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Jury awards $6.5M for death after police mistook water nozzle for gun

SANTA ANA (AP) - A federal jury in Southern California awarded $6.5 million in damages Thursday to the family of a man fatally shot by police while he held a pistol-gripped water nozzle they mistook for a gun.

April 04, 2013 | | State


2nd lost hiker rescued after 5 days

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA . (AP) - Rescuers who plucked a young woman on Thursday from a steep, rocky canyon wall said she was exhausted, had trouble breathing and likely could not have survived much longer than another day in the rugged Southern California wilderness.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Californians due $2B in power rebates?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California electricity consumers could see up to $2 billion in new refunds from energy wholesalers that profited during the state's energy crisis more than a dozen years ago if a federal judge's recommendation holds up at trial, state regulators said Thursday.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Under bill, birthplace not required on voter forms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voting applicants who fail to list their birthplace on the registration form would still be deemed eligible to cast a ballot under a bill approved Thursday by the state Assembly.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Parents: Antioch teacher abused autistic students

ANTIOCH (AP) - The parents of three autistic San Francisco Bay Area kindergarten students are suing a teacher who slapped, pinched and verbally abused their kids and picked the nose of one student and made him eat it.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

4 GET LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDER OF SF SHOP OWNER: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Four men have received life prison terms after being convicted of killing a San Francisco store owner to prevent him from testifying in a robbery case.

April 04, 2013 | | State


High-speed rail a highlight of Brown's China trip

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will be eyeing China's massive high-speed rail system as he tries to lure billions of dollars in investments to California during his trip to the country next week.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Police say boy, 11, made up San Pedro kidnap tale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say an 11-year-old boy was lying when he told detectives he was kidnapped by a man in a black mask as he walked home from his San Pedro school.

April 04, 2013 | | State


State board pursues case against Bay Bridge pilot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state board unanimously voted Thursday to take action to suspend or revoke the license of the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January.

April 04, 2013 | | State


Detroit Electric to sell $135K sports car

DETROIT (AP) - More than 100 years after it began making cars, Detroit Electric is back in business.

April 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

2 MEN CHARGED IN KIDNAPPING OF 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A convicted felon planned to burglarize a San Fernando Valley home but ended up kidnapping a 10-year-old girl at knifepoint and sexually assaulting her after his partner in crime fled, authorities revealed Wednesday.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Beverly Hills eatery gives no-shows Twitter roast

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When 20 percent of your dinner reservations don't show, what's a restaurant owner to do? Usually nothing; it's an unsavory fact of restaurant life that not everyone who says they'll be there, will.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Report outlines abuses by prison staff

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California parole agent was accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another. Numerous corrections department employees allegedly had sex with inmates, including juveniles.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

ROLLING STONES CONCERTS SET FOR SAN JOSE, OAKLAND: NEW YORK (AP) - Call it satisfaction: The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour.

April 03, 2013 | | State


Stanford to help develop online learning system

PALO ALTO (AP) - Stanford University announced Wednesday that it is joining an initiative co-founded by Harvard and MIT to develop a computer system that allows colleges to offer free online courses, a collaboration that school officials said would benefit both educators and students around the globe.

April 03, 2013 | | State


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State leads nation in charter growth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California continues to far outpace the rest of the nation in charter school enrollment and growth, a study released Wednesday shows.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Newsom to raise money for governor bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who gained national attention as mayor of San Francisco for ordering then-illegal gay marriage licenses to be issued, said Wednesday that he will begin raising money to run for governor in 2018, a position he has long sought.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Smartphone thefts drop after introduction of cell kill switch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kill switches on cellphones essentially render the device a paper weight when stolen.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Commuter with measles prompts warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in Northern California on Wednesday warned Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters that they may have been exposed to measles.

February 11, 2015 | | State


Groups target greyhound tracks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Parolee charged in LA deaths of 2 women, toddler

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A parolee charged with raping a Los Angeles teen and trying to set her ablaze has been indicted on three counts of murder.

February 10, 2015 | | State


PG&E wants ratepayers to pay bill for $653M in car chargers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's biggest utility wants to install 25,000 electric car charging stations across Northern and Central California and have customers foot the bill.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Google donates $1M to historic Lick Observatory

SAN JOSE, (AP) - Google has donated $1 million to a 125-year-old research observatory located east of San Jose.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Apple building big solar energy project

CIPERTINO (AP) - Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Democrats: Cut gas use in half by 2030

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senate Democrats embraced new climate change goals Tuesday by adopting Gov. Jerry Brown's call to increase the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years and adding their own initiatives.

February 10, 2015 | | State


High-speed rail foes argue state environmental law applies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's high-speed rail project have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a federal agency's ruling that says U.S. environmental law trumps the state's environmental law, which opponents have previously used to try to stall construction.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Gunman shot after carjacking & wild pursuit

MONTEBELLO (AP) - A gunman leading police on a wild chase east of Los Angeles smashed into cars, veered into oncoming traffic, stole a vehicle at gunpoint and ran down a crowded street before officers shot and wounded him.

February 10, 2015 | | State


Ex-school official gets 10 years for sex abuse

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A onetime California school official was sentenced Monday to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two women when they were her students, including a woman who confronted her in a phone call that went viral on YouTube.

February 09, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WATER MANAGER FACES DISCIPLINE FOR URINATING IN RESERVOIR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A water manager is facing discipline after he was caught urinating in an empty reservoir that supplies drinking water for the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 09, 2015 | | State


Oldest survivor of USS Arizona attack dies

YUBA CITY (AP) - The oldest living crew member of the battleship USS Arizona to have survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died in Northern California at the age of 100.

February 09, 2015 | | State


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