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East Bay Earthquake Fault is 'Tectonic Time Bomb' -- And More Dangerous Than the San Andreas: Study

HAYWARD, Calif. — The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago Wednesday.

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How Trump's Obamacare Administrator is Quietly Taking a Hatchet to Obamacare

It's been well documented that the Trump White House has filled federal agencies with bureaucrats whose life work is destroying the very agencies they've been assigned to. But one is in a better position than her fellows to threaten the health of millions of Americans — and she's been working at that assiduously.

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Compton Rap Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History With Pulitzer Prize Win

Their names are inked in history books and on the walls of hallowed concert halls as winners of American music's most esteemed award, the Pulitzer Prize for music: Aaron Copland, George Crumb, John Luther Adams, Ornette Coleman, Caroline Shaw and dozens more.

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The 'White People Stage' Is Over: How Beyonce changed the Temperature at Coachella

INDIO, Calif. — So much for the "white people stage." That's how Vince Staples, the deeply skeptical Long Beach rapper, referred to the main stage of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ...

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Mexico Has Its Own 'Fake News' Crisis -- and Journalists Are Fighting Back

MEXICO CITY — No, a candidate in Mexico's upcoming presidential election did not pose nude with a drag queen. No, the wife of another candidate is not the granddaughter of a Nazi. And no, a third contender did not vow to win the election by buying votes.

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Muslim Cop Alleges 'Blatant Racism' in San Francisco Police Department

A San Francisco police officer who emigrated from Afghanistan and is Muslim has alleged that he was harassed on the job and retaliated against after reporting racist and homophobic comments by his colleagues.

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Kids Don't Need a Cellphone - They Need a Digital Diet

According to a recent survey by the toy company Melissa & Doug, 70% of parents want their children to spend less time watching electronic media and 62% want them to spend less time on electronic devices. They are right. After all, studies show that screen time is associated with higher levels of obesity, shorter attention spans and more psychological problems, including higher rates of depression. The new year is as good a time as any to rethink your house rules.

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Could Cigarettes and Booze Be the Real "Gateway Drugs"?

Alcohol reshapes the brain in ways that make rats more likely to become cocaine addicts

The idea of a "gateway drug" may sound like a throwback to the "Just say no" era. But new research offers fresh evidence that alcohol and nicotine — two psychoactive agents that are legal, ubiquitous and widely used during adolescence — ease the path that leads from casual cocaine use to outright addiction.

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Las Vegas Security Guard Shot Before Rampage Appears to Have Vanished

Editor's Note: The information in this article has been critiqued by Snopes.com as false

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These Are 3 of the Most Dangerous Opponents of Universal Healthcare

With momentum building for single-payer healthcare among Democratic voters and a growing number of 2020 hopefuls, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a “Medicare for All” bill last week. Immediately, a number of pundits denounced the legislation as an “unrealistic” “bloated” “disaster” full of “magic math.”

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Questions Over Trump's Mental Stability Bring Attention to the 25th Amendment

Is President Donald Trump crazy? Not can-you-believe-he-really-said-that? crazy. Certifiably-mentally-unfit-to-serve-as-president crazy. It's an outlandish assertion — insulting, really — and a measure of the antipathy of Trump's critics that some, including members of Congress, have seriously raised the subject. Which brings us to the 25th Amendment. Born of the Cold War and enacted after the assassination of…

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Sessions Wants to Get Tough on Crime, But He's Got It All Wrong

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to crack down on crime by sending more criminals to prison for longer periods of time. "Every one of our citizens, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to be safe in their homes and communities from the scourge of criminal gangs, rapists, carjackers and…

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Some California Marijuana Users May Shun Legal Product

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California is on the verge of creating a legal market for marijuana worth more than $5 billion that will help make the state a destination for pot-loving tourists, according to a new state-sponsored economic study. But about 29 percent of all cannabis consumers may stay in the illegal market at first to avoid the cost…

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Video Shows Police Cornering Mentally Ill Man and Fatally Shooting Him

LOS ANGELES—Graphic surveillance video released Wednesday shows a throng of Fontana police officers surrounding a legally blind and mentally ill man in a convenience store before an officer opens fire, killing him. The muted video of the Nov. 22, 2015, incident shows multiple police officers cornering James Hall, 47, in the back of a Chevron gas…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' Fame Teams Up for an Unforgettable Episode of 'Drunk History'

Tuesday night on "Drunk History," Lin-Manuel Miranda joins host Derek Waters in a very special all-"Hamilton" episode. Unlike the sold-out-until-the-Cory-Booker-administration Broadway hit, which Miranda wrote and performed in—lately in the news when the presence of vice president-elect Mike Pence caused a clamor—there is no rapping. But there is a performance of Semisonic's…

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Cuba's Fidel Castro Dies at 90

Posted with permission from Tribune Content Agency

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The Kids Are Alright: Young Voters Will Lead the Way in Making Marijuana Legal in California Next Week

Poll: Younger voters overwhelmingly favor Calif. marijuana measure, which is likely to pass

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California appears poised to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, with a strong majority favoring Proposition 64 ahead of Tuesday's vote. A new statewide poll shows 58 percent of likely voters support Proposition 64 and 37 percent oppose it. The number who said they don't know how they will vote dropped from 8…

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Tom Hayden, 1960s Activist Who Became Champion of Liberal Causes, Dead at 76

LOS ANGELES — Tom Hayden, a 1960s radical who was in the vanguard of the movement to stop the Vietnam War and became one of the nation's best-known champions of liberal causes, has died in Santa Monica after a lengthy illness. He was 76.

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Howard Stern: I Knew What I Was Doing When I Had Trump on Show to Talk About Sex

Donald Trump's frequent appearances on Howard Stern's radio show have repeatedly come back to haunt the GOP presidential nominee, with his rating scale for women's appearances, his sex life and his position on the Iraq war all fodder for election-season discussion. Now, the shock jock is speaking out for the first time about Trump, the role…

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Fatal Shooting of Black Man by El Cajon Police Sparks Outrage, Protests

SAN DIEGO — El Cajon police said Tuesday evening that officers shot and killed a black man earlier in the day after he raised both hands clasping an object in a manner that looked as if he was holding a gun. "The subject has passed away as a result of his injuries," El Cajon police said…

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How the Charter School Lobby Is Changing the Democratic Party

At a time when Democrats and their party are, by virtually every index, moving left, a powerful center-right pressure group within the liberal universe has nonetheless sprung up. Funded by billionaires and arrayed against unions, it is increasingly contesting for power in city halls and statehouses where Democrats already govern.

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The Movement to End the War on Drugs Is Going Global

Rebels in the war on drugs

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Robert Greenwald on His Free Anti-NRA Film: 'It Should Be as Widely Spread as Possible'

The rollout for Robert Greenwald's new documentary, "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA," is targeting pastors, politicians, domestic violence counselors, African American leaders and others angry over the high body counts and broken lives that have shaken cities and seeped across the heartland.

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Robert Greenwald Takes on Obama's Out-of-Control Drone Warfare in New Documentary: 'Unmanned'

Watch the trailer for Greenwald's Unmanned at the bottom of this article. 

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Diane Ravitch: Charter Schools Are a Colossal Mistake. Here's Why

Los Angeles has more charter schools than any other school district in the nation, and it's a very bad idea.

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Are Humans Hard-Wired for Racial Prejudice?

Reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman was just the latest reminder: Race continues to divide us as a species.

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A Realistic Fix for the Mortgage Crisis

President Obama recently announced that the federal government will take steps to reduce interest rates on mortgages for some existing homeowners. Unfortunately, that won't help millions of U.S. homeowners already in foreclosure and millions more about to join them.

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