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Federal suit says new regs harm Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Conservationists at Lake Tahoe are suing over new regulatory changes they say will erode environmental protection of the mountain lake by failing to adequately monitor water quality, allowing for construction of bigger buildings near the shore and thousands of more housing units in the basin.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

JUDGE: ALAMEDA HAD NO DUTY TO SAVE SUICIDAL MAN: HAYWARD (AP) - A Northern California judge has ruled the police and firefighters had no legal obligation to rescue a suicidal man who waded into San Francisco Bay and drowned while the first responders watched.

February 12, 2013 | | State


Deputy dies, cabin ablaze in Calif manhunt

BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) - A man police believe to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles officer wanted in three killings was barricaded inside a burning cabin Tuesday after a shootout in a California mountain town that left one deputy dead and another wounded.

February 12, 2013 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press | State


Authorities say ex-cop barricaded in Calif. cabin

A fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings was barricaded in a cabin in the in the San Bernardino Mountains on Tuesday after a shootout with authorities that wounded two officers.

February 12, 2013 | Tami Abdullah and Gillian Flaccus Associated Press | State


Fugitive ex-LA cop charged with murder of police officer; massive manhunt goes on

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was charged Monday with murdering a Riverside officer in a potential death penalty case, but hundreds of tips triggered by a $1 million reward failed to end the manhunt.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Birthday fete held for Pinnacles National Park

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials on Monday celebrated the addition of America's newest national park.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Aging piano sounds its last notes by the Pacific

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As waves lapped in the background, the pianist tapped out Schumann, Debussy and Chopin at sunset, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where he had planned to let the baby grand succumb to the elements.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Inmate lawsuits cost Calif. $200M; federal oversight pushing expenses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.

February 11, 2013 | | State


Texas governor tries to lure businesses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations.

February 11, 2013 | | State


CHP posts rules for motorcycle lane-splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them.

February 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

COPPER THEFTS HIDDEN CULPRIT IN TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

February 11, 2013 | | State


3 killed in California helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people have been killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming for a reality TV show.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley venture capitalist was suffocated by tape on home invasion

MONTE SERENO (AP) - A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was killed during a brutal home-invasion when three intruders bound and gagged him with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to "be quiet if you want to live," authorities said Friday.

February 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GAS PRICES JUMP 25 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 25 cents over the past two weeks.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Dirty side of solar panel production

SAN JOSE (AP) - Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet.

February 10, 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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