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Why Mars again? A look at NASA's latest venture

PASADENA (AP) - NASA's new robot rover named Curiosity landed safely late Sunday in a huge crater near the equator of Mars and will soon begin its scientific studies. This marks NASA's seventh landing on the red planet and is its 19th Mars mission, including those by orbiters and other spacecraft.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Quake felt in Coalinga was magnitude 4.5

COALINGA (AP) - A magnitude-4.5 earthquake has shaken a rural area of Central California.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Weekend thunderstorms fuel California wildfires

BELDEN (AP) - A wildfire in Northern California's Plumas National Forest has now consumed more than 21 square miles although officials say calmer winds and higher humidity helped crews battling the blaze overnight.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Woman tries to steal newborn in tote bag from Southern California hospital

GARDEN GROVE (AP) - A woman disguised in scrubs was caught trying to steal a newborn girl from a Southern California hospital in a duffel bag after sensors attached to the baby alerted employees, Garden Grove police said.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Man trying to rob pot operation killed

August 06, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Couple reports finding baby's body

August 06, 2012 | | State


Man wants to farm shellfish in federal waters

LONG BEACH . (AP) - A Southern California entrepreneur already has a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provision permit to harvest a million pounds of mussels and oysters from an underwater shellfish farm nearly five miles offshore. The project, described as a milestone in aquaculture, now needs California Coastal Commission approval.

August 06, 2012 | | State




Fire burning at N. California refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Residents in two Northern California cities are being told to shelter-in-place because of a fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Man sentenced to prison for kidnapping son

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than two years, Christine Stackhouse lived one of a parent's worst nightmares - her son, Greg, had been kidnapped.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Ex-WaMu exec gets OK as Brown's banking regulator

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Monday approved Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to head the department that oversees banking, financial and consumer regulations.

August 06, 2012 | | State


Can lawmakers be trusted with money?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature resumes its session this week after a monthlong summer recess, giving the Democratic majority one last chance to persuade voters that a statewide tax increase is needed and that lawmakers can be trusted to handle the extra money wisely.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Elite colleges transform online higher education with free, worldwide reach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offered its first free online course this spring, Ashwith Rego jumped at the chance to learn from some of the world's leading researchers - without leaving his home in India.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Red flag warnings have firefighters on high alert thanks to dry Sierra lightning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters predicted another day of thunderstorms producing lightning but dropping little rain, which put firefighters in California on high alert again Sunday as crews lost ground on an expanding wildfire in the Plumas National Forest.

August 05, 2012 | | State


Bill seeks to tighten assault weapons law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that has the backing of California's attorney general would close a loophole in the nation's toughest assault weapons law, making it more difficult for guns to be swiftly reloaded with high-capacity magazines.

August 05, 2012 | | State


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Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Court: Rent control applies to formerly teen-aged tenant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco resident has succeeded - for now - in preventing his landlord from nearly doubling his rent because his parents moved out of the apartment where his family had lived since he was a young teenager.

January 25, 2015 | | State


DMV retracts advisory on rideshare registration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles retracted on Saturday an advisory requiring anyone who transports people for money to commercially register their vehicles.

January 25, 2015 | | State


SJ judge Kronlund objects to court ban on judges in Scouting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that practice "invidious" discrimination against gays came against the wishes of some jurists with children who are Boy Scouts or who are active in Scouting themselves.

January 25, 2015 | | State


YouTube assault case: Educator pleads guilty

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A California educator who was confronted with allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube has pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges involving two victims.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Public-worker payroll increases 7% or $1.1 billion post-recession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.

January 25, 2015 | | State


Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch

LIVINGSTON (AP) - Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

January 25, 2015 | | State


State employee brought loaded gun into work

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday that it has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state's office.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Treasurer John Chiang nixes run for US Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Boy fatally stabbed with scissors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed with scissors in front of an East Los Angeles middle school, and authorities are looking for another boy who attacked him.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California unemployment falls to 7 %

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from a month earlier, but the state added just 700 jobs in December, a disappointing number after good job gains in November.

January 23, 2015 | | State


Fewer kindergarteners skip vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer California parents opted out of vaccinations for their children entering kindergarten last year following the adoption of a law that makes it harder to go without the shots, state figures show.

January 23, 2015 | | State


$300,000 in stolen fine wine recovered

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.

January 23, 2015 | | State


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