California cows are the first in the nation with the legal right to swat flies now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill banning tail docking. The Humane Society plans to take the fight to other dairy-producing states such as Wisconsin, Vermont and New York. Dairy officials say the practice of cutting is to prevent cows from slinging manure and is practiced on fewer than 15 percent of the state's 1.5 million dairy cows. Schwarzenegger also approved a state blueberry commission and new label requirements for honey.
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Mayor visits S.F., loses his luggage
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says he was robbed in San Francisco over the weekend as he was helping an elderly man. The former NBA star says he lost a suit, a pair of shoes and some personal items during his trip to attend a conference. Johnson reportedly saw a man struggling to carry bags near Union Square and set aside his belongings for less than a minute to put him in a taxi. When he turned back to get his things, they were gone.
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Sleepy man misses his house inferno
A suburban Pittsburgh man slept soundly as his home caught on fire and partially collapsed. It wasn't until firefighters did a walk-through of the home more than two hours later that he woke up. Ross Township Fire Marshal John Reubi says he was "flabbergasted" that anyone survived the blaze. It broke out around 2:40 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters were initially unable to search for victims because part of the roof collapsed. Reubi says it appeared the man had no idea what was going on.