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Historic climate-change bills in California Legislature go down to the wire

08/29/2015 12:26 PM PDT
After passing the Senate by a wide margin in June, the bills face a much tougher test in the Assembly, which is expected to take them up as early as this week. Some moderate Democrats, charging "coastal elitism," say the bill will harm the middle-class families they represent in the Central Valley and others are trying to shake down legislative leaders for handouts that benefit their districts.  
08/29/2015 12:08 PM PDT - California regulators have tried harder than most to make mental health parity laws work but it's been tough to enforce the rules and gain the cooperation of insurers.  
 
08/29/2015 09:50 AM PDT - France's interior minister says European countries will increase ID checks and baggage checks on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.  
 
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08/29/2015 12:13 PM PDT - U.S. Highway 101, a major link between the Peninsula and San Francisco, remained closed in both directions Saturday because of a crash Friday evening in which a tractor-trailer toppled power lines, the California Highway Patrol said.  
 
08/29/2015 08:56 AM PDT - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.  
 
08/29/2015 08:51 AM PDT - At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while traveling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group said on Saturday.  
 
08/29/2015 08:47 AM PDT - Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey announced on Saturday.  
 
08/29/2015 08:22 AM PDT - Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.  
 
08/29/2015 10:04 AM PDT - Three people were wounded by gunfire on an Oakland freeway late Friday when they apparently were caught in a gunbattle between the occupants of two other vehicles, police said Saturday.  
 
08/28/2015 11:58 PM PDT - All lanes were blocked about 11:30 p.m. Friday on northbound Interstate 880, just south of Fifth Avenue in Oakland due to police activity, according to the California Highway Patrol.  
 
08/29/2015 12:18 AM PDT - Folsom wins 27-26 in opening-week matchup of 2014 state football finalists  
 
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08/29/2015 04:19 AM PDT - Isaiah Turner scores twice, and defense looks sharp for Pittsburg  
 
08/28/2015 11:49 PM PDT - Rookie Kelby Tomblinson's bases-loaded single gives the Giants a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals  
 
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08/29/2015 09:08 AM PDT - Both sides of Highway 101 in Burlingame still are closed Saturday morning after a collision knocked downed high voltage power lines Friday night.  
 
08/28/2015 11:50 PM PDT - Shea Salinas scores his third goal of the season as the Earthquakes blank the MLS' best team.  
 
08/28/2015 11:50 PM PDT - Oakland ace cruises through fifth, but Arizona rallies in sixth and seventh  
 
08/28/2015 09:40 PM PDT - A motorcyclist died after a big-rig truck struck him and fled the scene Thursday night just east of Livermore, according to the California Highway Patrol.  
 
08/28/2015 10:39 PM PDT - Less than a week after popular driver Justin Wilson died from a devastating head injury, the Verizon IndyCar Series will crown its 2015 champion in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway.  
 
08/28/2015 11:09 PM PDT - Walnut Creek is accused of negligence for approving a row of new two-story houses, but a judge rules for the city.  
 
08/28/2015 06:51 PM PDT - A Bay Area physician has been selected as a White House Fellow for 2015-16; also, as former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina calls for defunding Planned Parenthood, the charitable foundations of the two families who founded the company she's famous for leading remain among that group's largest donors.  
 
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