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Lawmakers, Jerry Brown claim major political victory on climate change bills

Surmounting political obstacles to policies that have made California a national model on fighting climate change, lawmakers on Wednesday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of bills to sustain the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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California Assembly approves climate change law

A bill extending California’s greenhouse gas emission targets squeaked by in the Assembly on Tuesday, and is almost certain to be approved by the Senate. Gov. Jerry Brown attempted to include an amendment specifically extending cap-and-trade authority but was rebuffed by lawmakers.

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Otters attack boys swimming in Shasta Lake

Two Shasta County teens were attacked by five otters Sunday during a swim on Shasta Lake. While known for being cute, gregarious and playful, wildlife officials say it’s worth remembering otters can grow to 4 feet long and are feisty predators with needle-sharp teeth.

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Young Auburn birder has already encountered over 150 different species

Thirteen-year-old Auburn resident, Fiona Gillogly, is an avid birder. This summer, she attended a five-day birding course to learn bird identification with her mother at San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus. Gillogly’s training in music and drawing has helped her to see, hear and sketch the birds spotted on early morning walks.