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Senate Judiciary Committee Hears From Prominent Voices On Both Sides Of Gun Control Debate

Gabby Giffords, NRA's Wayne LaPierre testify on gun violence

This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding the first Congressional hearing on gun violence since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made the opening statement:
Federal Appeals Court Rules Anti-Gay Marriage Bill, Proposition 8 Unconstitutional
Earlier this week, a group of senators, the so called Gang of Eight, unveiled their plans for immigration reform.
Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

LA Dodgers and Time Warner Cable reach deal for new channel

This week Time Warner Cable announced a 25-year, $7 billion deal for a Dodgers baseball channel.

What is 'unlocking' a cell phone and why is it illegal?

As of January 26, it became illegal to unlock your cell phone, meaning that even if you own it outright, you can't alter the device to make it to work on another carrier without risking a fine.
Coffee Rust
Coffee growers in Central America are facing a crisis due to coffee rust, a fungus that prevents the plant's leaves from going through photosynthesis.
Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Project Complete

Climate change could have negative effects on hydropower

We've heard a lot about immigration today but one of the other big issues President Obama pledged to tackle in his inaugural address is climate change. It's an important issue for California, which relies on heavy snow in the winter and abundant runoff in the spring to produce cheap energy.
Portugal Surf McNamara
Professional surfer Garrett McNamara barreled down a behemoth wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal earlier this week, and some witnesses in his camp claim it was 100-feet high.
U.S Stocks Surge Upwards In 2013

US economic growth shrinks during fourth quarter

Economic growth shrank in the last quarter of 2012, according to a preliminary report by the Commerce Department. The nation's output of goods and services decreased slightly, after growing at an annual rate of more than three percent in the previous quarter.

California high speed rail plan still in need of land

Just six months remain until California is set to break ground on its high speed rail project. A project with a price tag of more than $68 billion. The intensely debated plan would link San Diego to San Francisco by way of trains traveling up to 220 miles per hour.

Why Guantanamo Bay won't be closed any time soon

This week the State Department announced that their special envoy assigned to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been reassigned. Some say its another sign that President Obama may not fulfill his campaign promise to close the base.
FILE: Brothers Jim & John Harbaugh To Face Each Other As Coaches In Super Bowl XLVII
This Sunday's Super Bowl is the first time in American sports history that brothers will compete for a championship as head coaches. On one side, we have John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, and on the other, his little brother Jim, with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Myth Of The Perfect Girl
Girls today face a lot of pressure: Be smart, popular and perfect while doing well in school, playing sports and volunteering. But too often they spend so much time meeting everyone else's expectations, which doesn't leave them much time for themselves.

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