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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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PHOTO: Tens of thousands of children from Central American countries have attempted to cross into the U.S., and a woman who has been in their shoes says violence and economic despair are the root causes. Photo credit: Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

YSIDRO, Calif. – There are many questions surrounding why thousands of Central Americans children are setting off alone and risking their lives to migrate to the United States. One woman who made that journey wants to shine a light on the issue. Kenia Calderon was just 11 years old when he...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows California and several other states doing a better job of helping kids stay nourished and healthy while school is out for the summer. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SAN FRANCISCO - School may be out for the summer, but hunger doesn't take a vacation. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) finds more low-income California kids are now getting meals during the summertime which they ordinarily would receive when school is in session. The Sum...Read More

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PHOTO: A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is expected to vote Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Feinstein.

SAN FRANCISCO - Senator Diane Feinstein is expected to vote in support of a constitutional amendment to give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending. Feinstein sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is expected to vote on Senate Joint Resolution 19 Thursday. Feinstein i...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill that seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions has passed the California Legislature and awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. AB 2127 would limit full-contact practice time at middle and high schools, and ensure injured athletes don't return to the field too soon. Photo courtesy cdc.gov

How long high school football players can practice each week - and how rough those practices can be - may be changing in California. A bill that seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions has passed the Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho C...Read More

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