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AirTalk for June 13, 2013

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Artist's representation of DNA.

Human genes cannot be patented, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that human genes cannot be patented. The ruling comes after cancer patients and their doctors challenged a company that had exclusive rights to perform tests on certain human genes.

Parking in Venice anything but a day at the beach

When the issue of beach access collides with the issue of street parking, expect fireworks. Today, the California Coastal Commission is set to hear a testy debate about overnight parking spots in Venice.
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The murky depths of California’s obscure water boards

In California, where droughts are common, water boards are important players in both local and statewide issues, and their super-sized power occasionally leads to super-sized problems. The Los Angeles Times reported that State Senator Ron Calderon’s recent troubles could, in part, be linked to his ties to the Central Basin Water District.
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Latest on the NSA revelations

National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander went behind closed doors today to give Senators a classified briefing on the scope of the security agency's domestic surveillance program.
If the National Association of Theater Owners has its way, previews will start clocking in at just 2 minutes. Are theater trailers too lengthy? Do they give away too much of the movie?

How do parents choose the perfect baby name?

Have you ever wished that you had a different name? Many soon-to-be-parents take naming their bundle of joy very seriously and go on an exhaustive quest for the perfect baby name. Which factors influence this decision?

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