California

California

Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults

There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.

Transportation

State seeks fee on dangerous chemicals crisscrossing California

Day and night, trains crisscross California pulling long strings of tanker cars carrying volatile gas, chemicals and crude oil. Jolted by a series of oil train explosions nationally, including one in Oregon last month, the state has drawn up a list of what it says are the 25 most hazardous materials shipped on rail in California and plans to impose a $45 fee on every rail car carrying one of those materials. The money will be used to ramp up the state’s emergency spill and fire response capabilities.

Videos

Get water-wise garden help at State Fair

Julie Saare-Edmonds of the California Department of Water Resources gives a tour of drought-minded makeovers at The Farm at the 2016 California State Fair at Cal Expo.
Debbie Arrington The Sacramento Bee
Get water-wise garden help at State Fair 2:02

Get water-wise garden help at State Fair

Elk Grove grass fire burns near homes 0:15

Elk Grove grass fire burns near homes

Small grass fires char about 4 acres in Rio Linda 0:15

Small grass fires char about 4 acres in Rio Linda


Witness captures final moments of Dylan Noble shooting 0:36

Witness captures final moments of Dylan Noble shooting