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Refinery fire probe looks at spark sources

RICHMOND (AP) - Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery in Northern California are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the massive vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.

August 15, 2012 | | State


Thunderstorms could help or hamper California firefighters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Firefighters already dealing with extreme heat in Northern California braced Wednesday for the possibility of thunderstorms and strong winds as they tried to conquer several raging wildfires.

August 15, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

POLICE: BURGLAR MADE OFF WITH STEVE JOBS' WALLET: PALO ALTO (AP) - The burglar who broke into Steve Jobs' house made off with the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet with a dollar inside and his driver's license in addition to Apple gadgets and jewelry, according to a police report released Tuesday.

August 15, 2012 | | State


Fire crews making progress battling series of Northern California wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thousands of firefighters across California were contending with dry conditions, strong winds and triple-digit temperatures as they battled raging wildfires that left some areas with smoke lingering in the air.

August 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

August 14, 2012 | | State


Lawsuit filed over Brockovich chemical

FRESNO (AP) - Environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the California Department of Public Health for failing to establish a safe drinking water standard for the cancer-causing chemical made famous in the film "Erin Brockovich."

August 14, 2012 | | State


GOP lawmaker resigns chairmanship after tax vote

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Assemblyman Brian Nestande resigned Tuesday from a Republican leadership post after providing the lone GOP vote on a bill that would close a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Video shows vapor cloud before refinery fire

RICHMOND (AP) - An internal Chevron Corp. surveillance video shows a towering vapor cloud engulfing an area of its refinery for two minutes before it ignited into a volatile blaze, federal investigators said Tuesday.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Computer problems trigger delays at DMV offices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The computer network at the California Department of Motor Vehicles went down for several hours Tuesday, triggering delays as clerks at field offices throughout the state processed driver's licenses and registrations by hand.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Congressman Cardoza resigns

MODESTO (AP) - Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza, whose growing dislike for Washington politics was a factor in his decision not to seek re-election, announced Tuesday that he won't even finish out his term.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Home of late Steve Jobs burglarized

August 14, 2012 | | State


New geek chic: Mohawks in, pocket protectors out

PASADENA (AP) - Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Californians told to go easy on air conditioning

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to ease off the air conditioning to conserve electricity, and schools in inland areas closed early Tuesday as the state sweltered through another day of triple-digit heat.

August 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING BABY, TOT IN HOT CAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a locked car to go dress shopping last weekend in the midst of California's heat wave.

August 14, 2012 | | State


Brown’s twin tunnels better than nothing

If there's such a thing as a sure thing in politics, it is this: If the water plan announced late last month by Gov. Jerry Brown ever passes the state Legislature, it will surely become the object of a statewide referendum much like the 1982 vote that defeated a somewhat similar plan endorsed by Brown.

August 14, 2012 | | State


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Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment

NEW YORK (AP) - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.

April 06, 2014 | | State


California immigration holds drop

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Startup aims to poach workers at tech bus stops in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Where some see a queue of engineers awaiting private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco startup sees an opportunity to lure talent from top Silicon Valley tech firms.

April 06, 2014 | | State


About 100 arrested in party brawl

ISLA VISTA (AP) - About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a rock- and bottle-throwing melee.

April 06, 2014 | | State


State lawmakers propose reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Suspect in Home Depot lot killing pleads guilty

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors say a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi man in a Home Depot parking lot in Northern California has confessed to the crime.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Search continues for missing Bay Area woman

MILL VALLEY (AP) - Authorities are searching on rugged Mount Tamalpais for a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman who has been missing for a week.

April 06, 2014 | | State


Sen. Yee’s campaign spending questioned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator indicted on federal charges used campaign money to pay for flights to the Philippines and events at a San Francisco restaurant, activities that have possible links to gun-running and bribery allegations, a newspaper reported Friday.

April 04, 2014 | | State


2 tunnels found under California-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the U.S.-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a 73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal authorities said Friday.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley conditions free speech

SAN JOSE (AP) - The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Attorney general candidate wants death penalty for corrupt lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California attorney general said Friday that state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Family files suit after veteran killed by Lodi police

LODI (AP) - The family of a Gulf War veteran who was fatally shot by police filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming the officers used excessive force.

April 04, 2014 | | State


Officer accused of illegally obtaining pain pills

CONCORD (AP) - A Concord police officer has been placed on paid leave after being accused of taking pain medication from senior citizens.

April 04, 2014 | | State


San Jose mayor planning pension initiative in 2016

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday that he is pressing ahead with a proposed ballot initiative that would give local governments more leeway to cut public employees' future pension benefits, saying he will target the 2016 ballot after losing a court challenge this year.

April 04, 2014 | | State


West Coast lawmakers seek funding for quake alert

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two dozen U.S. lawmakers from California, Washington and Oregon are calling for funding of an earthquake warning system designed to give residents a few seconds of notice of imminent shaking after a quake occurs.

April 04, 2014 | | State


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