There are economic, health and social concerns that have presented themselves as monumental opposition to our peace of mind. In the 1330s, mankind faced the Bubonic plague that killed millions. At first, the spirit of fear prevailed and these events devastated the population, threatening the very fabric of life. …

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Bernanke’s admonition that a Fed chair shouldn’t be involved in discussions about pressing issues of the day, like income inequality, is the kind of admonition often directed at judges. contrary to conventional wisdom, studies show that when the typical umpire calls balls and strikes, he is in fact influenced by a player’s status. If a pitcher is a dominant one (say, the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner), then the ump is more likely to call his pitch a strike even if it’s just off the corner of the plate…

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What’s the big election day issue for the Navajo Nation? Tuesday is election day for the Navajo Nation and its 111,000 voters. …

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Unlike New York, California had yet to see a confirmed Ebola case, although state health officials are aware of 19 individuals who recently traveled to an Ebola-affected country. international leaders oppose American quarantines, which can only add to the already considerable burden assumed by U.S. …

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Here is a review of The Sun’s endorsements in selected races on the Nov. 4 ballot:Governor: Jerry BrownIn a fourth and final term, Brown must continue to lead the state out of fiscal trouble.

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Here is a review of the Daily News’ endorsements in selected races on the Nov. 4 ballot:Governor: Jerry BrownIn a fourth and final term, Brown must continue to lead the state out of fiscal trouble.

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The troubled former Marine is going to get the treatment he needs.

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When voters mark their ballots for a candidate, they are placing their trust in that person. »

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A U.S. bankruptcy judge zigged when he was expected to zag.

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Earlier this year, health care providers celebrated as our state’s infant mortality rate slipped to a record low. Starting Nov. 1, however, we may see that victory begin to dissipate. As respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, season begins this year, thousands of vulnerable premature infants will face the deadly virus without the benefit of preventive treatment.

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Four California peace officers killed in one week

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After federal bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein gave his verbal ruling early this month in the Stockton bankruptcy case, it was the first time in ages that California’s pension reformers had something to celebrate. Klein ruled that pensions can be impaired in a bankruptcy, defying the insistence of the politically powerful California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which argued that pensions can never be reduced even when a city goes belly up. But, sure enough, the sense of hopefulness was short-lived…

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For years we have been warned about the looming, profound impacts that the aging of the U.S. population will have on the country. Well, the gray wave has arrived…

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Bankruptcy ruling not as bad as it looks

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In recent weeks we increasingly have become a nation of the panicked and their panderers.The immediate focus of our collective anxiety is, of course, the Ebola virus’ potential spread to this continent. Yet, apart from Thomas Duncan, a single traveler from Liberia, every one of the handful of cases that have cropped up in America involves either two of Duncan’s Dallas nurses or a person who came in contact with those infected with the disease in West Africa.

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A support-your-local-bookstore (and public library) type in the main, I also own a Kindle, and read and write on any number of electronic devices.But even if the hundreds of heavy hardbacks on the shelves above our bed will be my undoing some day when the Big One strikes, as it will, in the middle of the night, I’ll take burial by books as an honorable way to go, and hope it’s in the lede in the humorous obit.

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The latest polling data from Harvard’s Institute of Politics should be discouraging to Democrats, who have traditionally been able to depend on young bleeding-hearts for electoral support: A majority of 18- to 29-year-old likely voters now say they would prefer a Republican-controlled Congress to a Democratic one, by a margin of 4 percentage points. For years, in states such as North Carolina, Maine, Ohio and Texas, Republican politicians have tried to make it systematically harder for young adults to cast ballots or even register to vote. …

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Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not.First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.Moreover, here is a president who proclaims the reduction of inequality to be the great cause of his administration.

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Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill requiring California colleges to adopt standards for handling sexual assault cases. Among the requirements: That colleges use an “affirmative consent” standard to decide whether sex was consensual or not

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California voters Tuesday will have to weigh in on more than 200 different tax and bond measures. It increasingly seems as though raiding the wallets of their residents has become a pastime of state and local governments. No matter how many more…

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Given the numerous problems facing France today, it is clear that French politicians need to be doing something different if they hope to get their country and its beleaguered economy working again. However, appearing on a reality TV show probably…

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It’s the silly season of the election. It’s the season of the slate mailers, which we’re still amazed is an industry that survives.

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In simpler, more innocent times, little was more harmlessly cool than the California Highway Patrol. Immortalized in the turn-of-the-’80s TV action-drama “CHiPs,” the law enforcement agency busted crime and kept the state safe without so much…

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School facilities bonds have proliferated on the Nov. 4 ballot across the state.

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Rep. Alan Lowenthal is not running unopposed for reelection in the 47th Congressional District, a large swath of which includes Cypress, Los Alamitos, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Westminster and Garden Grove. Yet, the Democratic incumbent might as…

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It’s Halloween, and along with jack-o’lanterns rapidly rotting in 80 degree heat and pondering if Snickers still satisfy when they are thumbnail-size, we must face the now annual hand-wringing over insensitive costumes. 2014’s particular target…

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