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Measles outbreak grows to 107 cases, latest in Marin County

The California-centered measles outbreak has spread to Marin County, as the number of cases climbed to 107 in 10 California counties, seven other states and Mexico.

Sick sea lions wash ashore in California; rescuers brace for bad year

2 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

This year is shaping up to be a brutal one for the California sea lion -- the third year in a row for record numbers of sea lion strandings in the state.

A LIFESTYLE SO GOOD, IT’S MANDATORY: “California has effectively decriminalized marijuana (possessi…

A LIFESTYLE SO GOOD, IT’S MANDATORY: “California has effectively decriminalized marijuana (possession of less than an ounce is a civil matter roughly equivalent to a speeding ticket — a rarely written speeding ticket), and the state has a medical (ahem) marijuana program that is, for the moment, largely unregulated. At the same time, the state […]

How Americans Changed The Way Japanese People Ate Sushi

5 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Sushi has taken on its own shape and form in the United States, but even before the first sushi restaurants opened up in California, America had an impact on the type of sushi eaten in Japan. During the American occupation after World War II, a food rationing program helped the rise of nigiri outside Tokyo. Read more...

Euthanasia Activists Pushing to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Two Dozen States

From California and Colorado to New Jersey and New Hampshire, euthanasia activists across the country are working to push legalized assisted suicide on state after state. Five states currently allow the practice — Oregon, Washington, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana — but they want to push patients into death in even more. The Washington Times […]

Montage Laguna Beach sells for $360 million; deal shatters state records

5 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

One of Southern California's most luxurious resorts, the Montage Laguna Beach, has been bought for $360 million by a Chicago real estate investment trust in one of the priciest hotel deals in years.

Uber MADD donation for SuperBowl day rides Sunday February 1

Uber will contribute $1 to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for rides taken SuperBowl day between 3pm and midnight ET on Sunday, February 1. Enter promo code THINKANDRIDE when reserving your car. In California, Uber’s home stateShow More Summary

Panel urges transformation of California state parks system

18 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

When visitors arrive at a state-run park these days, they may find disrepair after years of skipped maintenance and a crowd that doesn't reflect the state's growing diversity.

CSU, the easy way to boost graduation rates is the wrong way

To the editor: There are easy ways to attain the California State University system's stated goal of more graduates: increase pass rates in classes, reduce breadth requirements for a degree and make more classes available online. ("Cal State chancellor sets goals for improved graduation rates,"...

Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger

State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much.

California Lawmakers Propose Bill To Raise Smoking Age From 18 To 21

One California lawmaker has proposed a bill that would increase the legal smoking age in the state from 18 to 21. Democratic State Sen. Ed Hernandez introduced the bill today in an effort to make it harder for teens to get their hands on cigarettes. Show More Summary

California prisons dip below court-ordered population cap

California's beleaguered prison system on Thursday dipped below a court-imposed population cap for the first time, a benchmark the state will have to maintain to satisfy judges overseeing the agency.

Legislation would raise smoking age in California from 18 to 21

Alarmed by the prevalence of tobacco use among teenagers, state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced legislation Thursday that would raise the legal minimum smoking age in California from 18 to 21.

Skull amplification: Baleen whales hear through their bones

Understanding how baleen whales hear has posed a great mystery to marine mammal researchers. New research by San Diego State University biologist Ted W. Cranford and University of California, San Diego engineer Petr Krysl reveals that...Show More Summary

Lawmaker wants NFL cheerleaders protected by state wage laws

While NFL fans focus on Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, one California lawmaker is turning her attention to helping improve conditions for a group of workers on the sidelines—cheerleaders.

Will This Court Case Kill Teachers Unions in California?

yesterdayNews : Reason

A legal case in California may spell doom for the California Teachers Association (CTA), the state's largest education union. Rebecca Friedrichs, who teaches in the Los Angeles suburb of Buena Park, and a group of other teachers areShow More Summary

Regulators in California, New York speak out against Coinbase ‘licensed exchange’ claims

This Monday, Coinbase Inc. launched what it dubbed the first regulated U.S. exchange and listed 24 states and one territory where the exchange would be available. Since the launch, however, at least two officials, in California and New York State, … Continue reading ?

California Rains Bring Little Relief From Devastating Drought

yesterdayNews : Truthdig

By Kieran Cooke, Climate News Network Unless substantial rain falls soon, California’s worst drought on record threatens dire consequences for the state’s massive agricultural industry.

More parole agent caseloads exceed limits under new sex offender rules

Since two sex offenders were charged with killing four women while under state and federal watch, California has changed how it supervises such parolees, increasing scrutiny of some and relaxing the monitoring of others.

Morning Reads – Thursday, January 29, 2015

On this date in 1850, Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state Peaches Transportation plans. Literally nothing else in the state matters. Show More Summary

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