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Snoozing Crew Raises Specter of Criminal Charge in Boat Fire

LOS ANGELES — Federal investigators identified a violation of Coast Guard regulations that could trigger criminal charges in the California dive boat disaster that killed 34 people. "A member of the vessel's crew shall be designated by the master as a rovin...
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California May Boost Rules for Homes at High Wildfire Risk

SACRAMENTO — Years of increasingly deadly California wildfires spurred lawmakers to consider regulations Tuesday that would toughen local governments' requirements for approving housing developments in high-risk areas. A state Senate committee voted 8-3 Mon...
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Jerry Brown: Cal Democrats Likely Will Overspend

SACRAMENTO — Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown helped make his party even more powerful in California during the last eight years and now, less than a month before leaving office, he predicts that dominance will make...

Big Tech Isn’t a Monopoly. Here’s Why.

Public concern about Facebook’s power in society – and in politics – has skyrocketed in the wake of revelations that users’ data was analyzed by a U.K.-based marketing firm and used to construct highly targeted political propaganda in advance of the 2016 U.S. ...