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  • California Senate Votes to Put Warning Labels on Sodas

    SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sodas and energy drinks in California could soon come with a warning about increased risks for diabetes and tooth decay under a bill that has narrowly cleared the state Senate. The Senate voted 21-11 on Thursday to require warning labels on sugar-sweetened drinks that contain 75 calories or more per 12 fluid ounces. The label would be on the front of the container, in bold type and separate from all other information. The bill passed despite significant […]

  • Police Groups Drop Opposition to California Use-of-Force Bill

    SACRAMENTO (AP) — Major law enforcement organizations dropped their opposition Thursday to California legislation that strengthens standards for when officers can use deadly force, a shift that followed changes to the measure. The measure would bar police from using lethal force unless it is “necessary” to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to officers or bystanders. It was prompted by public outrage over fatal police shootings, including the killing of unarmed vandalism suspect Stephon Clark […]

  • 3 Dead, State Capital Battered as Storms Rake Missouri

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri’s capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. The National Weather Service confirmed that a large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday. The tornado cut a path about 3 miles long and a mile wide from the south end of […]

  • California Says It’s Now in Compliance with US Real ID Rules

    SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles says it is now in full compliance with federal requirements for the so-called Real ID driver licenses or identification cards. The state says it received notification of approval by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. The DMV initially failed to require applicants to provide two proofs of residency. The DMV says Real ID cardholders who only submitted one proof of residency will receive an address verification letter that must be […]

  • Facebook Says It Removed 3 Billion Fake Accounts in 6 Months

    Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” in the creation of abusive, fake accounts. While most of these fake accounts were blocked “within minutes” of their creation, the use of computers to generate millions of […]

  • US Charges WikiLeaks Founder With Publishing Classified Info

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with receiving and publishing classified information. The charges are contained in an 18-count indictment announced Thursday. The new charges go far beyond an initial indictment against Assange made public last month that accused him of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in a conspiracy to crack a Defense Department computer password. The new indictment says Assange conspired with Manning to obtain and disclose classified national defense […]

  • ‘American Taliban’ Lindh Freed After 17 Years in Prison

    John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. President Donald Trump reacted by saying, “I don’t like it at all.” “Here’s a man who has not given up his proclamation of terror,” he said. Lindh, 38, left a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, […]

  • As Paradise Rebuild Begins, PG&E Commits to Underground Power Lines

    PARADISE — Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced Wednesday that it will put all electric distribution power lines underground in the Town of Paradise and some of the surrounding areas as the town rebuilds from the Camp Fire. The announcement was made by Aaron Johnson, vice president of electric operations at PG&E, at a special meeting of the town council. “As part of our commitment to help this community recover and to harden our electric system to protect against wildfires, […]

  • Driver Saved after Plunge Off Remote Napa Road

    NAPA (AP) — Northern California rescuers pulled a woman from a car that plunged 450 feet down a cliff. The car was prevented from falling another 800 feet when it hit a tree Tuesday in Napa. A California Highway Patrol flight officer and paramedic tells the Napa Valley Register it was fortunate a bicyclist witnessed the plunge off the remote road because otherwise, it’s likely no one would have spotted the wreck on the wooded mountainside. The cyclist called 911 and […]

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