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County supes set aside drug take-back plan

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| Pharmaceutical manufacturers will not have to set up and run a countywide program as originally proposed. Instead, supervisors will review an industry education campaign in November.

LA Supervisors set to vote on drug take-back ordinance — again


The board has postponed four previous votes on a proposal that would force drug makers to design and pay for a disposal program for unused prescriptions and sharps.

State says expanded Exide cleanup won't start for a year


The environmental review process will delay the removal of lead-tainted soil from homes in an expanded cleanup area until May or June of 2017.

California's End of Life Option Act goes into effect today. Here's how it works.


California's doctor-assisted suicide law takes effect Thursday. Doctors who agree to participate can provide lethal drugs to terminally ill patients who qualify.

Email scandal leads to review of lead levels at Jordan Downs


Regulators had ruled in 2014 to take no further action to deal with elevated levels of lead at the Watts housing complex. An email scandal prompted the second look.

LA County to SoCal Gas: Resume cleaning Porter Ranch houses


The county had stopped the cleanup of displaced residents' houses on Sunday, saying it was inadequate. About 2,500 households still have not gone home.

Email scandal at toxics agency sparks broad review


A state agency reviews its decisions to take no action on possible toxics contamination. The focus is on two scientists who had exchanged racially-charged emails.

Malibu schools PCB trial may have national implications


A lawsuit accuses the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District of violating federal law by failing to remove PCB-laden caulk from three schools.