Z Foods, a defunct dried fruit processor from Madera, was ordered July 21 by a federal judge to pay $1.47 million to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The federal agency contended that Z Foods allowed supervisors to sexually harass female employees. Male workers who witnessed the acts and complained were retaliated against and later fired.
Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to 2,000 homes and a sanctuary for exotic animals that was being evacuated, authorities said.
There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.
An employee released 952,000 gallons of partially treated sewage — enough to fill 50 backyard swimming pools — by accident into the San Francisco Bay but the spill didn't cause any harm to public health or the environment, officials said.
A strong high-pressure system over the nation's midsection built westward into California on Friday, baking inland areas of the southern counties in dry, triple-digit heat while raising wildfire danger in the parched region.
State transportation officials are hosting a public meeting next week on plans to build a 3-mile, shared-use path connecting Incline Village to one of Nevada's most popular public beaches on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.
A federal judge said Friday that he is inclined to deny a request by Donald Trump's lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the Republican presidential nominee of defrauding customers at the now-defunct Trump University.