California Democrats lost their supermajority in the state Senate on Sunday, when Sen. Ron Calderon took an indefinite leave of absence to fight federal corruption charges. The legislative impact was felt Monday, when two proposals pushed by Democrats failed to garner the necessary Republican support.
Physicists are popping the champagne corks after announcing a major discovery that backs up a long suspected theory called cosmic inflation - a twist on the Big Bang theory. Scientists say that a split-second after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos.
California State University and California Community College campuses got one step closer to being tobacco-free after the state Assembly voted 41-24 yesterday to approve a tobacco ban; Faith Salie of NPR's Wait, Wait . . .Don't Tell Me talks about new memoir, "Approval Junkie," and weighing the pros and cons of a bailout for Puerto Rico.
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