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LAP-BAND MAKERS WON'T SELL IT TO 1-800-GET-THIN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Irvine-based makers of the Lap-Band say they will no longer sell the weight-loss device to companies affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Suit seeks to stop development in SF's Presidio

February 02, 2012 | | State


Brown appointee to lead high-speed rail board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board overseeing California's plan to build a $98 billion high-speed rail system chose an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday to take over as its chairman.

February 02, 2012 | | State


'Unusual' wear on new tubes at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California's San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant, raising questions about the integrity of equipment the company installed in a multimillion-dollar makeover in 2009.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers' switch preserves bus funding for California schools

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Parents and educators said they were relieved Thursday after state lawmakers changed their minds and voted against targeting school bus service in a midyear budget cut to education.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Wine producers campaign for truth in labeling

NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley wine producers will go a long way to protect their good name, all the way to Thailand if necessary.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Video released of protesters breaking into Oakland City Hall using pry tool on door

OAKLAND (AP) - Police have released surveillance video they say shows Occupy demonstrators breaking into City Hall during the protests in Oakland Saturday night.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Meager Sierra snow at 37% of normal worries California officials & farmers

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's Sierra Nevada snowpack measured a meager 15 inches in some places, officials announced Wednesday, bearing bad news to a state that depends on snowmelt to meet the water needs of 25 million people and more than a million acres of farmland.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Small radiation amount 'could have' escaped plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, officials said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | | State


LA school officials chided for molest case silence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angry parents confronted school officials Wednesday, demanding to know why they weren't told for a year that a teacher was suspected of photographing children in class for sexual thrills.

February 01, 2012 | | State


California. lawmakers cheer Facebook IPO, see windfall approaching $1 billion in taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and state lawmakers on Wednesday hailed Facebook's much-anticipated plans for a public stock offering as a potential windfall for California's cash-strapped treasury, while some already say the extra revenue should go to preventing cutbacks to public schools.

February 01, 2012 | | State


'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius dead of suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing black music and artists.

February 01, 2012 | | State


PG&E can charge customers to nix SmartMeters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees of up to $10 per month if they don't want to have wireless "smart meters" installed in their homes, according to a decision Wednesday by California regulators.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Woman wins small-claims suit over Honda hybrid mpg ; awarded $9,867 in judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California owner of a Honda hybrid car won her unusual small-claims court lawsuit against the automaker over the vehicle's failure to deliver its stated fuel economy.

February 01, 2012 | | State


FDIC sues former execs of failed Merced bank

MERCED (AP) - Federal regulators are accusing former executives of a Central Valley bank of causing its $42 million failure through gross mismanagement.

February 01, 2012 | | State


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FBI: Modesto man planned Christmas attack on Pier SF’s 39

MODESTO (AP) - The FBI said Friday that it found a martyrdom letter and several guns in the home of a former Marine who said he ...

December 22, 2017 | | State


Nature Conservancy buys California coastal ranchland

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A huge swath of coastal California ranch lands will become a vast preserve through an acquisition funded by a $165 million gift ...

December 22, 2017 | | State


Ongoing SoCal wildfire largest in state history

VENTURA (AP) - The massive wildfire that plagued a wide swath of the Southern California coast for 2½ weeks is now the largest in state history.

December 22, 2017 | | State


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