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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


San Francisco considers aerial ad ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Planes with advertising banners may become a thing of the past in the sky above San Francisco.

July 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

FOLSOM LAKE WATER LEVELS TO HIT 5-YEAR LOWS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal officials say drought conditions in Northern California could bring water levels in Folsom Lake and the American River to five-year lows.

July 22, 2013 | | State


Disgraced former Vernon official wants full;$500,000 a year pension wants pension restored

VERNON (AP) - A disgraced former municipal official who once claimed California's largest public pension isn't giving it up without a fight.

July 22, 2013 | | State


Boy bounces off bed, falls 3 stories

ANAHEIM (AP) - Police say a 3-year-old Anaheim boy is expected to survive after tumbling out a third-floor apartment window while jumping on a bed.

July 22, 2013 | | State


AROUND THE STATE

u 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL FALLS OFF CALIFORNIA CLIFF: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 10-year-old girl was badly injured when she apparently fell off a Southern California cliff.

July 21, 2013 | | State


Fox says 'Glee' season delayed by Monteith death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Glee" will return for its fifth season a week later than planned because of the death of series star Cory Monteith, Fox said Friday.

July 19, 2013 | | State


Marine ordered freed in war crime case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Marine Corps released a sergeant Friday whose murder conviction was overturned in a major blow to the military's prosecution of Iraq war crimes.

July 19, 2013 | | State


Coroner: Teen in Asiana crash killed by rescue workers’ vehicle

SAN MATEO (AP) - As the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying on the ground just 30 feet away, buried by the firefighting foam rescue workers were spraying to douse the flames.

July 19, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

ALCATRAZ SWIMMERS HIDE FROM SEARCH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Coast Guard says two men who swam from San Francisco's Aquatic Park to Alcatraz hid on the island while rescuers spent nearly three hours searching for them.

July 19, 2013 | | State


Protest turns violent, 11 arrested

SAN BERNARDINO AP) - Police say violence and vandalism that grew out of a San Bernardino march protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin turned violent in San Bernardino let to 11 arrests.

July 19, 2013 | | State


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Study finds spike in car theft after prison change

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles biggest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Sonoma tobacco restriction law passes first council vote

SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Plans for Temecula water park killed again, drought blamed

TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Third dead whale washes ashore on SF Bay Area beach

PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite National Park cliff jump

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.

May 19, 2015 | | State


Homemade morphine possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Assembly bill would require hearings on police military gear

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Appeals court sides Google over anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | | State


California man drives wrong way on 3 highways for 25 miles

BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.

May 18, 2015 | | State


Truck rides, bucket lifts begin for salmon

LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies during Yosemite BASE jumping

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Audit questions Medicaid billing made by 335 dentists

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Man in jail after bank robbery, hostage-taking

ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.

May 17, 2015 | | State


Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.

May 17, 2015 | | State


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