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  • Intruder who followed woman onto roof is charged

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who broke into a woman's house in Venice and followed her onto the roof as she tried to escape has been charged in the case. City News Service says 29-year-old Christian Hicks pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony count of first-degree burglary with a person present. A...

  • Councilman faces methamphetamine charges

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Perris city councilman is facing five methamphetamine-related charges after he summoned police to a hotel to report a stolen iPad. The Riverside County District Attorney's Office charged 28-year-old Julio Cesar Rodriguez on Thursday with three felonies, including...

  • 2 men implicated in thefts at California ATMs

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Southern California men used the Jaws of Life or other power tools to crack open Chase bank ATMs and steal more than $460,000, federal prosecutors said Friday. James Costilow and David Silva Jr. were charged in U.S. District Court in Riverside with attempted bank theft in...

  • 1 arrested for making bomb threat in LA courtroom

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man they say stood up in a Los Angeles Superior Court room and shouted that he had a bomb. Sheriff's authorities said the bailiff immediately detained John Watson of North Hollywood Friday morning. The courtroom at the downtown criminal courthouse...

  • Agents arrest 15 after San Diego boat landing

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Border patrol agents arrested 15 Mexican citizens who authorities say were attempting to enter the U.S. illegally by boat. The Border Patrol said in a statement that agents spotted the 35-foot vessel in pre-dawn hours Friday as it traveled north off the San Diego coast. After...

  • Uber driver charged in hammer attack on passenger

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking. The San Francisco District Attorney's office said Friday that 26-year-old Patrick Karajah has pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly...

  • Governor approves 2 domestic violence bills

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed into law a pair of bills designed to increase protections for potential victims of domestic violence. The bill by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is intended to help protect children during court proceedings and...

  • Review of potential bee-killing chemical sped up

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced he signed legislation to accelerate the review of an insecticide that may be killing honey bees. AB1789 by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara sets a timeline and requirements for an ongoing pesticide review of...

  • Brown authorizes lactation rooms at major airports

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Starting in 2016, California's major airports will have to offer a private room for mothers to breastfeed or pump milk. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed AB1787 by Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal of Long Beach. Under the bill, terminals at...

  • Transgender status to be on death certificates

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Transgender people have the right to have their gender identity properly recognized on death certificates under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor announced Friday that he signed AB1577 by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a fellow Democrat from San...

  • Water-main break floods Hollywood's Sunset Strip

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A water-main break Friday sent churning, muddy water flowing down West Hollywood's Sunset Strip, forcing authorities to close a section of the busy street to traffic as hotels and other businesses sought to keep their properties dry. The Los Angeles Department of...

  • Father and son drowned on San Francisco beach

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday. The two men from the Central Valley were overcome by pounding waves from the Pacific Ocean while swimming Wednesday afternoon off Ocean Beach, the San...

  • Ex-San Diego officer sentenced for groping women

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former San Diego police officer to one year in the county jail for groping women during pat-down searches. During a hearing Friday in San Diego Superior Court, Judge Charles Rogers also placed Christopher Hays on probation for three years. The...

  • California cities crack down on ride-sharing firms

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices. The cities' district attorneys sent letters to the three companies,...

  • Brown calls election to replace convicted senator

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a special election to fill the seat vacated by a former lawmaker convicted of voter fraud. Brown issued a proclamation Friday declaring a Dec. 9 special primary for the 35th Senate District. The runoff will be Feb. 10 if no candidate...



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