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California voter turnout was highest since 2008

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:12:31 GMT

Three out of four registered California voters cast a ballot in the November election, the highest rate of participation since the 2008 presidential election, state data show. Friday was the deadline for counties to finish counting and report their official results to the secretary of state's office.

Judge rejects pimping charges against escort services site

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:09:30 GMT

A California judge has rejected pimping charges against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the "world's top online brothel." Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman cites free speech laws in upholding the right of and its operators to publish.

California's $20B Problem: Obamacare Repeal Threatens 4M Californians

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:08:06 GMT

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act could ultimately cost California as much as $20 billion in annual federal spending on the state's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. Putting this in perspective, $20 billion represents nearly 18% of all state General Fund spending, projected at $113 billion this year.

California college instructor tells students Trump's election...

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:53:17 GMT

In a video clip recorded by a student, a psychology instructor at Orange Coast College told her class that the election of Donald Trump was "an act of terrorism" - prompting an official complaint from the school's Republican Club. Olga Perez Stable Cox told students in her popular human sexuality class shortly after the election: "We have been assaulted."

Senate agrees to waive most California Guard bonus repayments

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:33:50 GMT

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a defense appropriations bill Thursday that contains a provision intended to help thousands of California National Guard soldiers and veterans facing repayment demands for enlistment bonuses. The final version of the bill, which already has passed the House, was approved 92-7 and now moves to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature.

Strong quake strikes off northern California, no tsunami threat

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:27:37 GMT

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck on Thursday off the coast of northern California, but there was no tsunami threat, seismologists said. The epicentre of the quake was located 157 kilometres west of Ferndale, California, at a depth of 10 kilometres, USGS said.

California drought bill victory could be short-lived: Sen. Barbara...

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:33:19 GMT

A "bathtub ring" marks the former water level in Millerton Lake near Fresno on Oct. 1, 2015. The water policy measure overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday to build long-term water infrastructure across the Golden State is headed for a showdown with outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer , who plans to mount a filibuster in the Senate on Friday as one of her final acts in Congress.

Donald Trump will remain EP on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:29:22 GMT

Donald Trump will remain as an executive producer on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," even while serving as president of the United States. Donald Trump will remain as an executive producer on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," even while serving as president of the United States.

Allstate Learns a $600,000 Lesson: No Accident Forgiveness in California

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:05:47 GMT

San Diego, Riverside, and Los Angeles District Attorneys prosecuted Allstate as a result of the insurer's 'Accident Forgiveness' advertising campaign. Under California law, auto insurers may not offer consumers accident forgiveness in their insurance policies.

Police investigating racist graffiti in Giants player's home

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:34:54 GMT

The Latest on the federal death-penalty trial of a white man charged with killing nine black people during a Bible study in a Charleston church : The Latest on the federal death-penalty trial of a white man charged with killing nine black people during a Bible study in a Charleston church : The United States Geological Survey is reporting a 6.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean. A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California on Thursday, jolting residents of the coastal town of Ferndale but bringing no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Eagles' 'Hotel California': 10 Things You Didn't Know

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:01:00 GMT

How Glenn Frey's drug dealer, Don Henley's king-size mattress and other behind-the-scenes elements played into band's dark 1976 masterpiece By the second half the Seventies, the Eagles ' "Peaceful Easy Feeling" seemed like a distant memory, a pleasantly stoned dream rudely interrupted by the pressures of business and fame. A deep malaise had set in, one which couldn't be soothed by money, sex or drugs.

California FarmLink gives financial services to up-and-coming farmers.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:39:38 GMT

"You have to be willing to spend a lot of hours on the farm and be willing to work 24/7 every single day," Octavio Garcia says of running a small farm business. Alisal High School and CSU Fresno graduate Octavio Garcia first got into farming at age 18. But breaking into the ag business in the Salad Bowl of the World is no easy task.

Recreational Use and Sale of Marijuana in California: What Is and Is Not Permitted

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:16:09 GMT

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act by approving Proposition 64. AUMA largely legalizes the recreational, non-medical use of marijuana in California, as well as the sale of marijuana to recreational users. Medical marijuana patients keep their existing rights to possess and cultivate as much as they need for personal medical use so long as they have a doctor's recommendation, regardless of the limits for recreational use under AUMA.

Cannabis Industry Is Rattled by Trump but Thinks Federal...

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:03:45 GMT

The nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is worrisome but court battles over states' rights and decisive voter support for legal cannabis make tough enforcement problematic for the Tump Administration. A month after the election, marijuana legalization advocates still await some clear indication of President-elect Donald Trump's official stance toward legal cannabis.

After investigation into missing guns, new bill calls for California cops to track weapons

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:41:29 GMT

A custom-made semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity detachable magazine is displayed. A state bill introduced Monday would require California law enforcement agencies to keep track of their guns and establish a reporting procedure for when police lose them.

Democratic states wary as Trump embarks on victory tour

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:16:05 GMT

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015, file photo, enrollment counselor Vue Yang, left, goes over some of the plans available through the state health insurance exchange with Laura San Nicolas, center, accompanied by her daugh... . In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Browns nominee for California Attorney General, listen to a reporter's questions during a news conference in Sacra... LOS ANGELES - As Donald Trump makes his tour to thank the states that helped him win the presidency, some of the others are gearing up to do battle with his administration.

Who died in Oakland: Victims of deadly warehouse fire remembered

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:49:40 GMT

Judy Hough, left, and her husband Brian, center, hold a picture of their son Travis, who died in a warehouse fire, during a vigil at Lake Merritt on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. OAKLAND, Calif.