Lawmakers announce plan to extend California cap and trade

/ Jul 11, 2017

Lawmakers announce plan to extend California cap and trade

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders released a plan Monday to extend through 2030 California's cap-and-trade program, a key piece of the state's quest to fight climate change by drastically reducing emissions from greenhouse gases. The deal updates how refineries, utilities and other carbon emitters ...

U.S. states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

Jun 3, 2017

U.S. states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

State governors, city mayors and powerful companies united Friday in defiance of President Donald Trump's pledge to take the United States out of the Paris climate accord, pledging to meet greenhouse gas emission targets regardless. A majority of Americans in every state, or 69 percent ...

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 an ...

/ 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 interview ...

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 are ...