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Deep freeze shows signs of snapping

FRESNO (AP) - The freeze gripping the West appeared on the verge of easing Tuesday, but farmers who spent millions to protect crops were still assessing damage, some produce prices climbed, and businesses and residents dealt with burst pipes.

January 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BODY PULLED FROM CORTE MADERA CREEK ID'D: NOVATO (AP) - Authorities have identified a body pulled from Corte Madera Creek as that of a Novato man who allegedly jumped into the water while fleeing police.

January 15, 2013 | | State


Southern California home prices rise on low supply to hit $320K

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices rose in December as investors made cash offers to compete for slim pickings, and sales grew in pricier coastal regions, according to reports released Tuesday.

January 15, 2013 | | State


80,400 SJ County PG&E natural gas users getting credit

STOCKTON - More than two million Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers, which includes more than 80,400 San Joaquin County residential customers, are on track to qualify for gas bill credits through the utility's Winter Gas Savings program, based on December usage reductions.

January 15, 2013 | | State


Pilot changed course before ship hit San Francisco Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The pilot of the empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge made a course change immediately before clipping a support tower, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

January 15, 2013 | | State


Wary of cost & impacts on spending, Brown commits state to health reform

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says he's firmly committed to making national health care reform work in California, but he also is wary of potential costs that could affect state spending for years to come.

January 13, 2013 | | State


Massive corruption case going to trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Six former officials of the scandal-ridden city of Bell go on trial this week in a massive corruption case that nearly bankrupted the Los Angeles suburb.

January 13, 2013 | | State


California chills, but dodges crop damage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some of California's hottest spots went from sweltering to shivering Sunday as early morning temperatures plunged, leaving even polar bears at the San Diego Zoo seeking shelter. But growers in the Central Valley were relieved to learn most orange and lemon crops probably avoided significant damage for another night despite temperatures in the high 20s.

January 13, 2013 | | State


Woman, 70, held in killing of her husband

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A 70-year-old Northern California woman is being held without bail after being arrested for allegedly killing her husband - the second time in nearly 30 years she's been accused of killing a husband.

January 13, 2013 | | State


Pilfering plastic a booming industry

SANTA ANA (AP) - A new breed of thieves is scoring big not with cash, jewels or cars, but empty milk crates.

January 13, 2013 | | State


Californians bring out gloves, hats for cold spell

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The bright sun and clear skies were routine, but the cold was not, as Californians bundled up with sweaters and gloves and stocked up on firewood Friday to brace for several nights of freezing temperatures.

January 11, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge ship safety rules to be reconsidered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As an oil tanker that struck a San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge tower was deemed safe to leave port on Friday, the Coast Guard was calling for reconsideration of rules that allow large ships to sail in fog near the span.

January 11, 2013 | | State


California experiencing jump in flu cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Health officials say California is seeing more cases of the flu, but the increase is not unexpected.

January 11, 2013 | | State


Colleges see more money in budget

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After years of difficult budget cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown is offering more money to California's public colleges and universities. In return, he wants them to hold down costs, expand online learning and stop raising tuition, which has increased sharply in recent years.

January 11, 2013 | | State


Witness: Student smirked while firing shots

TAFT (AP) - Morgan Alldredge had just finished her oceanography test when a classmate she knows well suddenly walked in the open door to her science class with a shotgun.

January 11, 2013 | | State


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Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Yosemite Park’s black bears going high tech

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a boost in technology will help them better understand the black bears that live throughout the park.

September 23, 2014 | | State


Plans for $200M for drought relief released

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

September 23, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Woman bound with duct tape found in car's trunk

September 23, 2014 | | State


Wildfire crews brace for weather shift

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago.

September 22, 2014 | | State


Southern California water wholesaler: Cutbacks possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday.

September 22, 2014 | | State


Crews work to clear Shasta mudslide debris

MOUNT SHASTA (AP) - U.S. Forest Service crews on Mount Shasta were dealing Monday with mud flow from a melting glacier that covered two roads and a bridge in muck, logs and rocks and forced a mountain creek out of its banks.

September 22, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND CALIFORNIA

• Man arrested for puppy dragging death: LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A Southern California man who allegedly dragged his puppy behind a pickup truck and then ran it over has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.

September 22, 2014 | | State


Melted glacier sends miles of mud down Mt. Shasta; no one is hurt

MT. SHASTA (AP) - The largest mudslide on Northern California's Mt. Shasta in two decades may be related to California's prolonged drought, experts said Sunday.

September 22, 2014 | | State


4TH YEAR OF DROUGHT LIKELY

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.

September 21, 2014 | | State


Some wells run dry amid drought

EAST PORTERVILLE (AP) - Hundreds of domestic wells in California's drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by.

September 21, 2014 | | State


Kashkari aims to unify GOP in aftermath of convention

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari made the most of a low-profile Sunday morning speaking slot at the party's state convention, delivering a spirited defense of a party he said cares most about poor people and minorities but has failed to convey its message.

September 21, 2014 | | State


32 structures destroyed in Sierra

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly three-dozen structures were destroyed in a massive Northern California wildfire that continues to spread more than a week after it started, officials said Sunday.

September 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CITY CITES DROUGHT, SINKS LA WATER SLIDE PROPOSAL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city officials have pulled the plug on plans to temporarily transform a downtown street into a giant water slide because of drought.

September 21, 2014 | | State


Record amount of retardant used on fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts - more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone.

September 19, 2014 | | State


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