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Afghanistan Veteran Murdered at Homecoming Party

Francisco Garcia, 22, an Army serviceman who was discharged from Afghanistan two weeks ago, was fatally shot early Sunday morning in the middle of a party celebrating his homecoming, according to LAPD Detective Juan Santa and CBS Los Angeles. The Sylmar Police Department reported that Garcia’s girlfriend had hosted a party for him at her home, and then, at 2:00 a.m. the party moved to a different location down the street. Nov 9, 2014 10:46 AM PT

Oregonians for Immigration Reform: 'People Are Basically Fed-Up'

Oregonians for Immigration Reform, the group that spearheaded opposition to Measure 88, which attempted to put to popular vote the state’s law providing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, said his group was successful because people are "fed up" with the push for illegal immigration. Nov 8, 2014 9:44 AM PT

Brown Predicts GOP Will Support High-Speed Rail

Gov. Jerry Brown, defiant in the wake of the massive GOP victory on Tuesday, insists that his pet project, the state’s $68-billion bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco, will not die, despite GOP opposition. Brown said of the GOP, “They’re going to join the chorus....Look, we have the ingredients to get this thing launched.” Nov 7, 2014 10:13 AM PT

Yolo County Elects Man Who Tried to Take Name off Ballot

A candidate who tried to remove his name from the ballot but couldn’t wound up winning a seat on the Yolo County Board of Education. Matt Taylor never spent a dime on his campaign after realizing that he would have no time to fundraise, but it didn’t matter; even though he tried to pull out just hours after he had announced his candidacy, he still defeated incumbent Xavier Gamez by 300 votes. Nov 7, 2014 8:18 AM PT

Chevron Blows $3 Million in Failed Richmond Race

Candidates in Richmond, California opposing the Chevron Corporatio won handily in Tuesday's local elections, leaving a strong possibility that the city may push harder in its lawsuit against the oil company while reinvigorating the city’s attempt to seize underwater mortgages from banks so there are fewer foreclosures. Nov 7, 2014 6:16 AM PT

US Army Still Uses the Term 'Negro'

The Army is receiving criticism because the term "Negro" is still used in its regulations. Section 6-2 of the Army’s AR 600–20 regulations states that the word “Negro” is permitted for “a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.” Nov 6, 2014 8:27 PM PT

German Newspaper: Hillary Won't Make it in 2016

A German leftist newspaper has weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s chances in 2016 and found her wanting. The taz die tageszeitung (or “taz”) emblazoned the front page of Thursday’s edition with a picture of Clinton on the 2008 Obama Hope poster, with the caption “Last Hope.” Nov 6, 2014 8:22 PM PT

Thousands of Inmates Set to Be Released Due to Prop. 47

Now that Proposition 47 has passed, thousands of inmates will be released from prisons in the state. The most visible impact of the new law will be the effect on drug possession cases: California is first state to make drug possession crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies. City attorneys will now be backlogged by cases that used to be handled by district attorneys, including forgeries, theft and shoplifting. And drug offenders who were convinced to attend rehab because of the fear of a felony conviction will now lack the motivation to do so. Nov 6, 2014 10:58 AM PT

Obama Turns to Black Leaders for Support

Only hours after Barack Obama watched his party go down in flames Tuesday night, he turned to the constituency that most strongly supports him, meeting with black political leaders, including Al Sharpton. Nov 5, 2014 9:52 PM PT

Kevin Johnson Watching 'Strong Mayor' Plan Fail: 'Take Tequila Shots'

At a rally on Tuesday night, as Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson watched the negative early results come in for his "strong mayor" initiative, Measure L, he tried to comfort his supporters with an unusual message. Local NBC News affiliate KRCA displayed a grinning Johnson saying, “So only about a third of the votes have been in, so you guys can breathe, everybody breathe, take tequila shots, Wait, wait, wait…scratch that. Rewind.” Nov 5, 2014 1:21 PM PT

A-Rod Admits PED Use Between 2010-2012

Alex Rodriguez, suspended for the 2014 season but back on the New York Yankees roster for 2015, admitted last January that he had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) between 2010 and 2012. Nov 5, 2014 11:56 AM PT

Torlakson Victory Huge for Teachers' Unions

Incumbent state public schools superintendent Tom Torlakson defeated Marshall Tuck in Tuesday’s election, giving a significant win to teachers’ unions that were furious with the Vergara vs. California decision that struck down teachers’ tenure. With 99% of precincts counted, Torlakson had gained 52.1% of the vote; Tuck, 47.9%. Nov 5, 2014 8:35 AM PT

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