Friday, July 31
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom reports that he has already banked nearly $5.5 million for a possible run for governor that's still more than three years away. The Democrat and former San Francisco mayor filed campaign finance reports today showing he has $2.5 million in an exploratory account set up in February.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wrestling star-turned-movie star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at age 61. The WWE says Piper died today. He was a villain opposite Hulk Hogan in wrestling's 1980s heyday, but became one of the most popular and enduring figures in the history of the WWE. Piper, born Roderick Toombs, is the second WWE Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is declaring a state of emergency throughout California as wildfires rage in the parched state. Brown says in a declaration issued Friday that the severe drought and extreme weather "have turned much of the state into a tinderbox." Brown's order requires all state agencies to provide assistance if needed to respond to the fires and mobilizes the California National Guard to help with disaster response.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of abortion providers by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader. Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order Friday against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.