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Death Valley puts brakes on running, cycling races

DEATH VALLEY (AP) - The Badwater 135, a sweat-lathered, endurance race that runs through the hottest place in the world in the middle of the summer will be taking a detour in 2014 after Death Valley National Park placed a moratorium on cycling and running competitions until it can determine how safe they are.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Health exchange struggles with heavy volume

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency overseeing California's health insurance exchange offered a bit of breathing room for consumers who tried but failed to meet Monday's deadline for coverage starting in the new year, as its website and call centers were overwhelmed by last-minute demand.

December 23, 2013 | | State


News from across the Bay

JUDGE: SAN JOSE CANNOT CUT EMPLOYEE PENSIONS: SAN JOSE (AP) - A judge has ruled that San Jose cannot implement voter-approved cuts to employee pensions, but can cut salaries to meet the savings expected from the reduced pensions.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Judge tells hospital to keep treating ‘brain dead’ teen-ager on life support

OAKLAND (AP) - With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

December 23, 2013 | | State


CPUC returns $375K penalty to PG&E

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators have refunded $375,000 to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over concerns the fine payment could jeopardize a potentially larger penalty against the utility for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, a newspaper reported.

December 23, 2013 | | State


'Fast & Furious 7' delayed until April of 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Universal Pictures has delayed the release of "Fast & Furious 7" for almost a year following the death of star Paul Walker.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Woman sentenced for phony 911 calls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles woman accused of making hundreds of phony and harassing 911 calls has been sentenced to jail.

December 23, 2013 | | State


Hispanic achievement gap persists

PAJARO (AP) - As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the country, which is going through a slower but similar demographic shift.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Farm town develops school success formula

SANGER AP) - When Yadir Sanchez arrived in this San Joaquin Valley agricultural town at age 5, she joined a well-traveled path to academic failure that children of other Mexican farmworkers had been on for years.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Tech startups create virtual farmers markets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sara Pasquinelli doesn't shop at the grocery store much anymore. The busy mother of two young boys buys nearly all her food from a new online service that delivers to her front door - but it doesn't bring just any food.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Lodi helps soldier replace stolen gifts

LODI (AP) - Army Cpl. Chris Petrossian was in Afghanistan when his frightened wife called to say robbers stole the thousands of dollars' worth of Christmas gifts he had ordered online and shipped to his Northern California home.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Santana reunites with ex-bandmate, now homeless

OAKLAND (AP) - A news reporter for a San Francisco television station has reunited rock guitarist Carolos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn't seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Fresno police seeking teens who shot teacher

FRESNO (AP) - Police were searching Saturday for four teenage boys they say shot and injured a teacher who fought back during an attempted robbery at a Fresno California high school.

December 22, 2013 | | State


Child porn found on garage sale computer

CHICO (AP) - A Northern California man who gave away a broken computer at a garage sale has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison after child pornography was found on the discarded device.

December 22, 2013 | | State


News from around the Bay Arean

PROPOSED MEASURE WOULD CHANGE CRIME CLASSIFICATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's top prosecutor is seeking to reclassify some crimes that could save money which could be used to fund crime prevention and mental health services.

December 20, 2013 | | State


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Microsoft says hiring go-go dancers at Xbox party was wrong

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft says it was "unequivocally wrong" for hosting a party with scantily dressed female dancers during a video game developers' conference.

March 20, 2016 | | State


Fight over names to sites at Yosemite escalating

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The National Park Service has opened up a new front in the fight over the names of historic hotels and other ...

March 20, 2016 | | State


Apple’s latest product event drawing yawns

CUPERTINO (AP) - It wouldn't be an Apple event without some hoopla. But the company's upcoming product announcement today doesn't seem to be ...

March 20, 2016 | | State


Ex-LA mayor may enter race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The presidential contest is dominating national headlines, but the toughest campaign in California might be two years away.

March 20, 2016 | | State


Drone comes within 200 feet of airliner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A drone came within 200 feet of hitting a Lufthansa jet near Los Angeles International Airport on Friday - the latest run-in between ...

March 18, 2016 | | State


LA skyscraper plunge :A suicide?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are investigating whether an electrician intentionally leaped to his death from the 53rd floor of Los Angeles' tallest skyscraper onto an ...

March 18, 2016 | | State


California state pension obligations nearly $64B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has nearly $64 billion in pension debt that eventually must be paid to current and former teachers and state workers - a figure ...

March 18, 2016 | | State


Dungeness crab health warning lifted for more of California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Health officials say another swath of California's coast has been cleared for the catching and eating of Dungeness crabs because they ...

March 18, 2016 | | State


Adobe beats Street 1Q Forecasts

SAN JOSE (AP) - Adobe Systems Inc. shares rose in after-hours trading Thursday after the software developer known for Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat posted better-than-expected quarterly ...

March 17, 2016 | | State


Islamic State inspired UC Merced stabbings

MERCED - A California college student who went on a stabbing rampage that wounded four people before he was shot down by a campus police officer ...

March 17, 2016 | | State


California analyst slams high-speed rail business plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new $64 billion business plan for California's high-speed rail system fails to identify how to fill a multibillion-dollar shortfall and calls ...

March 17, 2016 | | State


Google pushes for federal plan for self-driving cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google wants Congress to create new federal powers that would let the tech giant receive special, expedited permission to bring to market ...

March 17, 2016 | | State


Mysterious power surges damage BART

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area commuters faced overcrowded trains, travel delays and other inconveniences for the second time in two weeks Thursday due to a ...

March 17, 2016 | | State


California eases water cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California further eased some water cutbacks Thursday as a rainy March lessens the state's five-year drought.

March 17, 2016 | | State


California man charged with attempting terrorist support

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Iraqi-born Palestinian man previously charged with lying to investigators about traveling to Syria was indicted Thursday on the more serious allegation of ...

March 17, 2016 | | State


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