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4 charged in 'virtual kidnappings'

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


4 charged in severing pot clinic owner's penis during his torture

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | State


BONUSES KEEP INCREASING

The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:

November 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.

November 08, 2013 | | State


UC Berkeley inaugurates its 10th chancellor

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.

November 08, 2013 | | State


Judge weighs penalty for high speed rail

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.

November 08, 2013 | | State


School dons skirts in honor of burn victim

BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

November 08, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail officials bless 2nd segment

HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from across California

SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Feds investigate school harassment in Richmond

RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.

November 07, 2013 | Nina Frisby | State


High school asked to abandon Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Suspect in bus passenger fire charged as adult

OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | State


Thief gets away with 140,000 pounds of nuts from Escalon facility

ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

November 07, 2013 | | State


News from around California

HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED

November 06, 2013 | | State


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Obama cancels meeting with Duterte

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) - President Barack Obama called off a planned meeting Tuesday with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, seeking distance from a U.S. ally ...

September 05, 2016 | | State


More CO2 doesn’t make plants greener

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world ...

September 05, 2016 | | State


Armed officers placed inside Fresno jail lobby

FRESNO (AP) - An armed deputy and an armed correctional officer have been stationed in the lobby of the central California jail where an ex-convict opened ...

September 05, 2016 | | State


TV’s Wyatt Earp, Hugh O’Brian, has died at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hugh O'Brian, who shot to fame as Sheriff Wyatt Earp in what was hailed as television's first adult Western, has ...

September 05, 2016 | | State


LAX terminal evacuated after traffic stop raises safety concerns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was temporarily evacuated and 18 flights were delayed after an arrest led to a security ...

September 05, 2016 | | State


Riverboat capsizes in Delta

ANTIOCH (AP) - A riverboat sitting capsized in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is spurring worries about pollution.

September 05, 2016 | | State


LA skyscraper tops out as tallest in West

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles has become the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

September 05, 2016 | | State


Stockton Civic stages ‘Sister Act’ comedy

STOCKTON - The Stockton Civic Theatre has opened its 2016-2017 season with the divine musical comedy "Sister Act" that is now being staged through Sunday, Sept ...

September 02, 2016 | | State


Airport scare hard to avoid with cascade of false reports

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the moments before reports of gunshots spread panic at Los Angeles International Airport, police with weapons drawn had confronted a masked ...

August 29, 2016 | | State


Data speed reduction suit is dismissed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by federal officials that claimed AT&T misled millions of smartphone customers with unlimited ...

August 29, 2016 | | State


Man sues after Confederate paining blocked from fair

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno artist has filed a lawsuit against state officials accusing them of violating his free speech by keeping his painting out of ...

August 29, 2016 | | State


Bill to increase farm overtime moves to California governor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Four decades after he signed the nation's first law giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights, California Gov. Jerry Brown will again consider a ...

August 29, 2016 | | State


With help from goat, wily Clydesdale goes on lam

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on ...

August 29, 2016 | | State


Congressmen blast California’s high- speed rail plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan lacks reliable funding sources and is in danger of ending up with only one line ...

August 29, 2016 | | State


Strict child vaccination law in effect

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge will not immediately block a California law that requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated and is one of the ...

August 26, 2016 | | State


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