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California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

FRESNO  (AP) — While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

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Ex-official leaves huge $150M debt for Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 7:01 p.m. | | Ex-official leaves huge  $150M debt for Bell Comments 0 Comments

Governor pushing rainy-day fund

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Saying the state’s budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

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Lost sea lion in SJ Valley found mile from water

MERCED . (AP) — Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 6:45 p.m. | | Lost sea lion in  SJ Valley found  mile from water Comments 0 Comments

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson leads mayoral group

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 6:45 p.m. | | Sacramento mayor  Kevin  Johnson  leads  mayoral group Comments 0 Comments

Court rules for environmentalists in water fight over Delta smelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer

CERES  (AP) — Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 6:44 p.m. | | Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer Comments 0 Comments

Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits for tracking parolees

SANTA ANA  (AP) — A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

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Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 6:44 p.m. | | Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit Comments 0 Comments

Steinberg seeks review of GPS tracking

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation’s biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

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SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

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Police: GPS helped solve, didn’t deter killings of at least 4 women

SANTA ANA (AP) — GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:14 p.m. | | Police: GPS helped solve, didn’t  deter killings of at least 4 women Comments 0 Comments

Deadline arrives for exchange sign-up

SACRAMENTO (AP) — It’s not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California’s insurance exchange.

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Body found in abandoned Ceres freezer

CERES (AP) — Police in Northern California say a body was found inside a freezer at an abandoned auto shop.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:13 p.m. | | Body found in abandoned  Ceres freezer Comments 0 Comments

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