SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts. Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos of San Jose introduced the bill after a San Lorenzo man was threatened with up to $1,000 in fines for not watering his lawn. It came even after the governor declared a drought emergency in January.
WILLOWS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the 10 victims of a Northern California crash between a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer. Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said seven of the victims in April's crash succumbed from asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation. Two others died of multiple traumas from the collision.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who plotted a heist to steal more than a half-million dollars from a bank in East Los Angeles by pretending his then-girlfriend had a bomb taped to her body was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. Reyes Vega will also have to pay $556,800 in restitution. Vega and Aurora Barrera were convicted of bank robbery and conspiracy in March.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been found dead in a Santa Barbara County Lake after he was seen struggling in the water 10 days ago. Officials confirmed that the dead man was Isaiah Sanchez of El Rio in Ventura County. Another man with him was rescued, but after divers searched the area with water 80 feet deep the search for Sanchez was eventually suspended.
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