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US attorney warns California farmers they will lose farms if they allow marijuana grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in the Central Valley said Tuesday that he plans a tour this week to tell agricultural landowners they could lose their property or be prosecuted if they permit large marijuana plantations on their land.

February 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Wild parrots of SF spread to the 'burbs

February 28, 2012 | | State


Parents allege fraud foiled school reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Parents who lost their initial bid to reform a low-performing school in the Mojave Desert are requesting a criminal investigation into allegedly fraudulent documents submitted to the school district that helped scuttle their petition.

February 28, 2012 | | State


3 men face court date after violence at Capitol

3 men face court date after violence at Capitol

February 28, 2012 | | State


Stockton aims to avoid being biggest bankrupt city in USA

STOCKTON (AP) - The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine - twice.

February 28, 2012 | | State


Snow shuts down Interstate 5 traffic in Tejon Pass

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cold storm moving across Southern California on Monday froze traffic, slowing or stranding thousands of motorists on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles, dumping snow and hail on mountains, and bringing high, hazardous surf to beaches.

February 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CALIFORNIA SEEKS SUSPENSION OF FORECLOSURES: WASHINGTON (AP) - California officials have asked the federal government to suspend foreclosures in the state and consider reducing mortgages for those at-risk homeowners who have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Death of girl after fight ruled homicide

LONG BEACH (AP) - What began as an after-school fight between two young girls over a boy exploded into a homicide investigation Monday, when authorities said a 10-year-old died of a head injury after the confrontation with an 11 year-old classmate.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Occupy Oakland protestors travel to Sacramento; injure two officers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - At least two law enforcement officers were injured Monday during a clash with members of the Occupy movement who were at the state Capitol to counter a rally by a group protesting violence by blacks against whites in South Africa.

February 27, 2012 | | State


SF waterfront plans for America's Cup scaled back to avoid major pier renovation project

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Organizers of sailing's most prestigious event said Monday they are dramatically scaling back plans to renovate San Francisco's dilapidated waterfront.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Analyst: Tax revenue $6.5 billion less than governor projects even with Facebook IPO

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax revenues will fall $6.5 billion short of Gov. Jerry Brown's prediction, even with an expected boost from Facebook's initial public stock offering and if voters approve the governor's proposed tax initiative later this year, according to a forecast released Monday.

February 27, 2012 | | State


Calif. GOP hopes primary will be relevant

BURLINGAME (AP) - California remains little more than an afterthought in the back-and-forth Republican presidential nominating contest, but the primaries and caucuses over the next couple of weeks will go a long way to determining whether the nation's most populous state will matter in a way it has not in decades.

February 26, 2012 | | State


Girl, 11, fights classmate, dies hours later

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - After getting her nose bloodied in a fight with another girl near their Southern California elementary school, 11-year-old Joanna Ramos told her mother on the way home she felt sick. Hours later, she was dead.

February 26, 2012 | | State


National gas prices up 18 cents in past 2 weeks

CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 18 cents over the past two weeks.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


From Negro Creek to Wop Draw, place names offend

FRESNO (AP) - Just east of Victorville in California's Mojave Desert two bluffs rise 3,000-feet from the valley floor. A 1949 map by the U.S. Geological Survey officially gave them the name locals had called them for as long as anyone could remember: Pickaninny Buttes.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State


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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


3.7-magnitude quake in Napa Valley

YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Geologists are reporting a 3.7-magnitude earthquake in Northern California.

April 04, 2014 | | State


CEO out for expressing views on gay rights

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

April 03, 2014 | | State


1.2 million enroll in California health plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange announced Thursday that enrollment in private insurance plans had exceeded 1.2 million by an initial deadline earlier this week, although officials acknowledged they have more work ahead to reduce the number of people who remain uninsured.

April 03, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• CHP PLANE HELPS IN ARREST OF OAKLAND MOTORCYCLIST: OAKLAND (AP) - A motorcyclist doing wheelies and other stunts at high speeds on a Bay Area freeway was arrested after a California Highway Patrol airplane caught him on video.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FireChat ignites new way to communicate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.

April 03, 2014 | | State


FBI: Consultant played key role in weapons case involving senator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.

April 03, 2014 | | State


Assembly Demos denounce outsourcing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic resolution denouncing the outsourcing of government functions to private contractors passed the Assembly on Thursday after prompting a spirited partisan debate about the role of government.

April 03, 2014 | | State


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