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HOTEL EXPLOSION INJURES 3 NEAR SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety.

January 30, 2013 | | State


San Francisco home searched in 1984 disappearance of 10-year-old boy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker: Train school staff in gun use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHP WANTS PAYMENT FOR PATROLLING OAKLAND STREETS: OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's three-month deal to help Oakland's undermanned police force by patrolling the city's dangerous streets expires this week.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Sheriff's car hits, injures boy, 8

ADELANTO (AP) - The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said one of its patrol cars hit an 8-year-old boy as it moved slowly in front of an elementary school. The boy was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Workers have 2nd jobs in same agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Many full-time state workers are moonlighting with second jobs in the same department, California jobs records show.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Students: End UC health insurance cap

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Students have called on the University of California to end caps on health care coverage that could leave them to foot the bill for their medical treatment.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Chevron fined nearly $1M for refinery fire

RICHMOND AP) - Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company's San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters dead at age 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Man sues Boy Scouts, alleging sex abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man sued a regional Boy Scouts council on Wednesday, alleging he was sexually abused by his scout leader more than 30 years ago.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Calif. gets more time to reduce prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Tuesday gave California six more months to reduce inmate crowding to court-ordered levels, even as Gov. Jerry Brown argues that the courts should end their oversight of the state's prison system.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Suspect in urologist killing had prostate trouble after surgery

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of shooting a California urologist to death in his exam room suffered from prostate problems and was angry about his incontinence after a recent surgery, neighbors said Tuesday.

January 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

STOCKTON WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SHOPLIFTING, RESELLING CLOTHES: FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Stockton woman has been sentenced to prison for shoplifting more than $1 million worth of designer clothes and selling the clothes online.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider range of gun controls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.

January 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco nudity ban upheld

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for the city of San Francisco to ban most displays of public nudity, ruling that an ordinance set to take effect on Feb. 1 does not violate the free speech rights of residents and visitors who like going out in the buff.

January 29, 2013 | | State


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Brown: Reduce criminal sentences

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's latest attempt to reduce the state prison population is a ballot initiative unveiled Wednesday that aims to free certain ...

January 27, 2016 | | State


Bullet train chair projects lower cost, longer timeline

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The chairman of the board that oversees California's high-speed rail project said Wednesday that the next projection will likely lower the cost ...

January 27, 2016 | | State


NEW HOUSEHOLD LED STANDARDS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California on Wednesday became the first state to set energy efficiency standards for household LEDs and smaller track-lighting-style light bulbs - a move that ...

January 27, 2016 | | State


Man yelled ‘I can’t breathe’ before death

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 51-year-old man who screamed 20 times that police were killing him last week settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the ...

January 27, 2016 | | State


Vincent Hernandez III attending Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Manteca resident Vincent Hernandez III has been picked as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 25-27.

January 27, 2016 | | State


Snowpack in drought-stricken California hits five-year high

FRESNO (AP) - Recent El Nino storms have boosted the Sierra Nevada snowpack to 115 percent of normal - more than the drought-stricken state has seen in ...

January 27, 2016 | | State


MPPA backs Zapien for supervisors seat

Moses Zapien - chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and candidate for the 3rd Supervisorial District representing Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue, Lathrop ...

January 26, 2016 | | State


Citizens use drones to map El Nino flooding

LONG BEACH (AP) - Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline's changing face.

January 24, 2016 | | State


Brazilian tree porcupine now at Micke Grove Zoo

Micke Grove Zoo has acquired a young male Brazilian tree porcupine from Assiniboine Park Zoo of Winnipeg, Canada.

January 24, 2016 | | State


California pot growers facing crop of local bans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new ...

January 24, 2016 | | State


2 suspects flee into woods turning pursuit into rescue

PLACERVILLE (AP) - A police pursuit of two men turned into a rescue mission after they fled into a wooded area of El Dorado County and ...

January 24, 2016 | | State


Caltrans: Leaks plugged in Bay Bridge’s span

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Caltrans has found a simple and cheap solution to eliminate leaks in the Bay Bridge's new eastern span that could cause ...

January 24, 2016 | | State


California pot growers facing crop of local bans

Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman , D-Stockton, is introducing legislation to block the Governor's controversial Twin Tunnels project unless it is approved by the voters of ...

January 24, 2016 | | State


Caltrans hit with $12M valley fever suit verdict

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A Northern California jury has awarded five construction workers nearly $12 million in their lawsuit alleging the state transportation department failed to warn ...

January 22, 2016 | | State


California eyes 1-drug execution

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians face a watershed year as they prepare to decide whether to resume executions that stopped a decade ago or end them entirely.

January 22, 2016 | | State


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