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Synthetic Marijuana, Or K2, Use On The Rise In New York City

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Motion banning synthetic marijuana heading to LA City Council

Councilman Englander announced that he's putting forward an emergency motion to create an ordinance banning the sale, possession and transportation of the drug "spice."

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Brown gets bill on notification of big health premium rate hikes

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The measure would require health plans to notify policyholders in writing if state regulators deem a premium rate hike "unreasonable or not justified."

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'BoJack Horseman' season 3 is inspired by creator's love/hate of the Oscars

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Raphael Bob-Waksberg is an avid follower of The Oscars, and wanted this season to explore the machine behind Hollywood’s biggest night.

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$10.1 million gift creates rare music education scholarships

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Thanks to a $10.1 million donation from the Herb Alpert Foundation, hundreds of music majors at the Los Angeles City College will be able to study for free starting next fall.

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Fund for maintaining Bolsa Chica wetlands is running out of money

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A restoration project in 2006 revived Orange County's wetlands preserve, turning into a favorite nesting ground for migratory birds and a habitat for sea life. But the state fund set aside to keep the preserve thriving is running low on cash.

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Does former sheriff Baca's Alzheimer's make him incompetent for trial?

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Prosecutors want a federal judge to rule on Baca's mental competence rather than have it looming over the jail abuse case as it heads toward a Dec. 6 trial date.

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American soldier killed in Afghanistan was from Irvine

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A soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday has been identified as Army Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson of Irvine.

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All mixed up: What do we call people of multiple backgrounds?

In a country where the share of multiracial children has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years, it's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.
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The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.

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California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

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The move keeps alive the legal framework that underpins California's efforts to fight climate change, from a tax on pollution to zero-emission vehicle mandates.