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California balcony in fatal collapse was dangerously overcrowded

Berkeley - An apartment balcony that collapsed near the University of California campus here, killing six young people at a birthday party, was overcrowded well beyond its structural limits Tuesday when it gave way, Berkeley officials have acknowledged.

California considers 'yes means yes' sex law

Sacramento - In what would become the first of its kind, California state legislators are weighing the establishment of a ground-breaking sexual consent law.

Police were unaware mass shooting suspect had weapons

Santa Barbara - Authorities who visited a 22-year-old Isla Vista man three weeks before he allegedly killed six University of California students and then shot himself did not check records that would have told them he had purchased three guns.

Gunman who shot 6 people in Calif. was under psychiatric care

A gunman killed at least six people and wounded an additional seven more in a series of drive-by shootings late Friday night in the California college town of Santa Barbara. The gunman, now dead, was being treated by multiple therapists.

'Pepper spray cop' wants worker's comp for 'psychiatric injury'

Sacramento - John Pike, the police officer at the University of California-Davis who was fired after he shot pepper spray into the faces of seated student activists — now wants worker's compensation for the "psychiatric injury" he suffered from the 2011 incident.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano leaving DC for UC

Washington - After more than four years as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Napolitano announced in a statement today that she will be leaving the post to head the University of California System.

Hacking group Anonymous targets pepper-spraying policeman

The hacking group Anonymous has targeted the policeman who pepper-sprayed protesters at UC Davis by posting his personal contact information online, along with an ominous video message that urges supporters to bombard him with emails and phone calls.

Study: Birth control pills affect emotional memory

Women taking birth control pills remember emotional events differently than women who don’t take oral contraceptives. In their study, scientists found birth control pills affect a woman’s recall of emotional events.

Lack of sleep can lead to euphoria – but there’s a downside

Scientists have found that, far from being moody after missing a night’s sleep, we can sometimes get a feeling of pleasant euphoria.

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Developed by engineers from the University of California at Berkeley  this chameleon-like artificial...
Developed by engineers from the University of California at Berkeley, this chameleon-like artificial "skin" changes color as a minute amount of force is applied.
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An author of over a dozen books on water and California s water issues  retired state parks ranger D...
An author of over a dozen books on water and California's water issues, retired state parks ranger David Carle also lectures on California's water history.
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