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Corinthian Colleges to shut down more than two dozen remaining schools

1 hour agoHealth : Booster Shots

Corinthian Colleges Inc., the troubled Orange County for-profit college operator, announced Sunday that it will end operations and close its remaining schools, affecting more than 16,000 students in California and other states.

US orchestra returns from the dead with Mahler’s Resurection

Good news from the graveyard shift. Last August we reported that Sacramento had lost both its orchestra and opera company, leaving the state capital of California dry of classical music. Now, a team from the Detroit Symphony has found a way to bring them back. Read here.

California’s Obamacare Exchange is Running out of Money

It looks like we can add California to the list of states that set up Obamacare exchanges and now are having huge problems with them (alongside places like Oregon and Maryland). Covered California, the Golden State's exchange was inShow More Summary

FBI denies CNN report of Islamic State plot in California

5 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

CNN reported on Saturday that the FBI was investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in California but a U.S. law enforcement official in Los Angeles denied there was any such threat. “There is no known or specific threat to Los Angeles or any airport in our...

How Much Water Does The California Oil Industry Actually Use?

When California Governor Jerry Brown issued mandatory water restrictions for the first time in state history, he notably excluded the agriculture and oil industries from the conservation efforts, a decision that was heavily criticized. The oil industry, for its part, insists it is a responsible user of water. Show More Summary

Could manmade quakes come to frack-friendly California?

6 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

To the editor: As scientists map oil industry-triggered earthquakes in other states, California regulators are ignoring risky activity by oil companies. Underground injection of fracking flow-back and other oil wastewater can trigger damaging quakes, research shows — and oil companies in California...

Bill on drug pricing would help state in figuring healthcare costs

A new crop of specialty drugs holds great promise for treating or even curing some devastating diseases, but their high cost challenges health insurers and taxpayer-funded health programs. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has asked for $300 million in the coming fiscal year's budget just for specialty...

The Marijuana Industry And Its First Crossroads

Marijuana has come a long way in the United States since California launched its first-in-the-nation medical program 19 years ago. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis to some degree, and public perception of the plant is clearly shifting. Show More Summary

CA Lawmakers Moving To Block Cities From Fining Homeowners For Conserving Water

You'd think these cities and the state would be encouraging people to put AstroTurf down to replace their lawns given how dire the situation is with California's record drought and the first mandatory water restrictions just being ordered by Gov. Show More Summary

China's oldest drum tower is Zengchong village's beating heart

More than a century before the Declaration of Independence was drafted and about 175 years before California became a state, inhabitants of this southern Chinese village erected an elaborate drum tower.

Water Rate Plan Illegal -- Decision Could Weaken Drought Measures

In a decision that could undermine California's ability to respond to increasingly dire drought conditions, a state appellate court has ruled that San Juan Capistrano cannot implement tiered water rates that are not based on the cost of service provision. Under the city's plan, the rate charged for water......

Nice pad! Joe Manganiello lists his modern California home

Joe Manganiello's upcoming nuptials with Sofia Vergara have the "True Blood" and "Magic Mike XXL" star in a listing state of mind.

California Lawmakers Want To Ban Cities From Fining Residents Who Don’t Water Their Lawns

The California State Assembly wants cities to stop fining residents who aren't watering their lawns to save water during the drought. The post California Lawmakers Want To Ban Cities From Fining Residents Who Don’t Water Their Lawns appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Chipper, An Alarm Clock That Only Stops Ringing Once People Are Out of Bed

2 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Chipper is an alarm clock by a group of students at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California that only stops ringing once people are out of bed. The device uses a fabric sensor to determine if someone is in the bed, and it will actually start ringing again if someone gets back […]

From Portable Showers to Dying Lawns: How Californians Are Coping With the Drought

2 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown made an unprecedented decision: To fight back the devastating effects of the drought that is currently racking the state, its citizens will be forced to cut their water use by 25 percent. Show More Summary

Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees To Wall Street

Currently, about 9 percent -- or $270 billion -- of America’s $3 trillion public pension fund assets are invested in private equity firms. California’s report said $440 million. New Jersey’s said $600 million. In Pennsylvania, the tally is $700 million. Show More Summary

For statewide change, advocates are making their battles local

As the state's plastic grocery bag ban sits on hold, pending the outcome of a 2016 ballot measure that could nullify it, advocates for the law are returning to familiar territory: California's cities and counties.

Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Hits California

The United States Geological Survey said a 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit US California on Thursday evening.

Cal State study will explore student food and housing needs

There is no doubt that hunger and homelessness is a reality for some California State University students, and now the school system is attempting to chart the depths of those needs.

California drought, lack of snow got you down? Try rock skiing

A group of filmmakers poked gentle fun at California skiers who were recently photographed skiing on an anemic patch of snow on the state’s drought-ridden mountains, by promoting a new sport: rock skiing.

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