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David DePape sentenced to 30 years in attempted Nancy Pelosi kidnapping, hammer attack on husband

SAN FRANCISCO —  A federal judge on Friday sentenced David DePape to 30 years in prison, six months after a jury found him guilty of attempting to kidnap former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and using a hammer to bludgeon her husband in a bloody October 2022 assault. Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley delivered her decision during […]

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Newsom boosted California's public health spending during COVID. Now he wants to cut it

When a doctor in Pasadena reported in October that a hospital patient was exhibiting classic symptoms of dengue fever, such as vomiting, a rash, and bone and joint pain, local disease investigators snapped into action. The mosquito-borne virus is common in places like Southeast Asia, East Africa, and Latin America, and when Americans contract the

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Federal judge orders ICE to end 'knock and talk' arrests of immigrants in Southern California

WASHINGTON —  A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that a tactic used by federal immigration agents in Southern California to arrest people in their homes without a judicial warrant is unconstitutional and must end. The judgment — issued Wednesday against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — involves so-called knock and talk practices.

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After Assembly issues apology for California's role in slavery, some reparations bills die in Senate

SACRAMENTO —  The California Assembly on Thursday voted to issue an official apology for the state’s role in slavery and the systemic racism that ensued, but other bills meant to offer reparations died shortly afterward in the Senate. The apology is in a bill authored by Assemblymember Reggie Jones Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) that accepts responsibility for

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California bill to scrutinize new electric charge dies in Assembly committee

The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday killed a highly watched bill that would have required legislators to study and review a controversial new electric charge recently approved by the Newsom administration. The committee members didn’t discuss their concerns about the bill known as AB 1999 or why they decided to stop the bill from proceeding.

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Newsom administration unveils new $20-billion cost estimate for delta water tunnel

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration announced that the estimated cost of building a tunnel to transport water beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has risen to $20.1 billion. The estimate is part of a new cost-benefit analysis by the California Department of Water Resources, which concluded that the projected benefits of constructing the water tunnel would

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Supreme Court rejects payday lenders' challenge to Obama-era consumer protection bureau

WASHINGTON —  The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the U.S. consumer protection agency that was created under President Obama and congressional Democrats to protect Americans from financial scams. By a 7-2 vote, the justices rejected a constitutional claim brought by a coalition of payday lenders who had won before a panel of three Trump appointees on

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Gavin Newsom, during his speech at the Vatican on climate change, accuses Trump of "open corruption"

VATICAN CITY —  Gov. Gavin Newsom accused former President Donald Trump of “open corruption” in a speech Thursday at a climate summit of Catholic officials and international leaders, elevating his criticism of the Republican leader in the hallowed halls of the Vatican. The California governor referenced news stories alleging that Trump recently solicited campaign donations from

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Calmes: The Supreme Court's conservatives onstage, unplugged, unrepentant

It’s that time of year when the life-tenured denizens of America’s imperial court, otherwise known as the Supreme Court, come down from their bench to mix with the masses. Just kidding. The justices limit their appearances to friendly audiences, to elite folks too well-mannered to ask them about matters like gifts from billionaires with business

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Column: Champagne wishes and caviar dreams … of a Senate seat in Wisconsin?

Eric Hovde has, from the looks of it, a pretty swell life. The banking executive is a millionaire many times over. He owns an ocean-view mansion in Laguna Beach and was named by the Orange County Business Journal for three years running as one of the county’s most influential individuals. Yet for more than a

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