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In Solyndra's Wake, Solar Company Sees Bright Spot

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Census Survey: Poor Americans Increased In 2011

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Samantha Moreno, in pink, with her family. "The hardest part of coming out is to know that you're about to hurt someone that you love," she says in a video featured on the website of Familia es Familia, which aims to help Latino families accept their LGBT loved ones. Courtesy of Samantha Moreno hide caption

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It's Hard To Tell La Familia You're Gay

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Kamala Harris Among The Rising Dem Stars At DNC

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Calif. Leaders Agree To Overhaul Pension System

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Western Wildfires Continue To Grow At Record Rates

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California Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking in Sacramento on Wednesday, advocates a ballot initiative that would increase sales and income taxes. Several states have measures on the November ballot that seek to plug deficits by raising taxes. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Budgets Tight, States Ask Voters To Raise Taxes

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Chevron Fire May Lead To Higher Calif. Gas Prices

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Large Calif. Pot Dispensary Threatened With Closure

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Ryan Curtis leans in for a kiss from Love Kovtun on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood in April. New businesses and investment have helped revitalize the city's downtown over the past decade. Laura Morton for NPR hide caption

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Oakland Turns A Corner As Calif. Faces Budget Woes

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Stockton Clearing Path For City's Bankruptcy

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Calif. Governor: 'Pension Reform Is Imperative'

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Dismal Job Growth Nothing New In California

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More than 200,000 people crossed the bridge the day it opened in 1937. Many walked. Others ran, tap-danced, roller-skated, unicycled, or strode on stilts. Courtesy of GoldenGateBridge.org hide caption

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Walk This Way: Crossing The Golden Gate Bridge

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