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42 min ago | Contra Costa Times

Poll: Californians mostly aware they have mental health benefits

Most Californians are aware that their health care plans offer mental health services -- aimed at treating ailments ranging from depression to drug abuse to alcoholism -- and they believe such services help people lead productive lives, according to a new Field Poll. But the survey also revealed a lack of understanding about the breadth of mental health assistance available.

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Related Topix: Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse), Health, Medicine, Alcoholism

4 hrs ago | Lake County Record-Bee

Insect killer of crops, gardens arrives in Bay Area and is spreading north

Courtesy U.C. Riverside/Mike Lewis -- California gardeners harvesting their summer produce may encounter a new pest aAI the bagrada bug. The native of Africa, which made its first California appearance in Los Angeles County six years ago, has been sighted in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.

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Related Topix: Entomology, Science, Agriculture, UC Riverside

8 hrs ago | The Fresno Bee

Protesters say California too slow in spending $2 billion to aid homeowners

Two dozen protesters wearing yellow T-shirts marched through a downtown Sacramento conference room and chanted slogans Tuesday during a meeting of the California Housing Finance Agency's board of directors. The members of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment demanded that the agency's Keep Your Home California program move faster in distributing $2 billion in federal aid for struggling homeowners.

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Related Topix: California Government, Sacramento, CA

13 hrs ago | Reuters

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000.

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Related Topix: Fire, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Oakhurst, CA

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Lake County Record-Bee

Sweeping new California groundwater pumping rules signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown

For centuries, California's groundwater has been freely available to anyone who could siphon the coveted natural resource from the earth. But that changed Tuesday with the stroke of a pen.

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Related Topix: California Government, Jerry Brown, US Governors, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Modesto, CA

CTV

Wildfire races through California lumber town

Despite warnings about the dangers of wildfires and drought-parched forests, the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed caught the entire community off guard. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 100 homes, the saw mill and a church.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, Metal, Weather, Drought

Cape Breton Post

California issues its first permits self-driving cars; Google has 25, VW and Mercedes 2 each

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighbourhoods - with a human "safety driver" behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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Related Topix: California Government, Nevada Government, Nevada, Michigan, Michigan Government

ABC 33/40

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

A House committee has determined that the government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the... The agency responsible for safety on the nation's roads was years late in detecting a deadly problem with General Motors cars and lacks the expertise to oversee increasingly complex vehicles, congressional Republicans... By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press The killer had a grudge against the Pennsylvania State Police, regularly visited a local shooting range to keep his skills sharp, and picked just the right... By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press A law enforcement official says a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a barracks recently lived with his parents in a town... For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles ... (more)

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Related Topix: US News, California Government

NewsOK.com

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling public roads. The agency is issuing permits Tuesday that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods - with a human "safety driver" behind the wheel, in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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Related Topix: California Government

WTEN-TV Albany

Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

15, 2014. . Smoke and haze from a wildfire more than 50 miles away darkens the sky over a shopping center parking lot in Sparks, Nev., late Sunday afternoon, Sept.

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Related Topix: Fire, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Mount-Shasta, CA, Weed, CA

KTUC-AM Tucson

New California Wildfire Has Destroyed at Least 75 Buildings

A wildfire in the California town of Weed has destroyed at least 75 buildings and spread to cover 350 acres as of Monday night. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire is just 15 percent contained.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, California Government

KRNV-TV Reno

Californians agree on legality path for immigrants

A new poll shows that despite widespread worry about the effects of illegal immigration, California voters broadly support a path to legalization for immigrants in the United States without proper documents. The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows three in four of those surveyed support an overhaul of federal immigration laws.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, Illegal Immigration, US News, California Government

Mon Sep 15, 2014

San Bernardino County Sun

Sen. Roderick Wright resigns from South Bay seat in California Senate

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg accepted Wright's one-sentence letter, which stated his resignation is effective Sept. 22. Jennifer Hanson, a spokeswoman for Wright, confirmed the senator submitted the letter.

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Related Topix: Jerry Brown, US Governors, US News, Inglewood, CA, Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA), Los Angeles, CA

Washington Examiner

Dominion to buy 2 solar projects in Calif.

The Richmond -based energy company announced the agreement with EDF Renewable Energy on Monday. The deal is expected to close next year.

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Related Topix: Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Alternative Energy, Energy, California Government, Solar Energy

WDTN-TV Dayton

Jeffrey Fowle interviewed in North Korea.

The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there. Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, was convicted Sunday of entering the country illegally to commit espionage.

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Related Topix: North Korea, World News,

Pasadena Star-News

Excessive heat warning remains in effect for Southern California Monday

As the region's heat wave lingered into a new week, a red flag warning denoting a risk of wildfire was in effect in much of Southern California today, along with an excessive heat warning intended to focus the attention of residents on the need to protect themselves from “dangerously hot weather.” “A strong ridge of high pressure will maintain very hot weather and near-record temperatures through Tuesday over much of the area,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Los Angeles County, CA, Ventura County, CA, San Gabriel, CA

NewsTarget.com

Desperate Californians steal water from fire hydrants as rich...

The ongoing water crisis in California has sparked an apparent crime wave in some parts of the state, with desperate residents illegally taking water from fire hydrants in the middle of the night to keep their lawns green and their animals happy. Reports indicate that, in some areas, as much as 10 percent of the water supply has gone missing, presumably due to theft, a premonition of much worse things to come if rains remain at bay.

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Related Topix: Avenal, CA

KNUS-AM Aurora

Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires

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Related Topix: Oakhurst, CA, Madera County, CA, Fire, Yosemite National Park, US National Parks, Bass Lake, CA

Sun Sep 14, 2014

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Scorching hot weather in Southern California shows no sign of easing

Southern California continued roasting Sunday as the ongoing heat wave peaked, pushing temperatures well beyond 100 degrees in many areas, triggering power outages throughout the region as air conditioners, and the electrical grid, struggled to keep homes and businesses cool. No temperature records were broken in Los Angeles County Sunday, however Woodland Hills tied it's previous high-temperature of 107 degrees, recorded in 1971, Meteorologist Scott Sukup of the National Weather Service's Oxnard office said.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Los Angeles County, CA, Woodland Hills, CA, Oxnard, CA

Whittier Daily News

California broadens autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

I didn't know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn't have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-income South Los Angeles neighborhood seemed to know anything about autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that can impair language, learning and social interaction.

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Related Topix: California Government, Family, Kids, Medicaid, Health

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