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Counties now facing inmate lawsuits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has spent billions of dollars and endured years of federal lawsuits to improve conditions in its state prisons, but the problems it has been trying to correct are now trickling down to local governments as county jails deal with thousands of additional inmates.

March 19, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SINGER MICHELLE SHOCKED MAKES ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked has had several shows canceled after making an anti-gay slur at a San Francisco concert.

March 19, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

MAN CALLS 911 BEFORE SHOOTING HIMSELF: FORT BRAGG (AP) - Police say a 74-year-old Northern California man called 911 to report his own death moments before he shot and killed himself outside a hospital.

March 19, 2013 | | State


Jim Barrett, influential California vintner, dies

NAPA (AP) - James Barrett, a vintner whose chardonnay beat the French in a 1976 tasting that propelled California wines to international prominence, has died. He was 86.

March 19, 2013 | | State


Last airworthy B-29 bomber lands at Camarillo

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The last airworthy B-29 bomber made a landing at a fog-shrouded Southern California airfield, where it will be on display as part of an exhibition of vintage aircraft.

March 19, 2013 | | State


209 News

MAN SHOT IN MODESTO: MODESTO - A man was shot while in his car in a west Modesto neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

March 19, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LA COUNTY SHERIFF WANTS $900M JAIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sheriff Lee Baca plans to ask Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday to consider replacing the violence-plagued Men's Central Jail with a facility that could cost more than $900 million.

March 18, 2013 | | State


ACLU alleges gays harassed at high school

HESPERIA (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on Monday demanded that San Bernardino County school district officials step in to end discrimination against gay students by teachers and administrators at a district high school.

March 18, 2013 | | State


MARIJUANA

EUREKA (AP) - Mendocino County officials and the U.S. attorney for Northern California may be trying to reach an out-of-court settlement in a long-running dispute over records from the county's medical marijuana program, a lawyer in the case said Monday.

March 18, 2013 | | State


Did graffiti tagger fall to his death

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The body of a convicted graffiti tagger has been found over the weekend and police believe he fell to his death after spray-painting a bridge.

March 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF SUPE SEEKS ANTI-ABORTION PROTESTER BUFFER ZONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants to create a 25-foot buffer zone around Planned Parenthood and other clinics that are the target of anti-abortion protesters.

March 18, 2013 | | State


Mars rover stands down after new problem

PASADENA (AP) - After recovering from a computer problem, the Mars rover Curiosity is sidelined again, further delaying the restart of science experiments.

March 18, 2013 | | State


San Onofre nuclear power plant\ could breakdown at full power

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California could be restarted safely and run at full power, but the risk of a breakdown would increase to vexing levels after 11 months, a report concluded Monday.

March 18, 2013 | | State


Cal State plans enrollment hike with extra funds $125M coming from state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University plans to spend the projected $125.1 million in extra state funding for the 2013-14 academic year to expand enrollment and online courses, boost employee salaries and pay for increased energy and health benefit costs, officials said Monday.

March 18, 2013 | | State


Ex-CalPERS CEO charged with fraud

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday charged the former head of the nation's largest pension fund and one of his business associates with falsifying documents and other charges in a long-running influence peddling and bribery investigation.

March 18, 2013 | | State


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Evacuations remain after fire chars drought dry eastern Sierra

SWALL MEADOWS, Mono Conty (AP) - Four firefighters were injured battling a wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and destroyed 40 homes in an area that could see more wildfires as the state enters its fourth year of drought.

February 09, 2015 | | State


California pledges changes in protecting underground water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California has proposed closing by October up to 140 oilfield wells that state regulators had allowed to inject into federally protected drinking water aquifers, state officials said Monday.

February 09, 2015 | | State


West Coast seaports fully reopen as contract talks resume

LOS ANGELES (AP) - West Coast seaports fully reopened Monday after two days during which no ships were unloaded amid a labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers.

February 09, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER KIDNAPPED, RAPED IN ANTIOCH: ANTIOCH (AP) - A pizza delivery woman was kidnapped and raped at gunpoint by a teen customer who was later arrested by Antioch police.

February 09, 2015 | | State


SERRA: SAINT OR SINNER?

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. Boulevards, public squares, freeways and elementary schools bear his name. A 26-foot statue of the priest looms over Interstate 280 in San Francisco.

February 08, 2015 | | State


She worries dog has a screw loose

DEAR DIDI: I am terribly confused about my dog's intentions. He is a German Shepherd mix and is 1.5 years old. He always seems very happy with his tail wagging yet he got into a fight at the dog park for the first time this past week. Luckily, no one was hurt but we were completely taken by surprise. He was wagging and looked happy, then lashed out at the dog he was meeting. Does this mean he has a screw loose? -Scared Doggy Mommy

February 08, 2015 | Didi McElroy | State


Las Vegas Strip too snooty?

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tear down your red velvet ropes, Las Vegas.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Drought sends California skiers packing

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Warm temperatures and drought conditions in the West have changed the migratory patterns of birds and wildlife, but are also impacting another group: skiers, especially cross country skiers.

February 08, 2015 | | State


SpaceX calls off launch of weather satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory - and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt - after a critical radar-tracking system failed.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Whooping cough outbreak raises vaccine concerns

ELK GROVE (AP) - A Sacramento County city with a large number of whooping cough cases despite a high immunization rate is revealing the limitations of the current vaccine used to protect against the disease, a newspaper reported.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Evacuations remain after fire chars eastern Sierra towns

SWALL MEADOWS, Mono County (AP) - Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Jenner phone records, texts could be issue in fatal crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators will likely seek Bruce Jenner's cellphone records to determine if the Olympic gold medalist was texting when he was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a chain-reaction crash in Malibu that killed a woman, authorities said Sunday.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Suspect shot after chase from Stockton to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a suspected truck thief was shot by California Highway Patrol officers following a roughly 50-mile chase from Stockton to Sacramento.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Brown seeks taxes for fixing roads

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

February 08, 2015 | | State


Worst of storm appears to be over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California was hit by a second wet and windy storm on Sunday, though it appeared to do far less damage than a similar system two days earlier.

February 08, 2015 | | State


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