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    PNS Daily News - November 30, 20150 

    Among the stories we’re featuring today: world leaders converge on Paris for climate talks; the push for paid family leave could get a boost from the power of a famous name; and how local tree farms are doing much more than growing the holiday spirit.

Public News Service - California

California is failing to provide shelter for two-thirds of its homeless population. Credit: Compass Family Services

SAN FRANCISCO – California needs to do a much better job of caring for the homeless – because almost two-thirds are sleeping outside with no shelter, according to a new report from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The annual report takes a snapshot in time ̵...Read More

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Environmental organizations are criticizing a move by San Diego Gas and Electric to lobby against community energy providers. Credit: Laura Musikanski/Morguefile.

SAN DIEGO – Environmental organizations are mobilizing to fight one of the state's three biggest power companies over an issue known as "community choice aggregation," a movement by cities to create nonprofit agencies to buy and sell power to consumers. San Diego Gas and Electric just announc...Read More

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It pays to wait to take Social Security, but many older Americans don't realize just how much it pays to wait. Credit: Kameleon/

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Californians planning for retirement and wondering what the best age may be to start receiving Social Security may want to wait a few additional years, according to experts, who say waiting can pay off in a big way. Americans are able to begin receiving Social Security be...Read More

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The U.S. Navy is rethinking its exercises that could harm marine mammals. Credit: Daniel Du Toit/ Wikimedia Commons

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The U.S. Navy is analyzing the harm its sonar exercises do to whales, dolphins and sea turtles and may modify its training exercises accordingly. Late last week, the Navy announced it's ordering a new environmental impact statement for training from late 2018 to 2023. The publi...Read More

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An appeals court upholds California's death penalty, but on procedural grounds rather than weighing in on capital punishment. Credit: David Hills/iStockphoto

The death penalty is back on the books in California - more or less. A panel of judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected a lower court ruling that had declared the capital punishment system in the Golden State unconstitutional. But Professor Ellen Kreitzberg, who heads the ...Read More

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Mojave Trails area, part of the lands protected by the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Credit: Bryn Jones

The future of more than 10 million acres of public land in southern California desert areas is laid out in a plan released Tuesday by the Bureau of Land Management. Phase one of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan sets aside 388,000 acres for renewable-energy projects and designates 3.8 m...Read More

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There are mixed reactions in the animal rights community about SeaWorld San Diego's decision to change its orca shows by next year. Credit: Stacey Newman/iStockphoto.

SAN DIEGO – Wildlife advocates are praising SeaWorld San Diego's decision to let Shamu retire, so to speak, but they have reservations about the park's announcement that killer whale shows will change at the end of next year. SeaWorld says the orcas will still be on display at the amusement p...Read More

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The Copco 1 Dam near Hornbrook, Calif., is among four to be removed on the Klamath River if Congress approves the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

YREKA, Calif. - A decade of negotiations between more than 40 parties for water rights, river health and salmon survival expires at the end of December if it isn't approved by Congress. And Congress may be the biggest challenge yet for the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which covers water use ...Read More

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