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California activists are suing the Forest Service for letting Nestle illegally extract water

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Nestle’s permit to extract water in California expired in 1988.
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Automatic voter registration moving through California legislature

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The bill, modeled after Oregon’s new law, is good. But it could do more.
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73,000 felons to have their voting rights restored as California drops appeal

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Great news for voting rights and criminal justice reform advocates.
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How to win the climate change wars

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In the climate change war, science is losing the messaging battle. It’s time to embrace the war on coal.
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Even in defeat, anti-gay measures a wake-up call

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While people are still publicly calling for gays to be killed, we can’t take the progress we’ve made for granted.
Clearly a dangerous man.

Sex, death and what banning books teaches our kids

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A school district in California actually has a “Book Reconsideration Committee” that decides which books to ban.
Russian billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov, who is the second largest shareholder in Megafon, a company that the NY state and city pension fun invests in, and who now controls

California divests from Russian companies over neo-Nazi gay abductions

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CalPERS divested $20m from MegaFon & because of their ties to neo-Nazi organizing site VKontakte,

Cat saves little boy from dog attack, stunning video

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A little boy was literally getting dragged off by a neighbor’s dog when his cat Tara came to the rescue.

CA highway patrol rescues chihuahua from middle of freeway

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The dog has been named “Freeway,” and is doing well. Lots of folks have stepped forward to adopt her.

Shark Dolphin photobombs boys surfing in California (video)

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A mom takes a pic of her son surfing, and only later sees the huge shark, or dolphin, in the photo.

UC-Davis pepper-spray cop gets $38k for HIS suffering, $10k more than his victims

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The students were peacefully staging a sit-in to support Occupy Wall Street.
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Transgender homecoming queen in tears after brutal YouTube bullying

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“Sometimes I wonder if it’s even worth it, and if I should go back to being miserable.”

Is Prop 8 merely dead, or really most sincerely dead?

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Religious right now trying to argue that only the 4 gay plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case can wed in California.
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