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• SOCAL COUPLE UNLAWFULLY WEDDED FOR 48 YEARS: REDLANDS (AP) - After spending nearly a half-century as husband and wife, Bob and Norma Clark are finally married.

December 23, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

IRON BUTTERFLY BASSIST LEE DORMAN DIES AT AGE 70: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lee Dorman, the bassist for psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at age 70.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Court blocks law banning gay therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

December 21, 2012 | | State


San Bernardino presses for bankruptcy

RIVERSIDE (AP) - California's giant pension fund is among creditors opposing San Bernardino's bid on Friday to convince a judge that the debt-ridden city is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

December 21, 2012 | | State


5 feet of snow possible in Sierra

TRUCKEE. (AP) - The most powerful winter storm of the season is expected to bring as much as 5 feet of snow to the top of the Sierra through Sunday.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Police stop 2 high school shooting plots

ALTURAS (AP) - A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody after investigators said they found evidence he was planning a shooting at his high school in Northern California.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CHEVRON MOVING 800 CALIFORNIA JOBS TO TEXAS

December 21, 2012 | | State


New air quality rules may further restrict home fires

FRESNO (AP) - Rules to help clean air in the San Joaquin Valley would cut down fireplace use earlier than initially proposed.

December 21, 2012 | | State


Former Marine guarding Hughson School lies about his service record

HUGHSON (AP) - A former Marine applauded for voluntarily guarding a central California elementary school apparently misrepresented his service history, U.S. Marine Corps officials said Thursday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


PG&E customers footing part of pipe safety cost

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday unanimously approved a two-year Pacific Gas and Electric Co. rate increase of $299 million to help pay for pipeline inspection and upgrade costs in the wake of the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Carjacking suspect says he strangled grandmother

FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother now faces murder and elder abuse charges.

December 20, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An audit shows Oakland is keeping cash from overpaid parking tickets despite a state law requiring refunds.

December 20, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE DISMISSES CA BUS AND TRUCK POLLUTION LAWSUIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed without prejudice a trucking association's lawsuit against new rules aimed at reducing truck and bus pollution in California.

December 20, 2012 | | State


San Juan Capistrano official wants to arm teachers

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano suggests arming teachers, staff and parents to protect children in the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.

December 20, 2012 | | State


California: A national mental health model

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In response to the killing of schoolchildren in Connecticut, the federal government should consider California's strategy for dealing with mental illness, experts and lawmakers said Thursday.

December 20, 2012 | | State


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Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term.

September 18, 2014 | | State


HOAs barred from requiring luscious home landscaping

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.

September 18, 2014 | | State


500 Berkeley students missed sex abuse classes

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley says 500 incoming students have not taken a mandatory class on sexual violence.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Democratic state senator offered deal on DUI charges to avoid jail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol is being offered the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense, a prosecutor said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook name policy a real drag

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Patients sue over application backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Claim: Police killed unarmed man, 25, with mental issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.

September 17, 2014 | | State


LAUSD returning grenade launchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroyed, damaged 200 homes in 375-acre inferno

WEED (AP) - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ride-sharing insurance requirement

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft must carry minimum levels of insurance under legislation that will take effect next July.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Self-driving cars now need a permit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

September 16, 2014 | | State


San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Brown signs first California groundwater pumping rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Livermore prep students arrested in hazing incident

LIVERMORE (AP) - Police say two football players from a San Francisco Bay Area high school are under arrest after holding down a freshman teammate and shaving part of his head.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Woman convicted in baby in car case

ATWATER (AP) - A Central California mom accused of leaving her infant in a hot car while she went grocery shopping has been convicted of felony child endangerment.

September 16, 2014 | | State


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