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TRANSGENDER WOMAN SUES OVER STUN GUN USE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A transgender woman has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of excessive force after a Taser was fired at her groin.

November 12, 2012 | | State


Deaths of two renew mushroom warnings

LOOMIS (AP) - It's a story that plays out often in California once the fall rainy season starts and mushrooms sprout: someone unintentionally picks and eats a poisonous variety, leading to hospitalization or even death.

November 12, 2012 | | State


NBC's 'Revolution' snares Led Zeppelin songs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - What tunes fit a post-apocalyptic society? For NBC's freshman drama "Revolution," the answer is Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and "Since I've Been Loving You."

November 12, 2012 | | State


California launches greenhouse gas system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark "cap-and-trade" system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies.

November 12, 2012 | | State


Livermore lab's computer no longer world's fastest

LIVERMORE. (AP) - The Oak Ridge National Laboratory says it again has the world's fastest computer.

November 12, 2012 | | State


No major pollution upgrades expected at refinery

RICHMOND (AP) - Chevron does not plan to increase production at its fire-damaged Richmond refinery after repairs are made, allowing it to forego requirements to install the newest clean-air technologies, the company said.

November 12, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Man discovered in garbage bin dies

November 12, 2012 | | State


LA-area freeway back open after power line falls

COMMERCE (AP) - An electrical line fell onto a busy Southern California freeway Monday morning, closing all lanes for more than an hour and jamming traffic for miles while knocking out power to about 1,600 customers, authorities said.

November 12, 2012 | | State


Hostess workers picket in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - About a dozen workers began picketing at a Hostess Brands plant in Sacramento honoring a bakers' union strike at the bankrupt company's plants across the country.

November 11, 2012 | | State


LA charges into new territory with express lanes along Interstate 110

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's familiar fare for much of the country and the world, but new territory for car-crazy Los Angeles County: Freeway lanes that aren't free.

November 11, 2012 | | State


Veterans resurrect cross ending epic legal battle at SoCal desert site

YUCCA VALLEY (AP) - A war memorial cross that once stood on a rocky hilltop in a national park before being deemed unconstitutional and ordered removed was resurrected on Veterans Day at the stunningly stark Mojave desert site, capping a landmark case for veterans fighting similar battles on public lands.

November 11, 2012 | | State


Young voters turned the tide for Prop 30

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown secured a convincing win for his tax initiative on last week's ballot, thanks partly to voters who might not seem like a natural constituency for the 74-year-old, lifelong politician - young voters.

November 11, 2012 | | State


Cal State targets ‘super seniors’ with hefty fees to get them moving & out of college

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They're called super seniors, and they can be found on nearly every college campus in America.

November 11, 2012 | | State


Food labels multiply, confuse consumers

FRESNO (AP) - Want to avoid pesticides and antibiotics in your produce, meat, and dairy foods? Prefer to pay more to make sure farm animals were treated humanely, farmworkers got their lunch breaks, bees or birds were protected by the farmer and that ranchers didn't kill predators?

November 11, 2012 | | State


Two die from mushrooms despite warnings

LOOMIS (AP) - The deaths of two residents of a Northern California assisted living facility and the hospitalization of four others come despite warnings from health officials not to eat mushrooms picked in the wild.

November 11, 2012 | | State


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Attack on power grid easy to execute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter and did not require access to technology or a high degree of training, an FBI official said.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Teen to face charge in rat poison death

ANDERSON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Northern California boy will face criminal charges in the death of another teen who snorted rat poison that he believed was cocaine.

September 11, 2014 | | State


San Jose OKs private security camera registry

SAN JOSE (AP) - Officials in Silicon Valley's largest city voted unanimously to create a registry of private surveillance cameras that could help police solve crimes.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Fashion hub raids target cartel money

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies

FRESNO (AP) - Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California mandates sick days for workers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Regulators reject call for Diablo Canyon plant shutdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

September 10, 2014 | | State


1st death reported from Napa quake

NAPA (AP) - A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died - the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Mountain lion killed, likely that attacked boy

CUPERTINO (AP) - Wildlife officials in Northern California say they have shot and killed a mountain lion they believe is the one that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Granite slow wildfire in Yosemite backcountry

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The granite landscape in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park helped slow the spread of a wildfire, officials said Wednesday.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Kern County OKs mile- long oil trains

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Mile-long trains filled with millions of gallons of flammable crude oil may be rolling through Kern County next year.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Income checks throw Californians off plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state's insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.

September 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

FRESNO POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTACK POSTED ONLINE: FRESNO . (AP) - Police in Central California are trying to identify the people behind a video posted online in which a 20-year-old woman is taunted, beaten and forced to strip in broad daylight.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California water use drops in July

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water agencies reported a 7.5 percent drop in monthly water use in July in a survey released Tuesday, falling far short of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in water use when he declared a drought emergency.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Wildfire sends smoke into famed Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire officials called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and sent smoke into the park's famed valley for the first time Tuesday, officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


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