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Oct 21, 2010

Appeals court stays ruling on gays in military

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the Pentagon may temporarily reinstate a ban on openly gay men and women in uniform while a lengthier stay in favor of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is considered.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco added to the disarray surrounding a landmark legal battle that already has forced the U.S. military to welcome openly gay recruits for the first time.

Oct 20, 2010

Fight over gays in military moves to appeals court

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Obama administration asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to let the Pentagon reinstate its ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military while it appeals a lower-court ruling that struck down the policy.

The request for an emergency stay was filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco even as some gay veterans expelled under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have sought to reenlist in a test of the lower-court ruling.

Oct 14, 2010

California greenhouse gas trade to start “gently”

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s climate change chief expects a gentle start to a scheme to trade greenhouse gases, as the recession has done much of the work of cutting pollution by idling businesses and people.

The state late this month will unveil details of a plan to cap the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and let big power plants and factories trade rights to emit carbon dioxide.

Oct 13, 2010

California governor debate turns into verbal brawl

SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) – A debate between California gubernatorial candidates turned heated and personal on Tuesday as Republican Internet billionaire Meg Whitman and veteran Democratic politician Jerry Brown belittled each other’s proposals and abilities.

Brown has a small lead in opinion polls ahead of the November 2 election in the race to run the troubled U.S. state, but the debate showed the former eBay Inc CEO’s competitive streak.

Oct 12, 2010

Google green energy czar: It’s a bit bleak

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) search for cheap renewable energy has not found many great breakthrough ideas, and the company’s focus has shifted toward funding big projects from financing risky technologies, the company’s green energy czar said on Tuesday.

Google in 2007 launched a project to develop renewable energy cheaper than coal, the world’s biggest power plant fuel, and for a year it launched a flurry of investments in small alternative energy companies with promising technologies.

Oct 8, 2010
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Aide to rival calls California’s Whitman a ‘whore’


California’s personal and unpleasant governor’s race just took another step toward the bottom as a tape emerged in which an aide to Democrat Jerry Brown calls Republican Meg Whitman a “whore” for her attempts to get endorsements from law enforcement.

The Los Angeles Times was given the tape of an answering machine message from Brown to a law enforcement group. Brown apparently didn’t hang up, and so a private conversation was captured on tape. The Times’ blog is here, with the audio tape is at theĀ bottom or here.

Oct 6, 2010

Californians see green in climate law: poll

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – They’ve banned gay marriage and are poised to blow off a chance to legalize marijuana, but California voters are remaining true to one stereotype — their commitment to the environment.

A measure to suspend the state’s vanguard climate change law is heading for failure, by a margin of 49 percent to 37 percent, because voters see the law doing more economic good than harm, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday showed.

Oct 5, 2010

Most Californians oppose legalizing marijuana: poll

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Hopes that California will become the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana appear to be turning into a pipe dream.

Voters plan to oppose a measure on the November 2 ballot to legalize marijuana use by 53 percent to 43 percent, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday that showed a big change of sentiment from June.

Oct 2, 2010

Housekeeper fracas mars California governor debate

FRESNO, California (Reuters) – California’s first Spanish-language debate in the race for governor turned into an angry exchange on Saturday when Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown traded charges of lies and deception over the case of an illegal immigrant who used to work for Whitman.

Both candidates spoke in English and their answers were simultaneously translated into Spanish for the audience in Fresno in the agricultural Central Valley, where unemployment is even higher than the state average of more than 12 percent.

Sep 29, 2010

California Senate debate turns on environment

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina traded jabs over the environment, healthcare and jobs in the second debate on Wednesday of a close campaign.

Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co, and Democrat Boxer, seeking a fourth term in the Senate, both promised jobs and fiscal responsibility, two issues foremost on the minds of voters in the most populous U.S. state, which is reeling with an unemployment rate of more than 12 percent and a $20 billion state budget deficit.

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