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Jury awards $6.5M for death after police mistook water nozzle for gun

SANTA ANA (AP) - A federal jury in Southern California awarded $6.5 million in damages Thursday to the family of a man fatally shot by police while he held a pistol-gripped water nozzle they mistook for a gun.

April 04, 2013 | | State


2nd lost hiker rescued after 5 days

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA . (AP) - Rescuers who plucked a young woman on Thursday from a steep, rocky canyon wall said she was exhausted, had trouble breathing and likely could not have survived much longer than another day in the rugged Southern California wilderness.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Californians due $2B in power rebates?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California electricity consumers could see up to $2 billion in new refunds from energy wholesalers that profited during the state's energy crisis more than a dozen years ago if a federal judge's recommendation holds up at trial, state regulators said Thursday.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Under bill, birthplace not required on voter forms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voting applicants who fail to list their birthplace on the registration form would still be deemed eligible to cast a ballot under a bill approved Thursday by the state Assembly.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Parents: Antioch teacher abused autistic students

ANTIOCH (AP) - The parents of three autistic San Francisco Bay Area kindergarten students are suing a teacher who slapped, pinched and verbally abused their kids and picked the nose of one student and made him eat it.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

4 GET LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDER OF SF SHOP OWNER: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Four men have received life prison terms after being convicted of killing a San Francisco store owner to prevent him from testifying in a robbery case.

April 04, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail a highlight of Brown's China trip

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will be eyeing China's massive high-speed rail system as he tries to lure billions of dollars in investments to California during his trip to the country next week.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Police say boy, 11, made up San Pedro kidnap tale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say an 11-year-old boy was lying when he told detectives he was kidnapped by a man in a black mask as he walked home from his San Pedro school.

April 04, 2013 | | State


State board pursues case against Bay Bridge pilot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state board unanimously voted Thursday to take action to suspend or revoke the license of the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Detroit Electric to sell $135K sports car

DETROIT (AP) - More than 100 years after it began making cars, Detroit Electric is back in business.

April 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

2 MEN CHARGED IN KIDNAPPING OF 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A convicted felon planned to burglarize a San Fernando Valley home but ended up kidnapping a 10-year-old girl at knifepoint and sexually assaulting her after his partner in crime fled, authorities revealed Wednesday.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Beverly Hills eatery gives no-shows Twitter roast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When 20 percent of your dinner reservations don't show, what's a restaurant owner to do? Usually nothing; it's an unsavory fact of restaurant life that not everyone who says they'll be there, will.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Report outlines abuses by prison staff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California parole agent was accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another. Numerous corrections department employees allegedly had sex with inmates, including juveniles.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

ROLLING STONES CONCERTS SET FOR SAN JOSE, OAKLAND: NEW YORK (AP) - Call it satisfaction: The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Stanford to help develop online learning system

PALO ALTO (AP) - Stanford University announced Wednesday that it is joining an initiative co-founded by Harvard and MIT to develop a computer system that allows colleges to offer free online courses, a collaboration that school officials said would benefit both educators and students around the globe.

April 03, 2013 | | State


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Taxpayer groups slam state buying new vehicles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state is drawing criticism from taxpayer groups for buying California's top elected officials new hybrid cars while many ordinary residents still struggle financially.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Many sex offenders killed in state prison

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager's cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. It was Ager, blood trickling from his mouth and a cloth noose tied around his neck.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

February 16, 2015 | | State


West Coast ports backing up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

February 16, 2015 | | State


17-year-old boy dies playing Russian roulette

CARSON (AP) - A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself early Monday during what authorities are describing as a game of Russian roulette in his apartment with other teens.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Security guard killed chasing cigar thieves

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say a security guard was shot and killed trying to stop a pair of men stealing cigars from a Northern California liquor store.

February 16, 2015 | | State


Medi-Cal rolls swell to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Citrus exports hurt by labor dispute

FRESNO (AP) - California's citrus growers already grappling with a fourth year of drought say their exports are taking a hit from a labor dispute at West Coast seaports, costing farmers millions of dollars a week.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Redding police chief says city attracts homeless with free services

REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.

February 15, 2015 | | State


USC adds humanist chaplains for nonbelievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Pot legalization backers eye 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous - and arguably most pot-infused - state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

February 13, 2015 | | State


Obama: Cyberspace is new ‘Wild West’

PALO ALTO (AP) - Cyberspace is the new "Wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he told the private sector it must do more to stop cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. every day.

February 13, 2015 | | State


West Coast seaports reopen for day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seaports from Southern California to Seattle reopened - for a day - as negotiators labored to resolve a crippling contract dispute and resume the free flow of international trade across the West Coast waterfront.

February 13, 2015 | | State


BLEAK WINTER FOR SKIING

TRUCKEE - With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running.

February 13, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


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