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California lawmakers move forward with proposed ban on inmate sterilizations

By Jennifer Chaussee SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons advanced on Tuesday, days after an audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedures. The bill unanimously passed the assembly health committee on Tuesday as…

California’s budget sticks to Gov. Brown’s vision of fiscal restraint despite new revenue

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown was set Friday to sign a $156 billion budget plan that includes funding for a controversial high-speed rail project and preschool education for low-income children. The compromise deal that sets aside money for a so-called rainy day fund in…

California poised to fund high-speed rail and public pre-schools in new budget

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – California will spend $250 million on a controversial high-speed rail project, fund preschool for low-income children and pay down debts under a budget deal that is likely to be approved this weekend, lawmakers said on Friday. The $156.4 billion proposal, approved by a…

California bill would bar jail time for minors in truancy cases

A bill that would prohibit the jailing of minors who habitually skip school passed a legislative hurdle in California on Tuesday amid a wave of measures aimed at offering second chances to offenders in the most populous U.S. state. The bill is designed to close a loophole that allows students…

California Supreme Court rules evidence collected by red-light traffic cameras is valid

By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The California Supreme Court has ruled that images captured by traffic cameras are valid evidence against drivers who run red lights, in a victory for law enforcement over the use of the cameras that have often been met with public distrust. The decision…

California Senate approves warning labels for sugary drinks

By Jennifer Chaussee SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill to require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay passed the California Senate on Thursday, the latest move by lawmakers nationwide aimed at persuading people to drink less soda. The legislation next goes to the…

UC-Santa Barbara student arrested after accidentally firing gun through apartment wall

A University of California at Santa Barbara student was arrested when he accidentally fired a handgun at his apartment wall, officials said on Wednesday, in the same college town still grieving after last week’s killing spree that left 6 dead. Kevin Tym, 21, was playing with his legally owned Glock…

Elliot Rodger legally purchased three firearms used in attack: sheriff

The suspected gunman in the Isla Vista, California, shootings was armed with three legally purchased handguns registered to him and 41 loaded magazines, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said on Saturday. The gunman drove through Isla Vista in a black BMW on Friday night, shooting at people in the…

So why didn’t she just leave? Snatched women defend California kidnap victim

So why didn't she just leave? That's the question being increasingly asked in California after a 25-year-old woman came forward saying she had been kidnapped a decade ago and held against her will, while being repeatedly sexually abused. Doubters point……

At least seven people killed in California shooting: reports

At least seven people were killed in a drive-by shooting near a college campus in the Californian city of Santa Barbara, including the suspected gunman, local media reported on Saturday. California’s KEYT-TV reported that a further seven people were wounded in the shooting late on Friday in the town of…

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