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Fire forces evacuation of mountain town

IDYLLWILD (AP) - Artist Lewis Millett didn't need much more than an order to leave his longtime Idyllwild mountain home after seeing 100 foot flames marching toward the mile-high hamlet that draws tourists, summer campers and students to a year-round arts and music school.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Napolitano gets OK as UC system president

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board voted Thursday to appoint Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first female president of the 10-campus system despite objections to her record on immigration.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SONOMA COUNTY SUPE IN COURT AFTER PROWLING ARREST: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County official arrested on suspicion of prowling and burglary at a woman's house has made his first court appearance.

July 18, 2013 | | State


Experts to test phone anti-theft locks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide.

July 18, 2013 | | State


More oversight sought at developmental centers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Citing a stack of reports criticizing state officials for not properly overseeing facilities that care for people with developmental disabilities, advocates called on Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday to appoint an independent figure to improve safety at state-run care facilities.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Buy-America snag stalls Vegas plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation has suspended its review of a $5.5 billion loan request that is critical for building a private bullet train between a Southern California desert community and the Las Vegas Strip, leaving the future of the project in jeopardy.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Packs of young folks cause chaos in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles police were combing through cell phones and security footage Wednesday trying to identify dozens of young people who'd rampaged through Hollywood the night before, knocking down people, stealing their cellphones, and grabbing souvenir trinkets from shops before a police sweep and arrests ensued.

July 17, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

RESIDENTS OF SINKING SUBDIVISION FILE CLAIM: LAKEPORT (AP) - For months homeowners agonized as houses in their subdivision sank one-by-one into a California hilltop. It got so dangerous that the U.S. Postal Service refused to deliver mail.

July 17, 2013 | | State


3 arrested over city's LGBT proclamation

PORTERVILLE (AP) - Police in the central California town of Porterville say they arrested three people protesting the City Council's decision this week to rescind a proclamation declaring June lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Port of Oakland shuts down after worker's death

OAKLAND (AP) - The Port of Oakland was shut down Wednesday as Longshoremen went on a 24-hour shutdown following the death of a worker while on the job.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Small town publisher wins public records case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state Court of Appeal has ruled that a small-town California newspaper publisher does not have to pay legal fees to a school board he sued over his public records request -a decision hailed by First Amendment advocates as a victory for government transparency.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Price dispute triggers jewelry store killings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man charged with the gruesome deaths of two jewelry store clerks and critically wounding the shop owner believed he had overpaid by about $300, prosecutors said in revealing a possible motive for a crime that has shocked the San Francisco Bay Area for its savagery.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Muslim student now in UC board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board confirmed its first Muslim student member Wednesday, despite some Jewish groups' claims that she marginalized Jewish students and promoted an anti-Israel agenda.

July 17, 2013 | | State


Wildfire forces more evacuations

IDYLLWILD (AP) - Authorities in Southern California issued evacuation orders for hundreds of homes Wednesday as a major wildfire approached in the mountains southwest of Palm Springs.

July 17, 2013 | | State


CPUC scales back PG&E fine to $300M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.

July 16, 2013 | | State


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SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at city ballparks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

May 08, 2015 | | State


San Diego uses drinking water to fill lake for children’s fishing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The City of San Diego has confirmed that despite the drought, they are pumping millions of gallons of drinking water into Chollas Lake for recreational fishing.

May 08, 2015 | | State


BALLOT MEASURE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday received an extension to the deadline her office faced next week for processing a proposed ballot initiative that advocates killing anyone who engages in gay sex.

May 07, 2015 | | State


3 people hit by paintballs in Palo Alto

PALO ALTO (AP) - Three people were injured by green paintballs shot from a moving car in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Airplane cabin cleaners sue over English-only work rule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of Spanish-speaking airplane cabin cleaners sued their employer Thursday alleging they were required to speak only English at work, which virtually silenced them on the job.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Man shoots dog during altercation with transients

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who shot and wounded a dog who ran toward him during a confrontation with a group of transients in San Bernardino.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Teen fights off man in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a 13-year-old girl fought off a man who forced his way into her house after following her home from school.

May 07, 2015 | | State


San Francisco police texting probe expands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have identified 3,000 arrests that could have been influenced and resulted in wrongful convictions as the result of bias by 14 San Francisco police officers being investigated for racist and homophobic text messages, the district attorney announced Thursday.

May 07, 2015 | | State


Study aiming to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know.

May 06, 2015 | | State


Colleges expand services for illegals

DAVIS (AP) - Miguel Davila had reasons to be skeptical when the University of California, Davis dedicated a bright, clearly marked space on campus for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

May 06, 2015 | | State


Man accused of robbing bank posted video on social media

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A man arrested for robbing a bank posted a photo and videos of the theft on social media - but said he shouldn't have been charged because he didn't threaten anyone and politely asked for the money.

May 06, 2015 | | State


Brown lawns loom this summer

GARDEN GROVE (AP) - It was with more hope than accuracy that the founder of this Orange County city picked the name Garden Grove in 1874 for what was little more than an open plain under the Southern California sun.

May 06, 2015 | | State


Reduced rates for early Great Valley Writing Camp sign-up

Great Valley Writing Project at CSU Stanislaus will offer summer writing programs in Manteca, Ripon, and Tracy for students who are currently enrolled in grades K-12. Enrollment is open to the public.

May 06, 2015 | | State


3 accused of operating fictitious police force

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people, including one who works for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, were charged after claiming to operate a police department with jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico and that traces its roots back 3,000 years, authorities said Wednesday.

May 06, 2015 | | State


Enrollment starting for six be.tech career paths

Manteca Unified high school students and their parents now have expanded choices.

May 06, 2015 | | State


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