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California announces rollout of chip-enabled debit cards to deter theft of unemployment benefits

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here California will strengthen the security of the debit cards it uses to issue unemployment insurance and other benefits following a wave of fraud, according to an announcement from the state’s Employment Development Department. The state agency plans to work with......

California lawmaker quotes ‘Apocalypse Now’ while bulldozing Asian-run pot farms

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Caroline Vakil A Republican congressman from California issued a series of videos this week against the emergence of marijuana greenhouses that have appeared in one county, including a video of him quoting the 1979 film “Apocalypse Now” while bulldozing......

Bring Your Own Brigade | Official Trailer

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Bring Your Own Brigade | Official Trailer – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker’s documentary captures the horror and heroism of the deadliest week of wildfires in California history and explores the causes and solutions of......

These companies are sucking carbon out of the atmosphere — and investors are piling in

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here The race to reduce carbon emissions is heating up, much like the planet itself is. But reducing emissions alone will not be enough to stop what’s happening. It is not even enough to reach the goal of the Paris climate......

University of California approves multiyear tuition increase

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Caroline Vakil University of California (UC) Board of Regents approved plans to increase tuition for the California university system starting in the fall of 2022. The plan would increase the tuition for both incoming undergraduates and transfer students, with......

Wildfires scorching the West Coast create nationwide air pollution

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The explosive wildfires in the West are threatening millions of Americans with potential health problems. Smoke from those fires has drifted across the country, leading air quality levels to plummet. From the ground and sky, crews are fighting the......

Here’s what’s gone ‘right’: Devine

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Miranda Devine With President Joe Biden celebrating six months in office this week, let’s count all major flubs woke Democrats have created so far in 2021, Miranda Devine writes. Source – For more click here To Return to the Main Aggregate News Page – click here Break’n Pics – Click......

Activision Blizzard Is Sued by California Over Workplace Culture

New York Times
A California state agency is suing Activision Blizzard, the video game maker that produces Call of Duty, over claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. After a two-year investigation, the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that Activision fostered......

Wildfires scorch West and create nationwide air pollution

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Wildfires scorch West and create nationwide air pollution – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Smoke from dozens of fires in the West is drifting across the country, creating potentially dangerous health conditions for millions of people who aren’t near......

Local officials across U.S. are starting to reimpose Covid mask rules as delta variant takes hold

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here People wearing face protective masks walk on Hollywood Blvd during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 29, 2021. Mario Anzuoni | Reuters From Los Angeles to Massachusetts, local officials across the country are......

Northern California air board to require oil refiners slash pollution

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NEW YORK, July 21 (Reuters) – Northern California regulators on Wednesday directed oil refiners in the region to slash the amount of fine particulate air pollution emitted by the facilities, which will require costly modifications at the plants. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District board’s decision means refineries in......

Gender reveal party couple face jail over deadly California wildfire

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“Mr and Mrs Jimenez used a smoke bomb to reveal the gender of their pregnancy at the El Dorado Park in the city of Yucaipa, California,” he told a press conference, adding that they faced prison sentences “extending” up to 20 years if found guilty on all charges. BBC –......

In Search of the California Barbecue Tradition

New York Times
The Compton-born pitmaster Kevin Bludso, of Bludso’s Bar & Que, has never understood why pitmasters in California are often left out of the national barbecue story, which has a rich history well beyond Santa Maria-style. “At one point, L.A had so many barbecue restaurants, stretching from Watts to Compton,” he......

California businessman indicted on lobbying charges has counted Trump among his ‘closest friends’

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A Southern California businessman and a former chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, Barrack is charged in a seven-count indictment with acting as an agent of the United Arab Emirates between April 2016 and April 2018. He is also charged......

Travel prices and crowds are surging — but not at these U.S. destinations

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Many Americans are seeking quiet, secluded trips to the great outdoors this year — only to find millions of others are doing the exact same thing. Travelers hoping to avoid the throngs in cities and theme parks are finding themselves......

U.S. COVID vaccination efforts stagnate as new cases spike

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here U.S. COVID vaccination efforts stagnate as new cases spike – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Masks are back in Los Angeles a month after California dropped COVID-19 restrictions. America’s progress in fighting the pandemic has been threatened by the......

What the megadrought means to the American West

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here What the megadrought means to the American West – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Farmers dependent upon water from river systems in the American West are seeing massive cuts in their supply, as reservoirs drop to their lowest levels......

Historic heatwaves continue to fuel wildfires in the West

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Historic heatwaves continue to fuel wildfires in the West – CBS News Watch CBSN Live More than 70 large wildfires are burning across ten states in the West, continuing a historic fire season fueled by sustained heatwaves and drought.......

Forecasting the historic heatwaves battering the U.S.

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Forecasting the historic heatwaves battering the U.S. – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Back-to-back heatwaves are continuing to scorch the U.S. as wildfires burn across the West. CBS meteorologist Jeff Berardelli has more on what’s to come. Be the......

Unstable weather will continue to fuel wildfire that’s bigger than NYC

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Dry, unstable and windy conditions will keep fueling the Bootleg Fire, a massive wildfire in southern Oregon, forecasters said, as the largely uncontained blaze grows by miles each day.  An initial review Friday showed the Bootleg Fire destroyed 67......

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