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The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. Photo by Francois Polito

SAN FRANCISCO - The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. The bill, AB 1014, is in response to a shooting spree last May near Santa Barbara that left six students dead. Richard Martinez lost his son in ...Read More

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PHOTO: People fishing on the San Gabriel River. Some members of the California Congressional delegation are calling on President Obama to use his authority to protect the federal lands by designating the area a national monument. Credit: Annette Kondo.
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LOS ANGELES - Protecting the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California may be moving in a new direction. Some members of the California Congressional delegation are calling on President Obama to use his authority to protect the federal lands by designating the area a national monument. Rep. Judy ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report digs deeply into public opinion polls to find conservation is a broad concern among America's Latino population, and that candidates in upcoming midterm elections should take note. Photo courtesy Hispanic Access Foundation.
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While some might assume immigration policy dominates the concern of Hispanics in New York and around the nation, a new report shows the environment is high on their agenda. Two groups - Latino Decisions and Hispanic Access Foundation - dug deeply into nine recent public opinion polls and extracted ...Read More

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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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