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Facebook name policy a real drag

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world’s biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

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Posted: sep. 17, 2014 6:53 p.m. | | Facebook name policy a real drag Comments 0 Comments

Patients sue over application backlog

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.

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Posted: sep. 17, 2014 6:53 p.m. | | Patients sue over application backlog     Comments 0 Comments

Claim: Police killed unarmed man, 25, with mental issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.

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Posted: sep. 17, 2014 6:53 p.m. | | Claim: Police killed unarmed man, 25, with mental issues Comments 0 Comments

LAUSD returning grenade launchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

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Posted: sep. 17, 2014 6:35 p.m. | | LAUSD returning grenade launchers Comments 0 Comments

Wildfire destroyed, damaged 200 homes in 375-acre inferno

WEED  (AP) — Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed.

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Posted: sep. 17, 2014 6:35 p.m. | | Wildfire destroyed, damaged  200 homes in 375-acre inferno Comments 0 Comments

Brown signs ride-sharing insurance requirement

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft must carry minimum levels of insurance under legislation that will take effect next July.

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Self-driving cars now need a permit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn’t sure just how many were rolling around.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:28 p.m. | | Self-driving cars now need a permit Comments 0 Comments

San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:28 p.m. | | San Francisco  trying shaming for quake safety Comments 0 Comments

Brown signs first California groundwater pumping rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:27 p.m. | | Brown signs first California  groundwater pumping rules Comments 0 Comments

Livermore prep students arrested in hazing incident

LIVERMORE (AP) — Police say two football players from a San Francisco Bay Area high school are under arrest after holding down a freshman teammate and shaving part of his head.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:27 p.m. | | Livermore prep students arrested in hazing incident  Comments 0 Comments

Woman convicted in baby in car case

ATWATER (AP) — A Central California mom accused of leaving her infant in a hot car while she went grocery shopping has been convicted of felony child endangerment.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:27 p.m. | | Woman convicted in baby in car case Comments 0 Comments

Robbery suspects tried to make off with $15,600

STOCKTON (AP) — Court documents indicate the suspects in a July bank robbery in Northern California stole $15,600 before two of them and a hostage died in a shootout with police.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:26 p.m. | | Robbery suspects tried to make off with $15,600 Comments 0 Comments

Drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer

HUNTINGTON BEACH  (AP) — Experienced cyclists cruising past crashing waves off Southern California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway know they must be vigilant of cars whizzing past and don’t expect that to change with a new bike safety law.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 6:39 p.m. | | Drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer Comments 0 Comments

Weed woman in wildfire’s path lost almost everything

WEED  (AP) — Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 6:40 p.m. | | Weed woman in wildfire’s  path lost almost everything Comments 0 Comments

Exploring ‘graveyard of ships’ near San Francisco

GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) — Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.

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