Archive for February 9th, 2016

The San Francisco Chronicle: Lawmakers seek to loosen encryption on smartphones

Cell Phone Encryption - NSA

By Melody Gutierrez
February 8, 2016
Updated: February 9, 2016 – 7:27am

SACRAMENTO — A fight over encryption-protected smartphone data is heating up in California and New York where lawmakers and law enforcement groups are pushing bills to enable investigators to unscramble data to obtain critical evidence in human trafficking, terrorism and child pornography cases.

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Healthcare Tax

California
Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press
February 8, 2016 – 6:26 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

The California Legislature on Monday unveiled a bill imposing a new tax on health insurance plans that would prevent a massive $1.1 billion hole in the state budget.

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Capitol Public Radio

Bob Moffitt
Monday, February 8, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

The California Petroleum Market Advisory Commission heard testimony from oil company and consumer groups today explaining why we’re paying 77 cents-per-gallon more for gas than the rest of the country.

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Gas Prices

A variety of factors have conspired to boost California gasoline prices. A gas tax, state and local taxes and a federal excise tax are just part of the cause. (The Associated Press)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/08/16 – 5:56 PM PST |

California motorists have long complained about high prices at the pump, but few drivers are aware of all the factors that push gasoline prices so high.

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