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June 3, 2013 | 9:15 am

Wildfires Burn Around California: Map

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by Christopher Weber and Reed Saxon, Associated Press LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight, as cool, moist air moved in Monday to replace torrid weather. The fire, which has fed on old brush that hasn’t burned in decades, did […]

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California Agencies Sometimes Fail to Protect Confidential Data

May 30, 2013 | 12:14 pm

California Agencies Sometimes Fail to Protect Confidential Data

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by Shoshana Walter, the Center for Investigative Reporting When a thief rang up $2,000 in charges at Victoria’s Secret, Gymboree and Gap on Rosa Franco’s credit card, she quickly surmised the reason – the state of California had mistakenly left her credit card and Social Security numbers exposed. Twice. The state Department of Developmental Services, […]

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Wal-Mart Admits Dumping Hazardous Waste in California

May 28, 2013 | 12:29 pm

Wal-Mart Admits Dumping Hazardous Waste in California

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges the company dumped hazardous waste across California, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. Wal-Mart entered the plea in San Francisco federal court to misdemeanor counts of negligently dumping pollutants from its stores into sanitation drains across the state, spokeswoman […]

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California Governor’s Budget $1.3 Billion Less Than Expected

May 14, 2013 | 10:16 am

California Governor’s Budget $1.3 Billion Less Than Expected

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California Gov. Jerry Brown likes to frame himself as the one thing standing in the way of out-of-control spending in Sacramento. “Everybody wants to see more spending. That’s what this place is. It’s a big spending machine,” the Democrat said Tuesday morning, when he unveiled his updated budget plan. “You need something? Come see if […]

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Bay Area Leads California Growth

May 1, 2013 | 3:22 pm

Bay Area Leads California Growth

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Having trouble affording housing in the Bay Area? That’s not likely to end soon: The Bay Area led the state in population growth, according to a new report by the California Department of Finance. Overall, California’s population grew by almost 298,000 residents in 2012 to 37,966,000 as of Jan. 1, 2013, the department found. That […]

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New Lawsuit Opposes California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

April 16, 2013 | 1:19 pm

New Lawsuit Opposes California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

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California’s quest to reduce global warming hit another obstacle on Tuesday. A conservative legal group filed suit to block California’s new cap-and-trade carbon market. The Pacific Legal Foundation alleged that the market’s charge for carbon emissions violates California law because it constitutes a tax, and taxes in California require approval by a two-third majority in […]

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California Vies for Drone-Testing Contracts

March 27, 2013 | 4:37 pm

California Vies for Drone-Testing Contracts

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By Aarti Shahani It looks like the skies are going to become a lot more crowded. The Federal Aviation Administration wants to put unmanned aerial vehicles operated by joysticks in the same air with planes operated by pilots. Last month the agency put out a call to test-fly drones at six sites still to be […]

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March 20, 2013 | 9:47 am

California Jobless Rate Stalled at 9.8 Percent

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—California’s jobless rate stalled at 9.8 percent this winter, with only a few new jobs created in January. The state’s Employment Development Department reported Tuesday that the unemployment rate remained unchanged in January and December November’s jobless rate was revised upward a tenth of a percentage point to 9.9 percent, when the rate […]

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March 14, 2013 | 3:57 pm

A Guide to California’s Proposed Ban on Smoking in Apartments

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It’s move-in day. You’re sitting in the great new condo you just bought. And suddenly you catch a whiff of cigarettes coming from next door. If you’re a healthy-living type, your home-buyer happiness may be gone in a puff of smoke. Now California Assemblyman Mark Levine, D-Marin, is trying to address that problem with a […]

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California Democrats Regain Supermajority in State Senate

March 13, 2013 | 8:57 am

California Democrats Regain Supermajority in State Senate

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats appeared to have hit the sweet spot in a pair of special elections on Tuesday, likely regaining their two-thirds majority in the state Senate while retaining their narrow supermajority in the Assembly at least until mid-May. With all precincts reporting, Assemblyman Ben Hueso, a Democrat from San Diego, led the […]

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