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Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire
FRESNO — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue. The highly awaited decis...
By Scott Smith The Associated Press FULL STORY
San Francisco to fund immigration attorneys
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco will become the first city in California to provide funding to help immigrants facing deportation obtain an attorney, officials announced Wednesday. The city’s $100,000 will go to the nonprofit Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, which will use it to provide fre...
By Terry Collins The Associated Press FULL STORY
California lawmakers push new Hollywood tax credit
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown reached a bipartisan deal with state lawmakers Wednesday on a proposal to expand California’s tax credit for Hollywood film productions, offering $330 million a year in credits to producers through a competitive bidding process. The tax credit program would be in p...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California sets ride-sharing insurance standards
SACRAMENTO — Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum amount of insurance under a compromise approved by the state Senate. Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord says AB2293 will ensure that drivers buy insurance that wil...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill
SACRAMENTO — Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation that begins to regulate groundwater. California is one of the last states in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy. The Senate on Wednesday passed AB1739 on a 26-11 vote. The bill by Democratic Assemblyman R...
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Bill addresses watering in homeowner associations
SACRAMENTO — Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber says some homeowners are caught in...
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Ban on ‘gay panic defense’ heads to governor
SACRAMENTO — Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Assembly approved AB2501 on a 50-10 vote Wednesday. Current law allows murder charges to be reduced to manslaug...
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California Senate passes gun restraining order
SACRAMENTO — Motivated to act after a deadly rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, state lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow judges to temporarily take firearms from people who show signs that they could harm themselves or others. The Senate passed AB1014 by A...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
PHOENIX — The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun. Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next ...
By Jacques Billeaud and Gene Johnson The Associated Press FULL STORY
Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack
NEW YORK — The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. A report on said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S fi...
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Israeli premier, Hamas declare Gaza war victory
JERUSALEM — Both Israel’s prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments, delivered in a prime-time address on natio...
By Tia goldenberg and ibrahim barzak The Associated Press FULL STORY
Battle for Ukraine’s southeast coast heats up
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine’s strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops. The bold offensive along a new southeastern front raised the prospec...
By Peter Leonard The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. checking report of second American killed in Syria
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the U.S. has no independent confirmation of reports of a second American killed while fighting with the mili...
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Mother of U.S. reporter in Syria begs for his life
BEIRUT — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley Sotloff’...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Crested Butte to be Bud Light’s ‘Whatever’ town
DENVER — Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for “Whatever” - a secretive Bud Light plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign. The company has agreed to pay the town $250,000 to fence off its main str...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Vermont bistro scolded for removing its bacon sign
WINOOSKI, Vt. — A Vermont restaurant that removed a bacon advertisement called insensitive to vegans and Muslims is being criticized for doing so. Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski last week took down a sign saying “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” after comments were posted in an online communit...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
State court: Workers’ comp OK for kickball injury
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. On Wednesday, the court ruled that Stephen Whigham, who was injured in a company kickball game, is entitled to workers’ compensa...
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