SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco has stopped the destruction of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency. A U.S. District Judge issued a nationwide order yesterday to safeguard evidence for invasion-of-privacy lawsuits until March 19. According to court documents, the NSA was set to destroy the records today.
VERNON, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say tests have found elevated lead levels in the soil of 39 homes and a school near a Southern California battery recycling plant. State officials announced the test results yesterday. Officials ordered Exide Technologies in Vernon to perform more tests and gave the company until March 21 to come up with a plan to protect children and pregnant women in the area.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused to order a new trial for a former defense contractor convicting of bribing California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused the request from Brent Wilkes, agreeing with a lower court that what Wilkes' attorney called new evidence that could exonerate him was available during his trial.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is accepting an award from the gay rights community for advancing equality during his political career. Equality California says Brown was the first politician in America to appoint a gay judge, in 1979, and cited at least five actions he has taken as governor since 2011 in honoring him with its leadership award.
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