FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A state board says it needs more time to hear from the public before deciding whether to list gray wolves as an endangered species in California. The California Fish and Game Commission voted today to delay a decision by 90 days on whether to grant legal protections to the species that's showing signs of a comeback after being killed off in the 1920s. Ranchers oppose protections, saying wolves threaten their livestock.
MERCED, Calif. (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River. The Merced Sun-Star reported yesterday that the ranch hands quickly got in touch with wildlife officials after discovering the confused animal last month at Mape's Ranch near Modesto. Officials aren't sure why the sea lion left the river or hopped such a long way on the ground.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - A woman is facing a possible fine after federal officials say they found a knife inside an enchilada in her bag during security screening at a Northern California airport. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez says the 8 and a-half inch long blade was found Monday at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. The passenger, who has not been identified, said she made the enchilada over the weekend, and didn't know how the knife got into the bag.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says California home prices have surged to a new six-year high amid lackluster sales. DataQuick said today that the median sales price for new and existing houses and condominiums reached $376,000 in March, up 6 percent from $355,000 the previous month and up 20 percent from $313,000 in March 2013. It is the 25th straight month of annual increase and the highest level since January 2008.
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