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Official: Hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers
WASHINGTON — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss detai...
By Stephen Braun The Associated Press FULL STORY
New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups
WASHINGTON — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception. E...
By Josh Lederman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Many without residency proof could lose Obamacare
LOS ANGELES — About 100,000 Californians who haven’t yet proved their citizenship or legal residency in the U.S. face losing their health care coverage this fall, state officials said. The state will start sending notices to affected consumers early next month and follow up with more communicat...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?
FERGUSON, Mo. — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn’t return ...
By Sara Burnett and Jim Salter The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. In one incident, masked gunmen lin...
By Karin Laub and Yousur Alhlou The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world
NEW YORK — The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign’s progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1...
By Alicia Rancilia The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sept. 11 relatives to get second shot at scholarships
SACRAMENTO — Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the state mishandled the program. Brown on Friday announced signing SB384 by De...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales. The Senate unanimously passed SB505 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. It would require officers to search the state’s database of gun purchases when checking on ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
DUI arrest is California Democrats’ latest blow
SACRAMENTO — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state’s majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles. Hueso, 44, of San Diego, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. and book...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks
BAGHDAD — Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists who have overrun large swaths of Iraq. It was not immediately cl...
By Sinan Salaheddin The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. won’t let borders hamper the fight against extremists
WASHINGTON — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group’s bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security. “We’re not going to be restricted b...
By Robert Burns The Associated Press FULL STORY
West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine
LUHANSK, Ukraine — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a “direct invasion,” and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well. In ano...
By Mstyslav Chernov and Peter Leonard The Associated Press FULL STORY

Daily Journal Quick Poll
Should the state fund California election recounts like that sought after the controller's race results came in so close?

Yes. Doing so equalizes the process for all candidates
Yes. The price tag is small compared to the price of democracy.
No. The candidate wanting a recount should foot the bill.
No. Instead, ensure the election results are right the first time.


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