/ May 9, 2017

California may end ban on communists in government jobs

Being a communist would no longer be a fireable offense for California government employees under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly. Lawmakers narrowly approved the bill to repeal part of a law enacted during the Red Scare of the 1940s and ’50s ...

Brexit leaves U.S. secessionists hankering for 'Texit'

/ Jun 26, 2016

Brexit leaves U.S. secessionists hankering for 'Texit'

Emboldened by Brexit, U.S. secessionists in Texas are keen to adopt the campaign tactics used to sway the British vote for leaving the European Union and are demanding “Texit” comes next. The citizen-driven vote in Britain can be a model for Texas, which was ...

/ Jun 18, 2016

California surpasses France as world's sixth-largest economy

California is now the sixth-largest economy in the world, surpassing France, thanks to a robust state economy and a strong U.S. dollar. California was the world’s eighth-largest economy in 2014, Irena Asmundson, chief economist of the California Department of Finance, said in a phone ...

Asian-American vote emerges as the new prize in Nevada caucuses

/ Feb 16, 2016

Asian-American vote emerges as the new prize in Nevada caucuses

As Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders compete for every vote before Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, they are looking for support among members of the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group. Asian-Americans comprise 6 percent of the U.S. population, and their numbers have increased 56 percent since ...

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

/ Feb 6, 2016

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

A state senator in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument made by many conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler, a Mormon, contends children ...

El Nino brings rain to California; drought will persist

Oct 19, 2015

El Nino brings rain to California; drought will persist

The El Nino weather phenomenon is likely to drench California for some time to come and trigger floods, but it still will not end the state’s severe drought, experts say. Torrential rain has triggered chaos in parts of the West Coast region in recent ...