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SUN-POWERED PLANE COMPLETES BAY AREA TEST FLIGHT: MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe took to the skies Friday over the San Francisco Bay area in a successful test flight.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Feds release refinery fire investigation video

RICHMOND (AP) - Federal investigators released an animated video on Friday showing the events that led to a massive fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery last August, providing the clearest picture yet of the accident.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Law change makes child abuse hard to track

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Law enforcement officers and child welfare advocates are concerned about a little-noticed change to California's child abuse database, saying it could hamper their ability to keep tabs on hundreds of suspected abusers who work with kids outside the home, including teachers, coaches and clergy.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Bullet train agency changed bid criteria

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's high-speed rail authority changed its rules for selecting a company to build the first phase of the bullet train in a way that allowed a California bidder to emerge as the lead candidate despite having the lowest technical rating for safety and design quality, a newspaper reported Friday.

April 19, 2013 | | State


Van Dyke undergoing tests for 'cranial throbbing'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A spokesman for Dick Van Dyke says the actor is undergoing tests for "cranial throbbing" that's causing him to lose sleep.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Audit finds problems with specialty plates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors reported significant problems on Thursday in how California agencies collect and spend money from certain specialty license plate funds, including the loss of more than $22 million in revenue that could have been used for programs to help veterans, college students, firefighters and others.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Settlement reached in bullet train lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Man charged after alleged naked crawl through dog door

PERRIS (AP) - A Riverside County man has pleaded not guilty to burglary and indecent exposure after he allegedly crawled naked through a neighbor's dog door to seek sex.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Panel affirms firing of Stockton teacher over her porn sites

STOCKTON (AP) - State officials have affirmed a Stockton school district's decision to fire a 37-year-old high school teacher accused of using a school-issued laptop to help set up pornographic websites.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs money for gun-seizure program taking aim at felons, others

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's one-of-a-kind program to seize guns from felons, the mentally unstable and others prohibited from owning them is close to receiving more money after an Assembly vote Thursday.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CALIF. BOY HURT IN BOSTON BOMBINGS MAY LEAVE ICU: MARTINEZ (AP) - The mother of an 11-year-old Northern California boy injured in the Boston Marathon bombings says he has taken a huge step forward.

April 18, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

APPEALS COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO GAY THERAPY BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge bolt problems noted years ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in charge of building a new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly questioned the work and quality control of companies involved in making long seismic safety bolts that broke while being tightened.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bill to ban smoking in condos, apartments defeated

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in an Assembly committee.

April 17, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN JOSE COUNCIL APPROVES CORPORATE JET FACILITY: SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Despite complaints by residents, the City Council has approved an $82 million facility for corporate jets at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

April 17, 2013 | | State


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More than 380 sickened by cilantro-linked infection

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More than 380 people in 26 U.S. states have been diagnosed with a stomach illness tied to Mexican cilantro contaminated ...

August 04, 2015 | | State


Woman can go ahead with suit alleging Facebook defamation

MENLO PARK (AP) - A teacher who said her ex-boyfriend broke into her Facebook account and sent malicious sexual statements can proceed with her lawsuit, a ...

August 04, 2015 | | State


John Deere recalls 2,070 lawn tractors

NEW YORK (AP) - Deere is recalling more than 2,000 lawn tractors because the brake arm can fail and cause a crash.

August 04, 2015 | | State


Netflix to give workers with babies a year of paid leave

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix is giving new parents on its payroll up to a year of paid leave in a move that could pressure other ...

August 04, 2015 | | State


Illegals named to city commissions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Karina Macias was elected mayor of Huntington Park, a small city in Los Angeles County, she noticed that many of its ...

August 04, 2015 | | State


Drought could hurt endangered fish caught in water fight

TRACY (AP) - California's historic drought could wipe out a tiny, endangered fish that's played an outsized role in the state's water wars.

August 04, 2015 | | State


Judge rejects challenge to water cuts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge has rejected a challenge by a farmers' group to agricultural water cuts sought by state regulators during the drought.

August 04, 2015 | | State


Deaths of Yosemite base jumpers remain a mystery

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - World-famous wingsuit flier Dean Potter had strapped his iPhone to the back of his head and hit record before jumping from ...

August 04, 2015 | | State


Week-old wildfire wreaks havoc on NorCal vacation spot

MIDDLETOWN (AP) - A predictable but painful summertime ritual played out in half a dozen resort communities near California's largest freshwater lake on Tuesday as ...

August 04, 2015 | | State


Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights under deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official ...

August 04, 2015 | | State


Adoption fees waived for pet adoption

STOCKTON - Stockton Animal Shelter is staging a three-day "Empty the Shelter" adopt-a-thon.

August 03, 2015 | | State


Telescope Night Thursday

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Astronomy Club's next Telescope Night is Thursday, Aug. 6, from 9 to 11 p.m. on the fourth floor ...

August 03, 2015 | | State


Drug deaths put focus on youth music events

POMONA (AP) - Two women died from suspected drug overdoses at a popular weekend music festival at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds, prompting calls for an ...

August 03, 2015 | | State


Minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A union-backed effort to raise California's minimum wage has been approved to start collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative.

August 03, 2015 | | State


Authorities search rugged area in ongoing manhunt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities on Monday searched a rugged, five-square-mile area east of Bakersfield, California, as part of a six-day manhunt involving a killing, kidnapping ...

August 03, 2015 | | State


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