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Adam Gadahn’s Journey Toward Radical islam

On Thursday, Adam Yahiye Gadahn, 36, who was raised in Riverside and Orange counties and grew up to be the first American since the World War II era to be charged with treason after he joined al Qaeda, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan.
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GOP Contenders Gather at ‘Sheldon Adelson Primary’ in Vegas

This weekend, leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition hold their annual spring meeting in Las Vegas--and, as in prior years, many Republican presidential hopefuls will be in attendance. The conference is hosted by Sheldon Adelson, casino magnate, philanthropist and Republican mega-donor.
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Blue State Blues: Jerry Brown, A Blue Nation Turns to You

With Hillary Clinton reeling from a major ethics scandal, true-blue Democrats are looking for alternatives to their party's presumptive presidential nominee. The bench is rather weak. There's Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor who couldn't build an Obamacare exchange and provoked a Republican sweep. There's Elizabeth Warren, the fake Indian and genuine real estate speculator who has learned to parrot the "progressive" talking points. And then there's Jerry Brown.
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CA Democrat Legislators Reject Being Enrolled In Obamacare

On Wednesday in the California State Assembly Rules Committee, Democrats defeated a bill that would have dropped state legislators from their taxpayer-funded premium healthcare plans and prodded them into Covered California, the state Obamacare exchange. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), was defeated on a party-line vote--even though it would have reimbursed them for the cost of their new California Health Benefit Exchange plans.
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Deadly Abalone Season Claims Another Life

Two friends visiting northern California and fishing for abalone--a lucrative mollusc delicacy--were caught off guard while when a tide came in that forced the men up a sheer rock wall, one falling to his death 75 feet below. The incident is the fourth abalone-related death in the Mendocino region since the red abalone season began April 1.
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Facebook Messenger Makes 10% of VOIP Calls

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, intent on making the telephone obsolete, stated Wednesday that 10% of global mobile Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) occurs through Facebook Messenger. He added, according to TechCrunch, that because mobile VOIP’s audio has superior audio to that of traditional phone calls, growth “is going to continue very quickly.”

NASDAQ Hits New High, After 15-Year Recovery

15 years after the Dot-Com Bubble burst, the Nasdaq Composite Index leapt by 20.89 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5056.06 on Thursday, a record high. The strength of the index is being driven by the Silicon Valley 150 tech companies that have provided the juice to lift the NASDAQ by 6.8%, despite U.S. stock performance trailing major world markets.
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100 Years: Armenians Plan Business Closures to Remember Genocide

LOS ANGELES, California -- Friday will mark the centennial of the start of the Armenian genocide, in which nearly 1.5 million Armenians were massacred at the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. A host of businesses will be closing in the area in observance of the anniversary. A march through Los Angeles has also been planned.
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SCOTUSblog: Cal Raisin Farmers Had a Good Day at the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments on April 22 regarding the constitutionality of a federal law that requires raisin farmers to transfer a portion of any raisin crop surplus to the federal government at a severe discount, or pay a fine. The law was passed during the Great Depression as a "New Deal" for agriculture to keep prices up. But the farmers call the law an “illegal taking” under the Fifth Amendment--and they appeared to have a very good day in Court, according to the SCOTUSblog.
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Pro-Life Banners Removed from USC; ‘Approved in Error’

A series of pro-life banners of images of 11-week-old fetuses in the womb saw mere hours of daylight at the University of Southern California on Tuesday prior to being removed by the same university organization that had initially approved them. The light poles instead featured hand-written signs posted on them reading, "Women deserve the right to choose."
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California Plans to Tax Airbnb; Company Fights Back

For California cities and counties, Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) for short-term hotel rentals rose from $1.38 billion in 2010 to $1.67 billion in 2012. Collection of the 13 percent average tax on short-term occupancies would have been much higher, except that Airbnb online rentals has never collected a dime. Now, State Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) os pushing Senate Bill 593 legislation to require “online vacation rental sites” to collect TOT and report big data--such as number of guests or length of stay-- to cities and counties. And Airbnb and hosts are warning about consumer privacy.
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L.A. to Use Waze to Make Traffic More Efficient

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke of the partnership between the city and the Waze traffic-avoidance app, which functions by allowing drivers to share information regarding traffic and the conditions of streets on which they travel. Last week, Garcetti announced the partnership in his State of the City address, and on Tuesday he added that the 1.3 million Waze users in Los Angeles will receive alerts about hit-and-runs and abducted children, as well as information involving construction, film shoots, and road closures, according to the Los Angeles Times. In return, the city will glean data from drivers in real-time regarding traffic patterns and roadway conditions.
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Chewing Tobacco ‘Going, Going, Gone’ at SF Giants AT&T Park

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” lyricizes peanuts and crackerjacks as mainstays for baseball and both seem safe to remain that way. Chewing tobacco, a mainstay for players, may be on the same trajectory as the rotary telephone and the eight-track cassette player if the city of San Francisco has any say in the matter.

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