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Video shows vapor cloud before refinery fire

RICHMOND (AP) - An internal Chevron Corp. surveillance video shows a towering vapor cloud engulfing an area of its refinery for two minutes before it ignited into a volatile blaze, federal investigators said Tuesday.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Computer problems trigger delays at DMV offices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The computer network at the California Department of Motor Vehicles went down for several hours Tuesday, triggering delays as clerks at field offices throughout the state processed driver's licenses and registrations by hand.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Congressman Cardoza resigns

MODESTO (AP) - Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza, whose growing dislike for Washington politics was a factor in his decision not to seek re-election, announced Tuesday that he won't even finish out his term.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Home of late Steve Jobs burglarized

August 14, 2012 | | State


New geek chic: Mohawks in, pocket protectors out

PASADENA (AP) - Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Californians told to go easy on air conditioning

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to ease off the air conditioning to conserve electricity, and schools in inland areas closed early Tuesday as the state sweltered through another day of triple-digit heat.

August 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING BABY, TOT IN HOT CAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a locked car to go dress shopping last weekend in the midst of California's heat wave.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Brown’s twin tunnels better than nothing

If there's such a thing as a sure thing in politics, it is this: If the water plan announced late last month by Gov. Jerry Brown ever passes the state Legislature, it will surely become the object of a statewide referendum much like the 1982 vote that defeated a somewhat similar plan endorsed by Brown.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Camp aims to lift clown frowns during slow economy

Camp aims to lift clown frowns during slow economy

August 14, 2012 | | State


Audit of state’s oil spill fund finds accounting errors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state audit released Tuesday is blaming at least four years' worth of lax accounting for misstating the balance of a state oil spill fund by millions of dollars.

August 14, 2012 | | State


209 News

Modesto police shoot suspect in stabbing

August 14, 2012 | | State


Flash mob trashes historic Balboa Park lily pond

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police are investigating a huge midnight water-gun fight that left the historic lily pond at Balboa Park trashed and partly drained, causing an estimated $10,000 in damage.

August 13, 2012 | | State


State Senate leader apologizes for TV blackout of hearing on Nov. 6 tax initiative

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Calling it a mistake, the leader of the state Senate apologized Monday for his office's last-minute decision not to televise a legislative hearing that included testimony about Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative on the November ballot.

August 13, 2012 | | State


Endangered status requested for great white sharks

MONTEREY (AP) - Conservation groups are asking the federal government to give protected status to great white sharks on the Pacific Coast.

August 13, 2012 | | State


Brown's office launches climate change website

SACRAMENTO .(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday launched a website to document the effects of climate change and respond to those who question it, calling them climate change "denialists."

August 13, 2012 | | State


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Plumpest pumpkin: 2,058-pound gourd sets record at Half Moon Bay festival

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.

October 13, 2014 | | State


4 NorCal faults primed for big quakes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dog needs 1,000 stitches after beating, stabbing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An animal rescue group says a dog that required more than 1,000 stitches after being stabbed and beaten is recovering in Los Angeles.

October 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

STOCKTON TURNS TO STATE FOR HELP AFTER SHOOTINGS: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police have called in the state Department of Justice after a series of weekend shootings left five people dead.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Probe sought in California no-bid health contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 13, 2014 | | State


Dairy ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Caltrans equips fleet with high- tech devices for $2.5 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

October 12, 2014 | | State


California gives no-bid health contracts worth $184 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Missing woman found in Maine shack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities an unrelated family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Thousands pack SF waterfront for Fleet Week return

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship and the acrobatics of the Navy's precision flight team.

October 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Prop 45 seeks insurance rate review

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?

October 12, 2014 | | State


Lt governor candidates see job’s potential

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State


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