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CA GOP Lets Jerry Brown Pass New Health Tax

On Monday, California legislators approved legislation that will levy a new tax on all managed care organizations so over one billion dollars of federal funds will continue to be granted to Medi-Cal, including millions of dollars for services for the developmentally disabled.

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California Democrats Losing Younger Voters

A panel formed to speak at the California Democratic Party state convention admitted a troubling fact for the party: younger voters are no longer a dependable constituency.

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Berkeley Astronomer Looks for ET, Discovers Burglars

Late at night on February 18, a UC Berkeley astronomy research scientist looking for extraterrestrial life finished his work only to find two burglars walking through the new $80 million Campbell Hall at the Berkeley SETI Research Center.

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Compton Teachers Stage 2nd ‘Sick-out’ in a Week

On Friday, for the second time in a week, teachers in Compton failed to show up for work at 10 of the school district’s 37 campuses, according to teachers’ union president Patrick Sullivan. The school district claimed nine campuses were affected, as KPCC reported.

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CA Dems Endorse Kamala Harris for Senate

California Democrats at the party’s state convention Saturday in San Jose voted to endorse state Attorney General Kamala Harris in her campaign for the United States Senate.

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California May End Daylight Saving Time

Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) has proposed Assembly Bill 2496, which would put a halt to Daylight Saving Time in California.

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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.

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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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Homeless Woman Tries to Steal Locomotive

Early Sunday morning, a homeless woman in Victorville was arrested for attempting to steal a rather conspicuous object: a Burlington Northern and Santa Fe locomotive.

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Yelp Fires Young Worker for Public Complaint to CEO

A 25-year-old college graduate with a degree in English literature was fired from Yelp soon after she posted a blistering open letter to Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman complaining that she was underpaid.

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Ann Coulter Tweets Rubio Is Running ‘Anti-White’ Campaign

On Friday, the day before the South Carolina primary, Ann Coulter responded fiercely to answers Marco Rubio gave about racism when questioned at a CNN townhall only days before. Coulter accused Rubio of running an “anti-white campaign.”

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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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Agent Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Leonys Martin from Cuba

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI arrested Bart Hernandez, an agent who has represented Cuban baseball stars, including Jose Abreu, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jorge Soler and Leonys Martin, on charges of human smuggling.

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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.

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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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High-Speed Rail Will Start in Bay Area, Not L.A.

Northern California won and Southern California lost, as the California High-Speed Rail Authority has decided that the first leg of the bullet train will be built between Bakersfield and San Jose.

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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