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California Governor Vetoes Drug Conviction Bill

When is a conviction not a conviction?<p>That's one of the questions raised by California Gov. Jerry Brown as he vetoed a bill Thursday that would have protected immigrants—legal or not—with low level drug offenses from deportation.<p>In California, anyone who gets popped for a minor drug offense, like …

Mark Zuckerberg explains why he thinks that critics of his plan to connect the world are wrong

Critics, particularly in India, have been calling Internet.org an affront to the principles of net neutrality.<p>Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally, no matter what service it comes from.<p>Internet.org's app, called Free Basics, allows users in developing …

California Bans "Redskins" Name And Mascot

California Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law the California Racial Mascots Act, banning, among other things, the epithet “Redskins” from use …

The No Man's Land of Teen Cancer

Teens with cancer fall into a nebulous space between childhood and young adulthood, and they tend to suffer the most for this. A study by the American Childhood Cancer Organization reports that about one third of adolescent cancer patients aged 15-19 are seen in pediatric cancer centers, while the …

Cleveland officer who shot Tamir Rice acted reasonably, review finds

The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice nearly one year ago as he played with a toy gun in a public park acted reasonably because he thought the threat was real, according to a legal review by two independent police experts.<p>The experts worked separate from each other, …

Southern California endures another day of record-breaking heat

Record-breaking heat continued throughout much of Southern California on Sunday, but it is expected to soon give way to cooler temperatures and possibly rain later this week.<p>Temperatures Sunday reached 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, San Fernando and Burbank, breaking decades-old records in …

Details of the Investigation Into the Missing 43 Mexican Students Have Been Made Public

Mexico’s Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez released an 85-volume file on Sunday through her Twitter account revealing details of the Mexican …

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Sisters separated 40 years ago in Korea reunited working in same US hospital

After tragedy, abandonment and living in orphanages, DNA tests confirmed the two women’s many coincidences were anything but<p>Two orphaned sisters separated decades ago in South Korea have been reunited after being hired at the same hospital in Florida.<p>The women, now both in their 40s, were stunned …

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Israeli-Palestinian violence: Gaza rocket lands in Israel

<b>The Israeli military says Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired a rocket into southern Israel, amid a sharp increase in tensions.</b><p>A statement said sirens were triggered in Israeli communities near the border but the rocket landed in open countryside and no-one was hurt.<p>Earlier, six …

Sky-high price of new stem cell therapies is a growing concern

The public uproar about high drug prices has focused on outlandish cases such as single pills jacked up in price by 5,000%, miracle cures marketed for tens of thousands of dollars per treatment.<p>But how will people feel when they're confronted with treatments that are even more astronomically …

Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb

Now that operation has become another casualty in the financial meltdown enveloping Illinois, even as the city still struggles to stop shootings.<p>Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner froze money for CeaseFire, featured in the 2011 documentary "The Interrupters," as Illinois began running out of money …

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian teens in Gaza

Israeli soldiers have shot and killed two Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip during confrontations, less than 24 hours after six people were shot dead while protesting along the border with Israel.<p>The Palestinian Health Ministry on Saturday said 13-year-old Marwan Barbakh and 15-year-old Omar …

North Korea stages massive military parade, says ready to defend itself against U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> Presiding over a massive military parade in the nation's capital, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country was "fully ready" to defend itself against any U.S. threat.<p>In a carefully choreographed show of strength and celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' …

Man Booker 2015 shortlist: the stories behind the novels

Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings<p>So there was this hot white hitman from Chicago. His friend invited him to Miami to chill for a few days, but in those few days, he screwed up a nightclub hit set up by the Colombians, and, faced with the choice of being fed to alligators or taking on …

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The California Towns Without Safe Drinking Water

Bitter disputes in the municipal politics of California’s drought-ridden San Joaquin Valley have kept the poorest areas from consolidating water systems.<p>FRESNO, Calif.—In Matheny Tract, California, the sour odor of sewage is especially strong in the morning—and so is the irony that residents can’t …

The Latest: California to extend health coverage to all kids

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on California legislation acted upon by Gov. Jerry Brown ahead of a Sunday deadline (All times local):<p>6:04 …

Massive El Niño is now 'too big to fail,' scientist says

An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.<p>"There's no longer a possibility that El Niño wimps out at this point. It's too big to fail," said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA's …

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California passes the country's best-ever online privacy law

Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which "bars any state law enforcement agency or other investigative entity …

California Enacts New Digital Privacy Laws

A new set of laws is giving Californians the strongest digital privacy rights in the U.S. The Electronic Communication Privacy Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown late Thursday, bars law enforcement agencies or investigative entities from handing over any sort of digital communications or metadata …

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San Francisco's million-dollar home boom in 6 GIFs

San Francisco is the City by the Bay, and home to the Golden Gate Bridge, sourdough bread, Alcatraz, and more recently, a lot of million dollar homes. Amongst the largest metros, San Francisco metro has the highest share of million dollar homes in the country at 58%. And not surprisingly, the other …

BREAKING: California Will Automatically Register Millions Of Voters

On Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will allow the state to automatically register millions of residents to vote, using …

For troubled teens, help is just a text away

For many teens in the millennial era, making a phone call is a foreign concept. Messaging and texting using a mobile phone is their primary way of …

10 of the Safest Cars for Teens That Cost Less Than $8,000

Photo (cc) by State Farm<p>Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S., according to federal statistics.<p>The nonprofit …

When Caitlin Prater-Haacke received a message on her Facebook page telling her to kill herself, she didn't retaliate - she got positive.  She took out a marker and some post-it notes and stuck positive messages on every locker in her high school. When that action didn't sit well with school officials of George McDougall High School, who reprimanded Caitlin for littering, the entire community showed their support by embracing her idea. Even the city council of Airedrie, Alberta, declared October 9 Positive Post-It Day!

When Caitlin Prater-Haacke received a message on her Facebook page telling her to kill herself, she didn't retaliate - she got positive. She took out …

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