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California becomes 1st state to restrict restaurants on handing out plastic straws

California becomes 1st state to restrict restaurants on handing out plastic straws

Technology
California has become the first state in the nation to pass a law that will ban restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws to help protect the environment. “Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement upon signing the bill Thursday. “Ocean plastic is estimated to kill millions of marine animals every year." The law, which will go into effect Jan. 1, applies only to full-service, dine-in restaurants, not fast-food establishments or other businesses. It sets a fine of $ 25 per day for restaurants that violate the rule, with the total not to exceed $ 300 annually. The initiative is the first of its kind, officials said. ...
California, SoCalGas, reach Aliso Canyon gas leak settlement

California, SoCalGas, reach Aliso Canyon gas leak settlement

Business
Aug. 9 (UPI) -- State and city officials in California unveiled details of a $ 195 million settlement with a gas company to help mitigate the effects of a major 2015 gas leak. A gas facility at Aliso Canyon, near Los Angeles, leaked methane from late October 2015 to early 2016 following a blowout. Residents in the area were forced to relocate to temporary housing while state, federal and the Southern California Gas Co. worked to control the leak. The faulty well at the Aliso Canyon storage facility was permanently sealed with cement and taken out of service in mid-February 2016. SoCalGas, city and state officials said they reached a settlement that addresses the impact of what Los Angeles officials said was the largest gas leak in U.S. history. "When my office filed our lawsuit against So...
Earlier search for California serial killer led to wrong man

Earlier search for California serial killer led to wrong man

Technology
Investigators hunting for the so-called Golden State Killer turned to searching genetic websites in 2017 but misidentified an Oregon man as a potential suspect. A year later, after using a similar technique, they are confident they've caught the serial rapist and killer who eluded capture for four decades. In March 2017, an Oregon City police officer, working at the request of investigators in California, convinced a judge to order a 73-year-old man in a nursing home to provide a DNA sample. Court documents obtained by The Associated Press said detectives used a genetic profile based off DNA from crime scenes linked to the serial killer and compared it to information on a free online genealogical site. Investigators cited a rare genetic marker, which the Oregon man shared with the killer,...
SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

Technology
An Earth-observation satellite built for Spain and two experimental satellites for internet service were successfully launched into orbit from California at dawn Thursday, creating a brief light show as it arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, reusing a first stage that had flown on a previous launch, lifted off at 6:17 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Californians were hoping for a repeat of the spectacle that occurred during a Dec. 22 Falcon 9 launch during exceptionally clear twilight conditions, but this time the sky was much brighter, making the plume less brilliant. The Falcon's first stage was used to launch a satellite for Taiwan last August and was recovered by landing it on a drone ship in the Pacific. This time there was no effort to re...