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In Brief

Senate Begins Confirmation Hearing for Jeff Sessions

Sen. Jeff Sessions, tapped to serve as attorney general under President-elect Donald Trump, has taken his seat for the first day of what is expected to be a contentious confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sanders, in Town Hall, Says Dems Need to Be Smart, Not Obstructionist

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders rallied Democrats in a live town hall
broadcast by CNN Monday night, but warned that it would be wrong to try to obstruct President-elect Donald Trump simply to frustrate him. “Where Trump has ideas that make sense and we can work with him, we should,” he said. “But he ran a campaign based on bigotry, sexism and xenophobia and on [those] issues, I personally will not compromise.”

Roof Tells Jurors Pleading For His Life Would Do Him No Good

By DAN MCCUE

Convicted Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof addressed the jury that will begin weighing whether to give him the death penalty Tuesday afternoon, saying, “from what I’ve been told, I have the right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I’m not sure what good that would do anyway.”

Experts Dissect Russian Disinformation in the U.S.

By BRITAIN EAKIN

Against the documented evidence of Russia’s use of cyberhacking to manipulate the 2016 U.S. presidential election, another technique called disinformation has proved more difficult to track. In modern American discourse the concept is new ground, but European think tanks and government agencies have been tracking Russian disinformation for years.

California Lawmaker Wants Solar Mandate

By NICK CAHILL

A California lawmaker wants to take a new San Francisco clean-energy law statewide and require all new commercial and residential building projects to include solar panels.

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By NICK CAHILL

A California lawmaker wants to take a new San Francisco clean-energy law statewide and require all new commercial and residential building projects to include solar panels. A California lawmaker wants to take a new San Francisco.

Greens Fight Giant Kern County Development

By REBEKAH KEARN

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The Center for Biological Diversity challenged Kern County’s approval of a enormous, long-planned community in the southern San Joaquin Valley, claiming it will cause a slew of environmental problems that the county’s studies failed to address.

Feds Say Southwest Species Recovering

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE

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Three more species have been added to the list of recovered or partly recovered successes for the Endangered Species Act.

49ers Stadium Battle Touches Down in Court

By MATTHEW RENDA

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The ongoing dispute between the San Francisco 49ers and the city of Santa Clara over the management of Levi’s Stadium has finally landed in court, with the team hoping to score a favorable ruling on its contractual compliance.

Seattle Issues Vouchers for Political Donations

By JUNE WILLIAMS

Seattle voters are the first in the nation who can use taxpayer-funded $100 “democracy vouchers” to donate money to local candidates.

Oregon Uses Labor Law to Tackle Child Trafficking

By BRIAN GROSH

Oregon has taken a novel legal approach to address the trafficking of children for sex: a civil action filed by the state labor commissioner against the strip club that – knowingly or not – employed two minor girls.

Teachers Sue Over Grant-to-Loan Conversion

By BRIAN GROSH

Two teachers filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the student-aid organization that services their federal grants of converting the grants into interest-bearing loans based on a technicality.

Seattle Issues Vouchers for Political Donations

By JUNE WILLIAMS

Seattle voters are the first in the nation who can use taxpayer-funded $100 “democracy vouchers” to donate money to local candidates.

Oregon Uses Labor Law to Tackle Child Trafficking

By BRIAN GROSH

Oregon has taken a novel legal approach to address the trafficking of children for sex: a civil action filed by the state labor commissioner against the strip club that – knowingly or not – employed two minor girls.

Teachers Sue Over Grant-to-Loan Conversion

By BRIAN GROSH

Two teachers filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the student-aid organization that services their federal grants of converting the grants into interest-bearing loans based on a technicality.

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