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Associated Press

 California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill
- 5:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when 'yes means yes' while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Anthony Cannella, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans,
 California high court pick up for confirmation
- Aug. 27, 11:47 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court has received strong support during the run-up to his confirmation hearing.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Marvin Baxter, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Kamala Harris,
 California sets ride-sharing insurance standards
- Aug. 27, 7:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Holly Mitchell,
 Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill
- Aug. 27, 7:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Jean Fuller, Fran Pavley, Senate Republicans,

Los Angeles Times

 #  L.A. Country Club agrees to host 2023 U.S. Open
Editorial - 5:15 pm
All you see at the entrance on Wilshire Boulevard is a simple numerical address: 10101. Nothing to advertise the expansive clubhouse and championship golf courses behind the trees on either side of the driveway. The 1,500 members can speak of the ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Medical transport plane crashes in New Mexico, killing four
Editorial - 5:15 pm
Four people were killed Wednesday night when a Phoenix-bound medical transport plane went down in a fiery crash shortly after takeoff in southern New Mexico, police said. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  UCLA's secondary is loaded with talent and experience
Editorial - 5:00 pm
Anthony Jefferson, Ishmael Adams, Fabien Moreau and Randall Goforth are the starters. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?
Editorial - 4:58 pm
It's going to be one of the biggest concerts of the summer, drawing performers such as Kanye West and John Mayer and as many as 50,000 fans to Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  In Hollywood, half-built Target is a construction-zone eyesore
Editorial - 4:58 pm
A half-built Target store in Hollywood is the latest example of how planning and land use in Los Angeles can go terribly wrong. This week, the Department of Building and Safety ordered the retailer to halt construction of a three-story complex on ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti,
 #  Lakers work out Michael Beasley again, audition other free agents
Editorial - 4:51 pm
Free-agent forward Michael Beasley worked out this week for the Lakers for the second time. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Dodgers' winning season prompts his turn to verse
Editorial - 4:49 pm
Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge. This kid Scully, so fond of reciting the classic ode 'Tinker to Evers to Chance,' recently issued a poetry challenge: Can someone pen some similar tribute to this year's Dodgers, awash as they are in larger-than-life ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  IndyCar's Will Power hopes fourth time's the charm to win first title
Editorial - 4:46 pm
IndyCar driver Will Power has a name that lends itself to wisecracks, but there's nothing funny about the Australian's struggle to win his first IndyCar title. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  College football on TV this Saturday
Editorial - 4:23 pm
Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping: »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Brian Kelly,
 #  Dodgers' J.P. Howell is glad to be pitching a lot
Editorial - 4:17 pm
If J.P. Howell pitches Friday night in the Dodgers' series opener against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, the game will be his 60th of the season. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Kenneth Turan's documentary picks on DVD: just the facts
Editorial - 4:13 pm
Documentaries are particular favorites of mine, and three recent releases show just how far-ranging the subjects and techniques of nonfiction film can be. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Dodgers' wunderkind Yasiel Puig is suddenly a man without power
Editorial - 4:05 pm
What happens when your most dynamic player struggles? »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Support for U.S. overseas involvement jumps, poll finds
Editorial - 3:27 pm
Public support for a more active U.S. foreign policy has grown sharply since last year as Americans see the world becoming more dangerous. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton,
 #  Obama says he's seeking options to take on Islamic State militants
Editorial - 3:24 pm
President Obama said Thursday that he has asked military planners to come up with options for action against Islamic State militants that focus on targets in Iraq but also include the possibility of strikes in Syria. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  After Uzi accident, ranges say teaching kids to shoot guns can be safe
Editorial - 3:11 pm
The death of an Arizona gun instructor killed by a 9-year-old who was firing a fully automatic Uzi has touched off a debate about whether children should have access to such high-powered weaponry. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  The most complete Ebola genome yet: What it can tell us
Editorial - 3:04 pm
It’s a murderer on a killing spree, and now it has a new — and remarkably complete — genetic mug shot. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Los Angeles Country Club planning to hold U.S. Open in 2023
Editorial - 3:00 pm
The Los Angeles Country Club and United States Golf Assn. have reached a preliminary agreement to stage the U.S. Open at the ultra-exclusive club’s North Course in 2023, the first time the national championship will be held in L.A. since Ben Hogan ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Apple patent application details smartwatch wireless charging
Editorial - 2:59 pm
For years, companies such as Samsung, Nokia, LG and others have sold smartphones with wireless chargers, meaning the devices can power up by simply being laid down on charging pads using components that are built into the devices.  »Read  »E-mail story
 #  When Instagram is down, it's time for 'Instagram is down' jokes
Editorial - 2:34 pm
Photo-sharing app Instagram had an outage Thursday that lasted more than an hour, and people turned to Twitter in droves to lament and joke about the situation. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  First trailer for Jon Stewart's Iranian political drama 'Rosewater'
Editorial - 2:29 pm
It takes four walls to imprison a person's body, but the spirit is another matter. Such is the drama at the heart of 'Rosewater,' Jon Stewart's fact-based political movie about journalist Maziar Bahari's 118-day ordeal in an Iranian jail. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Tony Stewart to return to NASCAR racing this weekend in Atlanta
Editorial - 2:10 pm
Tony Stewart plans to return to NASCAR racing this weekend in Atlanta after being out of public view for three weeks following his involvement in a fatal incident, his team said Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson, calls for fixing justice system
Editorial - 2:08 pm
Hillary Rodham Clinton, addressing events in Ferguson., Mo., for the first time, said Thursday she was heartbroken by the police shooting of Michael Brown and called for the country to address the racial inequalities that skew the criminal justice ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Rodham Clinton,
 #  Obama blames Russia for separatist violence in Ukraine
Editorial - 1:56 pm
President Obama said Thursday that the world now has evidence that Russia has been funding and arming separatists in Ukraine, but stopped short of labeling Russia’s actions an “invasion,” as Ukrainian officials claim. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  NFL fines Peyton Manning $8,258 for taunting, report says
Editorial - 1:48 pm
The NFL has fined Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning $8,258 for taunting during last Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans, according to ESPN. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Is Tony Soprano dead? David Chase responds to debate that won't die
Editorial - 1:48 pm
It's been seven years since 'The Sopranos' came to an end with the fate of its protagonist, Tony Soprano, left intentionally, if maddeningly, open to interpretation.  »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Autopsy: Oklahoma inmate died from lethal injection, not heart attack
Editorial - 1:34 pm
An Oklahoma inmate who writhed and gasped for 43 minutes until his death in an apparent botched execution in April died from lethal-injection drugs and not a heart attack, according to autopsy results released Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Juergen Klinsmann calls up young squad to start new World Cup cycle
Editorial - 12:57 pm
The 22-man roster U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann has called up for the first training camp of the new four-year World Cup cycle includes a dozen players who were not on the team that played in Brazil. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  NFL toughens its stance against domestic violence
Editorial - 12:38 pm
In a letter and accompanying memo sent Thursday to every NFL team owner, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a significant change in the league’s policy against domestic violence, with a six-game suspension for first-time offenders and a lifetime ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson, already PCL's top rookie, is named MVP
Editorial - 12:31 pm
Will Joc Pederson’s trophy case overflow before he ever steps foot on a major-league field? »Read  »E-mail story
 #  TV Picks: 'Houdini,' 'Breathless,' 'Doctor Who'
Editorial - 11:49 am
Oscar-winner Adrien Brody is the obvious draw for History's four-hour, two-part bio-pic 'Houdini,' which attempts to show the man behind the great-escape legend. That it winds up spending most of its time showcasing all the escapes, relying almost ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Charlie Hunnam crowned King Arthur for Guy Ritchie movie
Editorial - 11:29 am
Watch the throne: 'Sons of Anarchy' star Charlie Hunnam is to play King Arthur in a medieval epic that Guy Ritchie is directing for Warner Bros., The Times has confirmed. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Former NFL stars say Josh Shaw can overcome damage from puzzling lie
Editorial - 11:16 am
The lie that earned USC cornerback Josh Shaw an indefinite suspension could cost him a lot when it comes to his NFL future. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Charles Emmanuel Briggs, 27
Editorial - 11:14 am
 #  TV This Week Aug. 31 - Sept 6: 'Houdini' on History
Editorial - 11:13 am
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Yekra's embeddable movie player gains blockbuster titles
Editorial - 11:03 am
Like many aspiring producers, Lee Waterworth learned quickly that getting movies into theaters and then getting people to go to screenings is tough. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Oscars 2014: Academy names Governors Awards recipients
Editorial - 10:49 am
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday that it would present Harry Belafonte with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and give honorary Oscars to Jean-Claude Carriere, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Woman dies after falling under bus at Burning Man festival
Editorial - 10:40 am
A woman died at the counterculture Burning Man festival in Nevada early Thursday morning after she fell underneath a bus, according to a statement issued by the festival. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Apple announces Sept. 9 event; iPhone 6, iWatch coming?
Editorial - 10:14 am
Apple made it official: The company Thursday issued media invitations to a Sept. 9 event in Cupertino, Calif., where the company is expected to unveil the latest iPhone 6 and maybe more. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  U.S. team finishes Youth Olympic Games with 22 medals
Editorial - 9:45 am
After nearly two weeks of competition, the U.S. team finished the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, with 22 medals -- 10 gold, five silver and seven bronze. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' wins the night in total viewers
Editorial - 9:20 am
A round of eliminations and a performance by Ariana Grande helped 'America's Got Talent' stay on top of the ratings on Wednesday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  NIH to launch Ebola vaccine trials in humans
Editorial - 9:20 am
The National Institutes of Health has announced the first clinical trial of a vaccine to protect healthy people from infection by the Ebola virus, which is responsible for an estimated 1,550 deaths throughout West Africa.  »Read  »E-mail story
 #  How Market Basket employees saved CEO Arthur T. Demoulas
Editorial - 9:11 am
Artie T., is back. The beloved CEO of the New England grocery chain Market Basket, Arthur T. Demoulas, was reinstated Wednesday night in what experts are calling an impressive testament to the power of passionate employees. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Antidoping officials begin enforcement of new substance bans
Editorial - 9:05 am
Following reports that Russian athletes inhaled xenon to boost their performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the World Anti-Doping Agency has announced it will begin enforcing a new ban on the gas beginning early next week. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Uzbek officials recommend barring West African wrestlers, report says
Editorial - 8:36 am
After days of widespread speculation, health officials in Uzbekistan have reportedly advised that wrestlers from the Ebola-stricken region of West Africa not be invited to the upcoming world championships. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Nonito Donaire will be on Golovkin fight card in October
Editorial - 7:00 am
Gennady Golovkin’s 17-fight knockout streak will have some power-punching company Oct. 18 at StubHub Center in Carson. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Telluride Film Festival to screen 'Birdman,' 'Rosewater,' 'Wild'
Editorial - 7:00 am
When Hollywood wants to shout about a movie, it travels to Cannes or Toronto. When it wants to launch a few well placed whispers, it journeys to an isolated box canyon in southwestern Colorado. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  In the matter of USC's Josh Shaw, a leap of faith falls flat
Editorial - 5:30 am
We so badly wanted to believe it. During a time when so many of our football players are running the streets creating chaos, we so badly wanted to believe in the one who jumped from a balcony to save a life. »Read  »E-mail story
 California to hike film tax credits
Business - 5:00 am
It's been a slow summer at the box office, but Hollywood got a genuine blockbuster Wednesday — a $330-million deal that will help subsidize film and TV production in California for the next five years. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Raul Bocanegra, Eric Garcetti, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Milken Institute,
Bills: AB 1839,
 #  Mike Trout powers Angels past Marlins, joins select fraternity
Editorial - Aug. 27, 11:05 pm
Mike Trout turned 23 less than three weeks ago. But don't let the tender age fool you. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Angels lean on pitching and power to beat Marlins, 6-1
Editorial - Aug. 27, 10:09 pm
Mike Trout tied a career high with his 30th home run, Gordon Beckham homered for the first time with his new club, and the Angels beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 Wednesday night. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Galaxy coasts to 4-1 win over D.C. United
Editorial - Aug. 27, 10:00 pm
Alan Gordon scored in the second minute, Landon Donovan added another, and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat D.C. United 4-1 on Wednesday night. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Alan Gordon,
 #  Market Basket's ousted CEO to buy out rivals and return
Editorial - Aug. 27, 9:54 pm
A beloved chief executive ousted from a New England supermarket chain will return to the company after a massive outpouring of support that included worker strikes and a shopper boycott. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Clayton Kershaw first to 16 wins as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks, 3-1
Editorial - Aug. 27, 9:47 pm
Sometimes they’re not gems, they’re just really, really good. »Read  »E-mail story
 Bill requiring warrants for drone use among those OKd by Legislature
Education - Aug. 27, 9:44 pm
California lawmakers voted Wednesday to require that law enforcement agencies obtain warrants to use drones for surveillance and appeared poised to pass legislation that would allow guns to be confiscated from people declared dangerous. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Luis Alejo, Richard Bloom, Lou Correa, Jeff Gorell, Loni Hancock, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, Nancy Skinner, Darrell Steinberg, Phil Ting,
Bills: AB 1014, AB 1327, AB 1356, AB 1609, AB 2415, SB 1172, SB 1227,
 California community college plan aims to boost degree, transfer rates
Education - Aug. 27, 9:44 pm
California community college officials are launching a new effort to ensure that about 250,000 additional students complete their two-year degrees or transfer by decreasing the amount of time they spend taking remedial courses. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Brice Harris, technical education,
 #  Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Rush' on USA
Editorial - Aug. 27, 8:00 pm
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Bud Selig farewell tour stops in Anaheim
Editorial - Aug. 27, 7:35 pm
Bud Selig's victory lap around Major League Baseball paused in Anaheim on Wednesday, where the commissioner addressed a group of Angels employees before meeting with the media. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Baseball notes: Royals' manager wants more fan support
Editorial - Aug. 27, 7:19 pm
Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon's walk-off homer gave first-place Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Angels' Albert Pujols is again showing stellar form
Editorial - Aug. 27, 6:47 pm
Every now and then, Albert Pujols reminds us of what he once did on a remarkably regular basis, unleashing the efficient, potent swings that were his trademark when he was voted the National League most valuable player three times and was one of the ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Chicago police commander accused of putting gun in suspect's mouth
Editorial - Aug. 27, 6:41 pm
A police commander frequently praised for his no-nonsense approach to fighting crime in some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods has been charged in connection with an incident in which he allegedly placed the barrel of his gun into a suspect’s ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  UCLA wants Brett Hundley to run only if needed
Editorial - Aug. 27, 6:30 pm
Ask UCLA Coach Jim Mora whom he would like to see lead the Bruins in rushing this season and he rattles off a list of candidates. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Mars rover Curiosity skips 'Bonanza King' rock, heads for Mt. Sharp
Editorial - Aug. 27, 5:55 pm
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has passed up a chance to drill a rock nicknamed 'Bonanza King' because of its worrying wobble, officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory say. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Cara Black, advancing in U.S. Open doubles, thrives far from spotlight
Editorial - Aug. 27, 5:48 pm
— Cara Black is one of the have-nots in the world of professional tennis. But then, there is so much money in the sport that we might all be happy not having.— Cara Black is one of the have-nots in the world of professional tennis. But then, ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  College football: Let's judge what happens on the field
Editorial - Aug. 27, 5:43 pm
The time has come to stop talking and start playing. Let the sweet sound of a referee's whistle mercifully replace the pound of a judge's gavel. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Clippers Coach Doc Rivers' new deal is Steve Ballmer's first big move
Editorial - Aug. 27, 5:39 pm
Steve Ballmer got his team. Now he's locked up his coach. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Tsarnaevs' sister arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat
Editorial - Aug. 27, 5:29 pm
The sister of the men suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested in New York on Wednesday on suspicion of threatening to bomb her boyfriend's ex, a police spokesman said. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Franchise bill would send the wrong message to California businesses
Editorial - Aug. 27, 5:23 pm
Judging from the rhetoric, you might think state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) was proposing to radically shift the balance of power in the world of franchised restaurants, stores and hotels. Instead, SB 610, the bill Jackson guided ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, SEIU,
Bills: SB 610,
 Clean autos get boost in 3 bills
Business - Aug. 27, 5:14 pm
Assembly passes measure to cap income eligibility for green car subsidies.Assembly passes measure to cap income eligibility for green car subsidies. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Air Resources Board, Al Muratsuchi,
Bills: AB 2013, AB 2565, SB 1275,

Orange County Register

 #  Editorial: Body video cameras a must for police
Opinion - 12:00 am
When the Rialto Police Department’s one-year study into equipping all its officers with body-mounted cameras came to an end in 2013, the positive results seemed to ensure the proliferation of the devices among law enforcement agencies. And it ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Luis Garcia,
 #  Editorial: Labor costs weighing down Postal Service
Opinion - 12:00 am
There is even more bad financial news for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a report released last week by the agency’s Office of Inspector General. In addition to sharply declining mail volume and significant required payments for retiree... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Editorial: Obama's case of hyperactive inertia
Opinion - 12:00 am
Has any nonprofessional golfer ever had his game scrutinized as closely as has Barack Obama? In recent months – but especially during the president’s just-concluded vacation on Martha’s Vineyard – the sight of the president hitting the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush, Barack Obama,
 #  Today's cartoons: A whopping corporate tax rate
Editorial - 12:00 am
Also: The enemy of my enemy; drop-in-the-bucket challenge »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Jack Wu: Newport home to conservative bait and switch
Editorial - 12:00 am
I’ve had the great pleasure of writing about Newport Beach politics for the past seven years. And during this entire time, I’ve had to repeatedly dispel the notion that Newport Beach is the most conservative city in California. But according ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Martin Wisckol,
 #  James Lacy: Tesla's $500 million taxpayer temptation
Editorial - 12:00 am
California’s proposed $500 million taxpayer giveaway to Tesla, to lure the electric car manufacturer to place its planned $5 billion battery “gigafactory” in the state, is little more than an exercise in pet-project, command-economy ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Troy Senik: Ideological comformity: There's an app for that
Editorial - 12:00 am
Ask five experienced entrepreneurs what the secret is to devising a great business and you’ll likely get five variations on the same answer: Invent the product that you want but that the market hasn’t yet provided. If that was the motivation ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: illegal immigration, Proposition 8,

Sacramento Bee

 Teen's death leads to safeguards for some air guns
- 5:07 pm
Last year's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica weapon has prompted state lawmakers to approve a bill requiring bright markings on certain air guns. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Noreen Evans,
 #  Eugene Robinson: Have we gone to war again?
Opinion - 5:00 pm
Obama and Congress need to be honest about our plan against ISIS. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama,
 #  Michael Gerson: The importance of history
Opinion - 5:00 pm
Understanding the story of Israel is crucial to any hope of Middle East peace. »Read  »E-mail story
 VIDEO: Tom Steyer plans to spend money on legislative races
- 2:35 pm
Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist who is spending heavily on political races nationwide, said Thursday that he plans to pour $1 million into legislative contests in California this year, possibly including Democrat-versus-Democrat ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Sabrina Lockhart, Tom Steyer,
Bills: AB 32,
 LIVE BLOG: Bills do or die: California legislative session closing hours
- 1:45 pm
Follow the closing hours of the California legislative session with updates from The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Bureau staff. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, left, hugs State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, after the bill they ... »Read  »E-mail story
 Refinery inspection bill would blunt records access
- 12:57 pm
A bill to allow government regulators to monitor oil refinery shutdowns is drawing heavy criticism from media organizations because of its potential impact on the California Public Records Act. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Cal-OSHA, Loni Hancock, Hans Hemann,
Bills: SB 1300,
 On second try, California plastic bag ban passes Assembly
- 12:23 pm
With a prominent grocery workers’ union back in support, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Then-Assemblywoman Julia Brownley on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 near a photo of a turtle ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Bill Quirk, Don Wagner,
Bills: SB 270,
   Gov. Jerry Brown visits Legislature to bid Pérez, Steinberg farewell
- 11:53 am
Separation of powers be damned: fond farewells allow exceptions. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Gov. Jerry Brown and then-Assembly Speaker John A. Perez during a press conference at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services on ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Gatto, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg,
 #  Dana Milbank: Give me a home where the scapegoats roam
Opinion - 11:07 am
Border kids are the latest fodder for immigration reform foes. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: illegal immigration,
 #  Nicholas Kristof: Is everyone a little bit racist?
Opinion - 9:00 am
Research suggests that many Americans discriminate against young black men. »Read  »E-mail story
   AM Alert: State of Jefferson takes step toward independence
- 5:00 am
The State of Jefferson isn’t waiting around for the Six Californias initiative to qualify to push ahead with its plan for independence. Mark Baird, owner of Buffalo Broadcasting, raises the flag of the 1941 State of Jefferson ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: campaign finance, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Barack Obama, Dan Walters,
 Sacramento leaders question Benicia’s crude oil rail project
- 12:00 am
Sacramento leaders will send a letter to Benicia today formally challenging the Bay Area city to do a better job of studying trian derailment risks before it approves an oil company’s plans to ship crude oil on daily trains through ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Steve Cohn, Gary Davis,
 #  Editorial: Paid sick leave a humane and sensible right for hardest workers
Opinion - 12:00 am
Yet nearly 7 million California workers, many of them on the bottom economic rungs, don’t have access to it. Assembly Bill 1522 by Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, would fix that. Restaurant workers in California are more likely than not to ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, sick leave,
Bills: AB 1522,
 #  Editorial: Burger King’s deal is rotten for taxpayers
Opinion - 12:00 am
Fast-food chain’s purchase of Tim Hortons and move to Canada make the case for closing corporate tax loopholes. Burger King said Tuesday it is buying Tim Hortons for $11 billion and putting the combined headquarters in Canada. The two ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
 #  Viewpoints: Quake fault maps have to be right – for safety and economic development
Opinion - 12:00 am
The state is finalizing map for Hollywood, which has major implications statewide. Construction is underway near the site of the proposed Millennium Hollywood towers before the project was suspended last fall pending the outcome of a lawsuit ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ted Lieu,
 #  Joe Mathews: Kids grow up too fast – for parents and the state
Opinion - 12:00 am
The first day of kindergarten is a bittersweet milestone. Taylor Johnson, 6, gets a thumbs up from her kindergarten teacher at Sargeant Elementary School in Roseville in February. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joe Mathews,
 #  Jack Ohman: Rebranding
Opinion - 12:00 am
Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Rebranding »Read  »E-mail story
 California senators’ final-month fundraising down from 2013
- Aug. 27, 10:23 pm
The California Senate’s curb on end-of-session fundraising has sharply cut into the flow of political cash to senators’ campaign accounts, even as some in the upper house run afoul of a rule that bans contributions from donors that ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joel Anderson, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Anthony Cannella, EdVoice, Ed Hernandez, Jessica Levinson, Jim Miller, Senate Democrats, Rod Wright, Leland Yee,
 Elk Grove approves 100-acre land purchase, seeks pro soccer team
- Aug. 27, 9:15 pm
Elk Grove is buying a 100-acre parcel south of the city with an eye toward building a long-sought complex that would draw Major League Soccer to the city. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Gary Davis, Kevin Johnson,
 Deals emerge on California film tax credit, ridesharing regulations
- Aug. 27, 8:19 pm
Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers on Wednesday touted deals on tax credits for films produced in California and new restrictions on ride-sharing companies, compromising on two prominent remaining issues as the legislative session hurtled to a close. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature,
Bills: AB 1839, AB 2293,
 Longtime Sacramento labor chief Bill Camp fired amid internal strife
- Aug. 27, 6:45 pm
Amid a roiling dispute among labor groups over Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “strong mayor” ballot proposal, Bill Camp, the longtime executive secretary of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, was abruptly fired this week. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer,
 California lawmakers push new Hollywood tax credit
- Aug. 27, 5:56 pm
Gov. Jerry Brown reached a bipartisan deal with state lawmakers Wednesday on a proposal to expand California's tax credit for Hollywood film productions, offering $330 million a year in credits to producers through a competitive bidding process. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Raul Bocanegra, Nora Campos, Ken Cooley, Mike Gatto, Bob Huff, Legislature, Shirley Weber,
 California weighs community college baccalaureates to close degree gap
- Aug. 27, 5:56 pm
Driven by shifts in technology and educational expectations across industries, California’s higher education leaders know they face an unexpected economic challenge just six years after the recession ravaged the state’s workforce: a ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Doug Houston, Legislature, technical education,
Bills: SB 850,
 Ban on 'gay panic defense' heads to governor
- Aug. 27, 5:51 pm
Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Susan Bonilla,
 The Buzz: Schwarzenegger will be back to unveil Capitol portrait Sept. 8
- Aug. 27, 5:45 pm
Nearly four years after leaving office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to Sacramento in 10 days to unveil his official portrait. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Bob Huff, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
 Elk Grove buying 100 acres in bid to attract MLS team
- Aug. 27, 5:24 pm
Elk Grove is buying a 100-acre parcel south of the city with an eye toward building a long-sought complex that would draw Major League Soccer to the city, Elk Grove officials confirmed today. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Gary Davis, Kevin Johnson,
 Bill addresses watering in homeowner associations
- Aug. 27, 5:02 pm
Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Nielsen,
 #  E.J. Dionne Jr.: The 2014 election and the limits of rage
Opinion - Aug. 27, 5:00 pm
The governor’s races are the key barometer of where the country’s headed. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Sam Brownback, Sarah Palin,

San Diego Union-Tribune

 #  San Diego Convention Center, stadium debate needs clarity
Opinion - 5:30 pm
It's time to re-examine the San Diego Convention Center expansion plan. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Court upholds unions' prevailing-wage power play
Opinion - 5:00 pm
Charter cities fight micromanagement by the Legislature. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature,
 #  Rideshare compromise: State leaders rise to occasion
Opinion - 5:00 pm
The state government has offered a rare display of intelligent governance. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Susan Bonilla,
 Bill would crack down on paparazzi drones
- 12:31 pm
A bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown would crack down on paparazzi deploying drones as they chase celebrities. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ed Chau,
 #  A crucial first step for taxi reform in San Diego
Opinion - 5:00 am
Councilwoman Emerald is proposing a long overdue free-market reform of the taxi industry. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Marti Emerald, Jan Goldsmith,
 #  Community-oriented policing brought needed change
Opinion - Aug. 27, 6:45 pm
Law enforcement, public interaction is one of most problematic dynamics of our society »Read  »E-mail story
 #  A parent's outlook on child starting kindergarten
Opinion - Aug. 27, 6:30 pm
A parent's perspective on education, child's first day of kindergarten. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Protecting Social Security; Firefighters' pay process
Opinion - Aug. 27, 5:38 pm
I want to thank Russell Buckley (“Davis’ political claims just don’t add up,” Aug. 22) for the chance to talk about my record on Social Security. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ben Hueso,
 #  California resisting real action on superbugs
Opinion - Aug. 27, 5:35 pm
Drug-resistant superbugs cause 23,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature,
 Bill seeks to protect foreign-born workers
- Aug. 27, 5:24 pm
Contractors hiring foreign-born laborers in California would have to meet new requirements under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Darrell Steinberg,
 #  Burger King 'inversion': Focus on problem, not symptom
Opinion - Aug. 27, 5:00 pm
Tax reform would keep companies from fleeing the U.S. -- and help them thrive. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  George F. Will: Navy with a mission in mind
Opinion - Aug. 27, 5:00 pm
How do Americans want to project American power? »Read  »E-mail story

San Francisco Chronicle

 Honda, Khanna may debate - will you be able to watch?
- 11:59 am
Democrat Ro Khanna is turning up the heat in his Silicon Valley House race against Rep. Mike Honda - holding a press conference outside the seven-term Democrat's San Jose offices to accuse Honda of being unwilling to debate, even as the incumbent ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Honda, Ro Khanna,
 Khanna demands debates, hits 7-term Honda on "sense of entitlement"
Politics Blog - Aug. 27, 11:44 pm
Democrat Ro Khanna is turning up the heat in his Silicon Valley House race against Rep. Mike Honda — on Wednesday holding a press conference right outside the 7-term Democrat’s San Jose offices to jab Honda on what he charged was “a sense of ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Honda, Ro Khanna,
 Supe wants to push money for immigrant legal aid to $1.2 million
- Aug. 27, 7:53 pm
Supervisor David Campos intends to ask the city to increase the amount it spends on providing legal representation to hundreds of children in San Francisco facing deportation proceedings from the current $100,000 to $1.2 million. The political ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu,
 Ed Lee campaign faces dilemma over alleged FBI contribution
- Aug. 27, 7:08 pm
Here's a stumper. What do you do when an undercover FBI agent allegedly arranges for $20,000 to be donated to your campaign, quite possibly in violation of campaign finance laws, but the feds won't help you figure out if you really got the money, ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ed Lee, Leland Yee,

San Jose Mercury News

 Campus sexual assault: 'Yes means yes' bill clears California Legislature
- 4:40 pm
Campus sexual assault: California bill requiring 'affirmative consent' standard at colleges now awaits governor's signature »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature,
Bills: SB 967,
   Campos suspends effort to extend social media privacy to government workers
- 3:47 pm
A proposal to protect the social media accounts of government workers in California goes nowhere; Opposed by police chiefs, district attorneys and cities »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Nora Campos, Steve Harmon, Legislature, Eva Spiegel, Carroll Wills,
Bills: AB 25,
 #  Mercury News editorial: Sen. Lieu to the rescue of overdrugged foster kids
Editorials - 3:32 pm
Reacting to Bay Area News Group reporter Karen de S's alarming report on the degree to which foster children are being prescribed powerful drugs to control behavior, Sen. Ted Lieu has prompted the state medical board to investigate. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Beall, Kevin De Leon, Ted Lieu, Darrell Steinberg,
   California plastic bag ban passes Assembly; Senate approval expected
- 2:54 pm
If the state Senate approves Senate Bill 270 as expected, California would become the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Alex Padilla,
 Plastic bag ban passes California Assembly vote on second try
- 1:29 pm
If the state Senate approves Senate Bill 270 as expected, California would become the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Alex Padilla,
 Stanford law professor Cuellar confirmed to California Supreme Court
- 12:05 pm
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, longtime Stanford law professor, breezes to confirmation to California's highest court, adding Latino and well-known scholar to fast-changing court »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Marvin Baxter, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Kamala Harris, Joyce Kennard,
 #  E.J. Dionne Jr.: 2014 and the limits of rage
Opinion - 9:17 am
For a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors races »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Sam Brownback, Sarah Palin,
 #  Victor Davis Hanson: Obama's hazy sense of history invites trouble
Opinion - 9:16 am
A Pollyannaish belief in historical predetermination seems to substitute for action »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Victor Davis Hanson, Barack Obama,
 Honda and Khanna agree to debate Oct. 6
- Aug. 27, 5:21 pm
Congressman Mike Honda and his challenger, Ro Khanna, each agreed to take part in an October 6 debate at San Jose State University; also, Khanna staged a rally outside Honda's office Wednesday highlighting stories from constituents who said Honda ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Honda, Ro Khanna,
 Medi-Cal asset seizure bill heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration
- Aug. 27, 5:00 pm
After passing the state Senate and Assembly unanimously this week, a bill limiting California's seizure of assets from the estates of Medi-Cal recipients is headed toward Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Tim Valderrama,
Bills: SB 1124,
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