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Dec 13, 2012

California governor treated for early-stage prostate cancer

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown is undergoing treatment for early-stage prostate cancer with an excellent prognosis for recovery, and the 74-year-old Democrat is expected to keep up a full work schedule, his office said on Wednesday.

“Fortunately, this is early-stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy,” Dr. Eric Small, Brown’s oncologist, said in a statement.

Dec 13, 2012

California Governor Brown treated for early-stage prostate cancer

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown is undergoing treatment for early-stage prostate cancer with an excellent prognosis for recovery, and the 74-year-old Democrat is expected to keep up a full work schedule, his office said on Wednesday.

“Fortunately, this is early-stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy,” Dr. Eric Small, Brown’s oncologist, said in a statement.

Dec 12, 2012

California’s Berkeley to give college scholarships to illegal immigrants

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – The University of California’s Berkeley campus announced on Tuesday that a private foundation has given $1 million to fund scholarships for illegal immigrants.

The scholarships will go to nearly 200 students who are not eligible for federal grants, government-backed loans or work-study positions, the school said.

Dec 5, 2012

California says federal immigration detention requests are voluntary

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – California’s attorney general said on Tuesday that state and local law enforcement agencies were not required to honor federal immigration detention requests, a declaration welcomed by immigrant rights activists.

Attorney General Kamala Harris, the state’s top law enforcement official, said complying with the federal program that helped deport a record 400,000 illegal immigrants last year is voluntary.

Dec 4, 2012

California judge partly blocks gay conversion therapy ban

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked California from enforcing a landmark law that bars therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in minors, but he applied the ruling to just three people.

Two licensed therapists and one aspiring therapist filed a suit against the law, which is due to go into effect on January 1.

Dec 4, 2012

Judge fears gay conversion therapy ban’s unintended consequences

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday expressed concerns over the unintended consequences of a landmark California law that bars a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in minors as a Christian group argued the law should be halted.

California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, in September signed into law a ban against so-called conversion therapy for children and teenagers, making the nation’s most populous state the first in the country to do so.

Dec 1, 2012

Gay “conversion therapy” proponents seek to halt California ban

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – A Christian legal group urged a federal judge on Friday to halt a landmark California law that bars a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality from being used on children and teenagers, calling the law a violation of privacy and free speech.

California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed the ban into law in September, making the nation’s most populous state the first to ban so-called conversion therapy among youths. Gay rights advocates say the therapy can psychologically harm gay and lesbian youths.

Nov 28, 2012

California Democratic campaign treasurer gets eight years for fraud

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – A Democratic campaign treasurer accused of defrauding the campaign war chests of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and other California politicians was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $10.5 million in restitution in federal court on Wednesday.

Kinde Durkee, who controlled the funds of some 400 political candidates and groups, was arrested in September 2011 and charged with criminal mail fraud. She pleaded guilty in March as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Nov 27, 2012

Nobel winner and organ transplant pioneer Joseph Murray dies at 93

By Mary Slosson

(Reuters) – Dr. Joseph Murray, the surgeon who carried out the first successful kidney transplant and later won a Nobel Prize for his work in medicine and physiology, died on Monday in Boston at the age of 93.

Murray died after suffering a stroke last Thursday, Brigham and Women’s Hospital spokesman Tom Langford said.

Nov 26, 2012

Eight-year term sought for California campaign treasurer fraud

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for a Democratic campaign treasurer accused of draining up to $20 million from the war chests of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and other politicians, court documents showed on Monday.

Kinde Durkee, who controlled the funds of some 400 political candidates and groups, should spend 97 months in federal custody and pay an as-yet undetermined amount of restitution, a sentencing memo by prosecutors said.