LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of University of California retirees collecting six-figure pensions has increased 60 percent since 2012 _ and those retirement packages are being paid for by students' tuition. The Los Angeles Times reports that last year more than 5,400 UC retirees received pensions over $100,000. Spokeswoman Dianne Klein said it's impossible to say precisely how much of this year's tuition increase will go toward retirement costs, but the newspaper says it could be tens of millions of dollars.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers want to release more of the state's oldest prisoners and more of the inmates who were young when they committed their crimes. The two bills sent to Gov. Jerry Brown are the latest attempt to keep the prison population below the cap set by federal judges. One applies to inmates 60 and older and the other to those who were under 25 when they committed crimes. Law enforcement officials say the bills put more dangerous people on the streets.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It took about 66 million years, but California finally has a state dinosaur. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday the signing of a bill making Augustynolophus (Aw-gus-tin-o-lo-fus) morrisi the official dinosaur of the Golden State. Fossilized remains of the duckbilled creature that lived anywhere from 100 to 66 million years ago have been found only in California.
NEW YORK (AP) - The R-rated spy comedy "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" has taken over the top spot at the North American box office with an estimated $39 million debut. The 20th Century Fox release pushed the Stephen King sensation "It" into second place in its third week of release. But "It" still continues to pull in crowds. With $30 million over the weekend, "It" is now the highest-grossing horror film of all time, not accounting for inflation, with $266.3 million thus far.
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