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  • Kern County OKs mile-long oil trains

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Mile-long trains filled with millions of gallons of flammable crude oil may be rolling through Kern County next year. The county Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve a plan by Texas-owned Alon USA Energy to send two 100-car trains a day to its refinery in...

  • San Jose approves private security camera registry

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Silicon Valley's largest city voted unanimously to create a registry of private surveillance cameras that could help police solve crimes. While the database approved Tuesday night by the San Jose City Council does not require private residences or businesses...

  • Car strikes, injures 4 pedestrians in California

    SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Police say four pedestrians were struck and injured in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood by a car that veered off the road. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. The crash in San Mateo occurred around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. San Mateo police Sgt....

  • Hotel back to normal after water main break

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Officials say electrical service was restored to a few customers, including The Beverly Hilton hotel, early Wednesday after a five-hour outage caused by a water main break. Power was also shut off to buildings as a precaution. Beverly Hills police say the break was...

  • North LA County armed standoff ends

    LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — An hours-long standoff between an armed man and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the high-desert city of Lancaster has ended with an arrest. The Sheriff's Department says the man pointed a rifle at deputies serving a court-ordered eviction notice Tuesday...

  • Small brush fire burns above LA suburb

    SAN DIMAS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighting helicopters have made progress against a small brush fire in the San Gabriel Mountains foothill community of San Dimas. Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters flying in pre-dawn darkness Wednesday have made numerous water drops on the steep slopes...

  • Field Poll: Water bond leads among likely voters

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new Field Poll finds slightly more than half of likely voters approve of a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot. But the poll released Wednesday shows that Gov. Jerry Brown and other supporters have work to do promoting Proposition 1. Nearly two-thirds of...

  • Google invests in California solar power plant

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County. "There's something a little poetic about creating a...

  • Water main break leaves Beverly Hilton in the dark

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A water main break has knocked out power to the Beverly Hilton, flooded part of the famous hotel and closed a major street. Beverly Hills Police Lt. Renato Moreno says the break was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, flooding an underground vault that houses...

  • Prosecution bias cited in conviction overturn

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned a Southern California man's second-degree murder conviction after ruling that a prosecutor improperly excluded a prospective juror because she is a Latina. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Tuesday said Anthony Castellanos...

  • Decomposed body found in San Francisco park lake

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A decomposed body has been found in a lake in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. A city Recreation and Park Department spokeswoman told KTVU-TV workers were clearing weeds from Mallard Lake on the park's western end Tuesday when they found human remains. Medical examiners...

  • Judge rejects latest bid to keep oyster farm open

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an 11th-hour attempt to keep open a popular Northern California oyster operation. Drakes Bay Oyster Co. closed its cannery in July after the U.S. Department of the Interior refused to renew its 40-year lease along the Point Reyes National...

  • San Luis Obispo man arrested in torture case

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A San Luis Obispo man has been arrested on suspicion of binding his girlfriend and torturing her for two hours before she escaped. Police announced 33-year-old Timothy Hayes' arrest on Tuesday. Lt. John Bledsoe says officers went to a gas station late Monday,...

  • American Apparel settles worker death suit for $1M

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — American Apparel will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of an employee in a knitting machine accident. The Orange County district attorney's office announced the settlement Tuesday. The worker's daughter will receive $150,000 of the money — the rest...

  • Biggest increases, drops in water use at a glance

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water agencies reported a 7.5 percent drop in monthly water use in July, falling short of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction. Water suppliers are now required to submit monthly production numbers to the State Water Resources Control Board,...



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