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Longtime Berkeley tree sitter convicted

February 03, 2012 | | State


Spier wants probe after ranger stuns dog walker in Golden Gate Recreation Area

MONTARA (AP) - A California congresswoman wants an independent investigator to determine whether a federal park ranger used excessive force when she fired a stun gun on a man walking his dogs.

February 02, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

LAP-BAND MAKERS WON'T SELL IT TO 1-800-GET-THIN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Irvine-based makers of the Lap-Band say they will no longer sell the weight-loss device to companies affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Suit seeks to stop development in SF's Presidio

February 02, 2012 | | State


Brown appointee to lead high-speed rail board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board overseeing California's plan to build a $98 billion high-speed rail system chose an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday to take over as its chairman.

February 02, 2012 | | State


'Unusual' wear on new tubes at nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California's San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant, raising questions about the integrity of equipment the company installed in a multimillion-dollar makeover in 2009.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers' switch preserves bus funding for California schools

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Parents and educators said they were relieved Thursday after state lawmakers changed their minds and voted against targeting school bus service in a midyear budget cut to education.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Wine producers campaign for truth in labeling

NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley wine producers will go a long way to protect their good name, all the way to Thailand if necessary.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Video released of protesters breaking into Oakland City Hall using pry tool on door

OAKLAND (AP) - Police have released surveillance video they say shows Occupy demonstrators breaking into City Hall during the protests in Oakland Saturday night.

February 02, 2012 | | State


Meager Sierra snow at 37% of normal worries California officials & farmers

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's Sierra Nevada snowpack measured a meager 15 inches in some places, officials announced Wednesday, bearing bad news to a state that depends on snowmelt to meet the water needs of 25 million people and more than a million acres of farmland.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Small radiation amount 'could have' escaped plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, officials said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | | State


LA school officials chided for molest case silence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angry parents confronted school officials Wednesday, demanding to know why they weren't told for a year that a teacher was suspected of photographing children in class for sexual thrills.

February 01, 2012 | | State


California. lawmakers cheer Facebook IPO, see windfall approaching $1 billion in taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and state lawmakers on Wednesday hailed Facebook's much-anticipated plans for a public stock offering as a potential windfall for California's cash-strapped treasury, while some already say the extra revenue should go to preventing cutbacks to public schools.

February 01, 2012 | | State


'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius dead of suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing black music and artists.

February 01, 2012 | | State


PG&E can charge customers to nix SmartMeters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees of up to $10 per month if they don't want to have wireless "smart meters" installed in their homes, according to a decision Wednesday by California regulators.

February 01, 2012 | | State


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Attack on power grid easy to execute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter and did not require access to technology or a high degree of training, an FBI official said.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Teen to face charge in rat poison death

ANDERSON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Northern California boy will face criminal charges in the death of another teen who snorted rat poison that he believed was cocaine.

September 11, 2014 | | State


San Jose OKs private security camera registry

SAN JOSE (AP) - Officials in Silicon Valley's largest city voted unanimously to create a registry of private surveillance cameras that could help police solve crimes.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Fashion hub raids target cartel money

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States.

September 11, 2014 | | State


Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies

FRESNO (AP) - Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California mandates sick days for workers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Regulators reject call for Diablo Canyon plant shutdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

September 10, 2014 | | State


1st death reported from Napa quake

NAPA (AP) - A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died - the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Mountain lion killed, likely that attacked boy

CUPERTINO (AP) - Wildlife officials in Northern California say they have shot and killed a mountain lion they believe is the one that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Granite slow wildfire in Yosemite backcountry

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The granite landscape in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park helped slow the spread of a wildfire, officials said Wednesday.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Kern County OKs mile- long oil trains

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Mile-long trains filled with millions of gallons of flammable crude oil may be rolling through Kern County next year.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Income checks throw Californians off plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state's insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.

September 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

FRESNO POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTACK POSTED ONLINE: FRESNO . (AP) - Police in Central California are trying to identify the people behind a video posted online in which a 20-year-old woman is taunted, beaten and forced to strip in broad daylight.

September 10, 2014 | | State


California water use drops in July

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water agencies reported a 7.5 percent drop in monthly water use in July in a survey released Tuesday, falling far short of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in water use when he declared a drought emergency.

September 10, 2014 | | State


Wildfire sends smoke into famed Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire officials called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and sent smoke into the park's famed valley for the first time Tuesday, officials said.

September 10, 2014 | | State


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