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Glass Slide to Hover 1,000 Feet Above L.A.

Starting in late June, the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles will give thrill-seekers the chance to ride in an enclosed glass slide outside the building from the 70th to the 69th floor.

Skyslide (OUE Ltd. via AP)

Yosemite Changes Names of Hotels in Trademark Fight

Thanks to a new concessionaire company that has taken over at Yosemite National Park, the traditional names of hotels and other attractions are being changed, prompting anger from long-time employees and visitors to the park.

Yosemite sign (National Park Service via AP)

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.

Jerry Brown (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

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.

Skateboarding buckled road (Garrett Hill / Twitter)

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.

Eyehole (Paul Downey / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

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.

Kamala Harris to run for Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat

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

Newsom and Kesha (AP)

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.

Leland Yee (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

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.

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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.

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

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.

Obama Winks, Smiles and Scalia Funeral AP

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.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (Kevin P. Casey / Associated Press)

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.

Yelp NYSE (Richard Drew / Associated Press)