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COPPER THEFTS HIDDEN CULPRIT IN TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

February 11, 2013 | | State


3 killed in California helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people have been killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming for a reality TV show.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Silicon Valley venture capitalist was suffocated by tape on home invasion

MONTE SERENO (AP) - A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was killed during a brutal home-invasion when three intruders bound and gagged him with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to "be quiet if you want to live," authorities said Friday.

February 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GAS PRICES JUMP 25 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 25 cents over the past two weeks.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Dirty side of solar panel production

SAN JOSE (AP) - Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet.

February 10, 2013 | | State


$1 million reward for tip on ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seeking leads in a massive manhunt, Los Angeles authorities on Sunday offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former police officer suspected in three killings.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Controversial coyote hunt under way

ALTURA, Modoc County (AP) - Hunters were tromping through the countryside of a remote Northern California county over the weekend as they competed in a controversial contest to see who could kill the most coyotes.

February 10, 2013 | | State


School health clinics expand to serve communities

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Maria Barrales' children got sick, she would drive two hours south from her East Los Angeles home to the Mexican border and spend two more hours waiting to cross so she could go to an affordable doctor in Tijuana.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Bill would require 3-day wait before lawmakers act

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamming major bills through the Legislature at the last minute with little if any time for review has been an ongoing source of frustration for some lawmakers, especially minority Republicans.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Laotians top growers of pot on Calif. farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Last fall, narcotics agents confiscated thousands of marijuana plants, many 10 feet tall, from a 140-acre farm just on the edge of Fresno - one of the biggest pot busts in the county's history. The pot grew hidden among rows of rotting peppers, tomatoes and bitter melons, tended by a dozen immigrant farming families.

February 10, 2013 | | State


Bay Area leaders consider merging region

SAN JOSE (AP) - Hundreds of business and political leaders gathered in San Jose to consider the advantages of merging the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley into a single region, sharing everything from city dumps to water treatment plants as communities sprawl across borders.

February 08, 2013 | | State


New state flame retardant regulations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California proposed regulations on Friday that would set new flammability standards and allow furniture and some children's product manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.

February 08, 2013 | | State


Judge won't help OC gay group in parade

WESTMINSTER (AP) - An Orange County Judge has refused to grant an injunction for a gay Vietnamese-American coalition that would allow it to take part in this weekend's annual Tet Parade in Westminster's Little Saigon.

February 08, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

NO BACK PAY FOR BAD WORKERS IN BIAS CASES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court says poor performing workers won't get back pay even if discrimination plays a role in firings.

February 08, 2013 | | State


State ends contract for payroll project

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state controller's office has fired the company behind what it says is a flawed and increasingly expensive overhaul of the state government payroll system.

February 08, 2013 | | State


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Attack on power grid easy to execute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter and did not require access to technology or a high degree of training, an FBI official said.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Teen to face charge in rat poison death

ANDERSON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Northern California boy will face criminal charges in the death of another teen who snorted rat poison that he believed was cocaine.

September 11, 2014 | | State


San Jose OKs private security camera registry

SAN JOSE (AP) - Officials in Silicon Valley's largest city voted unanimously to create a registry of private surveillance cameras that could help police solve crimes.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Fashion hub raids target cartel money

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies

FRESNO (AP) - Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California mandates sick days for workers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Regulators reject call for Diablo Canyon plant shutdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

September 10, 2014 | | State


1st death reported from Napa quake

NAPA (AP) - A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died - the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Mountain lion killed, likely that attacked boy

CUPERTINO (AP) - Wildlife officials in Northern California say they have shot and killed a mountain lion they believe is the one that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Granite slow wildfire in Yosemite backcountry

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The granite landscape in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park helped slow the spread of a wildfire, officials said Wednesday.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Kern County OKs mile- long oil trains

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Mile-long trains filled with millions of gallons of flammable crude oil may be rolling through Kern County next year.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Income checks throw Californians off plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state's insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.

September 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

FRESNO POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTACK POSTED ONLINE: FRESNO . (AP) - Police in Central California are trying to identify the people behind a video posted online in which a 20-year-old woman is taunted, beaten and forced to strip in broad daylight.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California water use drops in July

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water agencies reported a 7.5 percent drop in monthly water use in July in a survey released Tuesday, falling far short of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in water use when he declared a drought emergency.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Wildfire sends smoke into famed Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire officials called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and sent smoke into the park's famed valley for the first time Tuesday, officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


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