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Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo Reopens Marine Terminal as Oil Spill Investigation Continues

The marine terminal that oil tankers use to unload crude to the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo has reopened, a week after an investigation into an oil spill and sickening odor prompted the company to shut it down. A tanker at the refinery named the Yamuna Spirit left San Read More … Source:: News Health … Continue reading Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo Reopens Marine Terminal as Oil Spill Investigation Continues →

Using Boxing to Put a Pause on Parkinson’s

With the sound of a bell, the round starts. Eight boxers, lined up along heavy bags, begin throwing punches. Their coach, Kim Voronin, paces back and forth behind the line, calling out new combinations to throw during the three-minute round. These fighters are part of a class held in San Francisco Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Using Boxing to Put a Pause on Parkinson’s →

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Targeting ‘Doctor-Shopping’ for Opioids

California doctors will be required to check a database of prescription narcotics before writing scripts for addictive drugs under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday that aims to address the scourge of opioid abuse. The measure attempts to crack down on a practice known as “doctor-shopping,” in which addicts visit multiple Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Gov. Brown Signs Bill Targeting ‘Doctor-Shopping’ for Opioids →

Drug Pricing Measure Holds Early Lead, But Many Voters Are Still Undecided

Half of likely voters in California say they support a prescription drug pricing measure on the November ballot, according to a new poll, while many appear to be totally confused about what the measure would actually do. When presented with the state’s summary of Proposition 61 and asked how they Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading Drug Pricing Measure Holds Early Lead, But Many Voters Are Still Undecided →

Gov. Brown Vetoes Attempt to Waive Tampon Tax

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday rejected an attempt to waive taxes on tampons and other feminine hygiene products along with other proposed tax breaks, saying lawmakers should propose such ideas as part of the annual state budget process rather than as one-off exceptions. In all, the seven tax breaks the Democratic Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Gov. Brown Vetoes Attempt to Waive Tampon Tax →

6 Ways Recreational Pot Would Change California — and 7 Ways It Wouldn’t

California’s Proposition 64 would make recreational marijuana legal in the state. If the law passes, it would mean a big shift in the way the Golden State — already the largest market for pot in the U.S. — regulates marijuana. It could also mean big changes in enforcement, as well Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading 6 Ways Recreational Pot Would Change California — and 7 Ways It Wouldn’t →

Supervisor Pressures County to Get More Data on Chevron Refinery Flaring

For the third time in the last six months, local air regulators and Contra Costa County health officials are looking into a problem at Chevron’s Richmond refinery. Large flames and black smoke shot out of the facility for three hours on Saturday morning after one of the refinery’s hydrocracking units, which Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Supervisor Pressures County to Get More Data on Chevron Refinery Flaring →

Court Bars Feds From Prosecuting Medical Pot Cases

A federal appeals court on Tuesday banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases if no state laws were broken. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the federal agency to show that 10 pending cases in California and Washington state violated Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Court Bars Feds From Prosecuting Medical Pot Cases →

California Wheezing: Spike In Ozone Levels Causing Breathing Problems

LOS ANGELES — Southern California sunshine means sparkling beach weather, but this summer it’s contributing to a return of a traditional nemesis: smog. The enormous region that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Mojave Desert is having its worst summer air quality since 2009, regulators said Thursday. Huge wildfires have Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California Wheezing: Spike In Ozone Levels Causing Breathing Problems →

DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana

The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg said Thursday the decision is rooted Read More … Source:: … Continue reading DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana →