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Housing a top priority for California lawmakers after recess

Addressing California’s housing shortage will be a top priority for state lawmakers when they return from their summer recess Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have promised to tackle California’s affordable housing crisis in their final weeks of work this year by pushing a package that includes regulatory …

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Is California ready to sell weed in four months?

With four months left until full legalization, the apparatus to regulate commercial cannabis sales in California is being built on the fly. Up to 82 people must be hired. Software must be written to accept applications of thousands of entrepreneurs hoping to legally sell marijuana. Regulations governing sales aren’t fully …

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California writing a new chapter in ‘states’ rights’ conflict

Tension between the federal government and its states has permeated American history from the earliest moments of the nation’s founding 241 years ago. Drafting the U.S. Constitution was an exercise in balancing federal authority against “states’ rights.” The Constitution’s “supremacy clause” defined federal authority, for instance, while its 10th amendment …

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Police: 1 dead, 4 hurt in underage DUI crash

One man died and a 20-year-old woman was arrested after the California Highway Patrol says she was drunk and crashed her car into a boulder Friday night in Three Rivers. Vanessa Murillo was driving her blue Hyundai Elantra south on North Fork Drive with four passengers around 8 p.m. Friday …

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The Latest: Anti-racism rallies held in Laguna Beach, Venice

The Latest on anti-racism rallies in California (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Hundreds of people have rallied in California to condemn racism in the wake of the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Protesters rallied Saturday near a lifeguard tower in Laguna Beach, south of Los Angeles, one day before the …

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Schwarzenegger: Bipartisanship should be the job

It’s hard to imagine the greatest country in the world without compromise. In fact, it’s impossible. Our foundational document, the Constitution, was an incredibly delicate balance between large states and small states, rural and urban citizens, industrialized and agricultural interests. The reason we have two houses of Congress is actually …

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Feds allege California Marines involved in $67M health fraud

Federal authorities say Southern California Marines were recruited for a scheme that bilked the government’s military health insurance provider out of $67 million. The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2v1kixi) says a complaint was filed Thursday in San Diego as part of a civil asset forfeiture case. Authorities are trying to seize …

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California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

California lawmakers are preparing to return to Sacramento after a monthlong break. They return Monday with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state’s housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S. They’ll also debate how to divvy up money …

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The Latest: Suspect in stabbing death back in Chicago

The Latest on the extradition of a Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University staffer Andrew Warren (all times local): 12:53 a.m. A Northwestern University professor accused with another man in the brutal stabbing death of a 26-year-old hair stylist has returned to Chicago from California to face murder …

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