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California Plastic Bag Referendum Could Spark Environmental Showdown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A referendum to repeal California's statewide ban on plastic single-use bags has been added to the November 2016 ballot. The measure was backed by the plastic bag industry.

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Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The "Sodomite Suppression Act" is unlikely to get a vote, but it's making waves in the Golden State, where all it takes is $200 and a few hundred thousand signatures to get on a ballot.

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Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

Thursday, March 19, 2015

One of California's largest health insurers, Blue Shield of California, could be on the hook for a massive tax bill after the state revoked its tax-exempt status. The company is appealing the decision which could cost the health insurer tens of millions of dollars a year. The dispute comes as the nonprofit is facing mounting criticism for operating like a for-profit company.

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More San Francisco Police Officers Accused Of Sending Racist Texts

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The investigation started with a sergeant accused of wire fraud and other federal charges. It has expanded to involve offensive messages and more than a dozen officers.

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A Chinese Immigrant Gets His California Law License, 125 Years Later

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hong Yen Chang was denied the chance to practice law in California more than a century ago because of his race. This week, the California Supreme Court posthumously granted him a law license.

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Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say

Monday, February 23, 2015

The nation's immigration courts are jammed with the asylum cases of some 60,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern border last summer. There are 429,000 cases pending and only 223 judges.

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Texas Court Ruling Leaves Undocumented Immigrants In Legal Limbo

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Immigration advocacy groups met yesterday to talk about what is next for those who want to apply for temporary protections offered by President Obama. A Texas judge recently blocked those actions.

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Judge's Decision Complicates Matters For Unauthorized Immigrants

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Applications for expanded deportation protections are on hold temporarily while the White House appeals a federal court ruling. Some states challenged the executive actions that extended protections.

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Judge Blocks Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A federal judge in Texas said President Obama had overstepped his authority. The president's plan was designed to shield from deportation as many as 4 million people living in this country illegally.

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Should Shared Ancestry Force A Judge's Recusal?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

An Iranian-American immigration judge is suing the Department of Justice over its requirement that she not hear cases involving Iranians.

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Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage Later This Year

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage, again. This time, it will determine whether states have the right to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.

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Harris Opens Bid For Boxer's Senate Seat, But Others May Follow

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California announced that she won't seek re-election. State Attorney General Kamala Harris has said she'll run for the seat, but a number of Democrats are considering a run, too.

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Activists Call 2014 'A Super Banner Year' For Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, December 29, 2014

A year ago, same-sex marriage was legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C. Now that number is up to 35 states, and there's a strong possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the issue in 2015.

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Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.

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Heavy Rains In California Turn Roads Into Rivers

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A strong storm brought heavy rains and wind to Northern California on Thursday, flooding roads and cancelling school for some districts.

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First The Protest, Then The Storm: Bay Area's 5 Straight Nights Of Clashes

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oakland and Berkeley demonstrators have broken into stores and blocked freeways and rail lines, part of a movement born of frustration about police shootings in Staten Island, N.Y., and Ferguson, Mo.

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Democratic Mayors Back Obama's Immigration Plan, Citing Economic Benefits

Monday, December 08, 2014

Some 20 U.S. mayors meeting in New York hope to persuade some 4 million undocumented residents to come forward and apply for deferred action.

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Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

After President Obama announced his immigration plan this week, communities across the country began making preparations for immigrants who are here illegally to apply for work permits.

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Immigrants Wait To See How Obama Will Act On Immigration

Monday, November 17, 2014

President Obama is poised to approve some changes to the immigration enforcement system using an executive order. The specifics of that order are still being hashed out.

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Killings By Mexican National Exposes Holes In Border Security

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The killing of two Sacramento area sheriff's deputies by a Mexican national has prompted calls for stricter border security. The man accused of the killings had a long arrest and deportation record.

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