Governor signs bill to speed up gun seizures 


  • Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he has signed legislation expanding the ability of state agents to seize firearms from nearly 20,000 Californians who are prohibited from owning firearms because they have been convicted of crimes, ruled mentally unstable or are subject to domestic violence restraining orders.



  • Authorities are probing a valley fever outbreak that sickened 28 workers at solar power plants under construction in Central California. California also is trying to stem a valley fever outbreak that has killed dozens of Central Valley prisoners. This week, federal officials ordered the relocation of more than 3,000 high-risk inmates.


  • The first Chinese-owned vehicle manufacturer in the U.S. plans to build electric buses and batteries at plants in the Mojave Desert. Mayor R. Rex Parris and BYD Automotive announced the deal of the plan for facilities in the high-desert city northeast of Los Angeles.


  • Firefighters fought wildfires as separate blazes scorched parts of Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, as well as Sonoma and Napa counties.


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