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

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

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POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - Rescue crews are searching for a man who went missing while swimming in an estuary at a national seashore on the Northern California coast. National Park Service spokesman John Dell'Osso says dive teams and water rescue specialists from Marin County were assisting in the search effort today in Drakes Estero in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Opponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project are appealing to the state Supreme Court, asking the justices to overturn a lower court ruling that allowed the project to proceed. In a petition submitted today, Central Valley residents argue that the July 31 appellate court ruling undercuts 100 years of precedent requiring the state to strictly comply with promises made in ballot measures.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulatory judges have recommended a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines. The California Public Utilities Commission today announced the figure reached by two administrative law judges against Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Charlie Powell, the San Diego sports all-star who was one of the first black NFL players and who later became a boxer and fought Cassius Clay, has died. He was 82. His brother Jerry tells U-T San Diego that Powell died yesterday at a San Diego hospital after being treated for dehydration following a collapse at a hotel on Friday.

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