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Illegal street race kills 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police on Thursday asked for the public’s help to find the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang that veered out of control during a street race in the San Fernando Valley and plowed into spectators, killing two men and critically injuring a third.

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Illegals given another chance to stay in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 10:27 p.m. | | Illegals given another chance  to stay in US Comments 0 Comments

2nd commuter with measles prompts warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials in Northern California are warning Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters for a second time this month that they may have been exposed to measles on trains.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 10:33 p.m. | | 2nd commuter with measles prompts warning Comments 0 Comments

Lawmakers demand swastikas be removed from Sacramento house

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday demanded that a Sacramento man take down poster-size swastikas displayed in front of his house, calling the signs racist and vulgar but acknowledging the person had a right to free speech.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 10:26 p.m. | | Lawmakers demand swastikas  be removed from Sacramento house Comments 0 Comments

Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

EASTON  (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 10:33 p.m. | | Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together Comments 0 Comments

Assembly leader backs $75 real estate fee

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a proposal Wednesday to expand affordable housing in California by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 9:00 p.m. | | Assembly leader backs $75 real estate fee Comments 0 Comments

Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks

OXNARD (AP) — A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 9:04 p.m. | | Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks Comments 0 Comments

Man who bit off fingertip pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who bit off a fingertip during a fight at a Rose Bowl concert in Pasadena has pleaded no contest to mayhem.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:56 p.m. | | Man who bit  off fingertip pleads no contest Comments 0 Comments

Suit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:59 p.m. | | Suit against Purina claims food sickens,  kills dogs Comments 0 Comments

Rift escalates between LA teachers, district

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 9:03 p.m. | | Rift escalates between LA teachers, district Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Some of California’s most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

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Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | Google releases work tools  designed for Android phones Comments 0 Comments

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) — It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:33 p.m. | | Used cars often sold with  unfixed defects, despite recalls Comments 0 Comments

Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:39 p.m. | | Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos Comments 0 Comments

Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK  (AP) — Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | Woman survives after being struck by train Comments 0 Comments

SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Organizers of last fall’s swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:11 p.m. | | SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS Comments 0 Comments

Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California’s first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | Plastic bag ban  suspended by  ballot referendum Comments 0 Comments

Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn’t likely to affect drivers’ wallets.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:20 p.m. | | Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents Comments 0 Comments

Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:09 p.m. | | Former LA Mayor  Villaraigosa opts  out of Senate bid Comments 0 Comments

Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) — A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:09 p.m. | | Abandoned truck’s driver  arrested after train crash Comments 0 Comments

Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) — Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:10 p.m. | | Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat Comments 0 Comments

Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state’s foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

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No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 8:36 p.m. | | No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man Comments 0 Comments

Water thefts on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As California’s drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state’s precious commodities — water.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 8:18 p.m. | | Water thefts on the rise Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO  (AP) — Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.

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Shoot-out at grow-house kills 1, wounds 1

SANTA ROSA (AP) — One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 8:16 p.m. | | Shoot-out at grow-house kills 1, wounds 1 Comments 0 Comments

Trial nears in high-profile Silicon Valley sex bias case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 8:19 p.m. | | Trial nears in high-profile  Silicon Valley sex bias case Comments 0 Comments

2 Californians get 25 years in federal prison for terror try

RIVERSIDE (AP) — Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 8:20 p.m. | | 2 Californians  get 25 years in federal prison  for terror try Comments 0 Comments

Girl Scout robbed of cash records plate

SAN JOSE (AP) — Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 8:23 p.m. | | Girl Scout robbed of cash records plate Comments 0 Comments

Tiny crab species invades Southern California shores

NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) — Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.

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Posted: feb. 22, 2015 6:36 p.m. | | Tiny crab species invades  Southern California shores Comments 0 Comments

It’s getting to be an expensive world after all

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.

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Posted: feb. 22, 2015 6:37 p.m. | | It’s getting to   be an expensive world after all Comments 0 Comments

Drought cancels Sierra ski race

TRUCKEE  (AP) — A major cross-country ski race in the Sierra Nevada has been canceled for the third time in four years due to a lack of snow.

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Homicides on rise in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a “shocking start” to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods.

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Posted: feb. 22, 2015 6:30 p.m. | | Homicides on rise in San Francisco Comments 0 Comments

State pays $24M to settle lawsuit over building sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California officials announced Sunday an agreement to pay $24 million to investors suing the state over Gov. Jerry Brown’s scuttling of a $2.3 billion lease-back plan to sell 11 state properties.

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Posted: feb. 22, 2015 6:33 p.m. | | State pays $24M to settle lawsuit  over building sales Comments 0 Comments

Californians vying for one-way trip to Mars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A dozen Californians are finalists vying for a one-way private trip to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars.

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Shooting protest shuts Home Depot

EMERYVILLE (AP) — Northern California protesters angered by a fatal police shooting shuttered a Home Depot for several hours.

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NorCal wine taster uses blindness to advantage

DAVIS  (AP) — Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

LA SCHOOLS: CAN’T GIVE TECH DEVICE TO EVERY STUDENT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District says there isn’t enough money to provide every student with an iPad or other computer device.

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Alcohol, sex photos led to state firefighter’s discipline

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Firefighters drank on duty at the state’s fire academy, displayed sexually explicit photographs on state cellphones, and an employee who is now charged with murder was accused of slapping a female cadet on the buttocks, public records released Friday show.

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FIXING ROADS

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — As state legislatures across the nation grapple with declining funding to maintain roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, California lawmakers are confronting the unintended consequences of policies aimed at achieving ambitious environmental goals.

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Woman says she was kidnapped, held in home

SANTA ROSA (AP) — A Northern California sheriff’s office is investigating a woman’s claim that she was kidnapped, held captive and beaten sexually abused for three weeks.

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Border agents wearing body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some U.S. border agents have started wearing body cameras in a test of the technology in the field, officials said on Friday.

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Student charged with slashing sleeping roommate

SANTA CLARA (AP) — A university student stabbed his sleeping roommate in the throat, slashed his forehead and chased him to continue the attack when the victim broke free in their dormitory at the University of Santa Clara campus, prosecutors say.

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Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A troubled 22-year-old man who killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students last year searched online for ways to silently kill with a knife just before he repeatedly stabbed his first three victims, one of them 94 times, according to a police report released Thursday.

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Covered California sends out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — California’s health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 7:51 p.m. | | Covered California sends out  100,000 inaccurate tax forms Comments 0 Comments

Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently murder

MARYSVILLE . (AP) — Six people were arrested at a Northern California air force base in protest of people killed by government drones.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 7:50 p.m. | | Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently murder Comments 0 Comments

Congressman says in tweet he is has a transgender grandchild

SAN JOSE (AP) — Democratic congressman Mike Honda says on his Twitter account he has a transgender grandchild, an announcement that comes amid a national conversation about people who struggle with gender identity.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 10:19 p.m. | | Congressman says in tweet he is has a transgender grandchild  Comments 0 Comments

State issues 59,000 driver’s licenses to illegals

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California issued 59,000 driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally during the first month their applications were accepted, state officials said Wednesday.

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WANT WATER? ASK FIRST

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Officials are considering new water restrictions as California’s drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 7:40 p.m. | | WANT WATER? ASK FIRST Comments 0 Comments

Water-main failure in Hollywood submerges four vehicles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An estimated 100,000 gallons of water flowed along residential streets and submerged cars in a parking lot after a nearly century-old 18-inch main burst early Wednesday a few blocks north of Hollywood Boulevard.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 7:38 p.m. | | Water-main failure in Hollywood  submerges four vehicles Comments 0 Comments

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