LOS ANGELES (AP) - Days after an Islamic extremist group beheaded an American journalist, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is calling the murder of James Foley barbaric and the Islamic State group a worldwide threat that must be stopped. The California Democrat said yesterday in Los Angeles that the U.S. will continue to not pay ransoms to rescue citizens held by militant groups because it encourages more hostage-taking.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales. The Senate yesterday unanimously passed SB505 by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara. It would require officers to search the state's database of gun purchases when checking on whether someone may be a danger to themselves or others. Jackson says searching the gun database could help prevent tragedies such as the May shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Police say an officer who was shot and gravely wounded during an early morning patrol in San Bernardino is a 6-year veteran whose father is a captain on the force. Chief Jarrod Burguan said yesterday that 31-year-old Gabriel Garcia remains in critical condition following surgery for gunshot wounds to the upper body. Burguan says Garcia is an exemplary officer who has worked patrol for most of his career.
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - A California lawmaker is praising a San Francisco Bay Area woman as a hero after she replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, but was then hit with a fine by her homeowners association. San Diego Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says Fran Paxson's water-saving efforts during the state's drought should be hailed. But Paxson tells the San Jose Mercury News her homeowners association in San Ramon sent her a letter in July saying it was fining her $50 a month until she puts some of the lawn back.
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