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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state Assembly votes along party lines to boost California's minimum wage for the first time in six years. Under the bill by Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo, the rate would rise from $8 to $8.25 on Jan. 1 and to $9.25 two years later. By Laura Olson.

AP Photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state agency in charge of environmental cleanup has set up a team to go after more than $185 million in costs from companies who were not billed or didn't pay for pollution they left behind going back to 1987. The Department of Toxic Substances Control's discovery comes after an announcement earlier this year that nearly a quarter of the companies it licenses have been operating on expired permits, one for more than 17 years. By Tracie Cone.


LOS ANGELES — A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday on a felony murder warrant stemming from the mauling death of a jogger by a pack of dogs earlier this month. Los Angeles County prosecutors say the warrant also charges Alex Jackson with owner negligence. By Christopher Weber.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state Senate is considering a bill that would follow the lead of several cities by banning single-use plastic bags throughout the state. By Don Thompson.



STOCKTON, Calif. — Authorities investigating a deadly weekend SUV crash in a waterway in Northern California say they are being hampered by an uncooperative 911 caller and conflicting accounts from family members.


— COACH-SEX CHARGES — Contra Costa County prosecutors have charged a former high school football coach with sexually abusing two children in the 1980s and 1990s.

— OAKLAND POLICE SHOOTING — An Oakland police officer is on paid administrative leave after shooting and killing a suspect following a foot chase.

— SIKH MAN ATTACKED — A transient has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and elder abuse charges in connection with an attack on an 82-year-old Sikh man outside a Sikh temple in Fresno.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — A Disneyland employee set off two dry-ice bombs before his arrest at the theme park earlier in the week, authorities revealed Thursday as Christian Barnes, 22, was charged with possession of a destructive device in a public place.

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LOS ANGELES — The mother of a man killed when a helicopter crashed during a shoot for a reality television show has claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit that the aircraft's operators and producers negligently operated the helicopter.


LOS ANGELES — Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much cosmic radiation as they'd get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers report. That's enough to raise their cancer risk by about 3 percent. It's an important consideration because the U.S. wants to send astronauts to orbit Mars within 25 years. By Science Writer Alicia Chang.


— MARS CURIOSITY — A fresh analysis by NASA's Curiosity rover confirms a stream once ran through Gale Crater on Mars. AP Photo LA101.


— REFINERY EVACUATION — Authorities say a Southern California oil refinery was evacuated after a power outage caused an automatic system reset that sent up a huge flare of smoke and flame from a burn-off pipe.

— CRUISE SHIP DEATH — Authorities in California can prosecute a man charged with strangling his ex-wife and tossing her from a cruise ship in Italy, a judge ruled.

— CONGRESS-DEMAIO — A former San Diego city councilman says he will challenge first-term Democratic Congressman Scott Peters in next year's election.

— MARINE SLAYING — A Riverside County jury is deliberating in the murder case against one of three former Camp Pendleton Marines on trial in the killings of a fellow Marine and his wife.

— DEATH VALLEY WILDFIRE-CASTLE — A historic mansion in Death Valley National Park is reopening a week after crews contained a nearby wildfire.



DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year. The company said Thursday that by the end of next month, it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stations within reach of almost the entire populations of both countries.



LOS ANGELES —There are about 600 versions of Adele's Oscar-winning song "Skyfall" on the Spotify subscription streaming service. But there's no Adele. Adele's label, XL Recordings, is keeping her music off of streaming services until download sales peter out. In the meantime, copycat artists fill the void, racking up royalty revenue, often before customers realize they've been listening to someone else. Thousands of cover songs crowd digital music services such as Spotify and Rhapsody and listeners are getting annoyed. By Ryan Nakashima.

AP Photos.



SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks pack up for the summer two days after being eliminated from the playoffs in Game 7 of the second round against the Los Angeles Kings. By Josh Dubow.


CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks were the definition of dominant during the regular season. Now, they're showing just how resilient they are. The Blackhawks are moving on after beating Detroit 2-1 in overtime on Brent Seabrook's goal to take Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals after falling behind 3-1 in the series. They're set to face the defending champion Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, with Game 1 at the United Center on Saturday. By Andrew Seligman.


CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State this weekend will host an NCAA regional to kick off the postseason. Oregon State will play Texas-San Antonio on Friday following Texas A&M's opener against UC Santa Barbara. Crowned as back-to back College World Series champions in 2006 and 2007, the Beavers are making their fifth straight postseason appearance and 14th overall. They are 9-0 in NCAA tournament games at Goss Stadium. By Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson.

AP Photo.

See also:

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, ADD, which moves weekdays at 4 p.m.

—NEVADA NEWS DIGEST, which moves daily at 1:30 p.m.

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