By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children has fallen short of signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot, state data showed on Thursday. The effort was part of a backlash against a bill signed into law in June by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown that requires pupils to be vaccinated against childhood diseases unless they have a medical reason to refuse. Opponents of the new rules, some fearing a long-debunked link between vaccines and autism, and others opposed to the state's removal of a religious exemption for parents who want to opt out of vaccination, vowed to take the issue to voters.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.
Creditors objected to elements of the city of San Bernardino's initial debt payment plan at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing on Thursday, saying the city was not being forthcoming about what assets it had and complaining about the lengthy process. San Bernardino has proposed paying a penny on the dollar on nearly $50 million in pension obligation bonds held by EEPK, the Luxembourg-based bank and the city's second largest creditor behind the California Public Employee Retirement System. Representing EEPK at the hearing in Riverside, California, Vince Marriott said the city had failed to reveal to creditors how much property it owned, its value, and whether it could be liquidated.
The man, Walter Scott, 50, was shot after fleeing a traffic stop in April. The shooting was caught on a bystander's video and reignited a national outcry over police treatment of minorities. North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey said in a statement that the City Council had voted to settle all potential claims over Scott's death for $6.5 million.