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‘Six Californias' Is Officially Dead

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | September 12, 2014 | Politics
A starry-eyed ballot initiative to split California into six separate states will not appear on the November 2016 ballot because it failed to gather enough qualifying signatures, the state announced Friday. Just 66 percent of the signatures on Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s petition were valid, California...

Los Angeles Issues 'Heat Alert' As Temperatures Soar

Reuters | James Gerken | September 12, 2014 | Green
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region. With California already baking under a record drought that has...

California's Ventura High School Scraps Chick-Fil-A From Fundraiser, Citing Chain's Gay Marriage Stance

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | September 12, 2014 | Gay Voices
A California high school has nixed a student-run booster club's plans to sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches during a back-to-school night because of the restaurant chain's controversial stance on same-sex marriage. Ventura High School Football Principal Val Wyatt said that she wanted to keep outside organizations from...

Mindy Kaling: 'I Misspoke' About Abortion And Sitcoms

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | September 12, 2014 | Women
Mindy Kaling doesn't think sitcoms can't tackle abortion. She just doesn't think it's right for her sitcom specifically right now, she told HuffPost Live on Friday. Earlier this month, the multi-hyphenate star told Flare Magazine that she doesn't plan to feature the issue of abortion on her series...

Why Strangers Are Coming Together To Discuss Tough Subjects Over Dinner

Carolyn Gregoire | September 12, 2014 | Healthy Living
This year, Drugs Over Dinner was born to facilitate honest, personal and non-judgmental conversation about drugs in America and the root causes of our culture of addiction.

Here's How A Six-Pack Of Craft Beer Ends Up Costing $12

Joe Satran | September 12, 2014 | Taste
Here's the real reason your craft brew costs so much more than a six-pack of Bud.

California Study: Truancy Data Shows Racial Divide

AP | Alexandra Svokos | September 12, 2014 | Black Voices
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Black elementary schoolchildren in California were chronically truant and faced suspension from school at disproportionately high rates compared to other students last year, according to a study Friday that follows similar research from the U.S. Education Department. Taken together the findings show that racial disparities in...

Ethan Hawke Calls Robin Williams A 'Light For The World'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | September 12, 2014 | Entertainment
Ethan Hawke's second major film, 1989's "Dead Poets Society," placed the young actor under the tutelage of Robin Williams. During a new interview with Canadian radio program "Q with Jian Ghomeshi," Hawke recalls Williams helping him to secure an agent at age 18. His next breakout role, 1991's "White Fang,"...

Agitated Woman Threatens To Poop On Property Of Lazy Dog Owners

The Huffington Post | David Moye | September 12, 2014 | Weird News
There's an old saying: You have to fight fire with fire. A woman in Los Angeles is threatening to take the same approach with lazy dog owners -- except she's using poop instead of flames. Annie Preece, a street artist and muralist, is so angry at neighbors who...

The 5 Looks HuffPost Style Editors Want From New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | September 12, 2014 | Style
By the end of New York Fashion Week, we editors have probably seen hundreds of runway images. Some we wish we could forget, while others will remain permanently burned into our brains. When it's all said and done, there are usually quite a few looks that...

San Diego Cab Drivers Say Body Odor 'Sniff Test' Stinks And Is Discriminatory

AP | Ed Mazza | September 12, 2014 | Business
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination. For years, inspectors with the San Diego Regional Airport Authority run down their checklist for each cabbie — proof of...

Everything We Know About The Oscar Race Thus Far

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | September 12, 2014 | Entertainment
This year's Toronto International Film Festival lineup may have been short a "Gravity" or "12 Years A Slave," but potential awards contenders were littered all over the 2014 schedule. Let's take a look at where things pile up following the prestigious fest, the unofficial kick-off of Oscar season. BEST PICTURE...

Schwarzenegger Reportedly Has Maria Shriver Painted Over In Portrait, Fails Miserably

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | September 12, 2014 | Politics
An undeniable blotch on an official portrait of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is a hasty cover-up job to erase estranged wife Maria Shriver’s face from the painting, sources told the New York Post and San Francisco Chronicle. The portrait, which Schwarzenegger sat for in...

The Top Public Colleges Ranked For 2015 By U.S. News & World Report

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | September 11, 2014 | College
For the seventeenth year in a row, University of California-Berkeley is the top public school in America according to U.S. News and World. To put that in perspective: there are high school seniors applying for college now who have never lived in a world where Berkeley is not the best...

Jeff Bridges Is All Cool With 'The Giver,' Here's Why

Sasha Bronner | September 11, 2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Bridges spent exactly 18 years developing the film “The Giver,” an adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved dystopian children’s book by the same name. The starring role that Bridges plays (he also produced the film) was originally intended for his father, Lloyd Bridges, who is now deceased. “It was...

Iggy Azalea's Rep Slams Sex Tape Allegations (UPDATE)

Stephanie Marcus | September 12, 2014 | Entertainment
UPDATE: TMZ reports that Iggy Azalea's lawyers have changed their tune on the sex tape front and are now claiming that if she is in an explicit video, it should be considered revenge porn, and she may have been underage when it was filmed. Azalea's lawyers told...

After 9/11, Hundreds Of Charities Launched. Now, Here Are The Few Left Standing

Eleanor Goldberg | September 11, 2014 | Impact
In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, well-meaning supporters rushed to establish nonprofits that could address victims’ pressing and long-term needs. Thirteen years later, just a handful remain. In the immediate aftermath, the IRS fast-tracked the approval of 300 new Sept. 11-related charities. But...

Burglar Stops For Selfie While Pals Rob California Home, Police Say

Ed Mazza | September 11, 2014 | Crime
An alleged burglar keeping watch outside a California home while her pals ransacked and robbed the place took a moment to snap a selfie, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Here's the raw video, taken from one of the surveillance cameras at the home and posted on...

Millions Of California Workers Are About To Get Paid Sick Days

Dave Jamieson | September 11, 2014 | Politics
In the largest expansion of its kind to date, the state of California on Wednesday extended paid sick leave to millions of workers who would otherwise have to choose between a day's pay and working while ill. Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) signed a bill making California the only state other...

The One Person Who Rachel Zoe Really Wants To Wear Her Clothes

Michelle Persad | September 11, 2014 | Style
Most fashion week events involve a circus of photographers, security, limited seating and a packed venue. But leave it to Rachel Zoe to take a different approach to her 2015 Spring/Summer presentation. Zoe's latest collection was shown in the penthouse of the Soho Grand hotel, with...
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