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TEACHER FIRED AFTER FIGHT WITH FEMALE STUDENT: FRESNO (AP) - An instructor at a California college says he has been fired after being accused of slamming a female student to the ground during a fight.

August 08, 2013 | | State


BART, unions resume contract talks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit's management and employee unions resumed contract negotiations Thursday as California's two senators urged the parties resolve the labor dispute and head off a crippling transit strike.

August 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E sued for tree killing camp counselor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a camp counselor crushed to death by a falling tree near Yosemite National Park sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co., contractors hired by the utility and the camp's arborist, saying they were negligent in inspecting the tree.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Wildfire destroys at least 10 homes

BEAUMONT (AP) - A rapidly spreading wildfire chewed through a rugged Southern California mountain range on Thursday, destroying at least 10 homes, threatening more than 500 other residences and forcing some 1,500 people to flee.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Football player, 14, dies after practice collapse

ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old football player has died after collapsing during a practice at his high school in Anaheim.

August 08, 2013 | | State


Man’s body found in girl friend’s freezer

VENTURA (AP) - Police found the body of a California man missing for more than two years in a freezer in his girlfriend's storage unit, authorities said Thursday.

August 08, 2013 | | State


BART, unions still far apart

OAKLAND (AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and two of its unions appeared drastically far from a contract deal on Wednesday as they stated their cases before Gov. Jerry Brown's appointed-panel with the threat of another strike looming.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Riverside County fire grows fast, more houses evacuated

LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A new wildfire has broken out in Riverside County near Banning, sending up a massive plume of smoke and surging toward three communities where people have been told to evacuate.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

1-YEAR-OLD, FATHER SHOT AND KILLED IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland police say a 1-year-old boy and his 20-year-old father were killed when someone shot into the rear of a home.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Senate leader backs private prison plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate on Wednesday backed Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to send thousands of inmates to private prisons rather than free them early to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Study: Destructive Medfly entrenched; threatens state crops

FRESNO (AP) - Fruit flies that are highly destructive to crops are now permanently established in California and spreading, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Did abductor have crush on girl?

LAKESIDE (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Lake Tahoe has ‘amazing’ clarity rebound

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe experienced an "amazing" rebound in clarity in 2012 to mark a second straight year of improvement, although scientists say studies of long-term trends show climate change continues to take a toll on the waters.

August 07, 2013 | | State


Tracy teacher facing molestation charges

TRACY . (AP) - A Northern California elementary school teacher is facing charges that he molested 12 children.

August 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TRUCKEE POLICE TURN TO FACEBOOK TO NAME FIRST K-9: TRUCKEE (AP) - The Truckee Police Department is turning to Facebook to name is first-ever police K-9.

August 07, 2013 | | State


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Former Los Angeles sheriff’s officials charged in jail probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The case of the vanishing inmate at the Los Angeles County jail nearly went all the way to the top.

May 14, 2015 | | State


Golf courses tee up water-saving

LAGUNA NIGUEL (AP) - At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants.

May 13, 2015 | | State


Father convicted of tossing daughter, 4, to death off cliff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for tossing his 4-year-old daughter off a sea cliff nearly 15 years ago to get revenge against the girl's mother and avoid custody payments.

May 13, 2015 | | State


Woman arrested after toddler points loaded gun at police

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police have arrested a San Bernardino woman after her toddler pointed a loaded handgun at detectives.

May 13, 2015 | | State


Twitter founder feeling ‘Super’ as he heads in new direction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Biz Stone knows abandoning a struggling project to try something else can be a smart move. After all, he was part of a team that dumped the seldom-heard podcasting service Odeo nearly a decade ago to work on a new idea called Twitter that transformed how people communicate and made him a multimillionaire.

May 13, 2015 | | State


$4M to study new Bay Bridge issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A panel overseeing a new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge approved spending up to $4 million to study the latest problems discovered with the structure.

May 12, 2015 | | State


More Hispanics speak proficient English

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A rising share of Hispanics in the United States speak proficient English and the percentage of those speaking Spanish at home has been declining, researchers said Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | | State


San Jose water company imposes mandatory limits

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose businesses and residents will soon have to restrict their water use or face fines, as the city becomes one of the largest in the state to impose strict water-use limits amid California's ongoing drought.

May 12, 2015 | | State


Surfer learns not to get between a momma gray whale and baby

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A Southern California surfer has learned the hard way not to come between a momma gray whale and her baby.

May 12, 2015 | | State


3 killed in wrong-way crash

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says three people died when a driver going the wrong-way on a Sacramento highway slammed into another vehicle.

May 12, 2015 | | State


Pen pals meet after almost 40 years of correspondence

LIVERMORE (AP) - Lanor Smith of Livermore and Heather Downey of Australia have finally met face-to-face after almost 40 years of only communicating through letters, phone calls, emails and Facebook messages.

May 12, 2015 | | State


Prosecutors: Man killed first wife, tried to kill second

SANTA ANA (AP) - A Florida man awaiting trial for allegedly strangling his ex-wife and tossing her overboard during a Mediterranean cruise tried to hire two inmates to kill another ex-wife, prosecutors in California said.

May 12, 2015 | | State


SELF-DRIVING CARS

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.

May 11, 2015 | | State


4-year-old jumps from car in Stockton carjacking

STOCKTON (AP) - A frightened 4-year-old boy escaped with cuts and scrapes after he got out of his car seat and jumped from a moving car during a carjacking, police said Monday.

May 11, 2015 | | State


San Francisco commuters snub public transit for $6 bus ride

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The compact city that inspired ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft is offering a new way to get to work: fancy $6 big-bus rides with spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants who deliver snacks.

May 11, 2015 | | State


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