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BART PORN UNDER INVESTIGATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit police are investigating an amateur pornographic video apparently shot on a moving train. Deputy Chief Ben Fairow tells the San Francisco Chronicle the cell phone video shows a "partially disrobed" couple having intercourse on a seat at the end of a BART train car. The video was apparently filmed by a third party, and the man and woman in the video appear to know that someone is filming them. The video quality is good enough that investigators are hopeful that they'll be able to identify the couple.

July 12, 2013 | | State


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STATE REMOVES SIGNS OBJECTING TO TWIN TUNNELS: WALNUT GROVE (AP) - Activists opposed to California's $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are accusing state transportation workers who removed anti-tunnel yard signs of trying to silence them. The signs proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!" have disappeared over the past several days from yards fronting a state highway in Sacramento County. Transportation officials they were placed too close to the highway, violating state law. Caltrans spokesman Gareth Lacy says any private sign is forbidden within a state right of way. The state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees ...

July 11, 2013 | | State


D.C. Council rebukes Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council issued a legislative rebuke to Wal-Mart on Wednesday, approving a bill that would require the retail giant and other big-box chain retailers operating in the nation's capital to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

July 10, 2013 | | State


PROBE QUESTIONS SPEED CONTROLS

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

July 10, 2013 | | State


‘Shimming’ could allow Bay Bridge to open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials are studying a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that could allow the new span to open as scheduled on Labor Day, but they said Wednesday a decision had not yet been made on the work.

July 10, 2013 | | State


THINGS TO DO

The 2013 Stanislaus County Fair offers new showstoppers for food loving aficionados.

July 10, 2013 | | State


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POSSIBLE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT MISSING BOY'S HOME: MENIFEE (AP) - Authorities say they've found possible human remains at the Southern California home of an 11-year-old autistic boy who vanished over the weekend. Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez says investigators served a search warrant before dawn Wednesday at the Menifee home of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. He says investigators dug up some remains but they haven't determined whether they're human. Martinez also says investigators never ruled out foul play in the boy's disappearance.

July 10, 2013 | | State


Investigators interview Asiana Airlines pilots

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aviation investigators put more questions to the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Tuesday, trying to learn what was happening in the cockpit of the Boeing 777 as the plane made a dangerously low and slow approach before a crash-landing that killed two passengers.

July 09, 2013 | | State


From Country to Rock to Weird Al, Stanislaus County Fair has it all

Whether you prefer to tap your toes to country twang or get up and boogie-woogie to rockin' beats, the Stanislaus County Fair is likely to have some music to suit your fancy.

July 09, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

PANEL: NEXT MARS ROVER SHOULD GATHER ROCKS, SOIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA-appointed team says the next rover sent to Mars should collect rocks and dirt and store them so that a later mission can return them to Earth. The team's report posted online Tuesday describes recommended science goals for the mission slated to launch in 2020. NASA last year said it planned to launch another rover to the red planet following the success of Curiosity, which made a dramatic touchdown near the Martian equator last August. To keep costs down, engineers will recycle spare parts where possible and ...

July 09, 2013 | | State


Giant sequoia smoldering after more than a year

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An ancient giant sequoia has been smoldering for more than a year in Sequoia National Park, with the small fire even surviving a full Sierra Nevada winter, National Park Service officials said.

July 09, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge delayed by broken rods

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day as it will take contractors until at least December to repair cracks in the bridge's seismic safety bolts, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


Fire Chief: Victim possibly run over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials acknowledged Monday that one of their trucks responding to the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport may have run over one of the two teenage girls killed in the accident.

July 08, 2013 | | State


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PRODUCT MAY HAVE CAUSED FIREWORKS BLAST: The operator of a Southern California fireworks show that sprayed the crowd and injured more than three dozen people says a product malfunction appears to be the cause of the "catastrophic failure." Pyrotechnic operator Bruce Sussin said Monday that they immediately pulled the plug on the July 4 show when the problem occurred at a park in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles. Sussin says fire inspectors checked the site before the show by Bethpage, N.Y.-based Bay Fireworks and everything was fine. Sussin says he later heard that other operators reported similar ...

July 08, 2013 | | State


Plane parts found in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Part of the tail section of an Asiana jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was found in the waters of San Francisco Bay, and debris from the seawall was carried several hundred feet down the runway, a federal official said Monday.

July 08, 2013 | | State


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9th District: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


Nearly 2.6 million votes outstanding in primary

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 2.6 million ballots are still to be counted in California's presidential primary election, California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


Gov. Brown, lawmakers agree on California spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders reached an agreement Thursday on a state budget that expands funding for subsidized child care and ...

June 09, 2016 | | State


Aid-in-dying law concerns some poor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California today becomes the latest state to allow the terminally ill to legally choose to end their lives, raising worries among some ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


In Democrat-only Senate race, Republicans now swing votes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican candidates were shut out in the race for California's open U.S. Senate seat, but GOP voters could play a ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


Three teenage boys arrested in attacks against Trump supporters

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities in Northern California said Wednesday they have arrested three teenage boys involved in violent attacks against Donald Trump supporters after a ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


Your phone may sense everything around you

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings - the room's size, the location of doors and windows and ...

June 08, 2016 | | State


Apple to start showing ads in App Store

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says that it will start showing paid ads when people search for apps in its popular mobile store.

June 08, 2016 | | State


HE’S GETTING HATEFUL, RACIST COMMENTS

REDDING (AP) - A California man singled out by Donald Trump as "my African-American" said Monday that he is now the target of harsh criticism, including ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


State Supreme Court allows governor’s prison plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown did not illegally gut an existing ballot initiative to try to get his plan to reduce the state's ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


Bandaged shark bite victim is all smiles in hospital photo

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who was attacked by a shark in Southern California was all smiles in a photograph taken as she recovers from ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


Californians beat drought-time conservation target for April

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians once again beat the state's drought-time order for water savings in April - one of the last months before officials transition from ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


Partner of San Bernardino victim urges tolerance of Muslims

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A man whose boyfriend was killed in the San Bernardino terror attack criticized Donald Trump's suggestion that Muslims be banned from ...

June 06, 2016 | | State


Market & Music in Manteca starts summer run Tuesday

The Penetrators Grove Band will kick off Market & Music in Manteca's 2016 summer run on Tuesday, June 7, at Library Park.

June 05, 2016 | | State


Special interests pour record $24M into lawmakers’ races

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Special interest groups have poured a record $24 million so far into California legislative races ahead of Tuesday's primary election as real ...

June 05, 2016 | | State


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