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MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO CHOKING PELICAN AT MALIBU: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A transient pleaded no contest to misdemeanor animal cruelty for choking a brown pelican to death near Malibu Pier.

September 07, 2012 | | State


West Nile virus kills woman in Merced County

MERCED (AP) - A Merced County woman has become the fourth person in the state to die of West Nile virus this year.

September 07, 2012 | | State


Quake shakes the 90210, rattling Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some of the little tchotchkes that decorate the staid homes of Beverly Hills were tossed off their coffee-table perches this week, but their owners were only shaken and a little bit stirred by a pair of earthquakes that rattled the city of the rich and famous.

September 07, 2012 | | State


No charges in investigation into Lee's campaign

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors won't file criminal charges in the case of a property management firm accused of laundering thousands of dollars in contributions to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's election campaign last year.

September 07, 2012 | | State


Colusa County wildfires grow, 23 homes in danger

WILLOWS (AP) - A series of burgeoning wildfires in Northern California was threatening 23 homes and has forced residents to leave the area as a precaution, officials said Friday.

September 07, 2012 | | State


Man pleads guilty in friend's grisly death

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - A Northern California mixed-martial artist accused of ripping out his friend's heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic drugs has pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges.

September 07, 2012 | | State


3rd hantavirus death linked to outbreak tied to tent cabins in Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE (AP) - A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has now stricken eight people in all, health officials said Thursday.

September 06, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

SAN DIEGO PARAPLEGIC SKATEBOARDER CRUSHED BY TRUCK: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say a 36-year-old paraplegic riding a skateboard on his stomach while hanging onto the undercarriage of a tractor-trailer rig is hospitalized in critical condition after he was crushed by the truck's wheels.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Father: Shooting suspect in death of CHP officer on Bay Area freeway had mental issues

MARTINEZ (AP) - The suspect accused of fatally shooting a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay area freeway had been treated for mental health problems, his father said.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Remains ID'd as teen missing since 1968

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Ernstein was walking home from school when she vanished on March 19, 1968.

September 06, 2012 | | State


California saves $85M under Jerry Brown travel ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's travel ban has saved California taxpayers at least $85 million since he took office, state officials announced Thursday.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Visible from space: Curiosity tire tracks on Mars

PASADENA (AP) - NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars, in a way so big that it can be seen from space.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Fire evacuation over in south, possible in north as blaze grows in Colusa County

WILLIAMS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California battled to save nearly two dozen homes being threatened by a pair of fires, while dozens of evacuees who fled a fire in Southern California four days ago were allowed to go home.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Hollywood-style bank heist

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities investigating a bizarre bank heist on Thursday searched the home of a bank manager who was told to strap what she believed was a bomb to her midsection and was forced to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch.

September 06, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Discrimination claim against In-N-Out chain

September 06, 2012 | | State


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CPUC fines PG&E $530,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012.

January 23, 2015 | | State


California billionaire to skip senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not enter the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, a move that reshaped the early contest that has attracted a pack of potential candidates.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Yosemite climber says he hopes historic feat inspires others

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Kevin Jorgeson's hands still bear souvenirs from the historic climb Dawn Wall of El Capitan he completed with his partner last week. The scabs on his fingertips are so thick that track pads on computers and phones don't register his touch.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Authorities charge inmate with two 1976 ‘Gypsy Hill’ murders

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Northern California prosecutors on Thursday charged an Oregon prison inmate with two counts of murder in the serial killings of six young women that terrified the region nearly 40 years ago.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Beautician to stars cleared of murder plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A skin-care specialist to the stars was acquitted Thursday of charges that she plotted to murder a rival beautician she mistakenly blamed for stalking her.

January 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

8 ARRESTED AS SAN JOSE POLICE SHUT DOWN HOME-BASED CASINO: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say eight people have been arrested after officers broke up a home-based casino with roughly 15 video gambling machines.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Woman, 84, killed in Tulare County by hit-run driver

VISALIA (AP) - Authorities in Tulare County are search for a hit-and-run driver who killed an 84-year-old woman.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Magnets used to plant drugs under cars

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Deputies fatally shoot man they say killed police dog during search

SAN JACINTO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man they believe killed a police dog during standoff at a Southern California home.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Police use patrol car to stop pit bull rampage

SAN MATEO (AP) - A police officer in California resorted to hitting two pit bulls with his patrol car to stop a neighborhood rampage in which the dogs attacked several people, including a city sanitation worker, and charged a woman pushing two children in a stroller.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Measles cases casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

January 22, 2015 | | State


Replacing turf with water-saving plants

ROSEVILLE (AP) - Officials in the Placer County city of Roseville have approved a plan to tear up turf on some public property and replace it with water-saving plants amid the state's historic drought.

January 22, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

POLICE PROBE OFFICER'S SHOVE OF MAN IN WHEELCHAIR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities are investigating an altercation between a police officer and a man in a wheelchair that was captured on video and circulated online.

January 22, 2015 | | State


2 firefighters fired in ethics probe

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two state firefighters were fired Wednesday and another has resigned after an ethics investigation that stemmed from the killing of a battalion chief's girlfriend.

January 22, 2015 | | State


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