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Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press:

A natural gas pipeline explosion at a California sheriff's gun range shot flames well over 100 feet into the air, left 11 people injured and brought traffic on a busy highway to a halt for several hours. Authorities and witnesses say the explosion on a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipe happened at the Fresno County Sheriff's gun range while an equipment operator was using a front-loader to build a dirt berm to confine gunfire to the range. Three of the injured were in critical condition.

California regulators are offering a new plan for mandatory water reductions that would require some cities to conserve even more while reducing conservation targets for others. The State Water Resources Control Board released the new water reduction targets yesterday after cities blasted an earlier proposal as unfair and unrealistic. The targets are based on per-capita water use last summer. The revised plan cuts water reduction goals for major cities including Los Angeles and San Diego. Other cities, however, are expected to conserve even more.

A judge has rejected a California timber company's attempt to undo a $47 million legal settlement for a massive 2007 wildfire. Sierra Pacific Industries had accused federal prosecutors of engaging in misconduct. But according to the Sacramento Bee, a federal judge ruled on Friday that Sierra Pacific had not proved its claims and that most of the evidence it cited was known to its lawyers before the settlement was reached in 2012. Sierra Pacific attorney William Warne said the case would be appealed.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached a tentative contract deal with its teachers. The three-year tentative deal was reached late Friday and includes a 10 percent raise over two years. The Los Angeles Times reports that teachers at LAUSD have not had a raise in eight years. Both sides have been involved in tense negotiations for more than a year and this deal will forestall talk of a strike.

San Francisco officials and residents held a moment of silence yesterday as they gathered around a fountain in the early morning hours to mark the 109th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the crowd at Lotta's Fountain observed a moment of silence as the clock struck 5:11 a.m. Sirens on nearby fire engines and police cars went off soon after. The fountain in downtown San Francisco was a meeting place for survivors following the quake, which killed 3,000 people.

Construction on the Rosedale Highway Widening Project is expected to begin Sunday night. The contractor plans to remove the median and install temporary paving, which will allow two lanes to remain open to daytime traffic. The work will start at Gibson Street and go westward to Patton Way. That will require nighttime closures of the inside lanes, in both directions, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Nighttime lane closures, ramp closures and detours on Highway 58, between Freeway 99 and Cottonwood Road, begin this Sunday. The work will be performed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. through next Friday.

The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny with highs in the 80s through Tuesday. There's a chance of rain Tuesday night, Wednesday and Thursday.


April 19, 2015

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