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California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill 1:45pm 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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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
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Obama faces a tough sell in Congress for Islamic State strategy

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to consult Congress about any expanded military action against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, but support from the divided legislature is unlikely to come quickly - if at all.

Iraq 29 Aug 2014
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Texas frontrunner for governor, Abbott, backs out of sole TV debate

AUSTIN Texas - The frontrunner for the Texas race for governor, Republican Greg Abbott, has pulled out of the sole statewide televised debate, the debate's broadcaster, WFAA-TV, said on Friday.

29 Aug 2014
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Obama feeds critics with bid for more time on Syria

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has bought some time with his decision to slow the march toward U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and provided fodder for critics who accuse him of dithering.

29 Aug 2014