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Past turmoil in Santa Monica gunman's home

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - The mother of a gunman who fatally shot five people in Santa Monica once said the shooter's father had threatened to kill her at least twice during years of turmoil in the family, according to court records obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Toy gun buyback asks kids to give up play pistols

HAYWARD (AP) - Organizers of a Northern California gun buyback are looking to get weapons off the streets. But gun owners shouldn't show up looking to hand over their arms, unless they shoot rubber bands, Nerf bullets or imaginary lasers.

June 10, 2013 | | State


SF sues over high-capacity magazines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is suing three gun accessories companies and one gun show promoter, alleging they sold disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as repair kits in violation of California law, the city attorney said Monday.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Legislative leader: Budget deal is near

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature's Democratic leaders are close to a state budget deal that maintains fiscal balance, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and other lawmakers said Monday ahead of a budget committee vote on many of the outstanding issues.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies of liver disease

CORCORAN (AP) - California prison officials say a 44-year-old death row inmate convicted of beating a 90-year-old woman to death with a baseball bat has died from liver disease.

June 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HUGE SHARK CAUGHT BY ANGLER OFF CALIF. WASN'T PREGNANT : LONG BEACH . (AP) - Scientists who dissected the huge mako shark caught off the Southern California coast have found that the female shark had gallons of sea water and a seal or sea lion in her stomach.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Injured dog that saved 2 girls honored

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Every dog has its day, but few canines get a motorcade on their return home.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Another limo fire, 10 women escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ten women - some of them in their 90s - escaped unharmed from a limousine that began smoking and caught fire in Northern California just more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on a nearby bridge.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Threat forces LA-to-Texas flight to land in Ariz.

PHOENIX (AP) - The FBI says a "telephonic bomb threat" against a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Texas led to the plane being diverted to Phoenix on Monday afternoon.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF PRIDE CONFIRMS MANNING WON'T BE HONORED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration have confirmed that the U.S. soldier who has acknowledged providing classified documents to WikiLeaks no longer will not be honored during this month's celebration.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Gunman killed 6 in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A gunman with an assault-style rifle killed at least six people in Santa Monica on Friday before police shot him to death in a gunfight in the Santa Monica College library, authorities said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Senators upset about exchange secrecy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Five Republican U.S. senators said Friday they have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether California is inappropriately concealing details of contracts for its health insurance exchange.

June 07, 2013 | | State


State senator gets subpoena in federal probe at Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the state Senate's top Democrats said Friday that he has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, days after another senator's Capitol offices were searched by the FBI.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Utility to close troubled nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a jolt to the nation's nuclear power industry, Southern California's San Onofre plant was shut down Friday for good after its owners surrendered in a costly and drawn-out fight over whether it was too damaged to operate safely.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Serial killer Richard Ramirez dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Richard Ramirez, the demonic serial killer known as the Night Stalker who left satanic signs at murder scenes and mutilated victims' bodies during a reign of terror in the 1980s, died early Friday in a hospital, a prison official said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


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Dozens of intruders have breached state airport fences

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The teenage stowaway who flew in the wheel well of a jet from San Jose to Hawaii last spring is far from the only person who got past the security fences that protect California's busiest airports.

April 09, 2015 | | State


PBS to air restored version of ‘The Civil War’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - PBS says it will air a newly restored version of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" this fall, 25 years after the documentary's debut.

April 09, 2015 | | State


California regulator: PG&E ‘too big’ to operate safety?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Repeated natural-gas accidents - including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people - suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

April 08, 2015 | | State


California names, shames water wasters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Prosecutor appeals lighter sentence for girl’s attacker

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California district attorney said Wednesday that he will appeal a judge's decision to give a lighter sentence to a man who sodomized a 3-year-old girl.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Cancer patient kicked off flight

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California woman with cancer says she got kicked off a flight home from Hawaii after being told she could not fly without a doctor's note.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers advance vaccine bill for school kids amid heated debate

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require schoolchildren in the state to be vaccinated.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Police kill knife-carrying suspect in store robbery

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers responding to a liquor-store robbery shot and killed a suspect reportedly armed with a knife.

April 08, 2015 | | State


LA County to pay $5M in fatal shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County will pay $5.3 million to the family of an unarmed man who was fatally shot in the back by sheriff's deputies following a car chase more than two years ago.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Tesla boosts range, power & price

FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.

April 08, 2015 | | State


Toilets on wheels help keep SF clean

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Streets in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood blocks away from fancy stores and long lines of tourists waiting for cable cars have been cleaner since solar-powered toilets began rolling in four afternoons per week.

April 08, 2015 | | State


February savings were worst yet

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians' efforts to save water in the face of a devastating drought have hit a new low, as statistics released Tuesday showed residents did less to curtail their water use in February than they had in any other month since officials began tracking conservation efforts.

April 07, 2015 | | State


SF plan requires new buildings to recycle water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker wants to require new buildings to use non-drinking water for flushing toilets and hydrating plants.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Storm brings rain & snow, but little relief

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At a hardware store in the Santa Cruz mountains, manager Greg Kirksey listened to weather forecasters and prepared for the storm days ahead of schedule.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Democrats push to extend health, legal rights to illegal immigrants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to federal inaction over immigration reform, California Democrats on Tuesday announced a package of 10 bills that would extend health care, legal rights and business protection to immigrants who are illegally living in the state.

April 07, 2015 | | State


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