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'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius dead of suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing black music and artists.

February 01, 2012 | | State


PG&E can charge customers to nix SmartMeters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees of up to $10 per month if they don't want to have wireless "smart meters" installed in their homes, according to a decision Wednesday by California regulators.

February 01, 2012 | | State


Woman wins small-claims suit over Honda hybrid mpg ; awarded $9,867 in judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California owner of a Honda hybrid car won her unusual small-claims court lawsuit against the automaker over the vehicle's failure to deliver its stated fuel economy.

February 01, 2012 | | State


FDIC sues former execs of failed Merced bank

MERCED (AP) - Federal regulators are accusing former executives of a Central Valley bank of causing its $42 million failure through gross mismanagement.

February 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CONTROLLER SEEKS MORE BORROWING TO AVOID SHORTFALL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Controller John Chiang is urging lawmakers to act on legislation that allows him to borrow money from other state accounts so California doesn't run out of cash.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Neil Young: Steve Jobs listened to vinyl

DANA POINT (AP) - Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs.

January 31, 2012 | | State


LA teacher charged with molesting 23 kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say the elementary school teacher told the children that it was a game. Once inside his third-grade classroom, they say, he blindfolded them, gagged them and set cockroaches crawling on their faces.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Brown reports $1.7 M for his tax campaign

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign reported Tuesday that it has raised $1.7 million for his proposed November ballot initiative to temporarily raise California's sales and income taxes to help solve the state's ongoing budget deficits.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Officer shot dead by officers was intimate with girl

SANTA MARIA (AP) - When a police officer dies on the job, a department and a community mourn together. But not this week in Santa Maria, where they are too stunned and outraged.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Ranger uses stun gun on man walking dogs off-leash

MONTARA (AP) - A man walking his dogs in a federal park was hit with a stun gun and arrested by a park ranger who accused him of not putting a leash on the animals and giving a false name, astonishing passers-by who say the reaction was excessive.

January 31, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Kaiser Permanente workers go on strike

January 31, 2012 | | State


Brazilian Blowout maker agrees to labeling changes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The maker of a popular line of hair-straightening products has agreed to alert consumers that two of its formulations emit formaldehyde gas, a possible carcinogen, California's attorney general announced Monday.

January 30, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

AFTER OPPONENT'S TAUNT, FEINSTEIN TAKES TO TWITTER: WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein is no longer a no-show on social media.

January 30, 2012 | | State


Bill would give lawmakers control of court budgets, take power from court bureaucracy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Monday narrowly approved legislation that would return control of California's $3 billion court budget to the Legislature, stripping some authority from the court bureaucracy in a move opposed by the state's chief justice.

January 30, 2012 | | State


Dry winter reduces Sierra Nevada snowpack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say recent storms have not made up for this year's dry winter, leaving California's snowpack at below average levels.

January 30, 2012 | | State


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Mudslide death toll hits 20; search for victims continues

MONTECITO . (AP) - Parishioners prayed Sunday for those killed and for families still searching for missing relatives in a Southern California community ravaged by mudslides, and ...

January 14, 2018 | | State


State burn areas brace for rain, possible mudslides

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Forecasters say a storm expected to bring heavy rain to California could drop several inches in recent burn areas, raising the risk ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


Judge aims to referee fight over Manson’s remains

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The fight over the body and possessions of apocalyptic cult leader Charles Manson has fragmented into at least three camps competing over ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This week's announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


High or dry? State legal pot to test supply pipeline

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the state's legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway - at ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


Packed ERs, deaths as flu hits state hard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The flu has hit California so hard this season, pharmacies have run out of medicine to treat it, emergency rooms are packed ...

January 07, 2018 | | State


Memorial held for CHP officer killed in DUI crash

STOCKTON (AP) - A California Highway Patrol rookie killed by a drunken driving suspect in the San Francisco Bay Area was remembered Saturday as a loving ...

January 01, 2018 | | State


Legal recreational marijuana: What you need to know

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California on Monday became the nation's largest state to offer legal recreational marijuana sales. Here's a snapshot of how the ...

January 01, 2018 | | State


Retail outlets celebrate legal marijuana sales

OAKLAND (AP) - It wasn't exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal retail sales of marijuana, but those who could find the ...

January 01, 2018 | | State


Some lawsuits can proceed over cigarettes touted as being natural

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A U.S. judge in New Mexico has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


Trump looks at delivering more water to farmers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from California's Central Valley Project, the ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting at SoCal law firm

LONG BEACH (AP) - A man walked into the Southern California law firm where he worked and shot two men Friday before turning the gun on ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


DMV cracks down on improper use of car placards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials plan to crack down on thousands of "dead" drivers.

December 29, 2017 | | State


Medley of agencies enforcing pot laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Licensed businesses around California can begin legally growing and selling marijuana for recreational use Monday, and a hodgepodge of enforcement agencies will ...

December 29, 2017 | | State


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