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California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed businesses thrive

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California’s cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly…

California lawmaker scraps plan to replace carbon market with tax on fuels

By Rory Carroll SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – A top Democratic lawmaker in California on Monday backed off an unpopular plan to tax gasoline and diesel fuels and instead proposed a less controversial plan to spend up to $5 billion a year from the state’s fledgling carbon program on affordable housing and…

GOP checks into Hotel Breitbart California, finds it’s not at all like the brochures said

In the great state of California, Republican office holders are about as rare as high school diplomas in the Palin household. Even in an election year, the state GOP brain-trust is having a hell of a time rounding up anyone who can – at the very minimum – fog  a…

California couple gets three years in jail in Qatar for death of adopted child

DOHA (Reuters) – A Los Angeles couple was sentenced to three years in jail in Qatar on Thursday for causing the death of their adopted African-born daughter, who was found to have died of starvation, in a case that has raised concern in Washington. Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested…

California Democrat arrested for international firearm trafficking was a ‘gun safety advocate’

A Democratic state senator in California who was arrested by federal agents for illegal gun trafficking was a self-described gun safety advocate who sponsored and support gun control legislation. State Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco was arrested in a federal corruption investigation on Wednesday. Authorities said Yee was involved…

Reporters chase alleged Bitcoin creator around Los Angeles

By Aron Ranen and Brandon Lowrey TEMPLE CITY, California (Reuters) – A Japanese American man thought to be the reclusive multi-millionaire father of Bitcoin emerged from a modest Southern California home and denied involvement with the digital currency before leading reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters…

California Gov. Jerry Brown announces he will seek re-election

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown, a popular Democrat who has steered the state on a centrist path, said on Thursday he would seek re-election to another term as leader of the most populous U.S. state, in a widely anticipated move. Brown, 75, made the…

California city asks residents: Do you want a tax on soft drinks?

By Laila Kearney BERKELEY, California (Reuters) – A California city is to consult its citizens on whether to impose a soda tax on sugary drinks, following failed bids by other local governments to pass similar measures. The Berkeley City Council will gauge local voter support for a penny-per-ounce tax –…

Federal water allocation for drought-stricken California farms cut to zero

The worsening drought in California will force a first-ever complete cutoff of federally supplied irrigation water to most farm districts throughout the state’s Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday. The projected 2014 zero allocation to all but a handful of agricultural districts supplied…

‘Birther queen’ Orly Taitz wants to be California’s next Attorney General

In a California election season dominated by Democratic Party nominees and very few Republicans, former U.S. Senate candidate and Obama ‘birther’ conspiracist Orly Taitz has filed paperwork to run for Attorney General. According to the Sacramento Bee, the attorney-dentist-real estate agent from Orange County, California is attempting to appear on…

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