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When the Santa Ana City Council earmarked $500,000 in overtime pay in July for a multiagency task force to crack down on the city’s illegal marijuana dispensaries, the response from the police department was immediate. By the end of the month, in…

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When the Santa Ana City Council earmarked $500,000 in overtime pay in July for a multiagency task force to crack down on the city’s illegal marijuana dispensaries, the response from the police department was immediate. By the end of the month, in…

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A report this week by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services reads like it could have been written by President Obama’s White House Council of Economic Advisors. It declares that “increasing income inequality is undermining the rate of state tax…

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They say you can’t legislate morality. Even if that sentiment usually means you shouldn’t legislate morality, there’s a kernel of truth: A society where good manners are mandatory is missing the point. That’s why the latest law passed in…

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Devices that record police interactions have their opponents, but they can be a step toward civility. Rialto Police Department Sgt. Chris Hice is seen in a rear view mirror wearing sunglasses with a small mounted camera that records video and audio while driving in Rialto, Calif., Aug. 19, 2013.

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River Cats, Kings, Republic FC has a nice ring, not unlike Tinkers to Evers to Chance. The Sacramento River Cats’ next game at Raley Field will be their first as the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

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Politicians, a particularly opportunistic species, are pouncing on the National Football League like linemen on a fumble. That’s especially apt because it’s clear that America’s preeminent sports corporation has dropped…Click to Continue »

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Legislation to expand California’s voting rights law would empower judges to draw district lines.

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“It’s a nice feeling to know so many people still want to come and see this old Jew on stage.” — Jerry LewisWe didn’t really think the King of Comedy would go gently into the night, did we? That the Nutty Professor would just fade away after 83 years of making us laugh?Forget it. This is Jerry Lewis we’re talking about.

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“It’s a nice feeling to know so many people still want to come and see this old Jew on stage.” — Jerry LewisWe didn’t really think the King of Comedy would go gently into the night, did we? That the Nutty Professor would just fade away after 83 years of making us laugh?Forget it. This is Jerry Lewis we’re talking about.

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A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse. The little-noticed waiver, which was outlined in the Federal Register, comes amid criticism that the Obama administration has gone too easy on major financial institutions that break the law. …

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The city of Chico is finally getting serious about dealing with the problem of its parks getting trashed.

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A report by the Institute of Medicine validates the recommendations made two years ago by Lisa Krieger in her Cost of Dying series on the need for planning and providing for end of life care.

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The San Francisco Giants and Fresno professional baseball twice have been joined at the hip for a total of 47 years. »

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The effort to break up California into six states suffered a major setback last week when the secretary of state’s office said the initiative didn’t qualify for the ballot. A… »

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September 11 taught us that we can no longer ignore the threats of foreign terrorists who declare war on America. With hundreds of millions of dollars on hand from ransoms paid and outright theft, the Islamic State (ISIS) has emerged as the most well-financed terrorist group in history. ISIS has more than 31,000 fighters, including American citizens, and has displaced al-Qaida as the primary terror threat to the United States.

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The case of veteran Andrew Tahmooressi has put a spotlight on Mexico’s justice system.

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The 2010 federal healthcare reform law let states expand Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor, largely at federal expense. California is one of 27 states that have taken up Washington’s offer, and well over 1 million newly eligible residents signed up for…

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Why modern elections would not favor the Roosevelts.

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Force alone can’t problems with ISIS.

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When fewer than 1 in 4 registered Los Angeles voters bothered to cast a ballot for a new mayor last year, it set off a round of soul-searching among city officials and political experts. Why were voters so disengaged?

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Los Angeles County voters will see two judicial runoffs on their Nov. 4 ballot, and it’s a shame they can’t just pick the two best candidates of the four. That’s because the two best are running against each other…

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Why can’t DMV charge right tax rate?

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The measure is flawed, but it beats the status quo.

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Politicians should be held accountable for lying about where they live.

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It’s a hot and angry September, and your boss or your spouse has just told you to take a hike. But where?Hiking usually means mountains, and California has more than its share of bucket list summits: Half Dome, Mount Whitney, Shasta, San Jacinto. But these are not everyday peaks

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In mid-August, two United Nations peacekeepers from Burkina Faso were killed and several wounded in a suicide attack in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali. In early September, also in Mali, four peacekeeping troops from Chad lost their lives and many were injured when their convoy hit a mine.This brings the total number of U.N. personnel who have died so far this year due to hostile action to 12; last year, 36 lost their lives. In addition, in late August, 45 U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji monitoring the Golan Heights were seized by a Syrian militant group allied with Al Qaeda and held as hostages for two weeks before being released Sept…

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A recent projection of the West Africa Ebola outbreak is that it now may take 12 to 18 months to control and will infect 100,000 people. President Obama announced the deployment of 3,000 military troops, more than a hundred Centers for Disease Control and Prevention personnel and millions of dollars to help stem the tide.How did the outbreak get so out of control?Story So FarUnprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa: What you need to know Christine Mai-Duc, Paul Olund Christine Mai-Duc, Paul OlundThe answer is partly rooted in where Ebola struck. Health systems in the post-conflict states where it hit first and hardest were already in tatters. And the crisis has been exacerbated by a woeful shortage of healthcare workers worldwide: The World Health Organization estimates the shortage at 4 million workers, with the burden hitting Africa disproportionately. …

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Scandal: The California Democrat who suggested that his party boycott the Benghazi Select Committee as a waste of time now accuses those who fought on the CIA annex roof of lying “to promote a new book.” The last we heard from Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was in May.

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