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.
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. Several dozen protesters held signs that read, "It's not entertainment, it's violence."
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 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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is traveling to Mexico to discuss immigration with President Enrique Pena Nieto and also will meet with Central American diplomatic and religious leaders. The governor's office announced yesterday that Brown will sit down today with Nieto and separately with Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs, whom the governor met with last week in Sacramento.
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