SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key environmental safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has testified.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest wildfire so far this year was expected to rage through the Labor Day weekend in the Sierra Nevada, spewing smoke that has forced campgrounds near a popular lake to close and prompted health warnings, officials said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man was found guilty Friday of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Los Angeles bedroom at knifepoint and repeatedly raping her before letting her go and fleeing to Mexico.
An undocumented immigrant accused of shooting a woman along San Francisco's famous waterfront in a killing that has ratcheted up the national debate over immigration will stand trial on murder and weapons charges, a judge ruled on Friday. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the July 1 shooting of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked arm-in-arm with her father along Pier 14 near the Ferry Building in a popular tourist area. The case rose to national prominence when Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Steinle's death was the result of failed U.S. immigration policies.
Two New York City correctional officers pled not guilty on Friday to charges that included official misconduct and assault on a teenage inmate at Rikers Island, prosecutors said. Captain Medzid Kolenovic, 40, is accused of bringing Ambirorix Celedonio, an 18-year-old Rikers inmate, into a supply closet in December and assaulting him. The two had a verbal spat over Celedonio standing up in the mess hall to get a piece of food from a friend.
COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard used aerial observations of the Mississippi River on Friday to try to determine the location of more than 120,000 gallons of oil that spilled after two tow boats collided, prompting the closure of that part of the river.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Aug. 12 about an inmate's murder in a California prison riot, The Associated Press, relying on information from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, reported erroneously the status of co-defendant Willie Tate. Corrections officials say Tate was released in 1976. A different inmate with the same name remains imprisoned.