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California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill 3:40pm EDT

- A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement.

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Campaign manager for Kentucky's McConnell resigns, denies wrongdoing

- The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican locked in a tough re-election battle, resigned late Friday in fallout from a scandal stemming from his time with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign.

11:04am EDT
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Obama unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius'

NEWPORT R.I. - Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

29 Aug 2014
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California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

SACRAMENTO Calif. - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.

U.S., Environment 3:41pm EDT

Oil train regulation passes in California

SANFRANCISO - California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state.

U.S. 12:31am EDT

Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

SACRAMENTO Calif. - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state legislative session.

U.S. 6:17am EDT