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New Year's worry: Will arsonist strike LA again?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On what would already be one of their busiest nights of the year, police and firefighters Saturday will be patrolling neighborhoods, taking hotline phone calls and scrambling to identify who was behind the arson fires that have spooked the Hollywood area for two straight nights and were making it an uneasy New Year's Eve in Los Angeles.

December 31, 2011 | | State


NASA probe circling the moon on New Year's Eve

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - As planet Earth rang in the new year, a different kind of countdown was happening at the moon.

December 31, 2011 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

Visitors to pay $2 more to see Muir Woods

December 30, 2011 | | State


Maddo, LaVallee set for side-by-side jumps of motorcycle & snowmobile

SAN DIEGO (AP) - If all goes right on New Year's Eve, daredevils Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee will roar down the takeoff ramps on a motorcycle and snowmobile, respectively, fly over a 300-foot water gap, complete their record-setting jumps and toast their accomplishments.

December 30, 2011 | | State


California news briefs

STANISLAUS COUNTY INVESTIGATOR HIT BY CAR, DIES

December 30, 2011 | | State


'Synthetic' pot is problem for military

SAN DIEGO (AP) - U.S. troops are increasingly using an easy-to-get herbal mix called "Spice," which mimics a marijuana high, is hard to detect and can bring on hallucinations that last for days.

December 30, 2011 | | State


New laws promote gay history, illegal immigrants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Laws that promote the historical contributions of gays and lesbians and help illegal immigrant college students gain financial aid will take effect with the new year in California, even as opponents seek to overturn the legislation at the ballot box.

December 30, 2011 | | State


Flood plan calls for up to $17B in repairs

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials recommended a historic investment in the state's aging flood control system Friday, saying more than half of the state's levees do not meet standards and the system needs up to $17 billion in repairs and investment.

December 30, 2011 | | State


Monkey 'Banana Sam' stolen from SF Zoo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are investigating the brazen theft of a beloved squirrel monkey named Banana Sam from the San Francisco Zoo.

December 30, 2011 | | State


BART to run longer on New Year's Day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - New Year's revelers in the San Francisco Bay area will have the option of using public transit to get home.

December 29, 2011 | | State


Cities, lawmakers seek compromise on fate of 400 development agencies

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Thursday gave Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers the right to eliminate community redevelopment agencies in a crucial decision that impacts the state budget.

December 29, 2011 | | State


Lone gray wolf crosses into California

REDDING (AP) - A lone gray wolf has wandered across the Oregon border into California in what wildlife officials hailed Thursday as the historic return of a species not seen in the state in more than 80 years.

December 29, 2011 | | State


Nativity scene with gay figures vandalized

CLAREMONT (AP) - Vandalism of a church's Nativity display that includes depictions of gay and lesbian couples was being investigated as a hate crime, police said.

December 29, 2011 | | State


POLICE MAKE POT BUST AFTER STOPPING BIKE RIDER

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - South Pasadena police who stopped a man for riding a bike at night without a headlight or rear reflector say they found 23 pounds of marijuana stashed in a water cooler.

December 29, 2011 | | State


Panama Canal expansion worries ports

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Business, labor and public officials fear expansion of the Panama Canal could cut cargo business by a quarter at the twin Los Angeles-Long Beach ports, which currently handle 40 percent of the nation's imported Asian cargo.

December 29, 2011 | | State


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Man freed decades after double killing conviction

SACRAMENTO AP) - Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities ...

November 23, 2017 | | State


Cross-border wedding held as California ‘Door of Hope’ opens

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A United States man and a Mexican woman have wed between the doors of a steel border gate that is opened for ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


1,000 bikes found beneath SoCal homeless camp

SANTA ANA (AP) - Authorities clearing homeless encampments along a Southern California river have found at least two makeshift underground bunkers, including one that contained more ...

November 19, 2017 | | State


Turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in Bay Area

MARTINEZ (AP) - Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away.

November 19, 2017 | | State


Light shines on Capitol partying

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Capitol is awash in allegations of sexual harassment, creating an atmosphere that's affecting how men and women interact.

November 19, 2017 | | State


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