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Calif. launches drone to aid wildfire battle

GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Falling tree branch kills Chico student

CHICO. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at California State University, Chico, has died after being struck in the head by a large tree branch that fell about 20 feet.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Closure to complicate Bay Area commute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters slogged through heavy traffic over the Depression-era San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the last time Wednesday before it is closed in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fast-food strikes taking place today

NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries today might run into striking workers instead.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Demos bicker over inmate count reduction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos.

August 28, 2013 | | State


San Jose approves foam food container ban

SAN JOSE (AP) - Plastic foam food containers may soon be a thing of the past in San Jose.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CALIF. HIGH COURT ALLOWS SEX PREDATOR'S RELEASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Fire is largest ever in recorded Sierra history

GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

August 28, 2013 | | State


‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator gets 270 days in jail for assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Yosemite smoke triggers hazardous air alert in area in and around Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Worsening air pollution from the huge California wildfire more than 100 miles away triggered emergency warnings along parts of the eastern Sierra near Carson City where school children were kept inside and everyone was urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

August 28, 2013 | | State


Tioga Road in Yosemite high country closing for fire suppression work

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A portion of Tioga Road impacted by a wildfire in Yosemite National Park will be closed beginning Wednesday while firefighters clear brush to slow the spread of the inferno.

August 28, 2013 | | State


City pays $1M to family of tree victim

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Newport Beach has paid more than $1 million to the parents of a woman crushed by a falling tree.

August 28, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

EX-SCHOOL EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX WITH TEENS: HEMET (AP) - A former assistant principal at a Hemet high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with three teenage students.

August 27, 2013 | | State


Agencies at odds over probe

Agencies at odds over probe

August 27, 2013 | | State


Governor proposes $315M prison fix

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send thousands of inmates to private prisons and vacant county jail cells, hoping to avoid what he said would be a mass release of dangerous felons.

August 27, 2013 | | State


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Bill could boost vehicle fees for fingerprint ID programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Counties will be allowed to increase vehicle registration fees to pay for fingerprint identification programs under a bill that advanced to the governor's desk Monday.

August 11, 2014 | | State


State high court blocks measure from ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday blocked an advisory measure backed by Democrats from the November ballot.

August 11, 2014 | | State


‘Miracle’ no one hurt in Fresno plane crash

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno fire battalion chief says it's "nothing short of a miracle" no one was hurt and no cars were hit when a small plane with a pilot and his two daughters aboard crash-landed and hit two fences on a street near an airport.

August 11, 2014 | | State


Deal near on new state water bond

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Monday they are closing in on a deal to overhaul a water bond on the November ballot, but their replacement plan still needs support from Republicans.

August 11, 2014 | | State


Riverside crime spree starts at McDonalds

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A man threatened to blow himself up, rammed two cars in a McDonald's drive-thru, led police on a chase and ran from his burning van in a crime rampage that ended when a police dog captured him, Riverside police say.

August 11, 2014 | | State


California spends big on housing, little on energy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California consumers rank among the nation's biggest spenders on housing and the lowest spenders on energy, according to new government data.

August 08, 2014 | | State


$324.5M tech wage settlement rejected

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.

August 08, 2014 | | State


Ex-candidate for governor arrested in valley shooting

FRESNO (AP) - A man who ran an unlikely campaign for governor of California earlier this year has been arrested on suspicion of shooting his neighbor in the stomach and killing a horse, officials said Friday.

August 08, 2014 | | State


Rare California redwood saved from ax is replanted in Cotati

COTATI (AP) - A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

August 08, 2014 | | State


Police: Mother molests 2 young daughters, sends photos to prisoner

HIGHLAND (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Southern California woman they say molested her two young daughters and sent the photos to a prisoner serving a life sentence.

August 08, 2014 | | State


Man charged with starting massive Rim Fire blaze

By SCOTT SMITH

August 07, 2014 | | State


Smartphones must include ‘kill switch’ with proposed law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen.

August 07, 2014 | | State


CPR app linked to LA dispatch

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Fire Department has linked its dispatch system to a smartphone app that will notify CPR-trained citizens when someone nearby is having a cardiac arrest.

August 07, 2014 | | State


Stowaway arrested again at LA airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who flew from San Jose to Los Angeles without a boarding pass and has made repeated attempts to sneak aboard flights was arrested again Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after wandering through terminals without an airline ticket, authorities said.

August 07, 2014 | | State


Man jailed in Fresno tuberculosis case

FRESNO (AP) - A man is being held in isolation at a Central California jail on allegations he has refused to submit to an exam to check for tuberculosis.

August 07, 2014 | | State


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