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California, other U.S. states sue to block EPA from revoking state emissions authority

California, other U.S. states sue to block EPA from revoking state emissions authority

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California and 22 other U.S. states filed suit on Friday to challenge the Trump administration’s decision to revoke California’s authority to set stiff vehicle tailpipe emissions rules and require a rising number of zero emission vehicles (ZEV). FILE PHOTO: Commuters navigate early morning traffic as they drive towards downtown in Los Angeles,…
Truckers sue California, say new gig economy law would kill 70,000 jobs

Truckers sue California, say new gig economy law would kill 70,000 jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Trucking Association on Tuesday filed what appears to be the first lawsuit challenging a sweeping new labor law that seeks to give wage and benefit protections to workers in the so-called gig economy, including rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft.The legislation violates federal law and would…
California’s Criminal Cops: Who they are, what they did, why some are still working

California’s Criminal Cops: Who they are, what they did, why some are still working

More than 80 law enforcement officers working today in California are convicted criminals, with rap sheets that include everything from animal cruelty to manslaughter. They drove drunk, cheated on time cards, brutalized family members, even killed others with their recklessness on the road. But thanks to some of the weakest laws in the country for…
The California Fires and the Foreboding Future of Now

The California Fires and the Foreboding Future of Now

In the American imagination, California carries two fundamental meanings: hope and disaster. From its spirited beginnings, the state has always signaled possibility, but more and more, as the planet’s temperatures rise, as the frequency of earthquakes rattle with unpredictable fury, and bigger and deadlier fires ravage the state, the thought of disaster chokes the mind.…
California Reveals It’s Been Investigating Facebook

California Reveals It’s Been Investigating Facebook

Over the last two months, nearly every state and territory has announced investigations into the market dominance of Facebook, Google, or both. Missing from those probes was the place Big Tech calls home: California.The Golden State’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, has been curiously silent as his peers made plans to examine the biggest tech firms…
California says Facebook dodged privacy subpoenas

California says Facebook dodged privacy subpoenas

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is taking Facebook to court to force it to turn over evidence for a newly revealed state investigation into the social network giant's privacy practices.The big picture: The challenge adds one more layer of trouble for the beleaguered company, which already faces a slew of antitrust investigations and privacy probes…
California accuses Facebook of ignoring subpoenas in state’s Cambridge Analytica investigation

California accuses Facebook of ignoring subpoenas in state’s Cambridge Analytica investigation

California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra has accused Facebook of “continuing to drag its feet” by failing to provide documents to the state’s investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The attorney general said in a court filing Wednesday that Facebook had provided a “patently deficient” response to two sets of subpoenas for the previously undisclosed investigation…
Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Imagine it’s late October 2020, and that there's fierce competition for the remaining undecided voters in the presidential election. In a matter of hours, a deepfake video depicting a candidate engaged in unsavory behavior goes viral, and thanks to microtargeting, reaches those who are most susceptible to changing their vote. Deepfakes—the use of AI to…
California Mayors Join Campaign to Buy Out PG&E

California Mayors Join Campaign to Buy Out PG&E

The mayors of Oakland, Sacramento and more than a dozen other California municipalities are joining San Jose in a campaign to buy out the investor-owned PG&E Corp. and turn it into a giant customer-owned cooperative. The idea, first floated last month by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, is winning support from mayors and county officials…
The California fires show how unprepared we are for climate change

The California fires show how unprepared we are for climate change

For days now, a cloud of acrid smoke has settled over the Bay Area, blown down from the Kincade Fire in the north. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from that fire alone, while the lingering effects of a long drought and high winds have turned the region into a tinderbox. On Sunday, a…

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Micromobility’s next big opportunities

Launching and operating shared bikes and scooters has lost its novelty. Worldwide, numerous companies are operating shared micromobility services — so many that the industry is well into a consolidation phase. In Latin America, Grow Mobility formed as part of a merger between micromobility providers Grin and Yellow. In the U.S., Bird acquired Scoot. And,…

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