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Calif. Jury Finds Kids, Parents Defamed Physical Education Teacher

A Northern California jury that found three schoolgirls and their parents liable for defaming a Catholic school teacher they branded as a “perv,” is about to decide how much one of the students should pay in punitive damages.

11/18/2013

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Man Arrested For Mooning Motorists

A California man who police say dropped his pants and mooned passing motorists on a highway has been arrested for investigation of being drunk in public.

11/08/2013

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Supreme Court Considers Law License For Former Journalist Who Fabricated Stories

The California Supreme Court is set to consider whether to grant a law license to a man who left the journalism profession after he was caught fabricating magazine articles.

11/04/2013

Jurors didn't agree that David Velasquez's knife attack on a teacher was a "prank." (Getty Images)

Man Faces Life In Prison For ‘Prank’ Sex Attack

A former Northern California high school student who defended the attempted rape and kidnapping of a teacher as a “prank” failed to persuade a jury, which convicted him on all charges.

10/16/2013

A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train pulls away from the Rockridge station in Oakland. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SF-Area Train System Keeps Running Amid Talks

A major San Francisco Bay-area transit system was running trains on a normal schedule Tuesday after unions and management agreed to extend labor talks past a midnight deadline.

10/15/2013

An Antioch family of an 8-year-old boy has filed a claim accusing his third grade teacher Michelle Mankewich  of duct-taping his mouth shut a separate teacher of placing a chair over him and sitting on it. (File photo: Duct tape)

Lawsuit Alleges Teachers Duct-Taped 8-Year-Old Student’s Mouth, Held Him Down With Chair

The parents of an 8-year-old boy have filed a claim accusing his third grade teacher Michelle Mankewich of duct-taping his mouth shut a separate teacher of placing a chair over him and sitting on it around the same time.

02/20/2013