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ASSOCIATED PRESS: California Supreme Court Clears Ban On Therapy Turning Gay Minors Straight

June 30, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand an August 2013 appeals court ruling that said the ban covered professional activities that are within the state’s authority to regulate and doesn’t violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

REUTERS: Supreme Court won't intervene in California ban on gay-conversion therapy

June 30, 2014

By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider arguments against California's ban on a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in children, allowing the prohibition to be enforced in the most populous U.S. state.

INTERNATIONAL DAILY NEWS: Measure by Sen. Ted Lieu would help promote California's exports

June 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO - California jobs and its ports will be in a better position to retain their worldwide, competitive advantage for billions of dollars in goods under and export-promotion and financing plan that today passed its policy review on a bipartisan vote.

VALUEWALKNEWS: California Assembly Panel Votes To Turn off NSA Water

June 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO, June 24, 2014 – In the face of opposition lobbying from the California Sheriffs Association and two former NSA analysts, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve a bipartisan bill which creates a mechanism to turn off all material support and assistance, including water and electricity resources, from California to federal mass surveillance programs. The vote was 5-0.

LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM: Bill to boost port business advances

June 25, 2014

A bill by State Sen. Ted Lieu , D-Redondo Beach, intended to secure a competitive advantage for the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, cleared its policy review on a bipartisan vote, Lieu’s office announced Tuesday.

NBC-TV 7 SAN DIEGO: State Measure Takes Aim at Cooperation with NSA

June 24, 2014

There would be no welcome mat in California for the National Security Agency under a measure now making its way through the state Legislature.

State Senate Bill 828 – due for a hearing Tuesday before the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee -- is creating buzz on a national level, especially after NSA critics say legislation in Washington aimed at curbing agency data-collection abuses essentially has been de-fanged.

RUSSIA TODAY: Confirmed: 39 women illegally sterilized in California prisons

June 22, 2014

Four California prisons illegally sterilized 39 women over a six-year period, a damning new report by the California State Auditor reveals.

Of the 144 inmates who underwent bilateral tubal ligations, commonly referred to as having your tubes tied, from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13, auditors found nearly one-third were performed without lawful consent.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: Informed consent - Sterilizing 39 inmates broke law, state finds

June 21, 2014

The California state auditor Thursday blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates, finding numerous illegal surgeries and violations of the state’s informed-consent law.

VICE NEWS: Police Militarization meets Hacker Culture: Swatting .

June 06, 2014

In recent years, a small amount of hackers and gamers have been anonymously reporting fake hostage situations, shootings, and other violent crimes designed to send elite police units, like SWAT teams, to unsuspecting people at their residences.

Swatting is a dangerous and expensive prank, which is easy to pull off. Swatters are utilizing easily accessible technology to mask or even alter the ID during calls to 911 dispatchers. With SWAT teams and paramilitary gear becoming the norm across small town America, these calls have predictably chaotic results.

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