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• BROWN VETOES BILL BANNING CELLPHONE DISRUPTION: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned agencies from disrupting cellphone service without a court order.

The legislation targeted the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, which sparked a global free speech debate last year when it cut wireless service in San Francisco subway stations to disrupt a planned protest.

In his veto statement Saturday, Brown said that the bill could “divert attention” away from a true emergency by requiring that government agencies apply for a court order within six hours of a service shutdown.

The democratic governor encouraged the bill’s author, Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, to bring amended version of the legislation forward next year.

Both houses of the Legislature passed SB1160 unanimously, and BART also supported the measure.

: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for two people who disappeared when the 18-foot boat they were fishing in capsized off the San Mateo County coast Sunday.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. j.g. Joshua Dykman says after the boat capsized near Pigeon Point south of Half Moon Bay around 11:30 a.m., two other people who went into the water were able to swim to shore.

Dykman did not know if the two survivors were wearing life vests, but said the two who remained missing were not wearing life vests. The Coast Guard had no additional information on the four people.

A Coast Guard helicopter, an 87-foot cutter and a patrol boat are involved in the search.

• GUN OWNED BY BUTCH CASSIDY AUCTIONED IN CALIF.: VENTURA  (AP) — A .45-caliber gun once owned by Butch Cassidy has sold at auction in Southern California for $175,000.

A spokesman for the private seller said Sunday that the Colt Single Action Army revolver went to an anonymous online bidder.

The gun is accompanied by a black leather shoulder holster and two binders filled with documentation verifying the revolver’s authenticity.

Cassidy, the infamous Old West bank robber, bought the revolver in a hardware store in Vernal, Utah, in 1896. He turned it over to Utah authorities in early 1900 in an unsuccessful attempt to gain amnesty. Known as the “Amnesty Colt,” it is the most documented of Cassidy’s guns.

The outlaw was immortalized in the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” He was played by Paul Newman.

Sunday’s sale was held by California Auctioneers of Ventura.

: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California lawmakers will no longer be getting a break on how much they pay for vanity license plates.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has signed a bill ending a personalized license plate discount for sitting and retired lawmakers.

Currently, members of the state Legislature and congressional delegation pay $12 for vanity license plates and are exempted from annual registration fees.

AB2068 by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino would require lawmakers to pay the same price as their constituents for personalized plates — about $48. The bill also adds a $38 annual renewal fee.

The state estimates the increased fees will generate less than $30,000 a year for environmental causes. Portantino, of La Canada- Flintridge, said that the legislation was not intended to be a moneymaker, but to restore fairness.

• BROWN LIMITS ‘BUY HERE, PAY HERE’ VEHICLE SALES: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills restricting the practices of “buy here, pay here” auto dealers, and vetoed a third targeting the same industry.

The Democratic governor announced Saturday that he has signed AB1447 and AB1534, which target abuses by dealers who sell mainly used vehicles and offer their own financing.

Brown rejected SB956, which would have required the Department of Corporations to regulate “buy here” auto dealers as it does other lenders. He said he would be open to revisiting the legislation next year if it seems that more oversight is needed.

The new regulations will require “buy here” auto dealers to provide warranties for at least 30 days and notify potential buyers of their vehicles’ market value. They will also prohibit dealers from installing secret tracking devices on the vehicles.

: SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will become the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he had signed SB1172 by Democratic Senator Ted Lieu of Torrance. Lieu says the law will prevent children from being psychologically abused.

Effective Jan. 1, the state will prohibit what is known as reparative or conversion therapy for minors.

Brown says the therapies “have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”

Gay rights groups say the practice is dangerous because it can put youth at higher risk of depression and suicide.

Conservative religious groups and some Republicans argue that banning conversion therapy would hinder parents’ right to provide psychological care for children experiencing gender confusion.

• BROWN VETOES CALIF. BILL ALLOWING MULTIPLE PARENTS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have let judges declare that some California children have more than two legal parents.

Brown says in announcing his veto Sunday that he is “troubled by the fact that some family law specialists believe the bill’s ambiguities may have unintended consequences.”

SB1476 would have allowed judges to legally recognize multiple parents when it is in a child’s best interest.

Democratic Sen. Mark Leno, of San Francisco, says his bill recognized that times and families have changed.

Supporters say it could have kept children out of foster care by giving them additional legal parents who have caretaking and financial obligations.

Opponents say the bill harms traditional parental roles and could allow children to have a limitless number of parents.