SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought-ravaged reservoirs are running so low that state water deliveries to some metropolitan areas have all but stopped, and cutbacks are forcing growers to fallow fields. But 19th-century laws allow almost 4,000 companies, farms and others to use an unmonitored amount of water for free - and in some cases, to sell what they don't need.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 4,000 corporations, farms and others hold senior water rights in California, exempting them from government-mandated cuts in water use during the third year of drought. Here is a look at five of them, along with how they obtained the right to draw water from waterways and how they use it:
MODESTO – The Great Valley Museum of Modesto Junior College will open the Planetarium on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, for 12 shows scheduled on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the American Graffiti Festival and Car Show on the MJC West Campus. The planetarium is located in the new Science Community Center.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board overseeing California's sex offender registration laws wants to overhaul the registry because they claim it has grown too big and does not help law enforcement or the public differentiate between offenders who pose significant risks and those not likely to reoffend.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two convicted sex offenders charged with killing four California women while wearing electronic ankle bracelets fled parole supervision - and the state - together more than once before they were arrested and accused in the recent slayings, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers.
LONG BEACH (AP) - A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state - more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.