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3 charged with hate crime after San Jose State dorm harassment

SAN JOSE (AP) - Three white students at San Jose State University face misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges after authorities say they harassed a black roommate by outfitting their dormitory suite with a Confederate flag, barricading him in his room, and fastening a bicycle lock around his neck and claiming they lost the key.

November 21, 2013 | | State


Latinos help carry Alvarez to runoff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city's burgeoning Latino population helped propel a native son and child of Mexican immigrants into a mayoral runoff against a fellow city councilman to replace the disgraced Bob Filner, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

November 20, 2013 | | State


News from around california

COSTCO APOLOGIZES FOR CALIFORNIA BIBLE FLAP : SIMI VALLEY (AP) - A Costco store in Southern California drew some unwanted attention this week after labeling some of its Bibles as fiction.

November 20, 2013 | | State


SF bans tour buses around 'Full House' homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have banned tour buses in a neighborhood that has become a major tourist draw for a set of Victorian homes featured in the opening credits to the 1980s and '90s television show, "Full House."

November 20, 2013 | | State


Brown threw rock through mom's car window

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ordered Chris Brown on Wednesday to spend three months in rehab after reading a report that said a facility discharged the R&B singer because he threw a rock through his mother's car window.

November 20, 2013 | | State


George W. Bush shows off paintings with Jay Leno

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former President George W. Bush showed off his painting and his granddaughter and poked fun of his post-White House years on the "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Tuesday.

November 20, 2013 | | State


'Batkid' caper cost San Francisco taxpayers $105K

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city of San Francisco spent $105,000 in public funds to honor a 5-year-old boy with leukemia who captivated the nation with his exploits as "Batkid," and it hopes to recoup the money through private donations, the mayor's spokeswoman said Wednesday.

November 20, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

NRA SUES SAN FRANCISCO OVER GUN CAPACITY LAW: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Rifle Association is suing the city of San Francisco, claiming the city violated the Second Amendment with a new ordinance banning possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

November 20, 2013 | | State


State may have $10B surplus by 2017

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's independent legislative analyst on Wednesday offered a rosier financial forecast for the state than in the last several years, projecting annual operating surpluses approaching $10 billion a year by the 2017-18 fiscal year if current spending and revenue policies continue.

November 20, 2013 | | State


Patent office opening in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - The U.S. Commerce Department has announced plans to open a long-awaited patent office in Silicon Valley, the world's top region for patent filers.

November 19, 2013 | | State


News from around california

MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING DOG: LONG BEACH (AP) - A Southern California man has been charged with felony animal cruelty for an alleged sexual assault on his neighbor's dog that was caught on video.

November 19, 2013 | | State


Lesbian teacher files discrimination suit against district

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A lesbian teacher filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Hesperia Unified School District that alleges unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation because of her sexual orientation.

November 19, 2013 | | State


Carriers reject kill switch for stolen smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but the nation's biggest carriers have rejected the idea, according to San Francisco's top prosecutor.

November 19, 2013 | | State


Audit sees 'lackluster' Oakland fire inspections

OAKLAND (AP) - The city auditor says Oakland must do a better job inspecting yards and making sure property owners clear away fire fuels in order to prevent another devastating wildfire in the dry, brush-strewn hills.

November 19, 2013 | | State


No landmark status for LA's Tower Records building

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles music fans are singing the blues after the West Hollywood City Council voted to deny landmark status for the Sunset Strip building that formerly housed the flagship Tower Records store.

November 19, 2013 | | State


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Kids who collected 44,000 dimes visit burned firefighter

FRESNO (AP) - Fresno elementary schoolers have gotten a wave and a smile from a badly burned firefighter after collecting 44,000 dimes to help the center treating him.

May 10, 2015 | | State


LA Times: Bullet train fare estimate a bargain

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A newspaper analysis has found that the most recent estimate of the cost to ride California's bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a bargain at an average of $86.

May 10, 2015 | | State


Pistachio tree disorder may affect 20,000 acres

MODESTO (AP) - A nursery near Modesto sold pistachio trees with a disorder that officials say could affect as many as 20,000 acres of San Joaquin Valley orchards.

May 10, 2015 | | State


LA mayor OKs plan to clean and save polluted stormwater

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed off on an agreement to clean polluted storm runoff water and redirect it to the city's groundwater basin.

May 08, 2015 | | State


SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at city ballparks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

May 08, 2015 | | State


San Diego uses drinking water to fill lake for children’s fishing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The City of San Diego has confirmed that despite the drought, they are pumping millions of gallons of drinking water into Chollas Lake for recreational fishing.

May 08, 2015 | | State


BALLOT MEASURE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday received an extension to the deadline her office faced next week for processing a proposed ballot initiative that advocates killing anyone who engages in gay sex.

May 07, 2015 | | State


3 people hit by paintballs in Palo Alto

PALO ALTO (AP) - Three people were injured by green paintballs shot from a moving car in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Airplane cabin cleaners sue over English-only work rule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of Spanish-speaking airplane cabin cleaners sued their employer Thursday alleging they were required to speak only English at work, which virtually silenced them on the job.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Man shoots dog during altercation with transients

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who shot and wounded a dog who ran toward him during a confrontation with a group of transients in San Bernardino.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Teen fights off man in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a 13-year-old girl fought off a man who forced his way into her house after following her home from school.

May 07, 2015 | | State


San Francisco police texting probe expands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have identified 3,000 arrests that could have been influenced and resulted in wrongful convictions as the result of bias by 14 San Francisco police officers being investigated for racist and homophobic text messages, the district attorney announced Thursday.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Study aiming to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know.

May 06, 2015 | | State


Colleges expand services for illegals

DAVIS (AP) - Miguel Davila had reasons to be skeptical when the University of California, Davis dedicated a bright, clearly marked space on campus for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

May 06, 2015 | | State


Man accused of robbing bank posted video on social media

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A man arrested for robbing a bank posted a photo and videos of the theft on social media - but said he shouldn't have been charged because he didn't threaten anyone and politely asked for the money.

May 06, 2015 | | State


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