SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego is the latest California city to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all places where conventional smoking is banned. U-T San Diego reports the measure passed yesterday also regulates how e-cigarettes can be sold. A representative from the industry brought a petition to the council containing more than 900 signatures in opposition to the regulations. Los Angeles and Long Beach are among the cities that have regulated the devices.
POMONA, Calif. (AP) - Pomona police say they've arrested a man for stealing $10,000 worth of copper wire from a school. City News Service reports Michael Echenique had been caught several times on surveillance video on the grounds of Fremont Academy before his arrest last night. Police say the 32-year-old Pomona man was booked for felony grand theft and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over Venice Beach that experts say it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike like the one that hit Sunday afternoon. The phenomenon so rare that lifeguards lack an emergency warning system killed a 21-year-old man and injured a dozen people. Experts say that while commonplace in many other parts of the country, lightning rarely ever strikes the sand along the beaches of the Western U.S.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A conservation group is challenging a proposed natural gas power plant in San Diego. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously earlier this year to approve the plant despite concerns from environmentalists. The plant's supporters say it is particularly needed because the San Onofre Nuclear power plant went offline last year. The CPUC says it hasn't seen the petition and can't comment.
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