In California, the Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted a donation of 330 acres of Lucas Valley farmland from Metallica's James Hetfield. The land, which sits around the singer's property, is to be preserved as open space. It follows an earlier gift by Hetfield of 400 acres.
County officials say they are close to a deal with Hetfield that would reroute a hiking trail that crosses his property, a project is expected to cost the county more than $200,000. Hetfield recently constructed a fence to block use of the trail.