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WORKERS SET TO STRIKE AT PORT OF OAKLAND, AIRPORT : OAKLAND AP) - About 200 workers are set to begin a 24-hour strike at the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport, but the labor action is not expected to affect holiday travel.

November 19, 2012 | | State


Asian citrus psyllid found in Tulare County

FRESNO (AP) - A tiny pest capable of carrying and spreading a disease deadly to citrus trees has been found in the heart of California's citrus belt, agriculture officials said Monday.

November 19, 2012 | | State


6 injured as police copters collide in LA area

ALTADENA (AP) - Two police helicopters collided over a helipad Saturday, leaving five Pasadena officers and a civilian with minor injuries, officials said.

November 18, 2012 | | State


Sierra resorts get snow in time for Thanksgiving skiing

TRUCKEE (AP) - Ski resort operators are rejoicing after a string of storms brought an early winter to the Sierra Nevada just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday period.

November 18, 2012 | | State


Prosecutors seek to jump start death penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Robert Fairbank's appeal of his death sentence for the 1985 rape and murder of college student Wendy Cheek.

November 18, 2012 | | State


Public nudity ban eyed in fed-up SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing.

November 18, 2012 | | State


TV show ‘Hell on the Highway’ focuses on keeping I-80 open in Sierra during winter

TRUCKEE (AP) - National Geographic is airing a 10-part documentary that captures the trials and triumphs of keeping Interstate 80 open through the winter over the Sierra Nevada's Donner Summit.

November 18, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CISCO SYSTEMS TO BUY MERAKI FOR $1.2 BILLION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, said Sunday it is buying Meraki for $1.2 billion to expand its ability to let customers compute in the cloud.

November 18, 2012 | | State


Battle over Christmas display goes to LA court

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Damon Vix didn't have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.

November 18, 2012 | | State


Report: LA officer used Taser on handcuffed woman as others laugh

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer shocked a handcuffed woman with a stun gun while joking with fellow officers, in an incident caught on video.

November 18, 2012 | | State


Crave a Twinkie? The price is going up fast online; hoarding hits stores

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twinkies are being sold on the Internet like exquisite delicacies.

November 18, 2012 | | State


AG: Human trafficking is spreading

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of people identified as victims of human trafficking in California has increased steadily since 2010 as the crime has become a growing threat, California Attorney General Kamala Harris reported Friday.

November 16, 2012 | | State


GOP loses another congressional seat in California after redistricting

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Democrat Scott Peters completed his party's landslide in California by defeating U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray on Friday in the race to represent a redrawn San Diego-area congressional district.

November 16, 2012 | | State


$500M animal abuse settlement reached

FRESNO . (AP) - A California slaughterhouse where videotaped mistreatment of cows prompted the largest meat recall in U.S. history has reached a symbolic $500 million settlement with an animal welfare group and the federal government.

November 16, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

QUADRIPLEGIC RAPIST TO BE FREED FROM PRISON: CORCORAN (AP) - California prison officials will free a quadriplegic rapist whose care costs the state $625,000 a year.

November 16, 2012 | | State


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SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

April 11, 2014 | | State


LA mayor wants greener streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hoping to give a new look to a city where the car is king, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that he planned to add plazas, trees and artwork to some of the city's busiest streets to lure walkers, cyclists, new cafes and shops.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Assembly passes change to campaign disclosure bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that would force political nonprofits to reveal the names of campaign donors no longer applies retroactively under an amendment pushed by Republican lawmakers and approved Thursday by the Assembly.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Ex-city official gets nearly 12 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Pharmacy syringe sales permanent?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Thursday to make permanent a program that allows pharmacies to sell syringes to drug users as a way to prevent diseases spread by needle-sharing.

April 10, 2014 | | State


LA deputies, shot, kill unarmed man who was victim of attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a man who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Judge blasts excessive pepper spray use against mentally ill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Teacher suspended for science projects

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students and parents are calling for the return of a popular Los Angeles high school science teacher who was suspended from the classroom after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Confessed killer won’t divulge associates

RESNO (AP) - A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him, a detective said.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Suspect tells judge toddler left alone in car

SONOMA (AP) - A woman arrested for allegedly using fake credit cards at a Northern California casino showed up to court but left her 3-year-old daughter alone in her car with hypodermic syringes.

April 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Sea search suspended for missing boy: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rescue crews have suspended their search for a missing 14-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming with two family members at San Francisco's Ocean Beach.

April 10, 2014 | | State


High-speed rail adopts new business plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees the California High-Speed Rail Authority approved a new business plan to submit to state lawmakers Thursday, reflecting lower revenue projections but leaving the 2028 timeline for finishing the $68 billion bullet train unchanged despite legal setbacks that could cause delays.

April 10, 2014 | | State


PG&E offers $250K reward in grid attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Feinstein tweaks drought bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she has dropped $300 million in emergency spending from drought-relief legislation to try to improve prospects for getting the bill passed.

April 10, 2014 | | State


Justice Dept.: San Diego cross should stay

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a war memorial cross should remain on federal property atop a San Diego mountain, but it disagrees with cross supporters that an appeal should leapfrog straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 10, 2014 | | State


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