NFL player Antonio Brown granted bail in Florida

NFL free agent Antonio Brown has been granted bail by a Florida judge. Brown is accused of attacking the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. (Jan. 24)

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Five mountain lions seen together on home video

Five California mountain lions were seen together on home surveillance video in a rare gathering of the notoriously solitary big cats. The footage was recorded at a rural residence at the edge of the El Dorado National Forest east of Sacramento. (Jan. 9)

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Virgin Galactic closer to finishing 2nd spacecraft

Virgin Galactic’s next passenger spaceship has reached a major construction milestone. All major structural elements have been assembled and the rocket plane is standing on its own landing gear at Mojave Air & Space Port in California. (Jan. 8)

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Iranian Americans react to US strike on Soleimani

There were mixed emotions from some Iranian Americans to news of the targeted killing by the United States of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani early Friday. In California there was happiness and shock, and also concern for what may come next. (Jan. 3)

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131st Rose Parade marches under sunny Calif. skies

Marching bands and floral floats took to the streets under mostly sunny California skies as the 131st Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year’s Day. (Jan. 1)

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Arrests made in deadly Fresno, Calif. shooting

Police in Fresno, California say they have arrested six suspected gang members in the shooting deaths of four men last month at a backyard gathering of family and friends. Police also say they’ve recovered two guns used in the slayings. (Dec. 31)

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Skies clear, but snow snarls traffic in California

Accidents caused massive morning backups on icy State Route 14, a major commuter route between Los Angeles and high desert cities in the snow-blanketed Antelope Valley. (Dec, 27)

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California cafes drop disposable coffee cups

First plastic bags, then plastic straws and now…coffee cups. Several California cafes are eliminating single use paper and plastic cups to help reduce waste. (Dec. 19)

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Here’s the latest for Monday December 23rd: Senate deadlocked over impeachment trial plans; China, Japan, South Korea hold summit; Barbershop employee shot over possible haircut dispute; Surfer rescued off California after shark bite.

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The Fight To Stop Genital Surgeries on Intersex Infants

Pidgeon Pagonis’ childhood memories include surgeries, hormone therapy, and repeated inspections of their genitals. When they turned 18 and got a copy of their medical records, they finally understood why.

The first page had a handwritten note: “46 XY male pseudohermaphrodite.” The procedures that followed were also listed: a clitoral reduction, vaginoplasty, and surgery to remove undescended testes.

For Pagonis, the results of some of these procedures have been both physically and psychologically damaging.

“The surgeries left me with tons of scar tissue and nerve damage,” Pagonis told VICE news.

Pagonis was born with an intersex condition called Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. It’s one of more than 20 conditions that fall under the medical umbrella of “intersex.” There’s a wide range of diagnoses, but each includes an individual having combinations of chromosomes, gonads, and genitalia that place them between typical definitions of male and female.

Surgeries are sometimes necessary to allow proper functioning or remove malignancies, but many of the procedures that Pagonis underwent as a child were cosmetic.

Pagonis and other intersex rights advocates are pushing for a ban on cosmetic genital surgeries for infants born with intersex variations, saying they do irreperable harm and should be delayed until a child is old enough to give consent.

Many pediatric urologists are staunchly against this growing movement, arguing that legislated delay on certain procedures is a one-size-fits-all approach that denies parents their right to decide on surgeries.

Some former patients also oppose a ban, saying the procedures they received as infants were necessary to save them from physical pain and emotional distress.

That battle is increasingly being waged in state legislatures. One of the most notable victories came last year, when the California State Senate passed a resolution condemning medically unnecessary surgeries. But that resolution was nonbinding, and intersex activists want a mechanism for enforcement.

Since 2016, lawmakers in five states — Indiana, Nevada, Texas, Connecticut, and California — have introduced legislation that would ban surgeries deemed medically unnecessary. Some efforts failed, while others have stalled. But it’s still percolating in some of the biggest states in the country: a second California measure that would enforce its earlier resolution was deferred to the 2020 legislative session. In November, a New York state legislator announced his own plans to introduce a similar bill, also in 2020.

“We’re pushing for a shift in the way that intersex people are treated towards a first do no harm approach,” said Pagonis.

“The surgeries can still happen, but the person can grow up and make a decision and have autonomy over their body. And that’s huge. It’s a human right.”

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Police: teen steals plane, hits airport fence

A 17-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday after authorities say she sneaked into a small plane at a central California airport and drove it into a chain-link fence. (Dec. 18)

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Here’s the latest for Friday December 13th: Judiciary Committee to vote on impeachment articles Friday; Boris Johnson’s Conservatives win big in UK parliamentary election; US test-fires previously banned missile: Mountain lion caught in California.

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Pentagon tests long-banned missile over Pacific

The Pentagon says it’s conducted a flight test Thursday of a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer. It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Dec. 12)

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US church nativity scene puts Jesus in cage as detained refugee | AFP

A church’s Nativity scene in California depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as detained refugees, separated in cages to symbolize “migrants who are detained and who need assistance.”

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Bloomberg talks climate in Calif. campaign trip

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making his first trip to California as a Democratic presidential candidate. At a stop in San Francisco, he talked about the environment and climate change to a convention of scientists. (Dec. 11)

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Today in History for December 6th

Jefferson Davis dies in New Orleans; Four people die at a free Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, California; America’s first attempt to put a satellite into orbit fails; Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is born. (Dec. 6)

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Flooding closes roads, schools in California

Several schools remain closed Thursday in a Northern California town after heavy rain led to flooding on a major highway in Monterey County. (Dec. 5)

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Ground Game Podcast: And Then There Were 15

Just two months away from Iowa Caucuses and we’re saying goodbye to more Democratic Presidential campaigns, including California Senator Kamala Harris. This while President Trump arrived in London for the NATO Summit Tuesday kicking off his visit with a lot to say to reporters.

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California highway reopens after major snow storm

A major highway linking California and Oregon fully reopened late Wednesday, nearly 24 hours after a major storm blew in off the Pacific Ocean and slammed the region with heavy snow, gale-force winds and drenching rain. (Nov. 27)

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Southern Calififornia wildfire forces evacuations

A wildfire burning Tuesday north of Santa Barbara, California has forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Authorities are hoping rain from an approaching storm will help fire fighters get a handle on the blaze. (Nov. 26)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday November 26th: Judge tells former White House counsel to testify; Strong earthquake hits Albania; Wildfire near Santa Barbara, California; Wintry storm disrupting holiday travel.

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