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SACRAMENTO — A year marked by the worst drought in a generation, the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges and a murderous rampage in a Santa Barbara college community drove support for legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown in the final weeks of the legislative session. State lawmakers adjourned after acting on a flurry of bills that might not have advanced without heightened public attention and pressure. Among the most hotly-debated items was a legislative package that would regulate California's groundwater supply for the first time. Another bill responds to the murderous rampage last May by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger near the University of California, Santa Barbara. It would make California the first state to let family members and law enforcement officers petition a judge for a temporary restraining order to prevent someone from possessing a firearm when they appear to pose a threat. By Fenit Nirappil. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1:30 p.m. Photos.


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NAPA — Sunday's earthquake in the heart of California's wine country highlighted a recurring safety issue for the fault-riddled state and its wine industries — winery buildings are strengthened against earthquakes, but the ceiling-high stacks of wine barrels are not. Falling wine barrels that became 900-pound projectiles caused by far the most widespread type of damage at Napa's wineries, including 10,000 barrels to collapse at a one wine-barrel storage center alone. No one died or had serious injuries in the wineries, only because the earthquake happened at 3:20 a.m., when they were empty, owners and safety experts say. Seismic engineers hope, when the quake cleanup and harvest are over, attention will turn back to easing the safety threat before the next quake. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 840 words. With AP Photos FX201-203.


LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California public school teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or raise the standards for obtaining them. Attorney General Kamala Harris filed the appeal Friday in a Los Angeles County court on behalf of the governor and the state. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 600 words.



LOS ANGELES — Downtown Los Angeles is ready for its inaugural outdoor music festival Saturday despite concerns from residents about security and traffic issues. The Budweiser Made in America concert in Grand Park marks the West Coast expansion of the two-day festival that rap mogul Jay Z launched in Philadelphia in 2012. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has championed the Made in America event, fast-tracking it through city approvals. By AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated on merits and at conclusion of concert at 11 p.m. AP Photos planned.


— DISMEMBERED EX-BOYFRIEND — A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her former boyfriend's body parts has been convicted of first-degree murder.


SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SENT: 220 words, photos.



HAPPY CAMP — A trio of fires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago continues to grow while threatening about 250 homes and other structures in far Northern California. The fires burning in the Klamath National Forest near the gold mining and logging town of Happy Camp had scorched more than 90 square miles as of Saturday, an increase of 21 square miles from a day earlier. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2 p.m.


FATAL CLIFF FALL — The Coast Guard says one person has died and two others have been injured after falling from a cliff south of San Francisco.

HUMBOLDT INSTRUCTOR ARREST — A former veteran instructor at Humboldt State University has been arrested on child pornography charges following a months-long investigation.



NEW YORK — The movie of the summer might have been Marvel's irreverent hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay's sequel-reboot hybrid "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally. But really, the movie of the summer was "Star Wars: Episode VII." Even though it's not due in theaters for more than a year, no other film captured the popcorn-hunger of moviegoers quite like J.J. Abrams' resurrection of George Lucas' space opera. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 950 words



SAN DIEGO — Ian Kennedy and the San Diego Padres face Zack Greinke and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Last season, Kennedy, then with Arizona, was one of six players and coaches ejected after a brawl with the Dodgers. Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Greinke with high pitches. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 5:40 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Jake Peavy (2-4, 3.18) faces the Brewers for the third time this season looking for his first win after two outings while with Boston. Milwaukee sends righty Mike Fiers (4-1, 1.54), 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA as a starter, to the mound for his fifth start and ninth appearance. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 6:05 p.m.


EVANSTON, Illinois — After months of union talk and some key player losses, Northwestern heads into the season opener against California hoping to turn the attention toward victories. The Wildcats have been at the center of the union movement, with former quarterback Kain Colter leading the push. But they're also trying to rebound from a disappointing 5-7 season. Cal won just one game last year. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 12:30 p.m.


STANFORD — Two-time defending Pac-12 champion Stanford begins another season of high expectations when the No. 11 Cardinal host lower-tier UC Davis. By Antonio Gonzalez. Starts 1 p.m. PDT. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA — The 49ers finalize their 53-man roster for the regular season. UPCOMING: 500 words. Developing from 1 p.m. PDT deadline.


ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders cut down their roster to 53. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 600 words developing from 1 p.m. PDT deadline

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SACRAMENTO — T.J. Dillashaw will be making his first UFC title defense against last-minute replacement Joe Soto. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. PDT start.

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