Northern California wildfire destroys 10 homes
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California are battling a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite grew significantly overnight.
Fire officials say the Sand Fire has burned about 3,800 acres in Amador and El Dorado counties since Friday.
CalFire spokesman Lynne Tolmachoff says the fire threatens hundreds of homes east of Sacramento.
Authorities have evacuated about 500 homes and closed roads near Plymouth in Amador County's wine-growing region.
Tolmachoff says the fire could grow again Sunday as firefighters brace for high wind and triple-digit heat.
Meanwhile, a wildfire that began Saturday has reached 2,100 acres, destroying one home in a small community outside Yosemite National Park.
Park Ranger Scott Gediman says no others are immediately threatened.
RUNNING WITH BULLS
Great Bull Run draws thrill seekers, protesters
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.
Organizers say the Great Bull Run attracted about 2,500 people who raced two dozen bulls at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Saturday.
It's an American version of the annual running-with-bulls event in Pamplona, Spain. Organizers say it's the first such event in California.
The Pleasanton bull run attracted crowds of spectators - and several dozen protesters who held signs that read, "It's not entertainment, it's violence."
Animal-rights activists sued to stop the bull runs, but the case wasn't resolved in time to stop Saturday's event.
Organizers say the bulls are well cared for and not mistreated.
The Hayward Daily Review reports at least one person was injured and had to be taken away by ambulance.
BAY BRIDGE-CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS
Lawmaker wants criminal probe into new Bay Bridge
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California lawmaker is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier says a Senate investigative report to be released this week will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work by a Chinese firm that welded most of the new roadway and tower.
The Sacramento Bee reports the Transportation and Housing Committee chaired by DeSaulnier will discuss the report on Aug. 5.
The Concord Democrat says new witnesses will corroborate earlier testimony about the welding problems and issues with the concrete foundation of the span's iconic tower.
Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty says the new span has been the subject of many reviews, and his agency would embrace further oversight.
California governor to meet with Mexican president
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is traveling to Mexico for three days of meetings and will discuss immigration with President Enrique Pena Nieto and separately with Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.
The governor's office announced Sunday that Brown will sit down Monday with Nieto and separately with Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs, whom the governor met with last week in Sacramento.
The meeting Tuesday with more than a dozen Central American leaders comes as a surge of unaccompanied young migrants and families mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have crossed the U.S. border since October.
The governor's trade mission aims to increase direct investments in California, promote university exchanges and form environmental partnerships to combat climate change.
The trip includes a delegation of more than 100 state government, business, economic development, investment and policy leaders.
First-place Dodgers complete sweep of Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Carl Crawford hit an RBI triple to back Hyun-Jin Ryu's third straight victory, and the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.
Ryu moved within two wins of his rookie total last year and improved to 4-1 in five outings at AT&T Park, where in one dominant weekend the Dodgers made quite a statement to take over the NL West's top spot.
In his Giants debut, Jake Peavy threw a pair of wild pitches in the fifth as the Dodgers went ahead on Hanley Ramirez's RBI single ahead of Crawford's triple to the corner in deep right field.
Matt Kemp singled twice and the Dodgers leave the Bay Area with a 1 1/2-game division lead after outscoring the Giants 17-4.
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