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California Capitol Update – April 3, 2014

In This Issue Legislative Update Bill of the Week Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Contraceptive Mandate Cases Did You Know? News Clips and Articles City on the Hill Legislative Update Last week several bills were considered in the Assembly to address truancy in public schools including AB 1643, AB 1672, and AB 2141. These […]

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Crew Member: Ferry Tragedy Could’ve Been Prevented

Search and rescue teams continued to comb the waters off South Korea Thursday, looking for survivors from the ferry that sunk near the southern coast. At least nine people have been confirmed dead so far, with about 300 still missing. Most of them are high school students who were on a school trip to the […]

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Film Spotlighting ‘Honor Abuse’ Called Islamophobic

A new film with shocking footage and photos intended to raise awareness about honor killings and abuse of Muslim and other women is drawing fire from one U.S. Muslim group that’s calling the movie “Islamophobic.” “Honor Diaries” is a documentary chronicling the systematic abuse and subjugation of hundreds of millions of women in Islamic and […]

Bennett: Judea, Samaria Key to Israel’s Security

WASHINGTON — Judea and Samaria: to Jews and Christians around the world, it’s the Bible’s heartland. But much of the world, including the United States, wants Israel to give this important piece of history to the Palestinians as part of a Middle East peace deal. Now Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett is leading the charge […]

Ukraine, Russia, US Reach Deal to Ease Crisis

Representatives from Russia, Ukraine, the United States and European Union reached a deal Thursday aimed at de-escalating the violence in eastern Ukraine that’s threatening to topple the new government in Kiev. The deal temporarily tables economic sanctions the West had planned to impose on Moscow should the talks prove fruitless. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said […]

Crew Member: Ferry Tragedy Could’ve Been Prevented

Search and rescue teams continued to comb the waters off South Korea Thursday, looking for survivors from the ferry that sunk near the southern coast. At least nine people have been confirmed dead so far, with about 300 still missing. Most of them are high school students who were on a school trip to the […]

Winter Returns to East Coast for an Encore

Most thought the cold weather was over and done with. But just like the villain in a horror movie, winter came back to wreak more havoc this week. In Virginia, a 750-foot cargo ship lies beached Wednesday morning in the Chesapeake Bay after 70 mile-per-hour wind gusts pulled it off its anchor overnight. The same […]

Divers Search for Survivors of Sunken S. Korea Ferry

Nearly 300 people are still missing and two are confirmed dead after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea. Kang Byung-kyu, a South Korean government minister, said a female crew member and a male high school student were confirmed dead, and a third body, believed to be a student, and a fourth unidentified […]

Ukraine: Russia Exporting Oil, Gas and ‘Terrorism’

Chaos continued in eastern Ukraine Wednesday, with pro-Russia militants seizing six armored vehicles and parading them through Slaviansk, a town controlled by the insurgents. It’s unclear whether the government soldiers driving the vehicles had defected or if they were captured. Eastern Ukraine was the support base for ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. Its population is largely […]

Thousands Mark Boston Marathon Bomb Anniversary

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Thousands have come together to pay tribute to those killed and to continue encouraging those who survived. Three people died and more than 260 were wounded in the April 15, 2013 terrorist attack at the finish line. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden honored the […]

Ukraine Danger Grows after Putin, Obama Talk

Ukraine sent an armored column Tuesday to the city of Slavyansk near the Russian border, where supporters of Moscow had taken over police headquarters and set up their own checkpoints. Acting Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov confirmed the first military moves by his government, announcing what he called an “anti-terrorist operation” in eastern Ukraine. “I want […]

Lots of Matzah: Passover’s ‘Bread of Affliction’

The Bible calls it the bread of affliction — unleavened bread, or matzah. Every year Jewish people around the world are commanded to re-tell the story of their Exodus from Egyptian slavery with a Passover seder and to eat unleavened bread, or matzah, for seven days. And if the whole country Israel and Jewish people […]