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California may boost rules for homes at high wildfire risk

Apr. 22, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Years of increasingly deadly wildfires that ripped through California communities are spurring measures that would toughen requirements for approving homes in high risk areas. Developers would have to increase fire protections, plan for evacuations, or prepare for residents who...

California considers plan to encourage marijuana banking

Apr. 22, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California legislators considered a plan Monday intended to encourage more banks to do business with marijuana companies that have been frozen out of thousands of financial institutions. Most Americans live in states where marijuana is legally available in some form. But most financial...

The Latest: Fatal plane crash at California prison yard

Apr. 22, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

NORCO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash in a California prison yard (all times local): 5:30 p.m. An historic flying wing aircraft has crashed and burned at a state prison in California, killing the pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-seat Northrop N-9M crashed Monday in the...

Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

Apr. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services. The vision sketched out Monday during an...

California Senate OKs ban on hairstyle discrimination

Apr. 22, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could become one of the first states to outlaw racial discrimination because of hairstyles — such as braids and dreadlocks — in a move aimed at challenging long-held standards of professionalism in the workplace. The California Senate voted 37-0 on Monday...

California utility seeks higher rates for wildfire safety

Apr. 22, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. is asking state regulators for another increase in rates and profits, saying it's needed for wildfire safety and to attract investment as the utility goes through bankruptcy. The Sacramento Bee reports Monday that the request and...

Pitcher Gio González released by Yankees; Loaisiga coming up

Apr. 22, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Gio González was released Monday from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees. The 33-year-old left-hander agreed to the deal in mid-March. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9...

Oldest southern sea otter in captivity dies in California

Apr. 22, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Charlie, the oldest southern sea otter held by any zoo or aquarium, has died in California. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach says Charlie died Monday at the age of 22. Male southern sea otters typically only live 10 to 14 years in the wild. Charlie celebrated his birthday...

Tennis broadcaster Justin Gimelstob pleads in assault case

Apr. 22, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles on Halloween 2017. The district attorney's office says the 42-year-old former pro player was sentenced Monday to three years of probation, 60 days of...

Republicans lining up for 2020 House fights in California

Apr. 22, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The political fight over Orange County isn't over. Republican candidates are starting to line up with plans to take back four U.S. House seats all or partly in the California county that Democrats seized last year on their way to retaking control of the chamber. Orange County, a neighbor...