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3D print technology provides ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old girl

LOS ALAMITOS  (AP) — Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.

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Posted: apr. 01, 2015 12:46 a.m. | | 3D print technology provides ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old girl Comments 0 Comments

Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at age 47 in Hollywood Hills home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, and the Getty family confirmed that it was the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty.

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Posted: apr. 01, 2015 12:45 a.m. | | Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at age 47 in Hollywood Hills home Comments 0 Comments

Did man carve name into girlfriend’s chest?

SANTA ANA  (AP) — Authorities say an Orange County man carved his name into his girlfriend’s chest with a razor blade while holding her hostage and threatening her.

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Two die in medical office shooting

FRESNO (AP) — A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday.

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San Bruno wants PG&E fined $1.6B

SAN BRUNO (AP) — Officials of a San Francisco suburb hit by a deadly 2010 gas-line blast said Tuesday they support a proposal to raise the financial penalty against the utility responsible to $1.6 billion.

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Posted: mar. 31, 2015 8:26 p.m. | | San Bruno wants PG&E fined $1.6B Comments 0 Comments

Tenth of SJ Valley smog coming in from Asia sources

DAVIS (AP) — Up to 10 percent of the smog in California’s polluted San Joaquin Valley is coming from outside the state — much of it from 6,000 miles away, in Asia, researchers in California said Tuesday.

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Posted: mar. 31, 2015 8:26 p.m. | | Tenth of SJ Valley smog coming in from Asia sources Comments 0 Comments

Purported kidnappers want apology from California police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two major California newspapers say they’ve received emails from a person claiming responsibility for a woman’s abduction, including one demanding that police apologize to the woman for calling it a hoax.

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Posted: mar. 31, 2015 8:25 p.m. | | Purported kidnappers want  apology from California police Comments 0 Comments

Woman uses stun gun on Walmart customers

FRESNO  (AP) — Police have arrested a woman for allegedly shocking several people with a pink stun gun at a Walmart store in Fresno.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BOY CATAPULTED ACROSS ROOM WHEN TRUCK HITS SANTA ROSA HOME: SANTA ROSA  (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old Sonoma County boy is lucky to be alive after a pickup crashed into his bedroom, split his bed in half and catapulted him across the room and through a closet door.

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No ‘narcissists’: Festivals ban selfie sticks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 10:23 p.m. | | No ‘narcissists’: Festivals ban selfie sticks Comments 0 Comments

Endangered bighorn sheep now in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. (AP) — For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

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Climbing temperatures end ski season in south state

BIG BEAR LAKE  (AP) — Ski lifts are coming to an early stop in Southern California.

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Man jailed twice in a weekend for drunken driving

SONOMA (AP) — A Northern California was arrested twice in one weekend on suspicion of drunken driving.

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Cynthia Kelly, older sister of Gov. Jerry Brown, dies

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Cynthia Kelly, the older sister of Gov. Jerry Brown who had a zest for life, has died, his office said Monday. She was 81.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 10:22 p.m. | | Cynthia Kelly, older sister of Gov. Jerry Brown, dies Comments 0 Comments

Missing college athlete died on LA freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A University of California, Berkeley soccer player who disappeared after leaving a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said Monday.

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24 percent of voters registered without preference

SACRAMENTO (AP) — New state figures continue the trend of the fastest growing segment of the California electorate registering without any political affiliation.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 10:22 p.m. | | 24 percent of  voters registered  without preference Comments 0 Comments

UNEQUAL PAY

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Women working for California lawmakers earn less than their male counterparts, according to a newspaper’s analysis reported Saturday that exposes an inequality perpetuated by those who set state policy.

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Posted: mar. 29, 2015 8:42 p.m. | | UNEQUAL PAY Comments 0 Comments

Court ruling opens door for execution of murderer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed the mental competency of a man sentenced to die for kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Idaho boy in 2005.

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Posted: mar. 29, 2015 8:42 p.m. | | Court ruling opens door  for execution of murderer Comments 0 Comments

Timberlake offers positive words for youngsters tormented by teasing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mr. SexyBack said he wasn’t always one of the cool kids.

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Posted: mar. 29, 2015 8:42 p.m. | | Timberlake offers positive words   for youngsters tormented by teasing Comments 0 Comments

Berkeley student missing after leaving party in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities and concerned relatives and friends sought the public’s help on Sunday in finding a University of California, Berkeley student who went missing after he left a party near the University of Southern California.

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Posted: mar. 29, 2015 8:42 p.m. | | Berkeley student missing  after leaving party in LA Comments 0 Comments

Brown signs $1B water plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 10:05 p.m. | | Brown signs $1B water plan Comments 0 Comments

Chances of being locked up vary widely across state

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The number of inmates in California’s county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves like Marin and San Francisco far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places like Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 10:04 p.m. | | Chances of being locked up vary widely across state Comments 0 Comments

‘Hospitality ambassador’ beats homeless man

BERKELEY (AP) — A man has been fired from his job as a hospitality ambassador in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating a homeless man.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 10:04 p.m. | | ‘Hospitality ambassador’ beats homeless man Comments 0 Comments

4.1 quake shakes SJ Valley; no damage

COALINGA (AP) — A series of small earthquakes jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 10:04 p.m. | | 4.1 quake shakes SJ Valley; no damage Comments 0 Comments

San Francisco inmates forced to fight?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 10:04 p.m. | | San Francisco inmates forced to fight? Comments 0 Comments

Internet outages reveal gaps in infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation’s Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:41 p.m. | | Internet outages reveal  gaps in infrastructure Comments 0 Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune

CUPERTINO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:41 p.m. | | Apple CEO Tim Cook  plans to give  away most of his fortune Comments 0 Comments

Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons

MOUNTAIN VIEW  (AP) — Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:41 p.m. | | Google, Johnson  & Johnson team  up to build  robot surgeons Comments 0 Comments

SolarCity says it will hire 300 new employees in sales

ROSEVILLE (AP) — Solar installer SolarCity said Friday it plans to hire at least 300 new employees in 2015 as it opens a larger office in Roseville, California.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:41 p.m. | | SolarCity says it  will hire 300 new  employees in sales Comments 0 Comments

Yellen: A rate increase possible

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed’s key interest rate could come later this year.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:40 p.m. | | Yellen: A rate increase possible Comments 0 Comments

ltera stock soars on report of sales talks with Intel

SANTA CLARA (AP) — Altera’s stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:40 p.m. | | ltera stock soars on report of sales talks with Intel Comments 0 Comments

Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be biz coach

LONG BEACH  (AP) — A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the “kindest women you will ever meet.”

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 8:10 p.m. | | Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be biz coach Comments 0 Comments

Los Angeles River restoration could cost city up to $1.2 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state — more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city’s chief legislative analyst.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 8:10 p.m. | | Los Angeles River restoration could cost city up to $1.2 billion Comments 0 Comments

Arkansas lawmaker urges ban on wine from California over egg-laying cage law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state’s law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 8:09 p.m. | | Arkansas lawmaker  urges ban on wine from California over  egg-laying cage law Comments 0 Comments

Woman who sued Kaiser over lost leg due to delays awarded $28.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said treatment delays by Kaiser Permanente doctors forced the amputation of her leg.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 8:08 p.m. | | Woman who sued Kaiser over lost  leg due to delays awarded $28.2M Comments 0 Comments

$1B spending plan heads to governor

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.

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Man shoots, kills San Jose officer who was checking on him after suicide threat

SAN JOSE (AP) — A man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on Northern California officers called to check on him, killing a 14-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 9:56 p.m. | | Man shoots, kills San Jose officer who was checking  on him after suicide threat Comments 0 Comments

AG moves to end anti-gay initiative

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | AG moves to end anti-gay initiative Comments 0 Comments

55% support for legalizing marijuana

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use, a statewide poll found Wednesday.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 7:16 p.m. | | 55% support for legalizing marijuana Comments 0 Comments

State Senate moves $1 billion water plan

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer some relief to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 7:16 p.m. | | State Senate moves $1 billion water plan Comments 0 Comments

San Jose police officer shot to death

SAN JOSE (AP) — A San Jose  police officer was shot to death Tuesday after responding to a call about a man threatening to commit suicide.

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What fuels wilds price swings?

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California’s gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.

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Mother, stepmom arrested for assaulting son’s bullies at school

FRESNO (AP) — Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son, police said Tuesday.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Mother, stepmom arrested for  assaulting son’s bullies at school Comments 0 Comments

Restaurateur loses part of finger in scuffle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Venice cafe owner had part of a finger bitten off during a scuffle with a man he had ordered out of his restaurant.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Restaurateur  loses part of finger in scuffle Comments 0 Comments

Effort to seek quake warning funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Effort to seek quake warning funds Comments 0 Comments

Schwarzenegger: Save after-school funding

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Schwarzenegger: Save after-school funding Comments 0 Comments

Despite tolls, traffic in paid lanes slows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charging drivers for access to express lanes on one of Los Angeles’ busiest freeways appears to have only partially resolved commuter travel woes: Transportation officials say so many people are using the new toll lanes that the paid route is slowing down too.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 8:47 p.m. | | Despite tolls, traffic in paid lanes slows Comments 0 Comments

2 sentenced in fatal Riverbank carjacking try

MODESTO (AP) — Two men have been sentenced in Stanislaus County Superior Court for first-degree murder and attempted carjacking in an encounter that took the life of a 21-year-old man nearly five years ago.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 8:47 p.m. | | 2 sentenced in fatal Riverbank carjacking try Comments 0 Comments

Customers skipping out on bill hit waitress with Volkswagen

ANAHEIM (AP) — Four people were arrested Monday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after authorities said they rammed a waitress with their Volkswagen while leaving a restaurant without paying the bill.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 6:35 p.m. | | Customers  skipping out on  bill hit waitress  with Volkswagen Comments 0 Comments

Rocker Crosby hits jogger with vehicle

SANTA YNEZ (AP) — Authorities say Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby hit and injured a jogger with his car in Southern California.

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