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Fee proposed on rail cars that haul oil, other flammables

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions. The fee would start at $175 and increase to $1,400 per car by 2018. It would […]

U.S., Canada unveil oil-train rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rail tank cars that are used to transport most crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of catastrophic train crash and fire under a series of new rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation officials. The regulations, which go […]

Environmentalists criticize changes to delta plan

OAKLAND (AP) — Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water aroundCalifornia’s delta. The revision calls for restoring 30,000 acres of wildlife habitat, down from an initial 100,000 acres. State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, slammed the […]

Raiders/49ers roundup: San Francisco drafts Pleasant Grove’s Armstead

Uncertain whether Justin Smith will play another season, and with Ray McDonald already long gone, the San Francisco 49ers were searching for a pass-rusher with a big body. Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead brings that with a 6-foot-8, 292-pound frame. Now, his task is to become better fast at getting to the quarterback in a […]

Oakland poor start continues

OAKLAND — The Athletics couldn’t get out of town fast enough. It’s probably a good thing, too, that the first month of the season is finally over. Manager Bob Melvin’s ballclub has matched its worst home start in Oakland history, has yet to win a day game this season and ended April having dropped six […]

Back in the saddle

The charioteer figure, “Prosperity,” who guides the golden horses on the Minnesota State Capitol building’s “Quadriga” statue, lowers back into its position Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn. The figure was removed last year for repairs.

State cuts wetland restoration in water plan

FRESNO (AP) — California officials dramatically scaled back habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people. The project now calls for restoring 30,000 acres for wetland and wildlife habitat — down from 100,000 acres, California Department of Fish and […]

Suspected marijuana grower fatally shot at wildlife refuge

ELK GROVE (AP) — A game warden shot and killed a suspected marijuana grower Wednesday at a federal wildlife refuge near Sacramento, authorities said. Agents from the California Department of Justice and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were conducting a raid at the Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge in Elk Grove when the shooting occurred, The Sacramento […]

Pro baseball roundup: First-inning Dodger HRs sink S.F.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier homered off Ryan Vogelsong in the first inning and Jimmy Rollins hit another one off him in the third, powering the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Vogelsong (0-2) threw 55 pitches over three innings, giving […]

Brown touts aggressive plan to reduce greenhouse gases

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under a plan announced today by Gov. Jerry Brown that steps up the state’s previously established target. The governor’s executive order goes further than a federal proposal also aiming to curb global warming but lacks specifics on how to accomplish its goals. Brown […]

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