Sep 172014
 

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose is creating a list of private surveillance cameras in the city with the goal of helping police solve crimes. The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the move on Tuesday. It does not require private residences or businesses that have security cameras to register them with the city, but instead seeks voluntary registration. The idea is to let police know where cameras are, so they can check for possible surveillance footage of any crimes that occur in the area. Police must still request the footage from the private camera’s owner or obtain

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Sep 142014
 

TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month’s earthquake in California’s wine country has died — the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff’s officials said. Laurie Anne Thompson was at her Napa home during the Aug. 24 quake when she was hit, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. She did not go to the hospital until the next day when she felt dizzy and experienced a decline in mental function. Sheriff’s officials said she died Friday at a hospital of an

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Sep 122014
 

By Alex Roth Over 700 electronic signs along California freeways display: ‘Serious Drought, Help Save Water.” CalTrans, the agency that oversees the state’s freeways, launched the signs in February 2014 to support the “Save Our Water” (SOS) campaign, a state-run program that promotes water conservation. The program has been much-needed over the years, especially since last year—the driest year in California’s history. This year, the US Drought Monitor estimates 82 percent of California is experiencing “extreme” drought, compared to 11 percent one year ago. In Marin County, dry creeks and streams threaten already endangered Coho Salmons. Santa Barbara County is

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