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SAN FRANCISCO — Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed. A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state's free-wheeling medical marijuana industry — the farmers that grow the drug, the hundreds of storefront shops that sell it and especially the doctors who write recommendations allowing people to use it. The state in 1996 was the first to authorize marijuana use for health purposes — there are now 20. But to this day no one knows how many dispensaries and patients California has or what conditions pot is being used to treat because the loosely worded law did not give government agencies a role in tracking the information. By Lisa Leff. SENT: 850 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — California's greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state's industrial sector, costing it more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees. It's now poised to hit the pocketbooks of everyday Californians. Starting next year, the law will force fuel distributors into the same cap-and-trade marketplace as utilities and major manufacturers. The oil industry says it will lead to price increases of at least 12 cents a gallon immediately, while state regulators say any price spikes could vary widely, from barely noticeable to double-digits. By Jason Dearen and Don Thompson. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
PUBLIC TRANSIT TRIPS, HFR
LOS ANGELES — Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming. Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise — the highest total since 1956. The new numbers come from the American Public Transportation Association. By Justin Pritchard. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos after 9:01 p.m. embargo.
—BC-US--Public Transit Trips-List: Top 10 cities for ridership.
ANAHEIM STAGE COLLAPSE
ANAHEIM, Calif. — A stage at a Southern California high school collapsed during a performance, sending 25 students to the hospital with mainly minor injuries, authorities said. SENT: 250 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Three people were detained early Sunday during a manhunt that followed the wounding of a San Francisco police officer. The three were taken into custody without resistance after a 90-mile car chase through four San Francisco Bay Area counties that ended in San Jose. The 28-year-old police officer was shot and wounded Saturday afternoon as he and a partner checked a report of vandalism in the Mission District and spotted a suspect vehicle. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.
TUCSON, Ariz. — City officials confirmed Sunday that they have made a bid for electric-car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people. SENT: 400 words.
AURORA, Colo. — If the apparent slow death of immigration legislation has any political repercussions this year, they probably will be felt in the subdivisions, shopping centers and ethnic eateries wrapped around Denver's southern end. Rep. Mike Coffman represents this fast-changing congressional district. He's among a few vulnerable Republican members in line to be targeted by immigrant rights advocates if the House doesn't pass an immigration bill before the November election that would offer legal status to millions of people who entered the U.S. illegally or overstayed their visas. Democratic campaign officials are focusing on about two dozen GOP-held seats where immigration could be a factor, but they rank only nine in the top tier of possible pickups as they try take back the House. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
BORDER TOURISM-SPRING BREAK
MATAMOROS, Mexico — The sidewalks are empty on Alvaro Obregon Avenue. Restaurants and souvenir shops lining the once popular thoroughfare are gutted and shuttered. The sign in front of an abandoned karaoke bar is now ripped and dilapidated, riddled underneath with three spray-painted tombstones. The thousands of spring breakers who flooded over each March from the nearby Texas resorts are gone. The drug war drove them off, leaving a void of tourism in a city that years ago gave up trying to cater to such crowds. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 960 words, photos.
—GAS PRICES — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 10 cents over the past two weeks.
—BOAT CRASH — Authorities say a 64-year-old man was killed in a boating accident during an organized race east of Los Angeles.
NEW YORK — The shirtless warriors of the "300" sequel "Rise of an Empire" ravaged the post-Oscars box-office weekend with a domestic debut of $45.1 million but an even bigger international haul of $87.8 million. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 745 words, photo.
LOS ANGELES MARATHON
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Amane Gobena of Ethiopia won the women's Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 37 seconds, crossing the finish line 41 seconds ahead of men's champion and fellow Ethiopian Gebo Burka and winning the gender challenge. Burka won in 2:10:37. SENT: 165 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff is considering moving the team to a temporary location if he can't extend a two-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum. The owner told the San Jose Mercury News that he's considering an existing venue or constructing a temporary stadium to house the A's if he can't extend the lease. The A's have been searching for a new home for five years and Major League Baseball has turned down their proposal to build a new stadium in San Jose. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2 p.m.
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