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Court keeps sex offender registration ruling intact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.

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Residents call 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower ‘overboard’

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Property owners near South Mission Beach are pushing back against a 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower that’s been planned for more than a decade.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 10:27 p.m. | | Residents call 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower ‘overboard’ Comments 0 Comments

SFPD to pay $725K for termination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials agreed Friday to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Police Department lawyer.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 10:27 p.m. | | SFPD to pay  $725K for termination Comments 0 Comments

Group seeking topless Venice Beach sunbathing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 10:26 p.m. | | Group seeking topless  Venice Beach sunbathing Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA  (AP) — Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.

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STATE CUTS OFF WATER

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.

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High murder rate for state inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.

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Hundreds honor Chavez’s Navy service

KEENE (AP) — Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers’ movement on the fields of Central California.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.

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Cesar Chavez to get Navy funeral honors 22 years after his death

KEENE  (AP) — Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 1:06 a.m. | | Cesar Chavez to get Navy funeral  honors 22 years after his death Comments 0 Comments

State government meeting water-saving goal

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California’s state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 7:44 p.m. | | State government meeting water-saving goal Comments 0 Comments

More than 143M Americans live in quake-prone areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 7:44 p.m. | | More than 143M  Americans live in  quake-prone areas Comments 0 Comments

Lawmakers advance vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Opponents of a proposal that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated vowed to continue their fight after a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved the bill Wednesday.

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Beverly Hills approves water restrictions, fines

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California’s drought.

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4 killed in wrong- way crash on US 50

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash that blocked several lanes of a freeway in Sacramento.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 7:43 p.m. | | 4 killed in wrong- way crash on US 50 Comments 0 Comments

HP selling Snapfish online photo unit ahead of split

CUOPERTINO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will sell its Snapfish online photo business to District Photo as HP prepares to split into two companies.

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SF bans exotic animal performances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.

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California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he’s optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.

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San Bernardino County to pay man beaten by deputies on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 6:27 p.m. | | San Bernardino County to pay  man beaten by deputies on video     Comments 0 Comments

Opponents of transgender bathroom law seek repeal at state ballot box

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Another attempt is underway to repeal a law that allows transgender students in California schools to choose which restrooms they use and whether to play on boys’ or girls’ sports teams.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 6:27 p.m. | | Opponents of transgender bathroom  law seek repeal at state ballot box Comments 0 Comments

Legal pot? Taxes, black market pose challenges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California would raise an array of unknowns, from how it would be taxed to the threat of environmental damage from thirsty pot plants in a state gripped by drought, a commission was told Tuesday.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 6:26 p.m. | | Legal pot? Taxes, black market  pose challenges Comments 0 Comments

Need medical pot? There’s an app for that

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles and Orange counties have a new way to pick up their prescription.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 6:26 p.m. | | Need medical pot? There’s an app for that Comments 0 Comments

SF bans chewing tobacco from playing fields

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ban chewing tobacco from sports playing fields in the city, including AT&T Park.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 6:26 p.m. | | SF bans chewing tobacco from playing fields Comments 0 Comments

Sheriff: Man facing charges intentionally crashes plane

REDDING  (AP) — A pilot killed himself by intentionally crashing his plane into a field in California a day after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges, authorities said Tuesday

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 6:25 p.m. | | Sheriff: Man facing charges intentionally crashes plane Comments 0 Comments

Huntington Beach drops plastic bag ban

HUNTINGTON BEACH  (AP) — A single vote was cast in favor of keeping the plastic bag ban that’s been in place in

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US Marshals reviewing video of deputy grabbing woman’s phone

SOUTH GATE (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday that it’s reviewing a video that shows a deputy grab a woman’s cellphone from her hands, smashing it to the floor.

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Sheriff disputes utility account of what caused gas explosion

FRESNO (AP) — A California sheriff on Monday disputed an account by the state’s largest utility that suggests a county worker using heavy equipment ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered an explosion last week that injured 11 people.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 1:50 a.m. | | Sheriff disputes utility account of what caused gas explosion Comments 0 Comments

Court shoots down tiered water pricing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.

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Boy, 8, found asleep in car that was stolen

FAIRFIELD (AP) — An 8-year-old boy snoozing in the backseat of his family’s running car slept through his brief kidnapping Monday after the vehicle was stolen in front of his California home, his parents said.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 8:18 p.m. | | Boy, 8, found asleep in car that was stolen Comments 0 Comments

Sheriff’s domestic violence-related conviction erased

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi no longer has a criminal record.

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SF Bay Area researchers fear ‘super storm’ flood

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even as California struggles to cope with a long-running drought, scientists are worried that the San Francisco Bay Area is unprepared for an inevitable super storm that could drop 12 inches of rain in a week.

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High-speed rail approves 5 bidders for more construction

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s High-Speed Rail Authority says five construction teams have submitted qualifications allowing them to bid on the third segment of the project.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 8:18 p.m. | | High-speed rail  approves 5 bidders for more construction Comments 0 Comments

Uber driver accused of running down bicyclist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Uber driver is accused of running down and seriously injuring a bicyclist in an apparent road-rage incident.

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Quake fault in Ventura poses tsunami risk

VENTURA (AP) — Scientists say the earthquake fault that runs through the coastal city of Ventura can produce strong shaking and dangerous tsunamis, prompting state officials to study whether to revise hazard maps.

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PG&E: No leaks found line that exploded

FRESNO  (AP) — A gas pipeline that exploded at a sheriff’s gun range in Central California, injuring 11 people, had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Sunday.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 7:52 p.m. | | PG&E: No leaks found line that exploded Comments 0 Comments

Breakfast in class triggers flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation’s schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.

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Delta smelt survey turns up only 1 fish

STOCKTON. (AP) — California’s drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 7:39 p.m. | | Delta smelt survey turns up only 1 fish Comments 0 Comments

Berkeley law cerates buffer zones around tobacco sales

BERKELEY  (AP) — The city of Berkeley is considering what would be among the nation’s strictest buffer zones for tobacco products, as it tries to keep them away from schoolchildren.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 7:38 p.m. | | Berkeley law cerates buffer zones around  tobacco sales Comments 0 Comments

Police say seal or sea lion pup abducted from Los Angeles beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whoever snatched a seal or sea lion pup from a Los Angeles beach early Sunday should not be fooled by the animal’s cuteness — they could suffer a vicious bite, an animal rescue expert said.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 7:38 p.m. | | Police say seal or sea lion pup abducted from Los Angeles beach Comments 0 Comments

Body found 6 days after bridge crash

ANTIOCH  (AP) — The body of a motorcyclist who fell off the Antioch Bridge six days ago has been found.

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GAS BLAST CLOSES HIGHWAY 99

FRESNO  — A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.

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California unemployment down to 6.5%

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it’s been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 10:26 p.m. | | California  unemployment down to 6.5% Comments 0 Comments

Study: LA spends $100 million a year on homelessness

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles spends $100 million a year to deal with homelessness — much of it on arrests and other police services — but its departments have no coordinated approach for dealing with the problem, according to a new study.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 10:26 p.m. | | Study: LA spends $100 million a year on homelessness Comments 0 Comments

Famed French Laundry restaurant kitchen inside shipping containers

YOUNTVILLE (AP) — A restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world is now using shipping containers as a kitchen.

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Investigators say identity-theft suspect employed 74 aliases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

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Agency to update drought plan mandating water cuts in cities

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 10:09 p.m. | | Agency to update drought plan mandating water cuts in cities Comments 0 Comments

Sunken WWII aircraft carrier is rediscovered off California coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.

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As student tests move online, keyboarding enters curriculum

SAN PABLO (AP) — Seven-year-old Ja’Niyah Smith’s first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog’s tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.

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250 native elk die inside fenced area

POINT REYES (AP) — More than 250 tule elk died inside a fenced area at a Northern California seashore during a two-year period, and a lack of water is possibly the cause.

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Some SF Catholics call for ouster of archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 100 Bay Area Catholics went public with their complaints about the San Francisco archbishop on Thursday, asking Pope Francis in a full page newspaper ad to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone with someone more inclusive and less divisive.

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