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  • Refinery-inspection bill protects trade secrets

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow government regulators to monitor oil refinery shutdowns in response to a fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery in 2012. It also would allow oil companies to designate the information as a "trade secret." SB1300 by...

  • California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. Senators who had previously opposed...

  • Lawmakers send Hollywood tax credit to governor

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved legislation to extend additional tax credits to Hollywood film productions, sending the bipartisan legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. The compromise deal was brokered by the Democratic governor with legislative leaders...

  • Lawmakers pass California groundwater regulations

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state would begin regulating its groundwater supply...

  • Lawmakers send gun restraining order bill to Brown

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Judges would be able to temporarily take firearms from people who show signs that they could harm themselves or others under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation was sparked by the deadly rampage earlier this year of a 22-year-old man near the University...

  • N. California officer accused of beating woman

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Police in Northern California are investigating allegations that an off-duty officer beat a woman with a baseball bat. Walnut Creek Police said Friday it is conducting an internal investigation into claims that Officer Gregory Thompson was involved in the beating in...

  • California lifts part of quarantine on grape pest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal agricultural officials are partially lifting a quarantine imposed for a moth that's eating grapes in Northern California's wine country. California Agriculture Secretary Karen Moss said Friday that authorities had lifted the quarantine for the...

  • Injunction blocks Los Angeles marijuana market

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has blocked a marijuana farmers market in Los Angeles and ordered organizers to shut down their business. A preliminary injunction was issued Friday against operation of the outdoor medical pot market in the Boyle Heights area. It prevents the market from being held...

  • Legislature seeks some influence over initiatives

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill headed to the governor seeks to exert some legislative influence over citizen initiatives. Under SB1253 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the attorney general would open a 30-day public review period once initiative proponents submit their request...

  • Porn actor Bruno Knight pleads to drug charge

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A porn actor who had a half-pound of crystal meth concealed in a body cavity when he was stopped at Los Angeles International Airport has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. City News Service says Philip Gizzie — who uses the stage name Bruno Knight — entered the plea...

  • California schools chief to appeal tenure ruling

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's schools chief will seek an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the ruling by a Los Angeles judge isn't supported by facts or the law and says it unfairly...

  • Giant millipedes caught at San Francisco airport

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say they captured nearly two-dozen live giant millipedes inside a fake toy box at San Francisco International Airport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Friday that officers made the discovery recently while inspecting a large box mailed...

  • California marijuana grow stole reservation water

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Friday. The growers created seven reservoirs —...

  • Southern California surf diminishing

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Advisories for high surf along the Southern California coast have been canceled for all but Orange County as remnants of a former hurricane diminish in the eastern Pacific. The National Weather Service say the remaining high surf advisories will end at 8 p.m. Friday, but...

  • California mentally ill inmates get special units

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in isolation, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. The agreement filed Friday in U.S. District Court...



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