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State leaders push for smartphone kill switch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen - a move that could be the first of its kind in the country.

February 07, 2014 | | State


Santa Cruz man crashes, stabs himself with glass

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Police in Santa Cruz say a man committed suicide by crashing his car into a theater and then stabbing himself in the neck and torso with pieces of the glass debris.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Charles Schwab to move 1,000 San Francisco jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Charles Schwab Corp. said Thursday it is planning to move about 1,000 jobs out of San Francisco over the next three to five years.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Water shortage in Willits stokes fears

WILLITS (AP) - In this small logging town in Northern California's redwood country, small blue signs urging water conservation are almost everywhere you look.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Much needed rain, snow falls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drought-stricken California got some help Thursday from the weather - a prelude to a bigger storm for parts of the state over the weekend that could dump as much as 2 feet of snow in the northern Sierra and 6 inches of rain on Bay Area mountains.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Natural gas shortage hits California power supply

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use Thursday in a rare mid-winter conservation alert, after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors mull vandalism case against Bieber

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have presented evidence to prosecutors for a possible felony vandalism case against Justin Bieber.

February 06, 2014 | | State


Valley fever killed 3 prison workers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Illness caused by a soil-borne fungus killed three employees at two California prisons in recent years and sickened 103 others, according to a federal health care agency report made public Thursday.

February 06, 2014 | | State


LA jury acquits judge in dog droppings dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dispute over a bag of dog poop has ended in the acquittal of a Los Angeles County judge.

February 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• SCHOOL APOLOGIZES FOR BLACK HISTORY LUNCH MENU: CONCORD (AP) - Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students.

February 06, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Convicted killer sprung from state's death row: SAN JOSE (AP) - A man convicted of killing two San Jose jewelers more than 25 years ago has been released from death row.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Was attack on PG&E substation terrorism?

SAN JOSE (AP) - Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid was terrorism - despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Daytime shooting in Stockton leaves three wounded

STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton say three people were wounded when 40 to 50 gunshots rang out in a daytime shooting in a residential neighborhood.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Feds give $14M more for drought help

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers because of concerns about the survival of salmon and steelhead trout.

February 05, 2014 | | State


Firefighter handcuffed at SoCal crash scene

CHULA VISTA (AP) - A firefighter responding to a Southern California crash site was handcuffed and held in a patrol car for failing to move a fire truck immediately after police asked him to.

February 05, 2014 | | State


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Even bigger longer droughts for West?

SAN JOSE (AP) - As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming - and they're bound to last for decades.

February 12, 2015 | | State


High-speed falls behind buying land

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's $68 billion high-speed rail project is as much as a year behind schedule in buying the land needed to start construction on the first 29-mile stretch in the Central Valley, rail officials say.

February 12, 2015 | | State


Los Angeles officer who saw replica gun shoots teen in back

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in the back after spotting him in an alley standing near someone holding what appeared to be a gun, authorities said Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | | State


California falling 400,000 plus short of health care sign-up goal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is falling short of its goal to sign up 1.7 million people for private insurance in the second year of the federal health expansion, but state officials hope to make up much of the difference this weekend.

February 12, 2015 | | State


Town requests probe after prostitute steals sergeant’s gun

KENSINGTON (AP) - A Northern California town plans to request an independent investigation into how its police chief handled the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel room, a newspaper reported.

February 12, 2015 | | State


University to offer pot policy class

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A Northern California university is offering a marijuana policy class to study the legal issues linked to the recreational pot market.

February 12, 2015 | | State


Authorities crack down on cardboard theft

FONTANA (AP) - Investigators wearing bulletproof vests sit in unmarked cars outside a Southern California recycling center, swapping license plate details over two-way radio before dawn.

February 12, 2015 | | State


4-year-old loses foot, part of leg in police dog attack

HESPERIA (AP) - A 4-year-old Southern California boy who was bitten by his father's police dog had to have his leg amputated below the knee, and the canine probably will be euthanized, police said Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

FORMER DETROIT ZOO ELEPHANT EUTHANIZED AT SAN ANDREAS REFUGE: SAN ANDREAS (AP) - A popular but ailing elephant named Wanda that lived in several zoos before being sent to a Northern California wildlife sanctuary has died.

February 12, 2015 | | State


22 Marines exposed to fire retardant

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said.

February 12, 2015 | | State


State leads nation in charter growth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California continues to far outpace the rest of the nation in charter school enrollment and growth, a study released Wednesday shows.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Newsom to raise money for governor bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who gained national attention as mayor of San Francisco for ordering then-illegal gay marriage licenses to be issued, said Wednesday that he will begin raising money to run for governor in 2018, a position he has long sought.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Smartphone thefts drop after introduction of cell kill switch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kill switches on cellphones essentially render the device a paper weight when stolen.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Commuter with measles prompts warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in Northern California on Wednesday warned Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters that they may have been exposed to measles.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Groups target greyhound tracks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

February 10, 2015 | | State


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