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California weighs listing grey wolf as endangered species while other states allow hunts

FRESNO, Calif. - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing grey wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday postponed for three months a decision on whether to list the grey wolf as endangered. Commissioners heard impassioned arguments from environmentalists who want the wolves to again to roam the state and from cattle ranchers who fear for their herds.

Ten dead in crash between truck and students bus in California: police

(Reuters) - A 10th person has died after a tractor-trailer slammed into a tour bus with college hopefuls heading to a campus tour in northern California on Thursday, California police said on Friday. The crash took place near the community of Orland, 95 miles north of Sacramento. A California Highway Patrol spokeswoman confirmed the 10th death but provided no additional information. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Paul Thomasch)

Preview: Arkansas at California

Arkansas looks to avenge an earlier loss to California on Monday when the teams meet in Berkeley in the NIT's second round. Both teams opened tournament play in impressive fashion, with No. 2 seed California cruising to a 77-64 win over Utah Valley and third-seeded Arkansas routing Indiana State 91-71. The Golden Bears are hoping to have senior forward Richard Solomon, the Pac-12’s leading rebounder, back in the lineup after he missed the first-round game due to a concussion.

State attorney general: California businesses are top target in US for international criminals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report being released Thursday. Along with trafficking in drugs, guns and people, criminals are also turning to cybercrime to target wealthy, innovative businesses and financial institutions in the state, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in the report.

California major target for cyber-criminals, attorney general says

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California has become a major U.S. target of cyber crimes committed by outlaw groups with ties to Eastern Europe, China and Africa, according to a report by state Attorney General Kamala Harris released on Thursday. As part of a broader report on international organized crime groups, Harris said about 17 percent of attempts to hack into major computer networks in the United States in 2012 were aimed at California, which is the most populous U.S. state.

California pension reform measure abandoned after court ruling

By Tim Reid (Reuters) - Backers of a ballot measure to cut California's public pensions, which was seen as a model for other states, abandoned their campaign to win voter support on Friday after a court ruling. Chuck Reed, the Democratic mayor of San Jose, said he was ending his campaign to put the statewide measure on the ballot this November, but he did not rule out trying to re-launch his effort for the November 2016 election.

Preview: Colorado vs. California

An NCAA Tournament berth could be on the line Thursday when No. 5 seed Colorado meets fourth-seeded California in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. The game is a rematch from last Saturday, when the Golden Bears edged the Buffaloes 66-65 in overtime in Berkeley despite going without a field goal in the extra period. The win earned California a first-round bye in the league tournament, where Colorado edged upset-minded USC 59-56 in Wednesday's first round.

California crafting driverless car regulations; vehicles could be available in several years

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving. With that in mind, the California Department of Motor Vehicles held an initial public hearing Tuesday as it puzzles through how to regulate the public's use of the technology that is still being tested. Among the complex questions officials wanted to unravel: How will the state know the cars are safe? Does a driver even need to be behind the wheel?

California crafting driverless car regulations; vehicles could be available in several years

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving. Though the technology is still being tested, the day it rolls out into broad public use can now be measured in years, not decades. With that timeframe in mind, California's Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday began puzzling through how to regulate the vehicles that haven't been fully developed yet. Among the complex questions officials sought to unravel at the initial public hearing on regulations in Sacramento:

Powerful 6.9 quake strikes off California coast

A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck late Sunday off the coast of northern California, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami threat. The quake struck at 0518 GMT with an epicenter located 77 kilometers (48 miles) west-northwest of the town of Ferndale and at a depth of seven kilometers (4.3 miles), said the USGS, which monitors earthquakes worldwide.
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