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California City Becomes First In State To Ban Tobacco Sales To Anyone Under 21

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:37 PM

A Northern California city has become the first in the state to approve raising the minimum age for tobacco purchases.

Healdsburg, California's city council voted 4-1 Monday to raise the age threshold required for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. (California state law mandates...

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Obama Casts His Ballot Early In Chicago

(80) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:49 PM

President Barack Obama voted Monday in the midterm elections, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans who have also taken advantage of early voting.

Obama, who is in Chicago to campaign for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), stopped by his polling place, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service...

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Rick Scott Almost Refused To Debate Charlie Crist Over A Fan

(751) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 8:13 PM

Florida's second gubernatorial debate got off to a bizarre start Wednesday evening when incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R) initially refused to debate his opponent because he had a fan under his lectern.

Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor hoping to unseat Scott in next month's election, had...

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Obama: White House Expects FCC To Uphold Net Neutrality

(165) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 7:53 PM

President Barack Obama says his administration "expects" that the Federal Communications Commission will not allow Internet service providers to offer multiple tiers of service.

Speaking at a town hall in Santa Monica, California on Thursday, Obama reiterated his support for net neutrality, or the principle that...

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Silicon Valley Democrats Spar At HuffPost Debate

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:03 AM

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Democratic challenger Ro Khanna squared off in the only debate for California’s 17th Congressional District Monday evening in San Jose, with questions from The Huffington Post.

The moment that may linger longest was Honda's response to allegations that his staff used his public...

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Kurds Face Massacre In Syrian Border Town As Turkey Just Watches

(352) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 6:09 PM

The Turkish military is just watching as outgunned and outnumbered Kurdish fighters warn that a massacre is imminent in a town visible across the Syrian border. The fighters have been defending a key Kurdish stronghold in Syria against hardline militants aligned with the self-proclaimed Islamic State for nearly...

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School Apologizes After Atheist Student 'Intimidated' Into Standing For Pledge Of Allegiance

(408) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Officials at a Southern California high school have apologized after an atheist student was pressured to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance against his will.

A ninth grade student at Oak Park High School in California's Ventura County said he had attempted to stay seated at...

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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns Amid White House Controversy

(552) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 3:22 PM

Julia Pierson has resigned as director of the Secret Service, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a Wednesday statement.

In the statement, Johnson said he would appoint Joseph Clancy as interim acting director.

During a White House briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President...

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Bobby Jindal Apparently Wants You To Watch Stephen Colbert Make Fun Of Him

(62) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal attempted to beat Stephen Colbert at his own game after the comedian roasted the Republican governor's scientific views. However, his strategy included tweeting out several links to the segment in question.

On Tuesday, the Comedy Central host mocked...

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Bell Gardens, California, Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot, Killed In Domestic Dispute (UPDATE)

(388) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:44 PM

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, California, was shot and killed Tuesday, allegedly during a domestic dispute. According to the Los Angeles Times and NBCLA, police have taken Crespo's wife into custody.

The shooting occurred on the 6300 block of East Gage Avenue...

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Off-Duty Secret Service Agent Stopped White House Intruder: Report

(332) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:21 PM

The man who scaled the White House fence and broke into the executive mansion earlier this month was tackled by an off-duty Secret Service officer, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

According to the Post, an agent who was leaving for the night after seeing President Barack...

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California Will Now Protect Women From Horrific Form Of Prison Abuse

(21) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 7:24 PM

California adopted legislation late last week protecting prison inmates from forced sterilization following disturbing reports that female prisoners had been sterilized without their consent.

The bill, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Thursday, makes it illegal to sterilize inmates for birth control purposes...

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Poll Shows Bruce Braley Trailing Joni Ernst In Iowa Senate Race

(361) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 10:31 AM

A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday shows Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley trailing GOP rival Joni Ernst by six points in Iowa's Senate race.

The survey found that Ernst, a state senator, leads Braley 44 percent to 38 percent. The poll also found Ernst with...

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This Is What Eric Holder's Legacy Will Be

(81) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African-American to hold the top law enforcement position in the United States, announced on Thursday that he plans to step down from his position as soon as a successor can be confirmed. If he remains in office until December, Holder...

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Kamala Harris Says She's Not Interested In Eric Holder's Job

(9) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:01 PM

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she's not interested in taking Eric Holder's job.

Shortly after Holder announced that he would leave his post as U.S. Attorney General, Harris was floated as a "serious contender" for the role. Harris, however, was quick to...

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Rick Steves Hitting The Road In Support Of Oregon Marijuana Legalization

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Travel guru and longtime marijuana legalization advocate is taking a break from his European excursions to lend his support to Measure 91, the campaign for legal recreational pot in Oregon.

Beginning Tuesday, October 7, Steves will embark on a six-day, 10-city tour of the Beaver...

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'F**k It, I Quit' Anchor Explains Her Dramatic Exit

(1845) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:28 PM

The local news anchor who dramatically quit her job on air following a segment on marijuana explained her exit in a YouTube video released Monday.

Charlo Greene, a reporter for Anchorage's KTVA, announced on air that she would be leaving her job at the TV station...

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Obama Praises Congress For Approving His Plan To Fight ISIS

(21) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:13 PM

President Barack Obama spoke Thursday shortly after the Senate approved his plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, praising Congress for passing the legislation and reaffirming that U.S. troops will not be put into combat in Iraq.

"I'm pleased that Congress, a...

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California Expands Access To Lifesaving Overdose Antidote

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:39 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Tuesday expanding access to naloxone, an overdose antidote credited with saving thousands of lives.

AB 1535, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), will allow pharmacists to distribute naloxone to drug users or family members so they can...

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Rochester Man Indicted On Charges Of Attempting To Help ISIS

(101) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:24 PM

Mufid Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old Rochester, New York resident who was arrested earlier this year on illegal weapons charges, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for attempting to assist Islamic State militants, among other charges.

Elfgeeh, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen, was arrested in June...

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