The farm bill proposes a $1 billion cut to food stamps, which would affect nearly 850,000 struggling families who already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif. Antonio Mena/Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank hide caption

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

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Jerry Brown Declares A Drought Emergency In California

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In California, Alarm Grows Over Shrinking Water Levels

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Jerry Brown Proposes A New Budget For California

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Number Of States Allowing Gay Marriage Expected To Grow

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California Still Owes U.S. Billions For Unemployment

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In San Francisco, demand for apartments is booming — but for low- and middle-income tenants, this means it's hard to find an affordable place to rent. Curtis Fry/Flickr hide caption

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As Rent Soars, Longtime San Francisco Tenants Fight To Stay

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Security officer Steven Long patrols the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood in Oakland, Calif. With city police struggling to control crime, several neighborhoods have hired private security to patrol local streets. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops

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There were 1.5 million boardings on the Emery Go Round last year. Zikhona Tetana, a visiting scientist from South Africa, is taking the Emery Go Round to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory facility in Emeryville. "It's convenient and always on time," she says. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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How A Free Bus Shuttle Helped Make A Small Town Take Off

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San Franciscans Nix Waterfront Development Plans

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Hundreds of protesters march toward the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office in response to the death of Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa. Noah Berger/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Police, Community Relations Strained After Teen's Death

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Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins talks with Thom Hinks and Richard Sunman (far right) after they obtained a marriage license at the Dona Ana County Clerk's Office in Las Cruces, N.M. In August, Ellins' office began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Juan Carlos Llorca/AP hide caption

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How A County Clerk Ignited The Gay Marriage Debate In N.M.

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California Won't Wait For Congress On Immigration Reform

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Oracle Team USA Defeats New Zealand To Win America's Cup

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