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POLICE STANDOFF ENDS WITH ARREST IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police arrested a robbery suspect Wednesday after a nearly seven-hour standoff that began when he barricaded himself inside a marijuana growing site in San Francisco.

March 06, 2013 | | State


George Lucas proposes museum in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build a museum dedicated to visual storytelling in San Francisco's Presidio that would house an art collection he amassed over more than four decades.

March 06, 2013 | | State


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GALT RESIDENTS FAVOR CASINO: There was a lot of love for the Wilton Rancheria Indian Tribe and their casino proposal Tuesday evening at the Galt City Council meeting.

March 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CREWS REMOVE YACHT GROUNDED BY ALLEGED THIEVES: PACIFICA . (AP) - Crews removed an 82-foot yacht from a Northern California beach early Tuesday after authorities say three people stole it, stocked it with pizza and beer, then drove it a little more than 20 miles before running it aground.

March 05, 2013 | | State


US Census: SF area tops 'mega-commuters'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some workers in the San Francisco Bay Area suffer through commutes that are longer and cover greater distances than in any other major metro area in the country.

March 05, 2013 | | State


Judge appoints director to oversee Oakland police’s beleaguered force

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge has appointed a former police commissioner from Baltimore to oversee the embattled Oakland police department.

March 05, 2013 | | State


Homeless, poor can get free cellphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Impoverished Californians, including those who are homeless, soon will be able to get free cellphones and service thanks to the recent expansion of a statewide program.

March 05, 2013 | | State


Woman denied CPR wanted no intervention

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - An elderly woman who died after a nurse at her elder home refused to provide CPR had chosen to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to pass away without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.

March 05, 2013 | | State


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BUFFALO WILD WINGS FLIES INTO TRACY: TRACY –Buffalo Wild Wings, winner of scores of best wings and best sports bar awards, is opening its newest location in Tracy on Monday, March 18, with a ribbon cutting celebrated at

March 05, 2013 | | State


SoCal mom offers $500 to anyone who will give her daughter a job

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County mom is literally standing up for her daughter.

March 04, 2013 | | State


Actress Geena Davis critical of Oscar host

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year's Oscar ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane's routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.

March 04, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

VALLEJO POLICE: 2 DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE: VALLEJO (AP) - Vallejo police say a man and woman found dead inside an apartment were fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide.

March 04, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker seeks rights for transgender students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders.

March 04, 2013 | | State


Woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A nurse's refusal to give CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman at a California independent living home despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher has prompted outrage and spawned a criminal investigation.

March 04, 2013 | | State




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California gives no-bid health contracts worth $184 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Missing woman found in Maine shack

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities an unrelated family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Thousands pack SF waterfront for Fleet Week return

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship and the acrobatics of the Navy's precision flight team.

October 12, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Prop 45 seeks insurance rate review

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?

October 12, 2014 | | State


Lt governor candidates see job’s potential

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Tax on sodas eyed in both San Francisco, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Schools chief race may end up election’s tightest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.

October 12, 2014 | | State


Bag makers launch push to overturn ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Newborn girl abandoned in trash bin

MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Blaze not showing much growth

APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.

October 10, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.

October 10, 2014 | | State


Historic drought is backdrop for $7.5B water bond vote

FRESNO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are hoping California's worsening drought persuades voters to approve borrowing billions of dollars for new water projects, treatment systems and conservation measures.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Proposition 47 lowers penalties for crimes such as drug possession

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A projected 40,000 offenders each year would face lower penalties for crimes such as drug possession and petty theft if California voters approve Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

October 09, 2014 | | State


Student held in school threat in California

YUCCA VALLEY (AP) - A student with a cache of weapons arrested for investigation of threatening to shoot, stab and assault staff members at his high school in the California desert community of Yucca Valley, authorities said.

October 09, 2014 | | State


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