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Marin meteorite 'a gift from heaven,' NASA scientist says

When Lisa Webber of Novato heard a "boom-badda-boom" in her kitchen two years ago, she had no idea that a golfball-sized meteorite more than 4.5 billion years old had just hit her roof.  
California may expand carpool lane permits for plug-ins
The state Senate has approved legislation that would allow another 15,000 fuel-efficient vehicles to use California's carpool lanes, even when they have only one occupant.  

Livermore, Berkeley labs part of supercomputing effort to model climate change
Climate change researchers from Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley labs, along with scientists from six other national laboratories, will be part of a new 10-year supercomputing project to model and simulate the effects of climate change on the Earth. 

San Ramon: Tassajara cemetery opponents ask City Council to reverse '05 resolution
Nearly 3,000 residents so far in the surrounding communities have signed a petition against the cemetery being built, saying it will increase traffic, decrease home values and negatively affect the environment. 

Southern California wildfire burns out of control
An out-of-control wildfire in Southern California's Kern County has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in several neighborhoods.  

Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures
Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.  

Federal indictment reveals graphic details of Petaluma plant's distribution of diseased beef
Four top officials at a Bay Area slaughterhouse have been indicted by a federal grand jury and are accused of allowing tainted meat into the food supply -- going so far as to swap diseased cows' heads with those of healthy cows to avoid inspection, officials say. 

The show goes on: Whales, birds, dolphins still drawing crowds to Santa Cruz coast
The music may have stopped, but the show never really ends 

California solar plant is frying birds in mid-air
A Mojave Desert solar plant operated by Oakland's BrightSource Energy is scorching and killing birds flying above, and wildlife investigators are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.  

California's proposed meat regulations believed too weak
State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, touts SB 835 as a critical early step in fighting an emerging national health crisis: the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which sicken more than 2 million people and cause 23,000 deaths every year. The problem, environmentalists say, is that the law would be easy for industrial livestock operations to skirt. 

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Johnny Depp to star with daughter in 'Yoga Hosers'

The actor's 15-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, will assume her first lead role in the comic book film.