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DEATH PENALTY VERDICT FOR MAN WHO MURDERED MOTHER, 3 GIRLS: LANCASTER (AP) - A Los Angeles County jury says a man should die for the torture killings of a Lancaster woman and her three young daughters.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Survey shows higher snowpack

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Fine wine stolen from famed Napa Valley restaurant

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Wine sold for nearly $8,000 a bottle was stolen from the French Laundry in Napa Valley, a restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Officers cleared in deadly shooting

LODI (AP) - Two Northern California police officers were justified when they shot and killed a Gulf War veteran who allegedly charged at them with a knife, prosecutors concluded in a report released Tuesday.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Rains help fuel California mushroom boom

SONOMA (AP) - Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Toppled trees kill 2 people in windy Paradise

PARADISE (AP) - Falling trees killed two people in separate incidents as winds topped 60 mph in Northern California.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Coyote that bit man, child not rabid

FREMONT (AP) - Police in Northern California shot and killed a wild coyote after it bit a man and a child and tried to attack a third person in separate attacks in residential neighborhoods on Christmas.

December 30, 2014 | | State


Former lawmaker plots return after lung transplant

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California state lawmaker announced this week she is plotting her return campaign three years after a rare autoimmune disease required her to undergo a life-saving double lung transplant.

December 30, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALFORNIA

SURFER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER SHARK BITE: LOS OSOS (AP) - A California man who was pulled off his surfboard and bitten by a juvenile great white shark was released from the hospital Monday, a spokesman for the medical center said.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Signatures submitted to fight bag ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups trying to overturn a new California law that bans single-use plastic bags said Monday that they've collected more than enough signatures to put their referendum on the November 2016 ballot.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Men open fire on LA Police patrol car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.

December 29, 2014 | | State


Team allowed to wear protest shirts

FORT BRAGG (AP) - A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading "I Can't Breathe" and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.

December 29, 2014 | | State


‘Hobbit’ wins in theater showings but, ‘Interview’ has strong VOD sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

December 28, 2014 | | State


Egypt: Biblical epic ‘Exodus’ banned over historical errors

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.

December 28, 2014 | | State


Farmers brace for labor shortage

FRESNO - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

December 28, 2014 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Carjacker thwarted by confusion over using stick shift

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Pot legalization backers eye 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous - and arguably most pot-infused - state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

February 13, 2015 | | State


Obama: Cyberspace is new ‘Wild West’

PALO ALTO (AP) - Cyberspace is the new "Wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he told the private sector it must do more to stop cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. every day.

February 13, 2015 | | State


West Coast seaports reopen for day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seaports from Southern California to Seattle reopened - for a day - as negotiators labored to resolve a crippling contract dispute and resume the free flow of international trade across the West Coast waterfront.

February 13, 2015 | | State


BLEAK WINTER FOR SKIING

TRUCKEE - With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running.

February 13, 2015 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


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


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