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GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE GOES ALL ELECTRONIC FOR TOLLS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Toll takers on the Golden Gate Bridge soon will be a thing of the past, as the span prepares to become the first in California to do away with toll collectors and go all-electronic.

March 08, 2013 | | State


Uncle Sam declares victory in rat war

ANACAPA ISLAND (AP) - Authorities say they've won the war against rats on a Southern California island.

March 08, 2013 | | State


Court overturns conviction in stove death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has overturned a first-degree murder conviction for a man who caused a deadly crash when a stolen stove fell from his truck.

March 08, 2013 | | State


209 News

MAN DIES IN MODESTO ARSON FIRE: MODESTO - A man pulled from a house fire in Modesto Friday morning has died, according to the Modesto Fire Department.

March 08, 2013 | | State


Slain Santa Cruz officers honored

SAN JOSE (AP) - She was an adventurer, a traveler who loved her small beach town and spent weekends enjoying its parks and beaches with her partner and two young boys.

March 07, 2013 | | State


State Senate OKs money for gun-seizure

State Senate OKs money for gun-seizure

March 07, 2013 | | State


Death of lion lover spurs scrutiny

DUNLAP. (AP) - A 24-year-old intern who was described by her father as a "fearless" lover of big cats ventured into a lion enclosure at a privately owned zoo and was mauled to death, prompting investigations by several government agencies that want to know how the accident happened.

March 07, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SAN DIEGO TO CONSIDER POT VENDING MACHINES: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego may soon permit marijuana sales from vending machines.

March 07, 2013 | | State


Expansion of the program is optional for states.

Lawmakers give initial OK to Medi-Cal expansion to million more Californians

March 07, 2013 | | State


Witnesses nab kidnapping suspect in Whittier

WHITTIER (AP) - Several good Samaritans chased down and detained a registered sex offender who allegedly tried to kidnap an 18-year-old woman, Southern California authorities said.

March 07, 2013 | | State


More sex offenders go missing under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California is 15 percent higher today than before Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect 17 months ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the state corrections department.

March 06, 2013 | | State


Garcetti, Greuel in command in Los Angeles mayoral contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two City Hall veterans took command Tuesday in the contest to replace outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, setting up a likely runoff to determine who will lead a city troubled by double-digit unemployment and a looming budget gap.

March 06, 2013 | | State


LA mayor would like to be governor someday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that he will join a think tank after leaving office this summer - and he'd also like to be California's governor someday.

March 06, 2013 | | State


Worker killed by lion was female intern

DUNLAP (AP) - A female intern-volunteer was killed Wednesday by a lion at a private wild animal park in Central California, and state and local authorities were trying to determine what might have caused the fatal attack.

March 06, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

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


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Spike in meth seen from Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border officers have seized more methamphetamine in Arizona this fiscal year than they did the entire previous year, continuing an upward trend for the drug that officials say is much easier and cheaper to manufacture in Mexico.

June 16, 2015 | | State


New state budget expands welfare

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally while expanding other social welfare programs, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | | State


6 killed when balcony collapse during a party

BERKELEY (AP) - A 21st-birthday party thrown by a group of visiting Irish college students turned tragic early Tuesday when the fifth-floor balcony they were crammed onto collapsed with a sharp crack, spilling them about 50 feet onto the pavement. Six people were killed and seven seriously injured.

June 16, 2015 | | State


Woman told to take down her lost dog signs

CLOVIS (AP) - A Clovis woman whose dog has been missing for two months is being told by the city to remove her lost dog signs.

June 16, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers cut reporting rules for high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure approved by legislative Democrats this week cuts the reporting requirements for the agency that oversees California's $68 billion high-speed rail program, requiring spending reports to the Legislature every two years instead twice per year, prompting critics to charge that oversight is being scaled back.

June 16, 2015 | | State


Coalition: Farmers illegally taking water

FRESNO (AP) - A group of public water agencies that serves millions of Californians asked the state on Tuesday to order farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to stop irrigating their crops amid the relentless drought.

June 16, 2015 | | State


Legislature OKs record $117.5 billion budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a record $117.5 billion spending plan with overwhelming support Monday, but the budget that would send more money to public schools and establish a new tax credit for the working poor is unlikely to go into effect.

June 15, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• OWNER OF MARIJUANA FARM FINED FOR FOULING CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Water regulators in California have fined the owner of a former marijuana farm and a licensed excavation contractor $297,400 for fouling a creek while preparing a piece of land in Shasta County for pot-growing.

June 15, 2015 | | State


Court rules for city in affordable housing fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities have broad authority to require builders to set aside a percentage of units in new projects for affordable housing, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.

June 15, 2015 | | State


Photos aim counter ‘black dog’ theory

MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) - It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.

June 14, 2015 | | State


DRIVER’S LICENSES

SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally say getting a California driver's license under a new program this year has helped them on the roads - and off.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers voting on $117.5B budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As a roomful of lawmakers and staff grinded through the last line items of the Legislature's spending plan late one night, it became clear there would be no easy deal even though California's budget is being crafted solely by Democrats and state coffers are awash in cash.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Giant purple sea slugs slime Bay Area beaches

ALAMEDA (AP) - A giant purple blob from the sea - a slug - is invading East Bay beaches and waterways this summer, and some experts say it may be caused by warmer temperatures near coastal waters.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Gun blamed for rise in shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of accidental shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has more than doubled in two years as the department switches to a new handgun.

June 14, 2015 | | State


Donation center gets rare painting valued at $20,000

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A donation center in San Diego has received a landscape painting that turned out to be a rare work by early 20th century wildlife artist John Fery that's worth more than $20,000.

June 14, 2015 | | State


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