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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, according to a new National Wildlife Federation report that details how climate change is affecting the outdoor experience in California. NWF senior scientist Doug Inkley emphasizes that hunters, anglers,...Read More

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PHOTO: Robin Williams was known during his life as a brilliant comedian and actor, and advocates for mental health say his tragic death could serve to bring greater understanding to the issues of mental illness. Photo credit: S. Jurveston/Wikimedia Commons.

SAN FRANCISCO – Many people are still reeling from the news that comedian and actor Robin Williams took his own life this week at his San Francisco Bay Area home. Mental health experts say Williams’ death highlights the secrecy and stigma of mental illness. Laura Edwards lost her son...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

FRESNO, Calif. - The issue of hunger is often associated with residents of coastal cities where the cost of living tends to be high, but a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found in the San Joaquin Valley, where much of the nation's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey, rural ...Read More

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PHOTO: California lawmakers will consider a bill that is aimed at streamlining the solar permitting process. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) says his bill, AB 2188, will help lower the cost of solar installations and further expand the accessibility of solar to more California homeowners who want to control their electricity bills and generate their own clean energy. Credit: NASA.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Making it easier, cheaper and faster for California homeowners to get rooftop solar systems is the idea behind proposed legislation being pushed at the State Capitol. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi says his bill will streamline the permitting process to eliminate confusion ...Read More

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PHOTO: A hidden-camera investigation by the Los Angeles-based animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, shows a goat being grabbed by the neck at the Ontario Livestock Sales auction house in 2012. The auction house owner has pleaded no contest to violating California’s criminal animal cruelty laws. Photo credit: Mercy For Animals

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California's "downer" law. Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped wor...Read More

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PHOTO: Israeli and Palestinian teens recently joined in San Diego to learn how they can be individual citizen diplomats and help create a brighter future for the region. Photo credit: Hands of Peace.

SAN DIEGO - While violence rages back home, some Israeli and Palestinian teens opened their hearts and minds to each other in San Diego this summer. Hosted by American families during the three-week Hands of Peace program, they did the hard emotional work of "hearing the other side" and wondering h...Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, people with celiac disease are finding many new options, but not all are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, added to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr

As more food choices labeled as "gluten-free" show up on store shelves across Indiana, consumers are being warned that just because it's free of gluten doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, said she welcomes more options for those, like her...Read More

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The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in Riverside County is one of a number of protected areas in California which benefits from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreation proj...Read More

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