June 27 Coffee Break: News From Around the State


News and stories from around California that may be of interest to you. We search the internet on state news and bring them to a single place so you don’t have to.

Today’s stories include:

California’s Giant Water Tunnels Win First Crucial Approval

U.S. wildlife officials gave crucial first approval Monday to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decades-old ambitions to build two massive tunnels that would re-engineer the water system in the nation’s most populous state.

The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the $16 billion project likely will not endanger more than a dozen federally protected species in the largest fresh-water estuary on the West Coast.

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Tennessee’s scathing response to California travel ban: Keep your ‘unfounded moral judgment’ to yourself

Tennessee lawmakers have something to say to their counterparts in California.

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Sacramento has the worst drivers in the nation, report claims

Sacramento has the worst drivers in the nation, according to one insurance report. It also ranks low on the best drivers list compiled by another insurance company.

QuoteWizard, a nationwide network of licensed insurance agents representing companies and independent agents, sampled incident stats from users of its website with more than 2 million data points from 2016. The network calculated the rankings from these parameters: Accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and citations.

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With six months to go, California hustles to get recreational marijuana framework in place

Eight months ago, California voters approved Proposition 64, making the recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older legal. In barely more than six months, state officials have to make sure Prop 64 becomes a reality by putting a legal and regulatory framework in place.

Regulations for production and sale of adult-use cannabis are due at the beginning of 2018, and the scope of the rollout is huge — including cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution and sales.

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50 Worst Cities to Live in

To determine America’s worst cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 551 U.S. cities with a population of 65,000 or more as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s 50 worst cities to live.

California Cities include:

No. 13 – Stockton, CA
No. 11 –  San Bernardino, CA
No. 09 – Merced, CA

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Google Slapped With $2.7 Billion EU Fine Over Search Results

BRUSSELS—The European Union’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday fined Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -0.86% Google a record €2.42 billion ($2.71 billion) for favoring its own comparison-shopping service in search results and ordered the search giant to apply the same methods to rivals as its own when displaying their services.

The decision, if it is upheld, would force Google to reshape the way it presents search results for products in Europe, the latest move by Brussels to rein in the tech world. The decision could also have further-reaching implications for other Google products and services—as well as those from competitors.

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San Diego Zoo gets ready to open $68-million Africa Rocks exhibit

The San Diego Zoo, which recently celebrated its first 100 years, will step into the future next week with the opening of Africa Rocks, its biggest construction project ever.

The $68-million project incorporates the latest ideas about animal exhibits at a time when zoos and other parks find themselves in an ongoing debate about the treatment of animals in captivity.

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Apple Is Working With Hertz to Manage Its Self-Driving Car Fleet

Apple Inc. is leasing a small fleet of cars from Hertz Global Holdings Inc. to test self-driving technology, an agreement that echoes a larger deal between competitors Alphabet Inc. and Avis Budget Group Inc. Hertz shares soared the most in almost two years.

The iPhone maker is leasing Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles from Hertz’s Donlen fleet-management unit, according to documents released recently by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. When Apple received its license to test three autonomous vehicles from the state’s DMV in April, the documents listed Donlen as the lessor and Apple as the lessee.

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Vimeo says it’s not going to launch a video subscription service, after all

Everyone wants to sell internet video subscriptions. Except Vimeo: IAC’s video unit, which had announced three years ago that it wanted to launch a subscription video product but never got one off the ground, says it’s not going to launch one, after all.

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