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Tanker strikes San Francisco Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An empty oil tanker caused minor damage when it struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, and the busy span remained open to traffic, officials said.

January 07, 2013 | | State


School funding, tax changes on Dems’ agenda

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are starting the new year with a tail wind they haven't had in 130 years - supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.

January 06, 2013 | | State


NBC’ We’re not a ‘shoot-’em-up’ television network

PASADENA (AP) - NBC executives said Sunday they are conscious about the amount of violence they air in the wake of real-life tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting, but have made no changes in what has gone on the air or what is planned.

January 06, 2013 | | State


Lone gray wolf still prowling NorCal

REDDING (AP) - He doesn't like busy Interstate 5 or eating cattle, at least so far. He gets along with his distant cousins the coyotes, likes to swim and roams a lot - an awful lot - around the northernmost reaches of the Golden State.

January 06, 2013 | | State


Storm bringing round of odd weather

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The latest winter storm to move into California brought some odd weather to the region, including thunderstorms in Northern California and snow in the mountains of Southern California, forecasters said.

January 06, 2013 | | State


Sacramento shooting suspect booked into jail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The suspect in a New Year's Eve bar shooting in Sacramento that left two people dead has been released from a hospital and booked into jail, authorities said.

January 06, 2013 | | State


209 news briefs

• ESCALON LOTTERY TICKET WORTH MORE THAN $570,000: ESCLAON – A California Lottery player in Escalon matched five of six numbers on their MEGA Millions ticket to earn a prize worth $572,376.

January 06, 2013 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• SF POLICE SAY WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER SET ON FIRE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say a woman is hospitalized with what are being described as "life-threatening injuries" after someone poured a flammable liquid on her and set her on fire.

January 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• SF PARKING METERS TO CHARGE ON SUNDAYS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco residents and visitors will be hit with a surprise this weekend: starting Sunday, they will need to feed the meter to park in metered spots.

January 05, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PROPOSAL TO PROTECT HOMELESS FROM DISCRIMINATION; SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A California lawmaker wants to protect the homeless from discrimination.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Refinery crews may have damaged pipe

RICHMOND . (AP) - Chevron firefighters responding to a small California refinery leak last summer may have accidentally punctured a main pipeline before a massive blaze, federal investigators said.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Woman arrested in decade-old child porn case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman suspected of making and appearing in child porn photos a decade ago was arrested hours after authorities released images of her taken from those shots, federal officials announced Friday.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

HOME INVASION ROBBERS DRAG RESIDENTS FROM BEDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police say home invasion robbers have stormed a San Francisco area home and dragged the residents from their beds at gunpoint before fleeing with valuables.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Half Dome cables will remain, hikers still limited

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The hike up the granite monolith Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is one of the most iconic in the nationwide system, but on Friday officials announced approval of a plan that permanently limits how many can do it.

January 04, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker to bring back rape loophole bill from 1870s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.

January 04, 2013 | | State


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Californians tearing out lawns

LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Push to avert higher gas prices stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

August 24, 2014 | | State


3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within one hour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Man dies after being shot backstage at hip hop concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Q&A about 6.0 Napa earthquake

NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Quick look at 6.0 quake

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.

August 24, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley vintners hit hard, some lose 50% of their wine

NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

August 24, 2014 | | State


DUI arrest is Democrats’ latest blow

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammo bills

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Lawn removal during drought draws HOA fine

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).

August 22, 2014 | | State


Passengers leave treasure trove of items at SF airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you've been through security at San Francisco International Airport recently and are missing your sunglasses or laptop, it's probably worth checking in with the Transportation Security Administration.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mariachi 5K run postponed after receiving criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California mariachi-themed fun run scheduled for this weekend has been postponed indefinitely after facing backlash from those who say it makes a mockery of mariachi.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Mexico’s president to visit California next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Police: Woman with fake baby cited for trespassing

MERCED (AP) - A California woman is under investigation after trying to enter a hospital maternity ward carrying a doll that looked like a living baby, police said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | State


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