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2 hrs ago | Whittier Daily News

California broadens autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

I didn't know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn't have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-income South Los Angeles neighborhood seemed to know anything about autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that can impair language, learning and social interaction.

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Related Topix: California Government, Family, Kids, Medicaid, Health

7 hrs ago | KBCI CBS 2

California nudist camp accused of stealing water

Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought. The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought

11 hrs ago | WSB-TV

6 Californias initiative fails to make 2016 ballot

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper's hopes of splitting California into six states took a blow this week after the state ruled his team did not collect enough valid signatures to make it onto the 2016 ballot. The Six Californias initiative claimed that dividing one of America's largest state into six would make it more governable.

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Related Topix: California Government

13 hrs ago | Star Tribune

Dozens of homes evacuated in wildfires in Northern, Southern California, 2 homes destroyed

A wildfire in Northern California destroyed two homes while a much larger blaze proved stubborn amid high temperatures and dry brush in Southern California. The Northern California blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno and grew to 250 acres, destroying two homes and three outbuildings, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, Alta Sierra, CA

17 hrs ago | LA Daily News

Temperatures may hit 108 in parts of Southern California

Meterologists say Sunday will likely be the hottest day of this heat wave, with the heat index highs fluctuating between 105 and 110 degrees for L.A. County until Tuesday evening, when an excessive heat advisory is set to expire, according to Joe Sirard, an National Weather Service meteorologist at the Oxnard office. Real temperatures downtown will approach 100, Sirard said.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Oxnard, CA, Fire

Sat Sep 13, 2014

SFGate

California company issues partial tomato recall

A California produce company is issuing a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with salmonella. Taylor Farms of Tracy issued the voluntary recall Saturday night for Expo Fresh Roma tomatoes shipped to Costco locations in Los Angeles and Hawthorne in California, Tacoma and Lynwood in Washington, and Las Vegas in Nevada.

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Related Topix: Hawthorne, CA, Lynwood, CA, Life, Food, Vegetables

Press-Telegram

Southern California police armed with military arsenal through program

Whittier Police Sgt. Jason Zuhlke shows earlier this year the recently acquired MRAP military personnel carrier that will be used for the department's SWAT team.

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Related Topix: California Government, US Politics, US News, Claire McCaskill, US Senate, Democrat, Education Etc., Pasadena, CA

WWLP

Rescuers end ocean search for Navy fighter pilot

Rescuers on Saturday have called off their search of the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island. The Navy said Saturday that it presumes the pilot is dead after failing to find him during a 36-hour search.

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Related Topix: Boat Disaster

Inside Bay Area

More homeless students in California, but number declines in some counties, report says

Like trying to count the revolving number of people who sleep under freeways and in doorways, gauging the number of Bay Area students who are homeless isn't easy to pin down. But their numbers are on the rise in California and some Bay Area counties, according to a report released earlier this week by the California Homeless Youth Project.

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Related Topix: San Mateo County, CA, Santa Clara County, CA, Alameda County, CA, Contra Costa County, CA, Education Etc.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hotter temperatures, elevated fire danger forecast for Southern California

The Southland heat wave is showing no signs of easing up, with three-to-five degree increases forecast for today, according to the National Weather Service. An upper-level ridge of high pressure will build over the area, resulting in an extended period of heat for the region, which combined with rising humidity and dry conditions will result in elevated fire danger and an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, according to the National Weather Service.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Woodland Hills, CA, Los Angeles County, CA, Pasadena, CA

The Daily Democrat

Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California's railroad bridges, no state oversight

As concerns grow over aging rail infrastructure, earthquake readiness and a dramatic increase in crude oil shipments by train, state railroad regulators are scrambling to hire their first-ever railroad bridge inspectors -- two of them. Once they are hired, the California Public Utilities Commission plans to create a state railroad bridge inventory to determine which are most at risk.

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Related Topix: California Government, Earthquake, Natural Disasters, Benicia, CA, Napa, CA

The York Daily Record

Things to know from California's truancy report

The California attorney general's office released a report Friday documenting truancy in the state. This year, for the first time, the data was broken down by race and income level as well as geography.

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Related Topix: Education Etc.

Fri Sep 12, 2014

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Man allegedly cooked dog, fed it to ex-girlfriend

A Northern California man has been arrested after his ex-girlfriend said he cooked her dog and fed it to her. Watenpaugh's ex told police he had repeatedly struck her while they were dating and that after one assault, she left her Redding apartment and returned to find her Pomeranian, “Bear,” missing.

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Yahoo!

Ariz. man wins fight for same-sex death benefits

A judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage. Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues.

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Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, Wedding, Social Security, Personal Finance, Life, Veteran Affairs

The Bennington Banner

'Six Californias' initiative fails for 2016 ballot

A ballot initiative that would have asked voters to split California into six separate states failed to qualify for the ballot in 2016, the secretary of state's office reported Friday. Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper submitted 1.37 million signatures in July in support of the measure, saying the state of 38.3 million people has become ungovernable because it has too many diverse interests for politicians to effectively represent their constituents.

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The New Zealand Herald

Maria Shriver erased from Schwarzenegger portrait

An endearing gesture by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to include an image of his wife Maria Shriver in his official portrait has been erased with a splotch of blue paint. Former Schwarzenegger aide Clay Russell confirmed Friday that the portrait of the former governor once featured a lapel button showing the face of his estranged wife.

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Related Topix: Celebrities, Arnold Schwarzenegger, US Governors, California Government

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Poll: Support of death penalty in California slipping

California voter support for the death penalty has dipped to its lowest level in more than four decades -- potential fodder for foes of capital punishment to revive efforts to abolish the law at the ballot box, a new Field Poll shows. The poll found 56 percent of registered California voters back the death penalty, a sharp drop from 68 percent in a Field survey three years ago.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Prison, San Quentin, CA, Sacramento, CA

KPLC-TV Lake Charles

Navy searches for pilot after jets crash into sea

Two U.S. Navy jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean, where one pilot was rescued and another was missing, the Pentagon said Friday. A search for the missing pilot was underway.

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Related Topix: Boat Disaster, US Military, US Navy, US News, US Military Prisons, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Prison

KALC-FM Denver

History Terminated in California?

Once upon a time, Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California. And one upon a time, he was also married to Maria Shriver, but that marriage ended badly, in divorce, after the world found out that Arnold had fathered a child with their longtime housekeeper.

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Related Topix: California Government, Celebrities, Arnold Schwarzenegger, US Governors

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Press-Telegram

Heat wave to hit Los Angeles Thursday, elevate risk of wildfires

Starting today, the Southland will be in the grips of a heat wave that will generate temperatures in the 100s in some areas and an elevated risk of wildfire for several days, National Weather Service forecasters said. “A decent heat wave will start Thursday and last until at least Sunday and perhaps Monday and Tuesday as well,” the NWS said in a hazardous-weather outlook statement.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Oxnard, CA

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