Oakland: Motorist killed after crashing into construction vehicle

A 25-year-old man was killed early Saturday after crashing into a truck in a lane closed for construction at the MacArthur Maze, according to the California Highway Patrol.  
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced.  
 
Two more men were arrested this week in connection with the slaying of a 36-year-old man in Berkeley in December, police said.  
 
A major drug distributor and Antioch gang member has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for possession of methamphetamine, with the intent to distribute the drug, the U.S. attorney's office said Friday.  
 
The man accused of killing a 58-year-old Hercules resident Wednesday and seriously injuring his girlfriend has been charged with murder with special circumstances, attempted murder, attempted rape, kidnapping and residential burglary, in what appears to be a random crime.  
 
GAY MARRIAGE
Arkansas bars expanding local protections for gays, lesbians

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state's image. 
MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Vallejo rejects $50,000 in sales taxes from medical marijuana outlets

Several Vallejo medical marijuana dispensary owners were turned away from City Hall last week as they attempted to pay their Measure C taxes.With the assistance of James Anthony, a political consultant and lawyer, four dispensary owners made their way to the ground floor of City Hall to pay $50,000 
BIZARRE BLOTTER
Pinball is cool again

A museum in Seattle is one of a handful across the country celebrating a pastime that seems to be in the midst of a revival: pinball. Full Story
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Big Sur getaway: Where pampering and wilderness meet

A weekend getaway to Big Sur marries luxury and rugged wilderness trail when the day's delights include stops at the Ventana Inn, Big Sur Bakery and a trail that goes straight up.