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Residents of the Autumnwood housing complex have claimed a dangerous cocktail of contaminants is buried underneath their homes. (CBS)

Calif. Toxics Regulators Accused Of ‘Doctored Data’ In Tainted Soil Probe

A consumer advocacy group alleges California regulators and other officials doctored data to avoid pinpointing the source of an apparent health threat at the Autumnwood housing complex.

04/08/2014

Killer whales perform at SeaWorld. Off the coast of Dana Point these days, a pod of Orcas is calling this area home. (credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Calif. Bill Would End SeaWorld Killer Whale Shows

The state Assembly will hold its first committee hearing Tuesday on AB2140 by Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, that is pitting animal welfare activists against a staple of San Diego’s tourism industry.

04/07/2014

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California Prisons Find 1 In 4 Inmates Used Drugs

Under the recommendation, a first positive test for drug use would cost inmates 90 days’ pay from work assignments, and repeat offenses could mean up to year of lost wages.

04/07/2014

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Winning $30M Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Century City

A very lucky Southland resident is waking up $30 million richer after being the only person to pick all six numbers in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.

04/05/2014

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GOP Candidate For Calif. Attorney General Advocates Death Penalty For Corrupt Politicians

Phil Wyman, who spent 17 years in the state Legislature, said he was motivated by the case of Democratic Sen. Leland Yee.

04/04/2014

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Calif. Lawmakers OK Bill To Protect Homeowners From HOAs During Drought

A Southern California lawmaker wants to protect homeowners who cut back on watering during the statewide drought against retaliation from homeowner associations (HOAs).

04/04/2014

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill To Strengthen Campaign Finance

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation giving California’s political watchdog agency more authority to enforce the state’s campaign finance laws and investigate suspected wrongdoing.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/03/2014

The Hixson Metal Plant was cited by AQMD for producing a dangerous air quality in and around their Newport Beach plant. (credit: CBS)

State Regulators Demand OC Metal Plant Make Major Changes Or Shut Down

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) issued notices to the County saying — Hixson poses an “unacceptably high” cancer risk to its neighbors.

04/02/2014

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Gov. Brown Open To Fine-Tuning Criminal Justice Changes

Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/02/2014

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Nonprofit Insurers Lag In California’s Heath Care Exchange

Small nonprofits offering insurance plans on California’s health care exchange are lagging well behind major insurers in sign-ups, potentially undermining a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/02/2014

The Los Angeles Aqueduct carries water from the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, which carry less snow than normal, to major urban areas of Southern California.

Economists: Drought, Weather Not Expected To Significantly Slow Calif. Job Growth

One UCLA economist warned “dismal” job growth data could see Southern California go the way of “Victorian England.”

04/02/2014

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No Immediate US Tsunami Threat From Chile Quake

Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, says the greatest potential threat from Tuesday night’s quake is to Hawaii.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/01/2014

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Court: Officials’ Private Email Exempt From Open Records Law

A California appeals court has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by public officials on their own devices are not public records regardless of the topic.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/01/2014

Tracks lead across a fallow field under which a crude oil pipeline passes near an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, California. Critics of fracking in California cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources as California farmers are forced to leave unprecedented expanses of fields fallow in one of the worst droughts in California history. Concerns also include the possibility of earthquakes triggered by the fracking process which injects water, sand and various chemicals under high pressure into the ground to break the rock to release oil and gas for extraction though a well. The 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault runs north and south on the western side of the Monterey Formation in the Central Valley and is thought to be the most dangerous fault in the nation. Proponents of the fracking boom saying that the expansion of petroleum extraction is good for the economy and security by developing more domestic energy sources and increasing gas and oil exports. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Rain Hitting California To Be Stored For Drought Relief

Authorities say they are capturing rain falling in the storm lashing California to be used later in what’s expected to be a very dry year.

04/01/2014

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Holmby Hills Mansion Sells For Record $102M

The price for the 50,000-square-foot home is the highest ever recorded in L.A. County. The buyer paid cash but has not been identified.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/31/2014

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