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Unprecedented Water Cutbacks Approved by California Regulators

California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation. The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules this week that force …

California Officer in Ice Bucket Video Faces Insurance Fraud Charges

A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury. Los Angeles County prosecutors say a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police …

Lawmakers in California to Weigh in on Rules For Medical Pot Shops

The California Legislature is considering multiple – and conflicting – plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers. The debate over the billion-dollar industry now regulated largely by local government and has pitted cities …

Lawmakers in California to Weigh in on Rules For Medical Pot Shops

The California Legislature is considering multiple – and conflicting – plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers. The debate over the billion-dollar industry now regulated largely by local government and has pitted cities …

Several California Hospitals Given Low Patient Safety Grades

Nearly 40 percent of California hospitals earned low ratings for patient safety in a recent national assessment. The Los Angeles Times reported that nonprofit The Leapfrog Group issued a national report card Wednesday that gave nearly four in 10 California …

Data Stolen on 900 Southern California Mental Health Patients

Authorities say personal information on 900 Los Angeles County mental health patients was stolen but it’s unclear if any of it was misused for ID theft. The Los Angeles Times reported documents with Social Security numbers, birth dates, medical and …

California Jury Awards Woman $13M For Asbestos Exposure From Talcum

A Los Angeles, Calif. jury has awarded $13 million to a 73-year-old woman who contracted a deadly disease from using asbestos-containing talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive Co. The verdict Tuesday in Superior Court found that New York-based Colgate was 95 …

WCRI: Medical Payment Per Claim in California Fell Following Reforms

The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers fell by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The findings could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform legislation, …

California’s Brown Wants to Battle Drought With Fine For Water Wasters

California businesses and residents that waste the most water as the state copes with a drought should face $10,000 fines, Gov. Jerry Brown said, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets. The recommendation …

California Governor’s Aggressive Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under an ambitious plan announced by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor’s executive order goes further than a federal proposal also aiming to curb global warming but lacks specifics on how to …