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  • Gun Rights Group Begins Challenge of New California Laws

    SANTA ANA (AP) — The first in a series of challenges targeting new California gun laws prompted by the San Bernardino terror attack has been lodged by a state affiliate of the National Rifle Association. A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Santa Ana by the California Rifle and Pistol Association challenges a prohibition on the sale of semi-automatic rifles equipped with so-called bullet buttons that allow quick removal and replacement of ammunition magazines. “It criminalizes possession of firearms […]

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    Judge Intends to Permit California High-Speed Rail Funding

    SACRAMENTO (AP) — A judge said Tuesday that he intends to reject the latest court challenge to California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project, ruling that recent changes fall within what voters approved in 2008. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei said in a tentative order that he expects to dismiss the lawsuit by Kings County and other opponents targeting the plan to eventually link Los Angeles and San Francisco with a bullet train. Cadei plans a hearing on Wednesday […]

  • Audit: University of California Hid $175 Million in Secret Fund

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California administrators hid $175 million from the public, its governing board and lawmakers in a secret reserve fund even as the UC raised tuition and asked the state for more funding, the state auditor said in a scathing report released Tuesday. Auditor Elaine Howle said the office of UC President Janet Napolitano also overcharged the system’s 10 campuses to fund its operations, paid its employees significantly more than state employees and interfered in the […]

  • Hope for Preemies as Artificial Womb Helps Tiny Lambs Grow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. Today, premature infants weighing as little as a pound are hooked to ventilators and other machines inside incubators. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is aiming for a gentler solution, to give the tiniest preemies a few more weeks cocooned in a womb-like environment — treating them […]

  • Stork Delivery? Woman Gives Birth to Baby at Nebraska Zoo

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman whose baby was due mid-May went into labor early and gave birth at a Nebraska zoo. Drea Hubbard was born Sunday at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces. Her mother, Kymica Hubbard, 24, said the birth took about two minutes from when her water broke. “I was having contractions and it was getting closer and closer together and I was telling my husband, ‘OK, it’s time to get off […]

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    California Further Delays Lethal Injection Regulations

    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California corrections officials are delaying their new lethal injection regulations by four months, officials announced Monday, pushing back this week’s deadline until late August. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation needs more time to update the proposed rules after an initial version was rejected by state regulators in December, spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. The move drew immediate criticism from a legal foundation that sued to force the state to switch to a single drug to carry out […]

  • California Releases Reports on Oroville Dam After Criticism

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California released two reports by independent experts Monday on badly damaged flood-release spillways at the nation’s tallest dam after a surge in criticism that officials weren’t disclosing enough about risks from the damaged structures, and the rush to fix them. State lawmakers, local officials and editorials in newspapers around the state last week urged California’s Department of Water Resources to make public the reports by government-appointed independent consultants and to be more forthcoming overall about the […]

  • Bacterial Infection Forces Elton John to Cancel May Shows

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elton John has canceled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an unusual bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights. John is scrapping all upcoming April and May dates of “The Million Dollar Piano” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, as well as performance on May 6 in Bakersfield, California. The “Rocket Man” and “Daniel” singer says in a statement that he […]

  • Teens Rush Oakland BART Train, Rob Riders

    OAKLAND (AP) — Dozens of teens robbed and assaulted passengers on a BART train in Oakland over the weekend in an apparently orchestrated attack, authorities said Monday. Witness accounts and surveillance video showed 40 to 60 teens jumping the fare gate at the Coliseum Station Saturday night, said Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Alicia Trost. They entered a train that pulled into the station, grabbed bags and cellphones from seven passengers and then ran off into the neighborhood before transit […]