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

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials say 20 people were taken to hospitals after two separate crashes involving city transit vehicles just minutes apart. Firefighters were called to the city's Japantown neighborhood at 1:29 p.m. when a bus collided with a dump truck, sending 12 people to hospitals. Seven minutes later a light-rail train collided with a big rig in the Bayview neighborhood. Eight people were taken to hospitals.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A state appellate court ruling is giving new life to Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion high-speed rail project. It gives California access to billions of dollars in voter-approved bond funding and clears up some of the uncertainty the project has faced since a lower court ruled against it last year.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) - The ACLU is appealing a San Diego suburb's decision to reject a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol. The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties says it appealed to the Escondido City Council today to approve a 96-bed shelter proposed by a nonprofit group. The city Planning Commission denied a permit for the project last week.

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) - A rare whale fossil has been pulled from a Southern California backyard with some unusual help - a sheriff's search-and-rescue team. The fossil, lodged in 1,000-pound rock, was hoisted from a ravine by LA County Sheriff's Department search-and-rescue volunteers. Using pulleys and a steel trolley, crews pulled the fossil up a steep backyard slope and into a truck bound for the museum.

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