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Drought Threatens (Artificial) Salton Sea

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, unless Californians ante up to save the endangered Salton Sea, there could be environmental consequences for its surrounding areas, such as deteriorating air quality. The Salton Sea is the largest inland lake in the state, and has been a critical stop for birds as they travel the Pacific Flyway, but as it dries up, exposed playa that are covered with pesticides from agricultural run-off could foul the air. Sep 2, 2014 6:18 AM PT

Thousands of Fish Die in Mexican Lake

In Lake Cajititlán, a lagoon which lies in Jalisco, Mexico, thousands of fish weighing altogether almost 50 tons have died suddenly, baffling observers. Sep 2, 2014 5:04 AM PT

Hackers Steal Security Check Data from 25,000+ DHS Employees

USIS, the Department of Homeland Security’s contractor for conducting security clearance background checks, has had the personal records of at least 25,000 of its employees stolen because of hackers, and the hackers may have been from a foreign country, according to the Associated Press (AP). Aug 31, 2014 5:41 PM PT

Bipartisanship: Brown Will Sign Mandatory Sick Leave Bill

California Governor Jerry Brown made clear this weekend that he would sign a new bill that would require all businesses in the state--including small businesses--to provide paid sick leave to employees. Calling the bill “historic,” according to Reuters, Brown signaled his intent to sign it into law after it passed the state legislature early on Saturday. Aug 31, 2014 2:05 PM PT

Feds Arrest 20-Year-Old OC Resident Who Allegedly Wanted to Join Islamic State

A 20-year-old California man is in Santa Ana Jail in Orange after federal authorities alleged he was planning to fly to Turkey and join the Islamic State (IS), according to the Orange County Register. Adam Dandach, AKA Fadi Fadi Dandach, lives with his mother in Orange, and FBI investigators assert in documents released to the court that Dandach had stated he would “assist ISIS with anything ISIS asked him to do.” Aug 31, 2014 12:56 PM PT

Tech Companies to Play Big Role in Clinton's 2016 Campaign

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, notes that presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the San Francisco area with her aides last week to hit up tech companies for cash and technical advice for the 2016 election. Aug 31, 2014 12:27 PM PT

Michael Sam Not Claimed on Waivers

Michael Sam, attempting to become the first openly gay player in the NFL, was not claimed on waivers on Sunday after he was cut on Saturday by the St. Louis Rams. The team had to cut four players in order to set its 53-man roster, and Sam was one of the four players cut. Aug 31, 2014 12:21 PM PT

Man Uses 3D Printing to Build Castle in Backyard

A 30-year-old Minnesota man has constructed a concrete children’s playhouse castle in his backyard by using a customized 3D printer. Andrey Rudenko said that there were some difficulties, allowing, “printing the castle turrets by themselves was a bad idea as they were extremely difficult to lift and place.” Aug 31, 2014 11:14 AM PT

CA State Senate Approves Law Limiting Drone Use by Police

The Atlantic reports that the California State Senate, in an effort to protect the privacy of citizens, has passed legislation that forces police to secure warrants for surveillance before they use drones. If there are exigent circumstances, police will not need a warrant. Aug 31, 2014 6:56 AM PT

Tom Steyer to Put $1 Million into State Races, Including Races Between Democrats

Tom Steyer, the former hedge fund honcho who is now a billionaire focusing his energies on environmental activism, acknowledged on Thursday that he will spend $1 million to support Democrats in California in 2014 who fight for environmental causes as well as voter registration. He even stated that he will support one Democrat over another if one is more sympathetic to environmental activism. Aug 29, 2014 11:47 AM PT

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


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