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Poor test scores raise new doubts about landmark 2013 school finance law

Five years after Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature passed a sweeping new school finance law meant to provide extra help to struggling students in poor, minority communities, new federal test scores raise difficult questions about the effectiveness of the

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Scandal-plagued Wells Fargo could face new $1 billion fine

Wells Fargo, the iconic San Francisco-based financial services giant, already faces unprecedented government punishment for major scandals revealed in recent years. In February, in the final action by departing Fed Chair Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve announced that the company

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New California bill would put state in charge of setting health care prices

Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, has introduced a new bill that would put California in charge of setting prices for hospital visits, trips to the doctor and other medical services. Under the legislative proposal, the state would create an independent

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Gov. Jerry Brown agrees to send National Guard troops to border – but not for immigration enforcement

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday authorized the deployment of 400 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of the Trump administration. But it came with one caveat – that the guards would not be used for federal immigration enforcement.

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With brutal fire season expected, fight over how to respond has never stopped

California’s perilous experiences with massive wildfires reached an all-time peak in 2017, as the state suffered through its worst blaze in recorded history – the Thomas Fire – and five of its 17 worst fires ever. State officials estimated that about 9,000 wildfires from

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New Assembly bill would increase rights of student athletes

March Madness may be receding into memory, but college athletics figures to be on the California Legislature’s radar this month with the introduction last week of a bill to reclassify college athletes. Chief among the provisions in Assembly Bill 2747,

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Trump targets California’s unique role in shaping air pollution rules

The Trump administration is on the brink of what could prove its most consequential legal battle with the state of California, with EPA chief Scott Pruitt expected this week to take aim at the autonomy that state leaders were given in

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New firearms bill passes Assembly committee with hopes of curbing suicides

More stringent gun regulations to curb suicides could soon be enacted in California. Assembly Bill 1927 successfully passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee during a hearing Tuesday morning. Spurred by recent mass shootings, the legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Rob Bonta,

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Los Alamitos approves ordinance to opt out of California’s ‘sanctuary state’ law

The city of Los Alamitos on Monday night approved an ordinance to opt out of California’s controversial “sanctuary state” law, in the boldest act of defiance yet by a municipality against Sacramento. “It is impossible to comply with both the Constitution

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Justice Department sues California over ‘sanctuary’ immigration laws

The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of California over its defiance of federal immigration enforcement efforts, just the latest high-profile legal battle between Washington and the Golden State. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making the

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