News Minute: Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

News Minute: Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal drought monitors say 58 percent of California now is locked in their highest category of drought. That U.S. Drought Monitor ranking marks a 22-percent, one-week jump in California territory suffering what monitors call "exceptional drought." Climate monitors say those latest figures show Northern California is in about as bad shape as the rest of the state in the now three-year drought.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - An anti-tax group is asking the California Supreme Court to block an advisory ballot measure backed by Democrats after an appellate court rejected its lawsuit. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association wants to block the advisory measure seeking to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling allowing unlimited corporate spending.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari spent $4.4 million on his primary race to defeat a Tea Party candidate for second place but reports having less than $200,000 in his campaign account at the end of the race. Gov. Jerry Brown filed his report last week showing he spent just $270,000 in the June primary election.

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Police say a man in his 90s drove on to a busy sidewalk near Stanford University, hitting five pedestrians and leaving one of them with major injuries. Police said in a statement that the man was attempting to parallel park his Nissan sedan in front of a restaurant on University Avenue during the street's busy lunch hour a few blocks from Stanford. Investigators say he may have accidentally accelerated.

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