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Jun 2, 2015

California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in a move that could make California one of the states with the highest smoking age.

The measure was approved by the Senate 26-8 and must now be approved by the state Assembly.

Jun 2, 2015

California Senate votes to let undocumented immigrants buy health insurance

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California Senate voted on Tuesday to allow unauthorized immigrants to buy health insurance on a state exchange created under the U.S. Affordable Care Act, a measure that would make the state the first to offer that kind of coverage.

The Senate voted 28-11 in favor of the proposal, which still must be approved by the state Assembly and signed by the governor, said Jesse Melgar, a spokesman for the bill’s author, Senator Ricardo Lara.

Jun 1, 2015

Police shooting of Southern California college debater sparks anger

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Southern California police say an officer fatally shot an unarmed man who was high on drugs and threatening to attack, sparking anger from the man’s family and friends who describe him as an accomplished college debater who simply needed help.

The shooting last Wednesday in Long Beach, a city just south of Los Angeles, occurred only after the officer tried to restrain the man with an electronic control device, police said.

May 28, 2015

U.S. government plan to protect sage grouse would limit oil and gas

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration plans to
protect the greater sage grouse in the western United States by
limiting oil and gas development and renewable energy in the
bird’s habitat, under a federal plan released on Thursday.

Environmentalists gave measured praise to the plan, which
was released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the
Forest Service, even as a group representing the energy industry
criticized the proposal.

May 28, 2015

U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.

The plan from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which is co-founded by former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, comes after three U.S. Senators this year introduced a bill that would require the federal government to recognize pot’s medical value and allow states to set their own medical cannabis policies.

May 28, 2015

Federal government orders pipeline company to clean California oil spill

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific Ocean.

The order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard also requires Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline to submit a written plan by June 6 that will outline measures for analyzing the spill’s effects on the environment.

May 27, 2015

Two men charged on DNA evidence in 1978 rape and murder in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two men have been charged with murder in California in the 1978 cold case murder of a young mother who was abducted from a gas station where she worked, after DNA advances connected the men to the crime, authorities said on Wednesday.

Neal Matthews, 58, was arrested last week at his home in Lancaster, California, and Terry Moses, 59, was serving time in prison on an unrelated case when he was charged in this case, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

May 27, 2015

Western U.S. drought seen raising food prices: Reuters/Ipsos poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An overwhelming majority of U.S. residents think the drought that has hit agriculture in the West will lead to increased food prices, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted May 18 to 22, also found strong support for certain water conservation efforts that might be aimed at the general public in drought-stricken states.

May 27, 2015

California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials said.

The Democratic-led Assembly voted 49-26 to approve the bill, which has the support of California’s Democratic attorney general, Kamala Harris, and will next go to the state Senate, said Allison Ruff, aide to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat and co-author of the bill.

May 24, 2015

Sea lion rescued from Santa Barbara oil spill dies at SeaWorld

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California’s Santa Barbara coastline this week has died after being taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned and treated, officials said on Saturday.

Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst.