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George Skelton: California passes a lot of dumb bills. Ending Columbus Day would be one of them

George Skelton: California passes a lot of dumb bills. Ending Columbus Day would be one of them

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature passed nearly 1,000 bills last year. A few were important. Most were not. Many were frivolous, some dumb — a waste of politicians’ time and public …

EPA abandons fuel mileage goals and seeks to revoke California’s ability to set its own standard

EPA abandons fuel mileage goals and seeks to revoke California’s ability to set its own standard

WASHINGTON — Setting up its most aggressive clash yet with California over environmental standards, the Trump administration signaled Monday it may revoke the state’s ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions.

Automakers hope to avoid market disruption in Trump’s latest fight with California

Automakers hope to avoid market disruption in Trump’s latest fight with California

A possible clash between the U.S. government and California over future fuel-economy standards raises the question of whether automakers one day might have to build different sets of the same …

Orange County supervisors vote to fight California ‘sanctuary’ laws

Orange County supervisors vote to fight California ‘sanctuary’ laws

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to move against the state’s “sanctuary” laws, adding a powerful voice to a growing backlash in some conservative parts of California to the state’s pro-immigration policies.

California courts paid $500,000 to resolve sex harassment suits against judges and employees

California courts paid $500,000 to resolve sex harassment suits against judges and employees

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s court system paid more than $500,000 over seven years to resolve sexual harassment complaints against judges and staff, according to records released Friday. In response to a public records request, the Judicial Council, the rulemaking body for the court system, said it paid $296,000 to resolve three sexual harassment complaints against […]

Zuckerberg says Facebook must protect user data or ‘we don’t deserve to serve you’

Zuckerberg says Facebook must protect user data or ‘we don’t deserve to serve you’

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged Wednesday that his company failed to protect user data in the widening Cambridge Analytica controversy, but said steps already taken and newly unveiled policies would prevent developers from misappropriating such information in the future.

Ford issues recall for 1.4 million Fusion, Lincoln MKZ cars, says steering wheels could come off

Ford issues recall for 1.4 million Fusion, Lincoln MKZ cars, says steering wheels could come off

Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday announced a safety recall for 1.4 million of its cars in North America, saying that because of issues with the steering wheel bolts, the steering wheel could detach. It also announced a safety recall for about 6,000 manual-transmission cars over a clutch-plate problem that carries a risk of fire.

Police preparing for protests as Trump makes first California visit as president

Police preparing for protests as Trump makes first California visit as president

LOS ANGELES — With President Donald Trump heading to the Los Angeles area Tuesday for a high-dollar campaign fundraiser on his first White House visit to California, law enforcement will be ratcheting up in preparation for potential protests.

Gunman, 3 women die in standoff at California veterans facility

Gunman, 3 women die in standoff at California veterans facility

A gunman and three hostages were found dead Friday evening at a Northern California veterans home, concluding a standoff that lasted for about eight hours, officials said. Shortly before 6 p.m., officers entered the room at the Yountville Veterans Home where the gunman had been holding the hostages.

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth’s crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on our planet. The finding, published Thursday in Science, represents the first detection of naturally occurring ice-VII ever found on Earth.