostile territory Wednesday as he pitched his $14 billion plan to reshape California's water-delivery system by building massive tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

February 06, 2013 | | State


SF mayor wants to mandate upgrades

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of San Francisco wants to require thousands of San Francisco property owners to upgrade their apartment and office buildings to withstand major earthquakes, saying that encouraging people to retrofit their structures has not worked.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Atwater. official charged in milkshake dispute

ATWATER (AP) - Authorities say an Atwater official who was yelling about the price of a milkshake at a Foster's Freeze shop is facing a misdemeanor charge after he challenged a bystander who tried to intercede to a fight.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Slayings stemmed from pot deal

FORESTVILLE (AP) - The fatal shootings of three men whose bodies were found inside a home in rural Northern California stemmed from a botched marijuana deal, authorities said Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 | | State


ACLU settles bias lawsuit filed by Latino students

GLENDALE . (AP) - A suburban Los Angeles County school district and police department have agreed to revise policies to settle a racial profiling lawsuit filed by a group of Latino students who said they were rounded up at school and treated as if they were potential gang members, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Postal worker accused of choking girl

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors say they've charged a U.S. postal worker with child cruelty for choking an 11-year-old girl who laughed at him at a park.

February 06, 2013 | | State


State considers listing great white sharks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - They are the most feared predator in the ocean, but the state of California thinks great white sharks might need a little protection of their own.

February 06, 2013 | | State


Districts misspent cafeteria money

Districts misspent cafeteria money

February 06, 2013 | | State


Senator wants probe at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer pressed federal regulators Wednesday to open a probe at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant after uncovering documents that she said suggest the utility that runs it took shortcuts that compromised safety.

February 06, 2013 | | State


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Arguments made in ex-dictator’s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani cited his own experience as a public figure while arguing Thursday that a lawsuit by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against video game maker Activision should be dismissed.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Winter not expected to end drought

FRESNO (AP) - Parts of California could receive above-average rain and snow this winter but not enough to end the worsening drought, federal forecasters said Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Agencies at odds over counting new crimes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general has released a statewide definition of recidivism - a term used for ex-cons who commit new crimes - that conflicts with one being developed by a corrections-related board overseen by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 16, 2014 | | State


SoCal city rejects migrant shelter

ESCONDIDO (AP) - A Southern California city has rejected a plan to convert a vacant nursing home into a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol.

October 16, 2014 | | State


Health exchange preps for second round

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange said Thursday that it is learning from past mistakes by adding staff and capacity in preparation for the second round of open enrollment next month.

October 16, 2014 | | State


10 million plus Californians participating in earthquake drill

LA MIRADA (AP) - Millions of people plan to drop, cover and hold on in a drill today to prepare communities in California and elsewhere for the next big earthquake.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Pilot funding returns arts to California state prisons

NORCO (AP) - Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms: He cries out for his true love, and then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Transient arrested in sex attack on 12-year-old girl

FRESNO (AP) - A 50-year-old transient has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from the front yard of her Central California home and then sexually assaulting her.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Modesto man attacked by pit bulls dies

MODESTO (AP) - A Modesto man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Indian casino kept closed during talks

COARSEGOLD (AP) - A casino in Central California shut down after an armed confrontation last week between tribal factions will remain indefinitely closed pending court-mandated talks, a judge ordered Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California high court declines appeal of high speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to consider an appeal of a case brought by opponents of the state's $68 billion bullet train project, delivering a crucial ruling that allows construction to go ahead as planned.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Florio recuses himself amid PG&E probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Davis student drowns rafting

WINTERS, (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old student at University of California, Davis drowned in a weekend rafting accident in Yolo County.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Similar ideas mark race for state elections chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Democratic candidate running to become California's top election official has worked in government since soon after graduating college and touts his familiarity with the political process.

October 15, 2014 | | State


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