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The Latest: California Reviews Dam Safety After Tough Report

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An independent panel of dam-safety experts looked at the causes of February's near-disaster at the nation's tallest dam in Oroville, California. Both spillways at the dam failed that month, prompting evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people downstream.

The Latest: California Justices Toss Bullet Stamping Suit

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The unanimous ruling on Thursday rejected a lawsuit by gun rights groups that sought to throw out a California law that requires new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings. The groups argued that technology did not exist to meet the stamping requirements, and a law can't mandate something that's not possible.

The Latest: California Data Privacy Bill Headed to Governor

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The bill passed both chambers of the Legislature on Thursday without any dissenting votes. Supporters of the measure hope the governor will sign it Thursday in time for a related data privacy initiative to be withdrawn from the November ballot. They say the policy will likely need future revisions and should be enacted through the legislative process instead of through a ballot initiative. Bills passed by the Legislature are much easier to change than voter-enacted initiatives.

The Latest: Northern California Brushfire Sparks Evacuations

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Contra Costa County Fire spokesman Ryan Bain told KGO-TV in San Francisco that the dry conditions seemed more like August than June. Bain says hot temperatures, wind and dry grass were contributing to "dangerous conditions."

Authorities: California Building Site Fire Is Latest Arson

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The ATF on Wednesday released surveillance video of a suspect it believes started the latest fire. The video shows the hooded suspect entering the construction site through a gap in a fence and duck inside the building. Several second later, the suspect can be seen running from the building as fire erupts behind him.