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PHOTO: According to a new report, California is a standout state for its outreach to Hispanic families in getting children signed up for health insurance. Nationally, Hispanic children are 1.5 times more likely to be uninsured than other kids. Photo credit: Feverpitch/FeaturePics.com.

SAN FRANCISCO - California agencies and nonprofits have stressed the value of health insurance for children - and in the Hispanic community, it's paying off. The Golden State is one of three standouts in a new report that examines what 10 states are doing to cover Hispanic kids. According to the re...Read More

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PHOTO: Programs and services to help families emerge from poverty work best when they help the whole family, rather than focusing on either children or adults. That's the finding of a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. Photo credit: Nelosa/iStockphoto.com

Young families have a better chance to break the cycle of poverty when there are better-coordinated efforts to help them succeed as a family unit, according to a new report. The new Annie E. Casey Foundation report stresses the need for a "two-generation approach" to policies aimed at lower-income ...Read More

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PHOTO: Three groups are suing the FDA over their approval of new combinations of growth enhancing drugs to be administered to millions of animals raised for food, including pigs. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Pharmaceuticals – they’re what's for dinner. And three groups in the U.S. are suing the federal government over the drugs. The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), United Farm Workers of America and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in San Francis...Read More

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PHOTO: California's water woes are one of the issues facing Golden State voters on Election Day. Voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, known as the Water Bond, which sets aside billions to update water infrastructure, recycle water, and improve conservation. Photo of the San Joaquin River courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's water woes are one of the issues facing Golden State voters on Election Day. Voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, known as the Water Bond, which sets aside billions of dollars to update water infrastructure, recycle water, and improve conservation. Steve ...Read More

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PHOTO: Workers can help report abuse of farm animals with a new national tip line. Photo credit: Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the United States.

RAMONA, Calif. - Whistleblowers in California could earn up to a $5,000 reward if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States has just launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farm...Read More

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PHOTO: Providing enough land for renewable-energy development in the California desert, while protecting lands that are home to several endangered species, is the goal of a proposal that is open for public comment. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The public is invited to comment on a proposed plan that would guide the future of all renewable-energy development on more than $22 million acres of the California desert. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is a joint federal and state effort to identify locations...Read More

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PHOTO: In addition to checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, the American Red Cross recommends going over your home escape plan in the event of a fire. Photo credit: S. Carson.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - More than 2,300 people die and nearly 13,000 are injured annually in home fires across the United States. With that statistic in mind, the American Red Cross is kicking off a national campaign this month to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by as much as 25 percent ov...Read More

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PHOTO: People fishing along the San Gabriel River. President Obama is designating part of the San Gabriel Mountains in northeast Los Angeles as a national monument today. Photo credit: Annette Kondo.
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LOS ANGELES - The San Gabriel Mountains are becoming the country's newest national monument. President Obama is in Southern California today to sign the designation that will protect 346,000 acres of forest lands. Claire Robinson, managing director with Amigos de los Rios, says this will increase th...Read More

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