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Police: No reason to hold man before priest killed in Eureka

EUREKA . (AP) - When the body of the Rev. Eric Freed was discovered in the rectory of his church on New Year's Day, police immediately had a suspect: A man released from jail hours earlier who was spotted on church grounds by a security guard, questioned by a police officer, and then seen again by the same guard, this time holding a wooden stake.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Sierra snowpack 20% of normal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The first Sierra snow survey of the winter on Friday confirmed the fears of state water managers, who are warning of drought conditions in the coming year unless the state receives significantly more rain and snow.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Architect pleads no contest in fireman’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A German architect pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of a Los Angeles firefighter crushed in the collapse of a ceiling during a fire at a luxury home the architect designed and built in the Hollywood Hills.

January 03, 2014 | | State


Talks ordered in brain dead girl case

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered settlement talks between lawyers for a California hospital and a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Police arrest suspect in priest killing

EUREKA (AP) - Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the killing of a respected priest and educator who was found dead on New Year's Day in a church rectory in Northern California.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-CHP dispatcher arrested in drug, weapons case involving Hells Angels

WOODLAND (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol dispatcher and her husband are facing various charges after authorities say they orchestrated deals for drugs and weapons in Yolo County.

January 02, 2014 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

WOMAN KILLED, BABY INJURED CROSSING FREMONT STREET: FREMONT (AP) - A 19-year-old woman has been killed and a 3-month-old boy she was carry has life-threatening injuries after they were struck by a vehicle on New Year's Eve in Fremont.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Bullet train in limbo after legal setbacks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials overseeing California's $68 billion high-speed rail project have taken pains in recent weeks to assure the public that construction plans are moving ahead, characterizing a series of recent setbacks as "a bump in the road."

January 02, 2014 | | State


California high court grants law license to man in USA illegally for 2 decades

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court granted a law license Thursday to a man who has lived in the U.S. illegally for two decades, a ruling that advocates hope will open the door to millions of immigrants seeking to enter other professions such as medicine, accounting and teaching.

January 02, 2014 | | State


State must count rejected ballot petitions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge in Sacramento ordered the secretary of state's office on Thursday to add about 5,000 signatures to the 614,326 submitted by supporters of a proposed voter referendum that seeks to overturn a new California law guaranteeing certain rights to transgender students in public schools.

January 02, 2014 | | State


News from around california

WOMAN ARRESTED, ALLEGEDLY LEFT SON WITH TRANSIENTS: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California woman has been arrested for allegedly leaving her 10-year-old son with two homeless friends so she could party on New Year's Eve.

January 02, 2014 | | State


FBI: Chinese Consulate fire set intentionally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials said Thursday a fire at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco was ignited at the front of the building, leading to an arson investigation and calls from the Chinese government for better protection of diplomats in the U.S.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Olympic Valley residents seek town incorporation to counter resort plans

OLYMPIC VALLEY (AP) - Local residents concerned about the planned expansion of the Squaw Valley ski resort have launched an effort to incorporate the Olympic Valley village into a California town so they'll have more control over future development at the mountain resort north of Lake Tahoe that hosted the 1960 Olympics.

January 02, 2014 | | State


Q&A: Girl’s brain death ignites difficult legal, medical debate

OAKLAND (AP) - A California hospital and family are embroiled in a harrowing legal and medical fight that has reignited the debate about when machines keeping a severely brain-damaged person alive should be turned off.

January 01, 2014 | | State


Gold Rush mining town exposed by receding lake

GRANITE BAY (AP) - Historically low waters levels in Northern California's Folsom Lake have exposed the remains of a Gold Rush-era mining town flooded decades ago.

January 01, 2014 | | State


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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


Guards getting 9% raise over 3 years

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The union representing most California state prison guards said Wednesday it has agreed to a labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary ...

March 16, 2016 | | State


Ron Unz joins race for Boxer’s US Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Another Republican has joined the race to succeed California Sen. Barbara Boxer.

March 16, 2016 | | State


UC Berkeley to review head coach’s role in harassment case

BERKELEY (AP) - Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, are reviewing whether the men's head basketball coach correctly handled sexual harassment allegations against one ...

March 16, 2016 | | State


Officer’s funeral procession along I-80

TRUCKEE (AP) - Dozens of law enforcement cruisers and officers on motorcycles joined a 120-mile funeral ride along Interstate 80 from Reno to Roseville, California on ...

March 16, 2016 | | State


Chef faces sexual harassment lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello faces two lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and refusal to pay his employees their due wages.

March 16, 2016 | | State


High school dumping its Rebels mascot

SAN LORENZO (AP) - A Northern California high school has gotten the go-ahead to ditch its Confederacy-related school mascot.

March 16, 2016 | | State


Drought emergency in question

FRESNO (AP) - Recent storms that nearly filled Northern California's major reservoirs and created a deep snowpack in the Sierra Nevada have some water districts ...

March 15, 2016 | | State


Traffic Amnesty program helped thousands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State authorities reported Tuesday that tens of thousands of California drivers have had traffic fines and court fees reduced under an amnesty ...

March 15, 2016 | | State


Homeless man who spotted fugitives gets $100K reward

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A homeless man from San Francisco who pointed police toward two Orange County inmates who had escaped from jail will get the ...

March 15, 2016 | | State


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