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What do SoCal veterans want to hear from President Obama?

This morning, he heads down to Camp Pendleton in San Diego County where he'll speak to military members and their families. He's expected to thank them for their service,
Hollywood is trying to help out with a public awareness campaign called Got Your 6, a program that promotes employment for returning veterans.
Mexico US Immigrant Youth
The 'Dream 9' have been detained for weeks, but by yesterday afternoon, immigration asylum officers found that all nine had valid reasons to seek asylum in this country.
Walmart Strawberry Supply Chain

Gov. Jerry Brown finds tough opposition to water plan

Governor Jerry Brown tried to tackle the water problem during his first stint as Governor, more than 30 years ago. Now, he's trying again, and finding that the fight is still a fierce one.
Monica Ratliff District 6
Eight California school districts are free of academic and financial sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind Act this upcoming school year. In an unprecedented move, the districts banded together to secure the federal waiver.

Pew study finds 70 percent of adults use social media

The latest survey from the Pew Research Center shows more than 70 percent of adults online use social networking sites, with almost 1 in 5 using Twitter.
Texas A&M Spring Football Game

Sports Roundup: Johnny Manziel, A-Rod suspension and more

A college student sells his autograph, the NCAA sells out it's college students and 1-2-3-4 I declare a Twitter war. That means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky.
Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees during a game in 2012.
Baseball is all about statistics, and here's a surprising one: out of the 13 players who were suspended this week for drug use, all are Latino.

CalPERS faces lawsuit for misleading policyholders

A new lawsuit claims the agency "intentionally" misled more than 100,000 policyholders by promising benefits it can't deliver.
Federal authorities arrested nearly two dozen people associated with the Mexican Mafia and confiscated about 600 pounds of methamphetamine following a three-year investigation.

App Chat: Tools to make mundane tasks more tolerable

Technology. It can save lives, it can entertain us, and, sometimes, inform us. It can also help us lounge on the couch a little longer while people take care of our mundane daily tasks for us. Today's App Chat is all about making your life more convenient.

Are summer SAT prep classes worth the investment?

An SAT test prep center in L.A.’s Koreatown runs a popular SAT summer boot camp for kids determined to get into their dream school. But is it worth the money?
Black smoke billows from the chimeny of
If summer temperatures have you hot and bothered, you might not be the only one. A new study published in the journal Science finds a link between global warming and human violence ... everything from domestic abuse to large scale civil war.
 immigration reform deba

Republicans face competing pressures on immigration

With Congress hanging out at home this month, representatives, especially across the Southwest, will no doubt be talking about immigration reform a lot.

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