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SONOMA COUNTY SUPE IN COURT AFTER PROWLING ARREST: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County official arrested on suspicion of prowling and burglary at a woman's house has made his first court appearance.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Experts to test phone anti-theft locks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide.

July 18, 2013 | | State


More oversight sought at developmental centers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Citing a stack of reports criticizing state officials for not properly overseeing facilities that care for people with developmental disabilities, advocates called on Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday to appoint an independent figure to improve safety at state-run care facilities.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Buy-America snag stalls Vegas plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation has suspended its review of a $5.5 billion loan request that is critical for building a private bullet train between a Southern California desert community and the Las Vegas Strip, leaving the future of the project in jeopardy.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Packs of young folks cause chaos in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles police were combing through cell phones and security footage Wednesday trying to identify dozens of young people who'd rampaged through Hollywood the night before, knocking down people, stealing their cellphones, and grabbing souvenir trinkets from shops before a police sweep and arrests ensued.

July 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

RESIDENTS OF SINKING SUBDIVISION FILE CLAIM: LAKEPORT (AP) - For months homeowners agonized as houses in their subdivision sank one-by-one into a California hilltop. It got so dangerous that the U.S. Postal Service refused to deliver mail.

July 17, 2013 | | State


3 arrested over city's LGBT proclamation

PORTERVILLE (AP) - Police in the central California town of Porterville say they arrested three people protesting the City Council's decision this week to rescind a proclamation declaring June lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Port of Oakland shuts down after worker's death

OAKLAND (AP) - The Port of Oakland was shut down Wednesday as Longshoremen went on a 24-hour shutdown following the death of a worker while on the job.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Small town publisher wins public records case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state Court of Appeal has ruled that a small-town California newspaper publisher does not have to pay legal fees to a school board he sued over his public records request -a decision hailed by First Amendment advocates as a victory for government transparency.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Price dispute triggers jewelry store killings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man charged with the gruesome deaths of two jewelry store clerks and critically wounding the shop owner believed he had overpaid by about $300, prosecutors said in revealing a possible motive for a crime that has shocked the San Francisco Bay Area for its savagery.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Muslim student now in UC board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board confirmed its first Muslim student member Wednesday, despite some Jewish groups' claims that she marginalized Jewish students and promoted an anti-Israel agenda.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Wildfire forces more evacuations

IDYLLWILD (AP) - Authorities in Southern California issued evacuation orders for hundreds of homes Wednesday as a major wildfire approached in the mountains southwest of Palm Springs.

July 17, 2013 | | State


CPUC scales back PG&E fine to $300M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.

July 16, 2013 | | State


R&B singer shoved after Trayvon Martin dedication at concert

HAYWARD (AP) - R&B singer Lester Chambers is recovering from injuries he suffered after a woman leaped onto the stage and shoved him when he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin during a concert in the San Francisco Bay Area, a newspaper reported Monday.

July 16, 2013 | | State


Oakland, LA to deploy more police

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a spate of vandalism and violence, Los Angeles police vowed Tuesday to crack down with quick action and arrests if further disturbances arise from street protests over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of a black Florida teenager.

July 16, 2013 | | State


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Lawyer wants California court to parole Manson follower

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for a Charles Manson follower who was convicted in the 1969 murders of a California couple said Thursday he will ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Dental records needed to identify 4

COLUMBIA (AP) - It will be next week before the four people killed when a small plane crashed and burned in Northern California are identified, authorities ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Skydiver jumping without parachute

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - He's made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world's most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Most death-defying stunts of all time

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although he's one of the most accomplished skydivers in the world, Luke Aikins will tell you what he's about to ...

July 28, 2016 | | State


Bulldozer operator killed fighting blaze

BIG SUR (AP) - The operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


California heat prompts energy conservation ‘Flex Alert’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Operators of California's power grid called for electricity conservation Wednesday as high temperatures hit much of the state, including scorching weather ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Busy camps serve needs of front-line state firefighters

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - As flames from a raging wildfire raced down mountainsides last weekend toward houses tucked in canyons north of Los Angeles, a sprawling ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Big cats returned to sanctuary

LOS ANGELES (AP) - About a dozen lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats were returned Wednesday to a sanctuary north of Los Angeles, four days ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Boy to get new prosthetic leg after beach theft

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (AP) - A 4-year-old boy whose artificial leg was stolen while he played at a Southern California beach will soon get a replacement.

July 27, 2016 | | State


Cushman plans online ‘town hall’

Manteca City Council candidate David Cushman will be hosting an online live video chat on Facebook, which will take place on Friday, July 29, beginning ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Prestige program engages seniors

With age comes the freedom of retirement, the joy of grandchildren and the wisdom gained from lifelong experiences. But, it can also come with the ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Fifth civil judge restored for SJ

San Joaquin Superior Court, Presiding Judge Jose L. Alva, and Assistant Presiding Judge Linda L. Lofthus have announce the reinstatement of a fifth judge, Elizabeth ...

July 27, 2016 | | State


Wildfire shuts down Big Sur parks

BIG SUR (AP) - California's signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the ...

July 26, 2016 | | State


Pitching for twin Delta tunnels

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive ...

July 26, 2016 | | State


Home trends make fires worse

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - When Pat Telleria saw the wind-driven flames sweeping across the grass foothills toward his dream home, he picked up the phone.

July 26, 2016 | | State


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