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PG&E releases thousands of emails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tens of thousands of newly released emails Friday show a former executive for the state’ largest power utility routinely wining, dining and hammering out behind-the-scenes agreements on utility projects with state utility regulators.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 10:19 p.m. | | PG&E releases thousands of emails Comments 0 Comments

Man meets donors whose blood saved him after crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 10:18 p.m. | | Man meets donors whose blood saved him after crash Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SUMPTUOUS SEASIDE HOTEL SELLS FOR RECORD-SHATTERING $360M: LAGUNA BEACH (AP) — An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 10:14 p.m. | | NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA Comments 0 Comments

Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census?

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:17 p.m. | | Middle East-North Africa  category for 2020 census? Comments 0 Comments

Rap music mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion “Suge” Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:12 p.m. | | Rap music mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested   Comments 0 Comments

Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops

DENVER (AP) — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It’s an urban legend that won’t go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can’t be used at dispensary ATMs.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:12 p.m. | | Colorado considers ban on  welfare cards at pot shops Comments 0 Comments

Fitness email stirs controversy at college

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) — A small suburban Philadelphia college apologized Friday after it stirred controversy with an email advertising a fitness program to overweight students.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:11 p.m. | | Fitness email stirs controversy at college Comments 0 Comments

Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:11 p.m. | | Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says Comments 0 Comments

Seeking younger, diverse visitors

The future of California’s state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state’s vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:50 p.m. | | Seeking younger, diverse visitors Comments 0 Comments

Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor’s office Thursday.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event Comments 0 Comments

Scouts settle suit over abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:50 p.m. | | Scouts settle suit over abuse Comments 0 Comments

State must adopt execution process

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

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California must move 2,100 inmates at risk of getting valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 7:50 p.m. | | California must move  2,100 inmates at risk  of getting valley fever Comments 0 Comments

California meets crowding goal ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

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SNOWPACK 12% OF NORMAL

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) — California’s second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 7:58 p.m. | | SNOWPACK 12% OF NORMAL Comments 0 Comments

Some doctors won’t see anti- vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 7:50 p.m. | | Some doctors  won’t see anti- vaccine patients Comments 0 Comments

State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 7:57 p.m. | | State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor Comments 0 Comments

Biologists: Raising Shasta Dam would harm salmon

REDDING (AP) — A proposal to raise Shasta Dam and boost California’s ability to store water for dry years has drawn criticism from federal biologists who say it would harm endangered salmon.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 7:44 p.m. | | Biologists: Raising Shasta Dam would harm salmon Comments 0 Comments

State declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 7:43 p.m. | | State declares electronic  cigarettes a health threat Comments 0 Comments

Organizers cancel crime victims rally over anti-law enforcement sentiment

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 7:48 p.m. | | Organizers cancel crime victims rally  over anti-law enforcement sentiment Comments 0 Comments

Broad support for Brown & budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years, which is translating into high job approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown and bipartisan support for his budget plan to pay down debt, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 7:43 p.m. | | Broad support for Brown & budget Comments 0 Comments

Open season on wild pigs in San Jose

SAN JOSE  (AP) — San Jose council members have made permanent a measure that allows the shooting of wild pigs that have become a nuisance by ripping up lawns and golf course fairways.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 7:42 p.m. | | Open season on wild pigs in San Jose Comments 0 Comments

CSU chancellor calls for increasing grad rates to 60 percent

LONG BEACH (AP) — The chancellor of the California State University on Tuesday set a new goal for students — increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 7:02 p.m. | | CSU chancellor calls for increasing grad  rates to 60 percent Comments 0 Comments

State can’t say how it spent billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission reported Tuesday.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 7:08 p.m. | | State can’t say how it spent billions Comments 0 Comments

Bill would ban e-cigarettes in bars, public buildings such as restaurants

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ban the use of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 7:05 p.m. | | Bill would ban e-cigarettes in bars, public buildings such as restaurants Comments 0 Comments

Man accused of running over woman twice

SAN RAMON (AP) — A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 7:04 p.m. | | Man accused of running over woman twice Comments 0 Comments

Ex-officer gets probation for sharing suspect’s nude photos

MARTINEZ (AP) — A former California Highway Patrol officer was sentenced Tuesday to three years’ probation for sharing explicit photos from the cellphones of two women while they were under arrest.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 7:03 p.m. | | Ex-officer gets probation for sharing suspect’s  nude photos Comments 0 Comments

Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 7:00 p.m. | | Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MOST PIMP CONVICTIONS TOSSED FOR FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: RIVERSIDE (AP) — A state appeals court has thrown out nine of 12 pimping convictions of a former Southern California school board member, but his prison term remains the same.

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Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history

SANTA BARBARA  (AP) — The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a “sordid history of child sexual abuse” within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim’s attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:28 p.m. | | Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history Comments 0 Comments

Legal pot grow burns in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego fire officials say parts of a legal marijuana grow went up in smoke in a weekend blaze.

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State worker sent alarming notes before gun arrest

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A state employee arrested on suspicion of bringing a loaded gun to the California secretary of state’s office had been reprimanded for sending unsolicited messages to female co-workers, according to documents obtained Monday.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:33 p.m. | | State worker sent  alarming notes  before gun arrest Comments 0 Comments

Hollywood Sign seekers disrupting nearby neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar — the people they see on TV and in the movies.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:27 p.m. | | Hollywood Sign seekers disrupting nearby neighborhood Comments 0 Comments

Agreement made on key issue in port dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:33 p.m. | | Agreement made on key issue in port dispute Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MEASLES OUTBREAK THAT BEGAN AT DISNEYLAND GROWS TO 87 CASES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.

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Gunman wounds worker at mental clinic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:32 p.m. | | Gunman wounds worker at mental clinic Comments 0 Comments

Union says Kaiser nurses bless 3-year contract deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kaiser Permanente nurses in California approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said Monday.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:09 p.m. | | Union says Kaiser nurses bless 3-year contract deal Comments 0 Comments

High uranium in private wells in southern, eastern SJ Valley areas

FRESNO (AP) — One in four household water wells in parts of California’s Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:10 p.m. | | High uranium in private wells in southern, eastern SJ Valley areas Comments 0 Comments

State may dam 3 Delta channels, if drought persists

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State water officials say they may dam parts of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in an emergency measure to protect freshwater used by millions of Californians.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:04 p.m. | | State may dam 3 Delta channels, if drought persists Comments 0 Comments

No charge for man in killing of burglar

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 80-year-old Long Beach man was justified in killing a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in declining to charge him.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:10 p.m. | | No charge for man in killing of burglar Comments 0 Comments

3 men held in Craigslist ad $30,000 heist

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) — Police in South Lake Tahoe say a casino security guard was one of three men arrested on robbery and drug charges after a man who answered a Craigslist car-for-sale ad reported he was beaten and robbed of $30,000.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:04 p.m. | | 3 men held in  Craigslist ad  $30,000 heist Comments 0 Comments

California woman sentenced in tot’s chili powder death

VICTORVILLE (AP) — A Southern California woman who killed a 2-year-old girl by giving her chili powder has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 7:04 p.m. | | California woman  sentenced in tot’s chili powder death Comments 0 Comments

Fake schools draw scrutiny from federal investigators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master’s degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:25 p.m. | | Fake schools draw scrutiny from federal investigators  Comments 0 Comments

Nearly half of all homicides in Los Angeles County unsolved

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly half of all killings in Los Angeles County went unsolved over the past eleven years, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:24 p.m. | | Nearly half of all homicides in  Los Angeles County unsolved Comments 0 Comments

Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO  (AP) — The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:23 p.m. | | Gas prices fall 13 cents per gallon Comments 0 Comments

Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:30 p.m. | | Tax fight looms between Dems, Brown Comments 0 Comments

Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to “adopt” a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine’s Day.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:24 p.m. | | Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes via adoptions Comments 0 Comments

Court: Rent control applies to formerly teen-aged tenant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco resident has succeeded — for now — in preventing his landlord from nearly doubling his rent because his parents moved out of the apartment where his family had lived since he was a young teenager.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:23 p.m. | | Court: Rent control applies to  formerly teen-aged tenant Comments 0 Comments

DMV retracts advisory on rideshare registration

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The California Department of Motor Vehicles retracted on Saturday an advisory requiring anyone who transports people for money to commercially register their vehicles.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 7:05 p.m. | | DMV retracts advisory on rideshare  registration Comments 0 Comments

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