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Uber-Deal: CA Legislators Reach Accord on Ride-Sharing Insurance

Capital Public Radio reports that California legislators have loosened the restrictions on ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber, reducing the amount of insurance the drivers must carry between the time they turn their apps on until a match with a prospective passenger is made from $500,000 to $200,000. Aug 28, 2014 10:51 AM PT

Al Qaeda Targets California

Fox News reports that the General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego is among the terror targets mentioned in a new English-language Al Qaeda magazine called Palestine--Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem. Aug 28, 2014 10:35 AM PT

Eric Garcetti to Raise Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles Times reports that on Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13.50 an hour in the next three years was confirmed by top business leaders in the community. Aug 27, 2014 6:41 PM PT

Hillary to Headline Event with Obama

Politico reports that Barack Obama will take time out from golfing to join Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington on Sept. 18-19. Aug 27, 2014 4:08 PM PT

D.A. Seeks 6-Month Jail Sentence for Wright

The Los Angeles Times reports that suspended Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright may spend six months in jail, if Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Bjorn Dodd has his way. Aug 27, 2014 1:36 PM PT

California Black Caucus Speaks Out against Police Shootings

Fox 40 reports that on Monday, members of the California Black Caucus and the NAACP joined at the state capitol, brandishing huge pictures of five black men killed by police officers around the nation, including Eric Gardner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, and Kimani Gray. They called for action to address police interaction with people of color. Aug 27, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Syrian Foreign Minister: We Will Join with U.S., U.K. to Fight IS

The BBC reports that Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Muallem, asserting that Syria is "the centre of the international coalition to fight Islamic State,” stated that Syria would “cooperate and coordinate” its efforts with the United States and Great Britain in fighting the Islamic State (IS). Aug 26, 2014 6:40 PM PT

LAUSD Pulls iPads Amidst Corruption Allegations

The $1 billion contract that L.A. schools had made with Apple to provide iPads to all the students in the district was suspended on Monday, according to a memo from Supt. John Deasy to the Board of Education, obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Aug 26, 2014 12:59 PM PT

Sacramento Bee Cunningly Attacks Tom McClintock

In a column ostensibly lambasting local district attorneys around the state for failing to prosecute legislators who live outside the districts they represent, Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee lives up to his paper’s penchant for looking out for Democrats. Aug 25, 2014 3:21 PM PT

Experts: Napa Quake Could Have Been Far Worse

CBS 2 Los Angeles reports that seismologists say that their early warning systems did alert them that the Napa Valley earthquake was imminent, but the good news was that the quake struck at 3:20 a.m., when most people were asleep. Aug 25, 2014 1:54 PM PT

Napa Aftermath: Gawkers Stunned by Quake Damage

After Sunday’s 6.1 earthquake, 33 buildings in Napa have been red-tagged by building inspectors in Napa, including the county courthouse and the post office, according to CBS Sacramento. Aug 25, 2014 1:04 PM PT

Padilla's Plastic Bag Ban Looms Before Legislature

State Bill (SB) 270, introduced by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) in January to ban disposable plastic check-out bags from grocery stores, may come to a vote by midnight Aug. 31, according to the Los Angeles Times. Padilla, who is also the Democratic Party's nominee for Secretary of State, had said that the millions of bags used every year “cost state and local governments at least $25 million,” amended his original version to curry favor with the grocery industry. Aug 24, 2014 3:00 PM PT

SF Chronicle: Desperate Farmers Turning to 'Water Witches'

The severe California drought is prompting farmers and vintners to hire dowsers, AKA “water witches,” to locate water underground, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The harshness of the drought has cut the normal quantity of water delivered to farmers, forcing them to use their wells. But with the wells running dry, and the much-higher cost of hiring geologists, dowsers are finding themselves overwhelmed with requests. Aug 24, 2014 2:51 PM PT

DHS: Over 1,000 Businesses Hit by Cyber Attack Stealing Data

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed Friday that over 1000 businesses across the U.S. have been targeted by a cyber attack that allows hackers to steal personal data from customers’ debit and credit cards. Some of the biggest names that have been hit include Target, Supervalu, and UPS. Aug 24, 2014 2:20 PM PT

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