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

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has decided to allow logging on nearly 52 square miles of the Sierra Nevada burned last year in a massive wildfire. Environmentalists had argued against the logging, saying the blackened trees and new growth beneath them create vital habitat for endangered species.

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) - A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of shootings in the Los Angeles area has made his first court appearance on charges that could lead to the death penalty. Alexander Hernandez made the brief appearance today in Superior Court in the San Fernando Valley, where authorities say he carried out most of his crimes. He's being held without bail.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will become the first city in California to provide funding to help immigrants facing deportation obtain an attorney. The city is giving $100,000 to the nonprofit Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, which will use it to provide free legal representation for immigrants living in the country illegally.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators hoping to reach a new contract that would keep hundreds of billions of dollars of cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports say they've made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits. An overall contract deal still hinges on unresolved issues including job security and workplace safety.

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