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License plate scanner networks capture movements
LOS ANGELES — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license plate scanning systems have m...
By Tami Abdollah Elliot Spagat The Associated Press FULL STORY
Feds approve California’s immigrant license words
SANTA ANA — Federal officials have approved new wording on a proposed California driver’s license for immigrants who are living in the country illegally, ending months of debate over what the card should say. Homeland Security officials wrote in a letter earlier this week that California’s de...
By Amy Taxin The Associated Press FULL STORY
95 percent of California seniors pass exit exam
SAN DIEGO — New data shows that the percentage of California seniors passing the high school exit exam required for graduation matched last year’s record high results. The state Department of Education said Tuesday that 95.5 percent of seniors in the Class of 2014 — more than 417,000 students...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Brown vetoes diaper changing-station bills
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a pair of bills that would have made diaper changing stations available in both men's and women's restrooms. Brown announced Friday that he vetoed SB1350 and SB1358, saying many businesses already have taken steps to accommodate customers. In his messag...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California to ban smoking at home day cares
SACRAMENTO — Home day care operators in California must stop smoking in their houses, even after hours when children are gone. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday he had signed AB1819, joining 12 other states with similar bans that target "third-hand" smoke. Smoking during day care hours is alre...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California reinstates tougher arson penalties
SACRAMENTO — California has reinstated tougher penalties for aggravated arson just as authorities charge a Northern California man with setting a fire that has burned nearly 120 square miles of timber in the mountains east of Sacramento. SB930 by Republican Sen. Tom Berryhill of Modesto takes eff...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Gov. Brown orders help for dry wells
FRESNO — Residents in drought-stricken California whose wells have gone dry will soon get help from key state agencies under an order Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday. The executive order provides money to buy drinking water for residents, while also directing officials to work with counties and lo...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama acted a day after a Senate vote capped congressional action on the request, which passed by wide ma...
By Andrew Taylor The Associated Press FULL STORY
France joins U.S. against Islamic State over Iraq
PARIS — France is back at America’s side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush’s war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets inside Iraq from the air in recent weeks —...
By Jamey Keaten The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fence jumper at White House sparks evacuation
WASHINGTON — Much of the White House was evacuated on Friday after someone jumped over the fence and ran toward the executive mansion, minutes after President Barack Obama had departed. Video from the scene showed a man making it most of the way across the North Lawn and approaching the main entr...
By Josh Lederman The Associated Press FULL STORY
FDA revises food safety rules due out next year
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure a...
By Mary Clare Jalonick The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hamm, other stars join campaign against assault
WASHINGTON — The White House has enlisted Hollywood stars including Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and Connie Britton of “Nashville” to help fight campus sexual assault. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are unveiling the “It’s On Us” campaign Friday at a White House event....
By Nedra Pickler The Associated Press FULL STORY
Record amount of retardant used to fight California fire
PLACERVILLE — A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren’t stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts — more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone. ...
By Raquel Maria Dillion and Gillian Flaccus The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hearing set for man accused of starting massive wildfire
PLACERVILLE — Higher humidity Friday helped slow the growth of a massive Northern California wildfire that authorities say was set deliberately and has forced some 2,800 people to evacuate. The wind-whipped wildfire 60 miles east of Sacramento has burned through nearly 120 square miles of timber ...
By Fenit Nirappil and Sudhin Thanawala The Associated Press FULL STORY
After vote to stay in, U.K. and Scots must heal divide
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence. Now, the task was to heal the divide — and use the energy the referendum unleashed to ho...
By Jill Lawless The Associated Press FULL STORY
Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote
LONDON — Scotland’s decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom gave British markets a short-term lift Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally. The No campaign won 55.3 percent of the votes cast in Thursday’s referendum against 44.7 per...
By Pan Pylas The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sierra Leone begins three-day Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages. In a desperate effort to bring the outbreak u...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks
MINSK, Belarus — Participants in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw foreign fighters and heavy weapons from the area of conflict in eastern Ukraine. The deal reached by representatives of Ukraine...
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