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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a final flurry of legislative action, state lawmakers approved bills to boost California's minimum wage, grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, and address the state's overcrowded prisons. Many of the hundreds of bills that survived the Legislature this year were big wins for Democrats on long-sought issues. They also were among Gov. Jerry Brown's top policy priorities after clearing California's budget hurdle and restructuring the school finance system. "It was a very impressive year — a lot of hard work, a lot has been accomplished," Brown told reporters at an event in San Francisco Friday. By Juliet Williams. SENT: 880 words, photos.
— XGR--CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE-GLANCE, a list of some of the bills that have been sent to the governor and some that failed to pass.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — To get the driver's licenses they've long sought, immigrants living in California illegally will have to do something many have long resisted: publicly identify themselves. The driver's license bill that the Legislature passed on its final day requires a distinction that will indicate if someone is in the country without proper documentation. Like many immigrants, Albin Bandera said he's willing to take the risk. The 28-year-old said he currently skateboards to his job as a waiter in Los Angeles. By Elliot Spagat and Amy Taxin. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction-of-justice conviction stemming from rambling testimony he gave during a 2003 appearance before a grand jury investigating elite athletes' use of performance-enhancing drugs. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bonds' testimony was "evasive" and capable of misleading investigators and hindering their probe into a performance-enhancing-drug ring centered at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, better known as BALCO. By Paul Elias. SENT: 530 words, photos.
CALIF-CHINA CLIMATE AGREEMENT
SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown and China's top climate negotiator on Friday signed the first agreement between a U.S. state and China that seeks greater cooperation on clean energy technologies and research meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The memorandum of understanding signed with China's National Development and Reform Commission was another aggressive move by California to combat climate change. The state has already passed the nation's most ambitious greenhouse gas limits, including a so-called "cap and trade" system that put a price on carbon pollution in the state. By Jason Dearen. SENT: 500 words.
POT REMOVAL-HELICOPTER DEATH
SACRAMENTO — A California outdoorsman who led crews of volunteers through the Sierra Nevada mountains repairing trails and cleaning up marijuana grow sites has died after falling 50 feet from a helicopter, authorities said. Shane Krogen was to be lowered in a harness to a remote cleanup site in Sequoia National Forest when he fell Thursday morning, said Lt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. By Tracie Cone. SENT: 630 words.
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— PEOPLE-KANYE WEST — Prosecutors have charged Kanye West with misdemeanor battery over a July scuffle with a celebrity photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.
— FILM-WOODY ALLEN — The organizers of the Golden Globe Awards say they will honor Woody Allen for his contributions to filmmaking.
— SUNBATHER FATALLY STRUCK — A San Francisco parks worker who ran over a woman as she lay with her baby and dog in a park says he thought he had hit something, but didn't realize it was a person until he was arrested.
— LIZARD STING — The former host of Animal Planet's "Wild Recon" show has been charged in Los Angeles with selling two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit.
— FATAL RETALIATION SHOOTING — A gang member convicted of murdering a man he mistook for a rival has been sentenced in Sacramento to 94 years to life in prison.
— DEPUTY-TEEN SEX — A Medal of Valor-winning deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a teenage girl.
— CANDY RECALL — A Northern California importer and distributor is recalling a candy from India because it is contaminated with lead.
— CEREAL PLANT-POLLUTION — A Central California cereal plant will have to spend more than $2 million for violating federal air quality rules.
— SCHOOL CUSTODIAN ATTACK — Authorities say a custodian used the tools of her trade to fight off an attacker in a Southern California high school restroom.
— NAVY DOCTOR OUSTED — The Navy says the top doctor on one of its two hospital ships has been relieved of command for falsifying his own physical fitness and weight records.
— MARIJUANA BOAT — Friday the 13th was certainly unlucky for some reputed drug smugglers. Authorities arrested 18 people and seized more than a ton of marijuana brought ashore by boat in Santa Barbara.
SAN DIEGO — California posted its strongest homes sales for any August in seven years as price increases cooled, a research firm said Friday, a relief to buyers who have been competing over slim pickings. There were 42,546 new and existing houses and condominiums sold, up 3.1 percent from 41,280 sales a year earlier and the highest August tally since 51,054 homes sold in 2006, according to DataQuick. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 470 words. By Elliot Spagat.
BERKELEY, Calif. — California's new Bear Raid offense led by prolific freshman Jared Goff gets the national stage for the first time under coach Sonny Dykes when the Golden Bears host fourth-ranked Ohio State on Saturday. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 710 words, photos.
WEST POINT, N.Y. — If there's a team in America facing a more daunting challenge this week than Army, it's difficult to imagine. Fifth-ranked Stanford (1-0), with its power run game and imposing defense, visits Michie Stadium on Saturday and that doesn't bode well for the Black Knights (1-1). By John Kekis. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Jim Mora can't imagine a more difficult situation for his UCLA football team. Less than week after the death of receiver Nick Pasquale, the 16th-ranked Bruins visit No. 23 Nebraska on Saturday. Mora says the Bruins must control their emotions and remain poised in a tough environment in Lincoln. By Eric Olson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — After an offensive debacle put USC coach Lane Kiffin on an increasingly hot seat last week, new full-time starting quarterback Cody Kessler must figure out how to get the Trojans going against Boston College, which is off to a smooth start under new coach Steve Addazio. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 795 words, photos.
BOULDER, Colo. — A look at five things to consider as the Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) host Fresno State (2-0) on Saturday at soggy Folsom Field. The Bulldogs are a team on the verge of being ranked in the AP Top 25. By Pat Graham. SENT: 520 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA — It was another opportunistic, rise-to-the-occasion performance by the San Francisco 49ers' defense against a top NFC opponent in last week's season opener. Except for one thing. The 49ers uncharacteristically missed several tackles in key situations, allowing the Green Bay Packers to turn short gains into big plays before San Francisco pulled out a 34-28 victory. By Craig Massei. SENT: 545 words.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — A slow start is nothing new for Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden. Neither is the criticism he's endured for the past several seasons. Playing in a read-option offense where the quarterback gets more rushing yards than the running backs? That's a challenge that has required a little bit more of an adjustment — and patience — by McFadden. Terrelle Pryor's breakout performance in last week's opener overshadowed an otherwise disappointing day from Oakland's running game and raised concerns about McFadden's role in the Raiders' new offense. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 550 words, photos.
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