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10 years in prison for California wine collector

(AP) — A California wine collector convicted of making up to $20 million on bogus bottles of wine has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Report faults Chevron in deadly gas well fire

(AP) — Environmental investigators faulted Chevron Inc. site managers in a report released Wednesday on a natural gas well fire in western Pennsylvania that killed one worker.

Ventura County Quarry settles in pollution suit

(AP) — The owner of a Ventura County quarry has settled a lawsuit brought by two environmental groups that accused it of polluting waterways and threatening endangered steelhead trout.

Yelp CEO reviews his own business after 10 years

(AP) — After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.

Porn production down 90 percent in Los Angeles

(AP) — Pornographic movie production has plummeted in Los Angeles County in the wake of a 2012 law requiring performers to wear condoms.

Business sales drop in Fresno County

(AP) — Senior state transportation officials are acknowledging serious problems during construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge but deny reports that employees were repeatedly reassigned after raising red flags about faulty work.

Disney 3Q profit rises 22 percent

(AP) — The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) on Tuesday reported that third quarter net income increased 22 percent, topping analysts' expectations.

Cleanup begins in aftermath of California floods 


(AP) — They came with shovels, hands and heart to dig out their neighbors in the aftermath of deadly Southern California flooding.

Wildfires menace homes in 3 Western states

(AP) — Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were menacing a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and Tuesday brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning that could spark new blazes, officials said.

Defense in NY case calls Silk Road search illegal

(AP) — Lawyers for a San Francisco man charged with operating an online marketplace for illegal drugs are asking a judge to toss out most of the evidence against him, saying the Fourth Amendment protects their client from "indiscriminate rummaging" through his entire online history.