Monday, January 20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new California law that tightens the state's recycling redemption rules is squeezing people who cash in bottles and plastic to get by. The LA Times reports that as of Nov. 1, recycling centers started paying much less for containers including wine bottles and milk jugs that do not have a specific redemption value. A load of recyclables that used to be worth $200 might now only fetch $50.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of bills that failed to pass the Legislature last year face an end-of-the-month deadline to gain initial support. The list includes measures affecting gun owners, the oil industry and farm laborers. The bills are dead if they don't pass the house where they originated by Jan. 31, and dozens of the holdover bills already have died in committees.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspicious device found on a bus last night forced authorities to close a Los Angeles freeway connector road and a nearby street as the bomb squad investigated. City News Service said the device appeared to be a pipe bomb but X-rays showed it didn't contain explosives.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The city of San Francisco is being rescued from paying the cost of staging the "Batkid" fantasy that captured the nation's imagination. Philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman are picking up the city's $105,000 tab for allowing Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Northern California boy with leukemia, to fight villains and rescue a damsel in distress as a caped crusader on Nov. 15.