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Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators to wrestle with gas tax issue

Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California's toughest fiscal challenges -- mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts. But this year he's ready to take on Mission Impossible -- getting Democrats and Republicans to agree to raise the state's gas tax to fix California's crumbling roads and bridges.
 
West Coast dockworkers approve new contract with shippers
Dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports, including the Port of Oakland, have voted by an overwhelming margin to ratify a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract with shipping companies that had been reached in February, union leaders said Friday.  

Napa County: Two people found dead following fiery crash
Two people died in a fiery crash after their car veered off the roadway Friday evening in Napa County, California Highway Patrol officers said today.  

Could a drought disaster movie happen in California?
The state is in the fourth year of the worst drought in its history, with farmers in the Central Valley pumping so much groundwater from aquifers that the state is literally sinking -- and shrinking! But unlike temblors, tsunamis and catastrophic forest fires, droughts are slow-rolling disasters, and thus, according to conventional blockbuster wisdom, inherently uncinematic. 

Project to honor Vietnam War casualties hitting a snag in the Bay Area
Project to find pictures of all U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War hitting a snag in the Bay Area 

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.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three men were killed in a shooting in North Oakland, and one person was arrested.   Full Story
 
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DENVER (AP) — Yusmeiro Petit gave manager Bruce Bochy the start he wanted. It lasted one pitch too many and helped finish the San Francisco Giants' winning streak.   Full Story
 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Injuries to first baseman Yonder Alonso and center fielder Wil Myers have taken their toll on the San Diego Padres' struggling lineup.   Full Story
 
 
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David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.