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Brain dead girl’s family may appeal

OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy was trying to give the girl as normal of a Christmas as possible, with a tree and presents in her hospital room, her uncle said.

December 25, 2013 | | State


Traditions help heal after Santa slayings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five years after a man dressed as Santa Claus massacred nine members of her family on Christmas Eve, the surviving daughter of the Ortega clan worked to master her mother's pozole recipe to serve at a traditional family dinner that's now forever tinged with tragedy.

December 25, 2013 | | State


‘Coping decade after fatal Christmas mudslide

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A decade after a Christmas Day mudslide swept through a Southern California church mountain retreat, worshippers have continued their mission at a new spot.

December 25, 2013 | | State


UC experiments with online classes across campuses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students enrolled in the University of California system soon will be able to take online courses offered by campuses besides their own.

December 25, 2013 | | State


Death Valley puts brakes on running, cycling races

DEATH VALLEY (AP) - The Badwater 135, a sweat-lathered, endurance race that runs through the hottest place in the world in the middle of the summer will be taking a detour in 2014 after Death Valley National Park placed a moratorium on cycling and running competitions until it can determine how safe they are.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Health exchange struggles with heavy volume

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency overseeing California's health insurance exchange offered a bit of breathing room for consumers who tried but failed to meet Monday's deadline for coverage starting in the new year, as its website and call centers were overwhelmed by last-minute demand.

December 23, 2013 | | State


News from across the Bay

JUDGE: SAN JOSE CANNOT CUT EMPLOYEE PENSIONS: SAN JOSE (AP) - A judge has ruled that San Jose cannot implement voter-approved cuts to employee pensions, but can cut salaries to meet the savings expected from the reduced pensions.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Judge tells hospital to keep treating ‘brain dead’ teen-ager on life support

OAKLAND (AP) - With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

December 23, 2013 | | State


CPUC returns $375K penalty to PG&E

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators have refunded $375,000 to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over concerns the fine payment could jeopardize a potentially larger penalty against the utility for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, a newspaper reported.

December 23, 2013 | | State


'Fast & Furious 7' delayed until April of 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Universal Pictures has delayed the release of "Fast & Furious 7" for almost a year following the death of star Paul Walker.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Woman sentenced for phony 911 calls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles woman accused of making hundreds of phony and harassing 911 calls has been sentenced to jail.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Hispanic achievement gap persists

PAJARO (AP) - As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the country, which is going through a slower but similar demographic shift.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Farm town develops school success formula

SANGER AP) - When Yadir Sanchez arrived in this San Joaquin Valley agricultural town at age 5, she joined a well-traveled path to academic failure that children of other Mexican farmworkers had been on for years.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Tech startups create virtual farmers markets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sara Pasquinelli doesn't shop at the grocery store much anymore. The busy mother of two young boys buys nearly all her food from a new online service that delivers to her front door - but it doesn't bring just any food.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Lodi helps soldier replace stolen gifts

LODI (AP) - Army Cpl. Chris Petrossian was in Afghanistan when his frightened wife called to say robbers stole the thousands of dollars' worth of Christmas gifts he had ordered online and shipped to his Northern California home.

December 22, 2013 | | State


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Dozens of intruders have breached state airport fences

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The teenage stowaway who flew in the wheel well of a jet from San Jose to Hawaii last spring is far from the only person who got past the security fences that protect California's busiest airports.

April 09, 2015 | | State


PBS to air restored version of ‘The Civil War’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - PBS says it will air a newly restored version of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" this fall, 25 years after the documentary's debut.

April 09, 2015 | | State


California regulator: PG&E ‘too big’ to operate safety?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Repeated natural-gas accidents - including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people - suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

April 08, 2015 | | State


California names, shames water wasters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Prosecutor appeals lighter sentence for girl’s attacker

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California district attorney said Wednesday that he will appeal a judge's decision to give a lighter sentence to a man who sodomized a 3-year-old girl.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Cancer patient kicked off flight

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California woman with cancer says she got kicked off a flight home from Hawaii after being told she could not fly without a doctor's note.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers advance vaccine bill for school kids amid heated debate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require schoolchildren in the state to be vaccinated.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Police kill knife-carrying suspect in store robbery

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers responding to a liquor-store robbery shot and killed a suspect reportedly armed with a knife.

April 08, 2015 | | State


LA County to pay $5M in fatal shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County will pay $5.3 million to the family of an unarmed man who was fatally shot in the back by sheriff's deputies following a car chase more than two years ago.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Tesla boosts range, power & price

FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Toilets on wheels help keep SF clean

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Streets in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood blocks away from fancy stores and long lines of tourists waiting for cable cars have been cleaner since solar-powered toilets began rolling in four afternoons per week.

April 08, 2015 | | State


February savings were worst yet

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians' efforts to save water in the face of a devastating drought have hit a new low, as statistics released Tuesday showed residents did less to curtail their water use in February than they had in any other month since officials began tracking conservation efforts.

April 07, 2015 | | State


SF plan requires new buildings to recycle water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker wants to require new buildings to use non-drinking water for flushing toilets and hydrating plants.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Storm brings rain & snow, but little relief

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At a hardware store in the Santa Cruz mountains, manager Greg Kirksey listened to weather forecasters and prepared for the storm days ahead of schedule.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats push to extend health, legal rights to illegal immigrants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to federal inaction over immigration reform, California Democrats on Tuesday announced a package of 10 bills that would extend health care, legal rights and business protection to immigrants who are illegally living in the state.

April 07, 2015 | | State


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