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FPPC upholds $40,000 penalty against Sen. Tom Berryhill

Apr 24, 2014
FPPC upholds $40,000 penalty against Sen. Tom Berryhill

California's political-ethics panel Thursday unanimously approved a $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, agreeing with an administrative law judge's recommended decision that the Twain Harte Republican committed "serious...

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California space industry tax break heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

Apr 24, 2014
California space industry tax break heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

With no debate, the California Assembly on Thursday voted 70-2 to send Gov. Jerry Brown a bill offering a ten-year property tax break to private space firms. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, has promoted the bill as ensuring California can bec...

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Jackie Collins cooks with Lucky Santangelo

Jackie Collins cooks with Lucky Santangelo

Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, whose 30 sex ‘n’ glitz novels have sold 500 million copies worldwide, is also an accomplished cook. Sort of.


The best-selling author breaks from fiction with a cookbook full of surprises.

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Bill requiring mobile phone ‘kill switch’ falls short in Senate

Apr 24, 2014
Bill requiring mobile phone ‘kill switch’ falls short in Senate

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California legislation requiring a "kill switch" to render stolen smart phones inoperable met a premature death on Thursday.

The measure from Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, fell two votes short of a majority, despite receiving strong support from law enforcement groups and officials.

Senators took up the legislation after several leading...

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Competitive-eating showdown takes the stage at Asparagus Festival

Competitive-eating showdown takes the stage at Asparagus Festival

In this corner, from Vallejo, California, standing 6 feet tall and weighing in at 225 pounds, is Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, the world-famous chow hound ranked No. 1 by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.


Can Joey “Jaws” Chestnut regain his asparagus-eating title...

...or will Matthew “The...

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Jerry Brown makes Time’s 100 list, with blurb by Gray Davis

Apr 24, 2014
Jerry Brown makes Time’s 100 list, with blurb by Gray Davis

Gov. Jerry Brown made Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. The author of his blurb? Gray Davis, the former governor and Brown's former chief of staff. "Things are looking up in California," Davis writes in the magazine. "Governor...

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California’s smallest businesses recover from recession

Apr 24, 2014
California’s smallest businesses recover from recession

California's smallest businesses — those without any employees — took a big hit during the state's Great Recession, but appear to have recovered, according to a new Census Bureau report. The number of such businesses — self-employe...

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AM Alert: Legislature fishes for drought solutions

Apr 24, 2014
AM Alert: Legislature fishes for drought solutions

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue state fish. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture holds its annual forum on California's fisheries today, starting at 10 a.m. in Room 447 of the Capitol. Fishermen and scientists from across ...

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Dan Walters Daily: Debra Bowen leaves legacy worth changing

Apr 24, 2014
Dan Walters Daily: Debra Bowen leaves legacy worth changing

Every major candidate for Secretary of State is campaigning to overhaul the office, an indictment of Debra Bowen's two terms of stewardship, Dan says. Have a question you'd like Dan to answer? Post it on our Facebook page. See other Dan Walters Dai...

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Californians like Common Core education, finance overhaul

Apr 23, 2014
Californians like Common Core education, finance overhaul

Two major changes in California's public education system - adoption of "Common Core" academic standards and giving extra money to school districts with large numbers of poor and/or English learner students - seem to have gained favor with the state's ...

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