SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she will appeal a federal court ruling that struck down the state's death penalty. A federal judge ruled last month that the state's death penalty takes too long to carry out. The judge said the unpredictable delay in carrying out executions is unconstitutionally arbitrary and unfair. Harris says she personally opposes the death penalty, but promised voters she would enforce it.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are sending legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown to force greater disclosure in political campaigns. One bill requires initiative petitions to clearly state the top five donors who gave more than $10,000 apiece to fund the signature-gathering effort. Another bill requires campaign commercials to disclose when paid actors appear in ads as doctors, teachers or other professionals.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a large marijuana growing operation damaged land in a national forest in Northern California. A grand jury had indicted Alejandro Soto-Silva on three counts in connection with the pot farm. Authorities arrested the 21-year-old Mexican national on July 30 after finding more than 3,700 marijuana plants in the Plumas National Forest, northwest of Lake Tahoe.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they've identified the couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone. Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Joshua Dubin says that a man came forward and is working with detectives. The woman also has been identified. KNBC-TV reports that the man in the photo says his aunt bought the iPhone at a swap meet and says he's humiliated to see his photo widely circulated.
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