Chiropractic Assoc. opposes vaccination bill

The California Chiropractic Association is the only major medical group opposing a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory for almost all kids entering school.

Los Angeles-area beaches closed by mysterious oil globs


Beaches from the El Segundo jetty south to Redondo Beach are closed Thursday as crews clean up the mess. The cause is unclear.

For local immigrants, water conservation comes easy

Some grew up with drought, others with an unreliable water supply, in countries where water consumption is much lower than in the U.S.

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Hot Wheels school lessons draw raves and criticism


Mattel funded university researchers to create math and science lessons for fourth-graders using Hot Wheels cars. Critics say the partnership crosses the line.

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Depression treatments inspired by club drug move ahead in tests

Experimental medicines related to ketamine, an anesthetic and club drug, are making progress in clinical tests.

A decade ago, scientists showed that ketamine could relieve major depression in hours. Now, two chemical cousins of the drug are entering the late stages of testing.

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California awards $250M to high school career prep programs


The state distributed grants to dozens of "career pathways" — programs that combine academic and technical coursework with hands-on training.

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George Pataki announces presidential run; 5 things you should know

Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit in March.

For most voters, the name George Pataki might not ring a bell. But he was the last Republican elected to major statewide office in New York in more than 20 years. And he's running for president.