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Sex offender says he was to wed slain investigator

DUBLIN (AP) - A career criminal and sex offender who was the last person to see a slain federal criminal investigator claims in a jailhouse interview with a reporter that the two planned to wed. The slain woman's family, however, says 56-year-old Randy Alana is lying.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley: Land of Lego robot kits

SAN JOSE (AP) - Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Son arrested in connection with death of parents

MODESTO (AP) - Modesto police say they have arrested on suspicion of murder the son of a couple whose bodies were found in their burning home.

August 19, 2013 | | State


SJ County named in lawsuit filed over death of woman

STOCKTON (AP) - The son and daughter of a woman allegedly raped and murdered by her grandson are suing the state and San Joaquin County for releasing him from the county jail after he violated parole.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Building demolition fuels quake study

HAYWARD AP) - It took just seconds for a 13-story building overlooking San Francisco Bay to implode, spewing smoke and chunks of concrete as it crumbled into a heap of rubble. But U.S. Geological Survey scientist Rufus Catchings was marveling less at the visual spectacle than what he could feel with his feet.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Principal bans streaking at Palo Alto High

PALO ALTO (AP) - The principal of a Northern California high school is putting an end to the tradition of students streaking across campus.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Ex-congressman gets OK for wife’s home burial

UKIAH (AP) - A former California congressman who buried his wife on the couple's rural property now has after-the-fact permission in a decision his attorney said sets a precedent for home burial.

August 19, 2013 | | State


Feds delay threat to withhold transit funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Friday delayed its threat to withhold billions of dollars in California transportation grants in a dispute over public pension reforms while negotiations continue with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

August 16, 2013 | | State


California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first such bump since the spring of 2011, state officials announced Friday.

August 16, 2013 | | State


GOP lawmaker seeks audit of mental health spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties are spending billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs, after a state audit found there has been little oversight to ensure the money is going to those who need it most.

August 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Seattle investor funds drive to defeat Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.

August 16, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley officials issue air alert

FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cut of 10% begins next month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | | State


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UC system creates sexual violence post

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has created a new post for a Title IX coordinator to oversee efforts across its 10 campuses to ...

January 12, 2017 | | State


Snow: Too much of good thing for skiers in Sierra

TRUCKEE (AP) - The staggering snow totals in the Sierra - more than 10 feet the past week at some ski resorts around Lake Tahoe - are taking ...

January 11, 2017 | | State


State revenue is growing, so why the talk of deficits?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's economy is expanding and voters just approved billions of dollars in tax increases, yet Gov. Jerry Brown this week projected a ...

January 11, 2017 | | State


Flooded California residents rescued as storms recede

HOLLISTER (AP) - Rescue workers used boats and firetrucks to evacuate dozens of Northern California residents from their flooded homes Wednesday as a drought-busting series of ...

January 11, 2017 | | State


Rapper sues San Diego over gang conspiracy law

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A hip-hop musician and a community organizer have sued the city of San Diego for federal civil rights violations over being jailed ...

January 11, 2017 | | State


A tornado in California? Not as rare as you might think

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The latest storm to wallop Northern California whipped up a small tornado that downed trees and fences near Sacramento.

January 11, 2017 | | State


‘Atmospheric rivers’ soak California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - They're called "atmospheric rivers" and they can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California, carrying it through the air ...

January 09, 2017 | | State


I-80 reopens in Sierra 20 hours after mudslide

TRUCKEE (AP) - U.S. Interstate 80 has reopened over the top of the Sierra Nevada after a mudslide shut it down for nearly 20 hours ...

January 09, 2017 | | State


Wine country hit hard by heavy storms

FORESTVILLE (AP) - Emergency crews in rescue boats and helicopters rushed to take advantage of a one-day break between storms Monday to rescue stranded people and ...

January 09, 2017 | | State


LA advises swimmers, surfers to avoid ocean due to runoff

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Los Angeles County health officials are advising swimmers and surfers to stay out of the ocean for at least three days because ...

January 09, 2017 | | State


Mudslides partially close I-80, US 50

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mudslides have partially closed two major trans-Sierra routes.

January 08, 2017 | | State


Uber to help cities get grasp on traffic patterns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber is offering a helping hand to some of the same city leaders it sometimes antagonizes with the aggressive way it runs ...

January 08, 2017 | | State


SeaWorld San Diego ending killer whale show

SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld San Diego is ending its long-running killer whale show after years of outcry and falling attendance prompted it to renounce theatrical ...

January 08, 2017 | | State


Brown reps budget amid uncertainty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will release a proposed state spending plan this week without knowing the answers to key questions that will have a ...

January 08, 2017 | | State


CONVICTED AS MAN, IN JAIL AS WOMAN

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a life sentence in California became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner ...

January 06, 2017 | | State


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