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San Francisco home searched in 1984 disappearance of 10-year-old boy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker: Train school staff in gun use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHP WANTS PAYMENT FOR PATROLLING OAKLAND STREETS: OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's three-month deal to help Oakland's undermanned police force by patrolling the city's dangerous streets expires this week.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Sheriff's car hits, injures boy, 8

ADELANTO (AP) - The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said one of its patrol cars hit an 8-year-old boy as it moved slowly in front of an elementary school. The boy was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Workers have 2nd jobs in same agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Many full-time state workers are moonlighting with second jobs in the same department, California jobs records show.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Students: End UC health insurance cap

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Students have called on the University of California to end caps on health care coverage that could leave them to foot the bill for their medical treatment.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Chevron fined nearly $1M for refinery fire

RICHMOND AP) - Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company's San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters dead at age 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Man sues Boy Scouts, alleging sex abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man sued a regional Boy Scouts council on Wednesday, alleging he was sexually abused by his scout leader more than 30 years ago.

January 30, 2013 | | State


Calif. gets more time to reduce prison crowding

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Tuesday gave California six more months to reduce inmate crowding to court-ordered levels, even as Gov. Jerry Brown argues that the courts should end their oversight of the state's prison system.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Suspect in urologist killing had prostate trouble after surgery

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of shooting a California urologist to death in his exam room suffered from prostate problems and was angry about his incontinence after a recent surgery, neighbors said Tuesday.

January 29, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

STOCKTON WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SHOPLIFTING, RESELLING CLOTHES: FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Stockton woman has been sentenced to prison for shoplifting more than $1 million worth of designer clothes and selling the clothes online.

January 29, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider range of gun controls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.

January 29, 2013 | | State


San Francisco nudity ban upheld

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for the city of San Francisco to ban most displays of public nudity, ruling that an ordinance set to take effect on Feb. 1 does not violate the free speech rights of residents and visitors who like going out in the buff.

January 29, 2013 | | State


LA leaders sued over teacher sex abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The current Los Angeles schools superintendent and five of his predecessors were sued Tuesday on grounds that they systematically covered up complaints about teacher sex abuse of students over the past two decades.

January 29, 2013 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Tracy man pleads guilty in fake debt collections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Tracy businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail and wire fraud involving more than $5 million that his company collected from consumers with pending loans by impersonating authorities in threatening phone calls, federal prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | State


LA mayor urges conservation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to residents Tuesday amid a severe California drought - conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions on use in the future.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Facebook, Apple provide worker benefits for egg freezing, sperm donors

SAN JOSE (AP) - Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages - frozen eggs?

October 14, 2014 | | State


Golf cart plows into students, injuring nine

FRESNO (AP) - Police in California say two students suffered serious injuries when a special-needs student got into a golf cart at a local middle school and took off, plowing into a group of teenagers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Move to rename tunnel after Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker said he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian Robin Williams.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Brown promotes restraint in bid for his fourth term

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Restraint and steady progress don't necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California's fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown's central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Kashkari aims to rebrand GOP in gubernatorial bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Neel Kashkari is trying to rewrite the playbook for Republican gubernatorial candidates in California and nudge the party back to relevance after years of declining registration.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Plumpest pumpkin: 2,058-pound gourd sets record at Half Moon Bay festival

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.

October 13, 2014 | | State


4 NorCal faults primed for big quakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dog needs 1,000 stitches after beating, stabbing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An animal rescue group says a dog that required more than 1,000 stitches after being stabbed and beaten is recovering in Los Angeles.

October 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

STOCKTON TURNS TO STATE FOR HELP AFTER SHOOTINGS: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police have called in the state Department of Justice after a series of weekend shootings left five people dead.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Probe sought in California no-bid health contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Caltrans equips fleet with high- tech devices for $2.5 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

October 12, 2014 | | State


California gives no-bid health contracts worth $184 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 12, 2014 | | State


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