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Gavin Newsom Defends Ke$ha; Hits Clinton?

On Wednesday, in what could be construed as a subtle hit on Hillary Clinton, California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted his support for Ke$ha, the performer who has claimed Dr Luke, who ran the record label featuring her, psychologically tormented her

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Leland Yee Sentenced to 5 Years

On Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced former California state senator Leland Yee, 67, to five years in prison after Yee accepted a plea deal over charges of weapons trafficking.

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Santa Monica Slaps Airbnb Owners with $500 Fines

The city of Santa Monica, California, which was nicknamed “The People’s Republic of Santa Monica” as far back as the early 1980s, has launched an attack on Airbnb and VRBO, using the Santa Monica City Council’s ban on short-term rentals issued in May 2015.

A FIFA appeals committee has reduced the bans against Sepp Blatter (L) and Michel Platini from eight to six years

FIFA Reduces Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Bans

Sepp Blatter, former FIFA president, and Michel Platini, the president of the Union of European Football Associations from 2007 until 2015, who were originally banned from soccer for eight years after being found guilty of a conflict of interest in a two million Swiss franc deal, had their sentences reduced to six years by the FIFA Appeal Committee.

Obama Cracks Joke About Scalia’s Death

Speaking to the nation’s governors at the National Governors Association meeting at the White House on Tuesday, Barack Obama cracked a joke that implicitly referred to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death only days after Obama refused to attend the justice’s funeral.

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Man Released by Prop. 47 Arrested for Attempted Murder

Thanks to the passage of Proposition 47, which reduced some felonies to misdemeanors, and allowed some prison inmates to be released early into the general public, one former inmate had the chance to commit attempted murder in a shoot-out with police.

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Fishermen Snag Massive Squid in NorCal

Thanks to a local fishing line vessel’s dragline net, Humboldt State University’s marine laboratory now possesses a huge clubhook squid over 12 feet long and weighing over 60 pounds.

Sierra Club Discovers Founder Was a White Supremacist

The National Park Service is being urged to change the name of LeConte Memorial Lodge in the Yosemite Valley by the Sierra Club, as the environmental group has charged Joseph LeConte, a founding member of the Sierra Club, was an unrepentant racist.

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Hollywood Hospital Pays $17,000 in Bitcoin Ransom to Hackers

On Wednesday, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center CEO Allen Stefanek admitted that the 434-bed short-term acute care hospital paid 40 bitcoins, worth $16,664 dollars, to a hacker who penetrated and disabled its computer network on February 5. Stefanek released a statement

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Kamala Harris to Replace Scalia on Supreme Court?

California Attorney General Kamala Harris may be on Barack Obama’s list of nominees to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s death. Harris champions leftist positions on virtually everything, including abortion, ending the federal ban on medical marijuana, easing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and shorter sentences for some drug crimes.

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Jerry Brown Slams GOP over Scalia Delay

On Sunday, California governor Jerry Brown slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement that the Senate should wait until after the presidential election to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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S.F. Nude Parade for Valentine’s Day

On Saturday, San Francisco nudists marched from Castro and Market streets to City Hall to hold the “Valentine’s Nude Love Parade,” to celebrate “love,” according to its organizer.

Mets Fans Angry Beyonce to Play Citi Field

After the New York Mets announced that Citi Field would feature a second concert by Beyonce in addition to the first one already scheduled, some Mets fans expressed their outrage, angry over Beyonce’s Super Bowl act that paid homage to the Black Panthers.

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North Korea Flew Satellite over Super Bowl

According to the editor of a North Korea tech blog, the rogue nation launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite on Sunday, which flew a path over Levi’s Stadium roughly an hour after Super Bowl 50 ended.