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Man killed by explosive called eccentric

COSTA MESA (AP) - A man who was killed when a homemade explosive blew up at his home was an eccentric who bicycled around his neighborhood dispensing anti-government conspiracy pamphlets, neighbors said Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BERKELEY FIREMAN ON MEDICAL CALL GRAZED BY BULLET: BERKELEY (AP) - Police in Northern California arrested an 88-year-old man after he started shooting at Berkeley firefighters who were tending to him and grazed one of the responders.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bill seeks to ban plastic bags at stores

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups are supporting a bill that would ban California grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies from handing out single-use plastic bags.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs bill limiting gun permit to individual by excluding companies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the California Assembly approved a bill Monday that would allow only individuals, and not companies, to obtain permits to own assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

EARTHQUAKES 'APPALLED' BY PLAYER'S ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN JOSE (AP) - The president of the San Jose Earthquakes says he is appalled that forward Alan Gordon directed an anti-gay slur at an opponent.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Assaulted teen had drawings, name on body

SAN JOSE (AP) - The family of a teen who hanged herself after being sexually assaulted and then shamed by a humiliating photo of her body circulating school is suing the three teen suspects in custody, claiming the boys removed her shorts and attacked her while she was unconscious.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Girl saw details online of sex assault

SARATOGA (AP) - A 15-year-old California girl who was sexually abused while passed-out drunk at a party hanged herself after discovering an intimate photo of her circulating online, a lawyer for her family said Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Brown chooses private donors to pay for cost of China trip

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown likes to portray his administration as frugal when it comes to spending taxpayers' money. So he has taken the same approach as his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in paying for his trade mission to China - asking business interests and political donors to foot the bill.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Groundbreaking improv comic Jonathan Winters dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Lead bidder ranked for $1B bullet-train deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California-based construction group Friday emerged as the top contender for the first contract that will be awarded to build California's high-speed rail line.

April 12, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TEMECULA STUDENTS DISCIPLINED FOR VANDALISM: TEMECULA (AP) - Seventeen Temecula Valley High School students are being punished this week for vandalism that included racist graffiti, a dismembered squirrel, glued lockers and a bleached sports field.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Contempt threat against Brown is a rare move

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judicial panel's threat to place Gov. Jerry Brown in contempt of court if he fails to comply with a mandated prison population reduction is a rare move, legal observers said Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | State


209 News

PIT BULL KILLS WOMAN IN YARD OF STOCKTON HOME: STOCKTON (AP) - A 38-year-old woman in Stockton has become the latest person to be mauled to death by a pit bull.

April 12, 2013 | | State


3 teens charged with assault; girl killed herself

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's office on Thursday arrested three 16-year-old boys on accusations that they sexually battered 15-year-old Audrey Pott, who hanged herself eight days after the attack last fall.

April 11, 2013 | | State


Brown praises & rides Chinese for bullet train

BEIJING (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown got a firsthand look on Thursday at the world's most extensive high-speed rail system and praised the initiative that created the Chinese railway, saying he was anxious to start building similarly ambitious projects in California.

April 11, 2013 | | State


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Border Patrol halts immigrant flights to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday it has stopped transporting Central American children and families to San Diego after they are arrested in South Texas, halting the short-lived experiment that sparked a backlash in one city when protesters blocked a road and forced the rerouting of busloads of immigrants.

July 10, 2014 | | State


Congresswoman says CHP beating video is police brutality

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Officials: Juvenile started wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring, officials said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Teachers to attest to reporting abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California teachers applying for or renewing their credentials will be required to acknowledge that they understand their responsibility to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or county welfare officials, and not just school administrators, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | State


You may soon get $500 fine for water waste

GLENDALE (AP) - Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Teen dies after jumping on iPhone thief’s car

SANTA ANA (AP) - Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a new iPhone 5S on condition she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Rubi Rubio already had broken two phones, so Hernandez told her daughter if she broke this one it would be her last.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Dodgers partly responsible in beating

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit on Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Bieber pleads no contest in vandalism

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Lawyer proclaims incompetence in case

MODESTO (AP) - A Central California defense attorney dropped his client in the middle of a murder trial, saying he's incompetent to represent the man any further.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Pit bull killed after chewing off ears of 4-yerar-old boy

FONTANA (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a dog that had chewed off the ears of a 4-year-old boy at a home in Fontana.

July 09, 2014 | | State


Water levels at Lake Mead drop to new low

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Drought in the southwestern U.S will deplete the vast Lake Mead on the Colorado River this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Man left in cell for days: Buck passing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed college student who was kept in a San Diego cell for five days without food or water, but they did nothing because they assumed someone else was responsible, investigators said Tuesday in a report that faulted the workers and other officials for an incident that led to nationwide changes in the agency's detention policies.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Tree toppled onto coaster; left riders dangling in air

SANTA CLARITA (AP) - An entire tree fell onto a roller coaster's tracks in California, dislodging the front car and keeping nearly two dozen riders hanging 20 to 30 feet in the air for hours, according to the state agency that investigates workplace accidents.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers tour shelter for children

PORT HUENEME (AP) - California lawmakers and religious leaders said Tuesday they were pleased with conditions of a temporary shelter in Ventura County for children caught crossing the border, but they're worried about the young immigrants' future.

July 08, 2014 | | State


Progress on major western wildfires

WINTERS (AP) - Crews boosted by hundreds of additional firefighters increased containment on Tuesday of a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in Northern California, and full containment is expected by the end of the week on what is one of dozens of blazes blackening parts of the West.

July 08, 2014 | | State


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