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Jun 15, 2011

Gay judge’s California same-sex marriage ruling upheld

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge’s gay relationship is no basis for tossing out his decision overturning California’s same-sex marriage ban, another federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

Doing otherwise would send a message that minority judges could not rule in civil rights cases, ruled Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware, who upheld the decision to overturn California’s gay marriage ban.

Jun 15, 2011

Suntech launching U.S. financing programs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd (STP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to launch four or five financing programs for the U.S. market in the next six to nine months, the head of its North American business said on Tuesday.

The initiatives will cover various parts of the industry, including residential solar, Suntech America President Steven Chan said at the Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit in San Francisco.

Jun 14, 2011

Judge rejects bid to toss out gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A judge’s same-sex relationship is no reason to toss out his ruling backing same-sex matrimony, another federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

The decision by Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware backed the prior ruling overturning California’s gay marriage ban.

Jun 14, 2011

U.S. judge rejects bid to toss out gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge’s same-sex
relationship is no reason to toss out his ruling backing
same-sex matrimony, another federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

The decision by Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware backed
the prior ruling overturning California’s gay marriage ban.

Jun 14, 2011

California turns to clean-car plans

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s clean air regulators, fighting to create a market for greenhouse gases and spur wind farms and solar projects around the state, are shifting their focus to an old friend and enemy — cars.

State law requires California cut emissions of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020.

Jun 13, 2011

New California analysis backs carbon market

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new, court-ordered analysis of California alternatives for regulating greenhouse gases shows that a carbon cap-and-trade market is still the “correct” choice, the state’s top climate regulator said on Monday.

“The analysis that led us to conclude that a cap-and-trade program was the correct alternative choice is fundamentally sound, and I think that this document lays that out quite clearly,” Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols told the Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit.

Jun 13, 2011

New California analysis backs carbon market

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new, court-ordered analysis of California alternatives for regulating greenhouse gases shows that a carbon cap-and-trade market is still the “correct” choice, the state’s top climate regulator said on Monday.

“The analysis that led us to conclude that a cap-and-trade program was the correct alternative choice is fundamentally sound, and I think that this document lays that out quite clearly,” Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols told the Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit.

May 27, 2011

Biofuel maker Solazyme shares rise in Nasdaq debut

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 (Reuters) – Shares of
biofuel maker Solazyme Inc (SZYM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rose 15 percent in their
stock market debut on Friday after the company’s IPO raised
more than expected.

South San Francisco-based Solazyme uses algae to make oil
and plans to sell fuel oil, dietary supplements and skin care
products. It is the latest of a handful of companies that make
fossil fuel alternatives and have sought money successfully
from the U.S. capital markets.

May 19, 2011

California still leads U.S., including in inequality

SAN FRANCISCO, May 19 (Reuters) – Perennial trend-setter
California still represents potential aspects of the future of
the United States, ranging from wealth and opportunity in
Silicon Valley to abject poverty in the agricultural Central
Valley.

The Golden State has always seen itself as the best, and it
still is for some, but a new study of federal census and state
data covering longevity, education and income shows the state
is also home to arguably the worst-off parts of the nation.

May 17, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered child outside marriage

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child more than 10 years ago with a member of his household staff.

The revelation came a week after Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born former bodybuilder turned Hollywood actor, and his wife, Maria Shriver, a veteran broadcast journalist and daughter of the Kennedy political dynasty, jointly announced their split after 25 years of marriage and four children.

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