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County sued over denial of oil drilling plan

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - The oil exploration company Excelaron LLC has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County after the Board of Supervisors rejected a plan for extracting crude oil from beneath rural Huasna Valley.

November 24, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Highway 101crash: PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman died and her sister was critically injured when they were thrown from their SUV after it crashed into a California Highway Patrol car and flipped over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.

November 24, 2012 | | State


Calif. city building a "tsunami-resistant" port

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - It doesn't matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City. Churning water rushes into the boat basin and then rushes out, lifting docks off their pilings, tearing boats loose and leaving the city's main economic engine looking as if it has been bombed.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Ex-fiancee of man charged in OC killings arrested

COSTA MESA (AP) - Police arrested the ex-fiancee of a stage actor charged with beheading a neighbor, scattering his body parts in a park and killing the neighbor's friend two years ago.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Senior home staff had complained about suspect

TORRANCE (AP) - Residents and staff members at a senior high-rise in California had complained in the past about erratic behavior by an elderly man now suspected of killing two women and himself at the facility, authorities and employees said.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Man pleads not guilty to killing, cooking wife

VISTA (AP) - A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife after police found her severed head in a freezer and her body parts cooking on the stove at their Oceanside home.

November 22, 2012 | | State


Man pleads no contest in burglary of Jobs' home

PALO ALTO (AP) - A California man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs' house and stealing computers and the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet has pleaded no contest to burglarizing homes across the San Francisco Bay area.

November 22, 2012 | | State


SpongeBob Christmas special goes 3-D

LOS ANGELES (AP) - How does "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" squeeze even more fun out of our porous little hero and the Bikini Bottom gang? By turning the animated characters three-dimensional for their holiday special.

November 21, 2012 | | State


San Francisco sheds part of free-spirited past with citywide ban on public nudity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.

November 21, 2012 | | State


SF approves 220-square-foot apartments

SF approves 220-square-foot apartments

November 21, 2012 | | State


Ex-'Price is Right' model gets $8.5M in damages

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The producers of "The Price is Right" owe a former model on the show more than $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a jury determined Wednesday.

November 21, 2012 | | State


Terror suspects grew up in suburbia, played pickup hoops, video games

UPLAND (AP) - Three of the young men swept up in a federal terrorism probe grew up in the Southern California suburbs where they played pick-up basketball, ran for homecoming court and sparred in video games with neighborhood kids - a far cry from the wannabe terrorists described by the FBI.

November 21, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DISNEY WORKER INJURED ON SPACE MOUNTAIN: ANAHEIM (AP) - Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.

November 21, 2012 | | State


Interior Sec. to decide Calif. oyster farm's fate

POINT REYES STATION (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Marin County on Wednesday on a fact-finding mission to decide the fate of a family-run oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

November 21, 2012 | | State


3rd person dies from mushroom poisoning

LOOMIS (AP) - A third person has died from eating poisonous mushrooms at a California senior care facility where a caretaker found the fungus in the backyard and used it to make soup, authorities said Wednesday.

November 21, 2012 | | State


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Modesto man attacked by pit bulls dies

MODESTO (AP) - A Modesto man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Indian casino kept closed during talks

COARSEGOLD (AP) - A casino in Central California shut down after an armed confrontation last week between tribal factions will remain indefinitely closed pending court-mandated talks, a judge ordered Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California high court declines appeal of high speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to consider an appeal of a case brought by opponents of the state's $68 billion bullet train project, delivering a crucial ruling that allows construction to go ahead as planned.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Florio recuses himself amid PG&E probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Davis student drowns rafting

WINTERS, (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old student at University of California, Davis drowned in a weekend rafting accident in Yolo County.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November.

October 15, 2014 | | State


Similar ideas mark race for state elections chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Democratic candidate running to become California's top election official has worked in government since soon after graduating college and touts his familiarity with the political process.

October 15, 2014 | | State


California key to GOP, Demo House strategies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Political strategists mapping potential gains in the House next month are circling, of all places, California.

October 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

4 DOGS ATTACK ELDERLY COUPLE IN THEIR MODESTO HOME: MODESTO (AP) - Two people are in critical condition after being mauled by four pit bulls at a home in central California.

October 15, 2014 | | State


School, feds settle transgender complaint

DOWNEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other youngsters and was encouraged to change schools, it was announced Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Hillary Clinton calls for ending ‘word gap’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation needs to close a "word gap" between low-income children and their more affluent peers.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Anaheim cutting power, water to shut down pot shops

ANAHEIM (AP) - Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses.

October 14, 2014 | | State


Expensive wingding to celebrate swearing-in

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The first Latino to head the California Senate in more than 130 years will celebrate his new post with far more pomp and expense than a typical affair marking a change of leadership at the Capitol.

October 14, 2014 | | 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


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