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News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal drought monitors say 58 percent of California now is locked in their highest category of drought. That ranking Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor marks a 22-percent, one-week jump in California territory suffering what monitors call "exceptional drought."

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several related media outlets are suing the California Senate to get legislative calendars and appointment books of two suspended members. The California Senate and its rules committee have denied media to release the documents of Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon, who are charged in separate corruption cases.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and his counterparts in Oregon and Washington state say they don't want the possibility of any oil drilling off of the west coast. They sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel to formally state their opposition to any oil or gas lease sales. The department is currently developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno homeless shelter last week looked out of place. And now the people there know why. Republican millionaire Neel Kashkari, a candidate for governor of California, said today that he rode a bus from LA to Fresno with $40 to spend during a week looking for a job. He said wanted to refute Gov. Jerry Brown's claims the state is making a comeback.

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