California wildfire: Marijuana grower fined $6.5 million for Nicolls Fire

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A convicted marijuana grower was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison and ordered to pay a $6.5 million fine for igniting a wildfire that burned a remote part of Sequoia National Forest in Central California. 
Mammoths swam to Channel Islands well before last glacial period, fossil indicates
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey says a fossil discovery shows mammoths reached the Channel Islands off Southern California much earlier than was previously known. 

Berkeley lab unveils new solar energy center aimed at producing fuel from sunlight
Groundbreaking work expected to be performed at $59 million Solar Energy Research Center. 

Supreme Court: Big Pharma must pay for prescription drug disposal in Alameda County
An Alameda County law likely will be duplicated across the country now. 

Big animals are going the way of the mammoth
Stanford biologist says hunting and habitat loss put more than half of the world's largest herbivore species at risk of extinction. 

Castro Valley sewer fees jump almost 50 percent in four years
Castro Valley Sanitary District says the increases are needed to maintain sewer pipes and the wastewater treatment plant. 

Fresh Food: Urban farms growing in West Oakland
Vacant lots, a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables make the neighborhood ripe for farming 

Richmond dedicating new Bay Trail segment on Sunday
The Ferry Point Loop segment and a Bay Trail connector along Garrard Boulevard from Cutting Boulevard to the Ferry Point Tunnel will be officially opened with a ceremony in Point Richmond 

Juvenile whale washed ashore on Sonoma beach, one of several in recent months
A dead whale washed ashore at Portuguese Beach in Sonoma County Sunday, a state park ranger said Monday.  

Tahoe bear battle: Vacationer claims Bear League activists harassed him over trap
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A Las Vegas man will ask a judge this week for a protective order against bear advocates at Lake Tahoe, saying they harassed him after he initiated efforts to trap a bear that damaged his vacation home. 

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Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield reunited?

'The Amazing Spider-Man' co-stars have been spotted together around L.A. amid reports their romance is back on.