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Past turmoil in Santa Monica gunman's home

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - The mother of a gunman who fatally shot five people in Santa Monica once said the shooter's father had threatened to kill her at least twice during years of turmoil in the family, according to court records obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Toy gun buyback asks kids to give up play pistols

HAYWARD (AP) - Organizers of a Northern California gun buyback are looking to get weapons off the streets. But gun owners shouldn't show up looking to hand over their arms, unless they shoot rubber bands, Nerf bullets or imaginary lasers.

June 10, 2013 | | State


SF sues over high-capacity magazines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is suing three gun accessories companies and one gun show promoter, alleging they sold disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as repair kits in violation of California law, the city attorney said Monday.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Legislative leader: Budget deal is near

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature's Democratic leaders are close to a state budget deal that maintains fiscal balance, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and other lawmakers said Monday ahead of a budget committee vote on many of the outstanding issues.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies of liver disease

CORCORAN (AP) - California prison officials say a 44-year-old death row inmate convicted of beating a 90-year-old woman to death with a baseball bat has died from liver disease.

June 10, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HUGE SHARK CAUGHT BY ANGLER OFF CALIF. WASN'T PREGNANT : LONG BEACH . (AP) - Scientists who dissected the huge mako shark caught off the Southern California coast have found that the female shark had gallons of sea water and a seal or sea lion in her stomach.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Injured dog that saved 2 girls honored

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Every dog has its day, but few canines get a motorcade on their return home.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Another limo fire, 10 women escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ten women - some of them in their 90s - escaped unharmed from a limousine that began smoking and caught fire in Northern California just more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on a nearby bridge.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Threat forces LA-to-Texas flight to land in Ariz.

PHOENIX (AP) - The FBI says a "telephonic bomb threat" against a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Texas led to the plane being diverted to Phoenix on Monday afternoon.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF PRIDE CONFIRMS MANNING WON'T BE HONORED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration have confirmed that the U.S. soldier who has acknowledged providing classified documents to WikiLeaks no longer will not be honored during this month's celebration.

June 10, 2013 | | State


Gunman killed 6 in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A gunman with an assault-style rifle killed at least six people in Santa Monica on Friday before police shot him to death in a gunfight in the Santa Monica College library, authorities said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Senators upset about exchange secrecy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Five Republican U.S. senators said Friday they have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether California is inappropriately concealing details of contracts for its health insurance exchange.

June 07, 2013 | | State


State senator gets subpoena in federal probe at Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the state Senate's top Democrats said Friday that he has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, days after another senator's Capitol offices were searched by the FBI.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Utility to close troubled nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a jolt to the nation's nuclear power industry, Southern California's San Onofre plant was shut down Friday for good after its owners surrendered in a costly and drawn-out fight over whether it was too damaged to operate safely.

June 07, 2013 | | State


Serial killer Richard Ramirez dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Richard Ramirez, the demonic serial killer known as the Night Stalker who left satanic signs at murder scenes and mutilated victims' bodies during a reign of terror in the 1980s, died early Friday in a hospital, a prison official said.

June 07, 2013 | | State


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South state agency to ration water to districts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's Metropolitan Water District is planning to ration imported water that it supplies to more than two dozen agencies and cities, the Los Angeles Times reported.

April 07, 2015 | | State


Police: Father tried to kill his 2 kids with carbon monoxide

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Northern California man who is accused of trying to kill himself and his two children with carbon monoxide.

April 07, 2015 | | State


LA man to get Navy Cross for Afghanistan war heroics

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - The Marine Corps said Tuesday that a gunnery sergeant will receive the service's second-highest award for enduring heavy assault in Afghanistan while his team leader and another Marine were ushered to safety after being shot and seriously wounded.

April 07, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND CALIFORNIA

SEA LION PULLS MAN WITH FISH INTO SAN DIEGO BAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials say a 62-year-old man holding a fish he caught on a boat in a San Diego bay was pulled overboard by a sea lion.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Kamala Harris raises $2.M million for US Senate bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrat Kamala Harris has raised $2.5 million since mid-January for her U.S. Senate run in California, giving her an early financial edge in the 2016 contest, her campaign announced Monday.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Woman arrested for lighter fluid douse on another

RICHMOND (AP) - An off-duty firefighter tackled a woman who investigators say was trying to set a person on fire in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Sacramento water districts consider merger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two water agencies serving a combined half million people in suburban Sacramento are seeking to merge, saying they can better survive California's historic drought as a larger organization.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Woman arrested for lighter fluid douse on another

RICHMOND (AP) - An off-duty firefighter tackled a woman who investigators say was trying to set a person on fire in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 06, 2015 | | State


Bullet from man’s gun pierces wall, hits sleeping boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A sleeping 8-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the head when a masked gunman arguing with the boy's father opened fire inside a Los Angeles home and a bullet went through a bedroom wall, police said.

April 06, 2015 | | State


‘Furious 7’ generates $143.6M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The high-octane "Furious 7" peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend, picking up a stunning $143.6 million from 4,004 locations to easily top the domestic box office, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Costly special committees do little

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges met just once in its two-year existence, but it provided its Democratic chairman 14 personal aides at a cost of $644,000.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Rain, snow falling on north state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Cold weather bringing rain and snow to Northern California is expected to linger through mid-week but do little to ease a drought gripping the state, forecasters said Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Teacher gets three years for student sex

CORONA (AP) - A former Riverside County high school teacher who admitted having sex with five male students has been sentenced to three years in state prison.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Governor pardons 83 people

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland man pardoned for crimes he committed nearly three decades ago says he considers the Easter Sunday announcement a new beginning in his life.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Deputy police chief resigns amid charges

FRESNO (AP) - A deputy police chief in California has resigned amid federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Friday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


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