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Study: Calif. prison changes boost property crime such as auto theft

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Auto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early, according to the first independent study of crime trends driven by the "realignment" program to reduce the state prison population.

December 09, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

SUSPECT IN PLAYSTATION 4 KILLING PLEADS NOT GUILTY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting another man who was trying to sell him a Sony PlayStation 4 gaming system.

December 09, 2013 | | State


LA deputies face federal charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal officials say 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies saw themselves as being "above the law," engaging in corruption and civil rights abuses that included beating inmates and visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to block an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system.

December 09, 2013 | | State


More freezing temperatures beset Calif. citrus

EXETER (AP) - California citrus growers say six nights of freezing temperatures will likely damage this year's orange crop but no disruption is expected to supplies.

December 09, 2013 | | State


News from around california

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Auto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early, according to the first independent study of crime trends driven by the "realignment" program to reduce the state prison population.

December 09, 2013 | | State


More details on $24.7B twin tunnels plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water officials on Monday released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.

December 09, 2013 | | State


Covered Calif. has backlog of 25,000 requests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange said Monday that it has a backlog of 25,000 paper applications that must be processed by Dec. 23 for the applicants to get health insurance starting in the new year, a daunting process that threatens to leave some people who applied for insurance weeks ago without coverage.

December 09, 2013 | | State


AG contends DNA same as fingerprints

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The constitutionality of California's controversial law mandating the collection of DNA samples from all arrestees whether they're charged with a crime or not was at issue Monday at a specially convened hearing of 11 federal appeals court judges.

December 09, 2013 | | State


Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Delta College puts together time capsule to mark 100th year in 2063

STOCKTON - Delta College's 100-year Time Capsule has been cleared for its voyage through time.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Paul Walker memorial draws thousands

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air Sunday as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the "Fast & Furious" actor died in a car crash.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Court to consider state’s blanket DNA collection

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court appeared ready last year to strike down as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy a controversial California law requiring police to collect DNA samples from every person arrested in the state.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Weather not cold enough to damage crops

FRESNO (AP) - From Los Angeles to San Francisco, people awoke to cold, sometimes near-freezing temperatures Sunday, but could take solace in the fact that their weather was not nearly as bad as that brought by the brutal storms dumping ice, wind and snow on much of the rest of the country.

December 08, 2013 | | State


Salvation Army ringer sets 105-hour ring record

COLTON (AP) - Salvation Army Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano got a jump on ringing in the New Year this holiday season by ringing a bell for a record 105 consecutive hours outside a Wal-Mart in Colton this week.

December 08, 2013 | | State


State exchange sharing data without consent

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California health exchange says it's been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.

December 08, 2013 | | State


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Facebook’s newest app unbundles Groups feature for 1.35 billon users

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Oakland zoo works to save endangered NorCal frogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wildlife biologists at the Oakland Zoo are working to save the highly endangered yellow-legged frog.

November 18, 2014 | | State


Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

November 18, 2014 | | State


San Diego considers using recycled water for drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dismissed only a few years ago by residents of California's second-largest city, San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought.

November 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN STOCKTON POLICE CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say a man was arrested after he rammed several cars, hit a pedestrian with his vehicle and then led police on a 10-mile chase.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Mass murder Charles Manson getting hitched

CORCORAN (AP) - Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Shopping center planned former Candlestick site

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Candlestick Park will become the site of a 500,000-square-foot "urban outlet" shopping center under a new agreement announced Monday between home builder Lennar Corp. and retail developer Macerich.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Not guilty plea in bloody Stockton bank robbery

STOCKTON (AP) - The surviving suspect in a bank robbery that left a hostage and two suspects dead in a shootout with police pleaded not guilty in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Target worker accused of dressing room peeping

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Target employee has been arrested on suspicion of snapping cellphone photos of a woman in a dressing room stall at a Southern California store.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Huge solar plant lags in production

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned.

November 17, 2014 | | State


Cruelty complaint in SoCal deer killing

ANAHEIM (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating a complaint that animal care officers cruelly slit the throat of a four-point buck, allowing it to bleed to death without anesthesia, after it was found with its leg impaled on a wrought-iron fence in the upscale Anaheim Hills neighborhood.

November 16, 2014 | | State


San Diego Sheriff’s ends Facebook page over free speech suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has taken down its Facebook page after a man accused it of violating his free speech rights and sued for deleting his comments.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Child homelessness on the rise in United States

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Councilman to become city’s next mayor

SAN JOSE (AP) - California's third most-populous city finally knows who its next mayor will be now that Santa Clara County election officials have decided against recounting ballots in the close San Jose mayoral election.

November 16, 2014 | | State


California must speed up inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges have ordered California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.

November 16, 2014 | | State


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