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California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste

While most cities aren't issuing fines yet, new enforcement patrols will be responding to neighbors' complaints about water waste as California's drought worsens. 
Gov. Brown signs bill to diversify California's health care exchange board
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that will diversify the expertise of the five-member board of directors of Covered California, the state's health care exchange. 

Mystery solved? Annoying hum in Monterey Bay may be toadfish's sex call
PACIFIC GROVE - It's "odd," "disturbing" and keeping Pacific Grove residents up at night. The droning hum emanates from the Monterey Bay and has baffled residents all summer long. 

New Drakes Bay Oyster Co. suit by local businesses seek to keep operation afloat
Businesses that sell Drakes Bay Oyster Co. goods have filed for a temporary restraining order with the District Court of the Northern District of California to keep the operation open. 

Infamous Marin killer will have court-ordered parole hearing in September
Responding to a court order, the state prisons department has set a Sept. 19 parole hearing for a man convicted of murdering a Terra Linda couple in 1975. 

Hinkley: A town with no future

Special report on the chromium-tainted desert town made famous in "Erin Brockovich."

California budget crisis

Get all the latest news and links to resources as the state battles another fiscal mess.

Special report: High-speed rail

Get the latest news on the project to connect S.F. and L.A. Or see the interactive map and Twitter feed.

Special report: Same-sex marriage

Check out full coverage of the California ruling legalizing gay marriage and the passage of Proposition 8 to reject it.

NEW YORK (AP) — CIT Group will buy privately owned OneWest Bank in a $3.4 billion cash-and-stock deal.   Full Story
 
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.   Full Story
 
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The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel.   Full Story
 
 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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Movie, TV legend James Garner dies at 86

Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said.