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RIVERSIDE DOG'S DEATH PROBED, WATER HOSE SUSPECTED: LAKELAND VILLAGE (AP) - Riverside County authorities are investigating the death of a pregnant pet dog that reportedly died after a water hose was stuffed in its mouth by a neighbor.

November 02, 2012 | | State


GOP registration dips below 30 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has reached an all-time high of 18.2 million registered voters, while the number of registered Republicans has fallen below 30 percent, signaling a worrisome decline for the state's minority party, officials said Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | State


San Diego candidate could be first gay Republican leader of big city

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Whoever wins Tuesday's election for mayor of the nation's eighth-largest city will represent a break from the past.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Arizonia group can keep shielding financial documents on $11M while appeal is underway

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Arizona group can continue to withhold documents related to an $11 million contribution to a California political action committee while it appeals a lower court ruling, California's 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Poll: Support up for ending death penalty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Support is growing to end California's death penalty, but backers of an initiative on Tuesday's ballot still lack the majority needed to pass it, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Grandma claims $23M lotto prize just in time

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - For more than five months - while Julie Cervera struggled to pay a $600 electrical bill, feed her family and keep the cable company from shutting off her service because she couldn't pay - she was a millionaire without knowing it.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Principal testifies at teacher's abuse trial

SAN JOSE (AP) - A former California principal accused of failing to report the suspected sexual abuse of a young student at her school tearfully told jurors that she believed a teacher when he told her the reason he had blindfolded the girl and put something in her mouth was to teach her about Helen Keller.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

PG&E sued by family of electrocution victim

November 02, 2012 | | State


Woman who won $23M lottery forgot ticket in car

PALMDALE (AP) - A California woman who didn't know she had a jackpot-winning $23 million lottery ticket in her car has come forward to claim her fortune.

November 02, 2012 | | State


Poll: Brown's tax initiative slips below majority; given decent chance of passing Proposition 30

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's undecided voters will determine the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative as the latest public opinion survey shows support slipping below the majority needed for passage.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Married teachers sentenced for three-way sex with student

WESTMINSTER . (AP) - Married teachers in Orange County were sentenced Thursday to probation for having a months-long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student, individually and as a couple.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Death penalty opponents say it's too costly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Death penalty opponents in California are trying a new argument this year: Abolish capital punishment because the perpetually cash-strapped state just can't afford it.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Costs at ailing nuclear power plant tops $300M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The long-running blackout at the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California has cost at least $317 million, and it's not clear if the plant's troubled steam generators can ever be repaired and operated at full power, the plant's operator said.

November 01, 2012 | | State


Busy US-Mexico border crossing gets makeover

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A rerouting of tens of thousands of vehicles a day began Thursday without a hitch at the busiest crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a major expansion that aims to keep lines manageable while allowing heightened inspections for drugs, weapons and other contraband.

November 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIANS PUNCH SHARKS TO SAVE THEMSELVES: EUREKA (AP) - Two Californians say they survived separate shark attacks over the past few days by punching the beast in the head.

November 01, 2012 | | State


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Marvel unveils black Captain America

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The new Captain America will be an African-American.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Bald eagles expand in California islands

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Studio distances itself from ‘Compton’ casting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Inmate dies after assault at prison in Susanvill

SUSANVILLE (AP) - California corrections officials say a 28-year-old inmate died after he was attacked by three other inmates using homemade knives.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Drought doesn’t end brown lawn warnings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.

July 17, 2014 | | State


River ruling could boost regulation of groundwater

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July 17, 2014 | | State


Bank settles in political fraud case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the treasurer was embezzling money, attorneys for the politicians and the bank said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Woman beaten by CHP officer sues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Body found in area of NorCal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - California fire officials say a body has been found in the area charred by a Northern California wildfire that has been burning since Friday.

July 17, 2014 | | State


Complacency drives hike in water use

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles skyscraper to get observation deck

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tallest building in the West is getting a makeover that will include a sky-high observation deck and restaurant offering 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles, from the mountains to offshore islands.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Judge rules against death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.

July 16, 2014 | | State


Water use rises amid crippling drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 | | State


California drought swaths of farmland

FRESNO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source of water as wells run dry.

July 15, 2014 | | State


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