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CalFire beefs up seasonal ranks ahead of schedule

(AP) — The threat of wildfire heightened by the state's drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.

Asiana: Plane systems partly to blame in crash

(AP) — Asiana Airlines says a Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed.

Jury selection begins in Apple-Samsung case

(AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the latest legal battle between the fiercest rivals in the world of smartphones, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.

California Senate suspends 3 Democratic lawmakers

(AP) — The Democratically controlled California Senate has voted to suspend three Democrats who face criminal charges, after the latest lawmaker to be hauled into court refused to step down.

Port of Oakland rejects security firm's bid

(AP) — The Port of Oakland has backed out of a contract with a security company after discovering the firm submitted bogus references and credentials to win a $450,000 deal to patrol two shoreline parks.

Feds close investigation of Tesla battery fires

(AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company agreed to install more shields beneath the cars.

Cal State Northridge, gets $10M gift

(AP) — A graduate of California State University, Northridge, has donated $10 million to the school and is promising to raise $15 million more.

Families targeted in new Reno-Tahoe tourism survey

(AP) — Tourism official say last year's visitors to the Reno-Tahoe area stayed longer, spent more money and brought their children along more often than they did two years earlier.

Deal pending for refunds tied to closed nuke plant

(AP) — Consumer groups and two Southern California utilities are meeting behind closed doors to discuss who pays for costs tied to the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant.

California drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra

(AP) — There's gold in them dry hills! Or gold seekers anyway. And they see a historic opportunity in California's historic drought.