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    Wildfire in Siskiyou County reaches 50 square miles; evacuations continue

    HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire near the small Northern California logging and gold mining town of Happy Camp in the Klamath National Forest has grown to a vast 50 square miles, pushed by westerly winds that sent embers ahead of the main blaze. 
    Online ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar will provide more insurance for drivers under a bill sent to the governor's desk Thursday, the result of a deal struck earlier this week following months of hardball negotiations.  
    The California Legislature on Thursday sent to the governor Senate Bill 967, which would require all colleges taking student financial aid funding from the state to agree that in investigations of campus sexual assaults, silence or lack of resistance does not imply a green light for sex, and that drunkenness is not an acceptable defense.  
    SAN JOSE -- The Bay Area is enduring a parched summer, with profound implications for many.The list of towns and districts with water restrictions -- both mandatory and voluntary -- is growing rapidly.  
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    If the state Senate approves Senate Bill 270 as expected, California would become the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.  
    (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Contra Costa Times)
    Inbox filled with kitty litter-box tips

    Readers offer their suggestions on making the litter box more attractive to cats.