News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. PDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force; prevent rent spikes and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Among the many other bills facing key votes this week are measures that try to prevent exorbitant health care insurance increases and surprisingly high medical bills. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that originated in each chamber.
MAUI, Hawaii (AP) - Authorities say the man killed by a shark in Hawaii this weekend was a 65-year-old resident of California. Shark warning signs are posted Sunday in the Ka'anapali Beach Park area on Maui where the man died. Witness Allison Keller tells Hawaii News Now that the man appeared unconscious as rescuers brought him to shore Saturday. Keller says the victim was missing his left leg from the knee down and skin was torn from his wrist. The man's family told rescuers he had gone swimming in the area.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say three members of a family were injured, one critically, when they were ejected from the log ride at a California amusement park. Officials say the ride malfunctioned and one of the log-shaped vessels overturned at Castle Park in Riverside. Riders were thrown from the vessel and trapped in the water. Fire Capt. Brian Guzzetta says a pump apparently malfunctioned, preventing the flow of water onto the track. He says when the log descended there wasn't enough water to slow it down.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Officials at schools around the United States have begun rethinking their approach to teen vaping as statistics show a rise in suspensions and other disciplinary responses to students caught using e-cigarettes. Many who previously emphasized discipline are now also looking more closely at ways to prevent and treat nicotine addiction, partly by educating students about health risks.
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