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Guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

LANCASTER  (AP) — A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs.

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Bills passed to deter wrongful convictions

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of bills Friday designed to thwart or reverse wrongful criminal convictions.

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Air drops on California wildfire get going early

HAPPY CAMP  (AP) — Air crews battling a fast-moving fire threatening 250 homes in a Northern California forest were using clear skies to get going earlier than usual on Friday, which should help with the firefight, fire officials said.

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Groundwater regulations headed to Brown

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California is on the verge of regulating its groundwater supply for the first time, as the worst drought in a generation pushed state leaders to overhaul the state’s longstanding “pump-as-you-please” policy.

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Schools chief to appeal teacher tenure ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s schools chief said Friday that he will seek an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers.

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Pot grower stole reservation water

FRESNO (AP) — Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Friday.

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Slice of Princess Di’s wedding cake fetches $1,375

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.

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Teacher reprimanded for tweets

NEWARK (AP) — A teacher in Northern California has been disciplined for making threatening and explicit remarks about students on her Twitter account.

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SHAKY FACTS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California’s wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

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California nearing ban on plastic bags

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

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California extends review of $25B twin tunnels plan

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — More planning is needed on a $25 billion proposal to build two massive water tunnels in Northern California, state officials said this week.

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Vice principal carried gun onto campus

BAKERSFIELD (AP) — Police say they arrested the vice principal of a Central California school suspected of bringing a gun onto the junior high campus where he works.

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2 counties ask to form separate state

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.

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Death Valley’s moving rocks mystery

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK  (AP) — For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

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Google pursues package-delivering drones

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google’s secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

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