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California lawmakers consider ‘kill switch’ for stolen smartphones

CA lawmakers mull smartphone kill switch (via SFBay) Smartphone makers may be forced to put a ‘kill switch’ into production by January 2015 or face fines up to $2,500 for each phone sold and shipped in California without the technology thanks to a new bill introduced last week by California…

Pacific storm eases California drought, but state has long way to go

The most powerful winter storm to hit California in more than a year dumped several feet of snow in the high Sierras and soaked lower elevations with rain over the weekend, easing drought conditions but leaving the state thirsting for more, officials said on Monday. The Pacific storm doubled the…

11 dead after two wrong-way car crashes in Florida and California

Eleven people died early Sunday in two highway collisions, one in Florida and one in California, caused by drivers going the wrong way, authorities said. Five people died in the Florida collision and six were killed in California, and investigation continued into whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the…

More than a dozen communities in California could run out of water in months

Californian rancher Nathan Carver squints as he surveys the parched fields where his family has raised cattle for five generations. Normally, they would be covered in lush green grass. But the western US state’s worst drought in decades has reduced the land to a moonscape, leaving the 55-year-old father-of-four praying…

California GOP facing unprecedented candidate drought in statewide races

With only five months remaining before the primaries, the increasingly moribund California Republican Party finds itself without any viable candidates for many of the top statewide contests, The Sacramento Bee reported. Four years after having been swept by the Democrats in all eight statewide contests, the California GOP has had…

California teacher arrested for lacing potluck food with marijuana

Police in Benicia, California arrested a 47-year-old elementary school teacher on Friday for allegedly poisoning colleagues by bringing food laced with marijuana to a potluck dinner. KPIX-TV reported that Teresa Gilmete Badger arrest followed a six-week investigation into the events of the November 2013 party organized by teachers at Matthew…

Record California drought forcing cattle sell-off

An epic drought in California is forcing ranchers to sell their cattle because their pastures are too dry for grazing and it's getting too expensive to feed them. (Jan. 27)…

California lawmakers propose new measures to improve conditions of assisted living centers

California lawmakers last week unveiled a dozen legislative proposals aimed at stiffening regulations governing the state’s roughly 7,700 assisted living facilities, residences that offer room and care to tens of thousands of frail or ailing people, most of them seniors. The wide-ranging array of proposed regulations would mandate annual inspections…

California health officials have foodies fuming over Sriracha chili sauce shortage

Public health officials in California have taken the drastic step of ordering the maker of Sriracha chili sauce to cease selling the popular condiment in the green-topped squeeze bottle for a month even though no one has ever complained about any problems with the sauce.;  …

Sikh Little League coach allegedly victim of anti-Hindu hate crime

Police are investigating a potential hate crime in Yuba City, California, after a Sutter Buttes Little League coach of Sikh descent found the words “We want no Hindus at SBLL” scratched into the side of his truck. The man, Suk Dulai, is also a member of the SBLL board, and…

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