Congregants at the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church gathered $8,000 on their first day of fundraising for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Courtesy of the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church hide caption

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From L.A., Japanese Church Sends Aid And Prayers

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'Crash Tax' More Bust Than Boom For Many Cities

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Panelists Review Ronald Reagan's Time In Politics

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The open pit mine at Molycorp Minerals' rare earths mining and processing facility in Mountain Pass, Calif. The mine is expected to produce 40,000 tons of rare earth minerals each year after a $500 million expansion project. Courtesy of Molycorp Minerals hide caption

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California Challenges China In Rare Earths Mining

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Calif. Officials Seek Control Over Insurance Premiums

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, shown in a 2008 file photo, leaves office with a mixed record. He's won praise for his precedent-setting environmental activism and criticism for his failure to tame the state's fiscal mess as promised. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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No Hollywood Ending To Schwarzenegger's Term

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California Stays Blue Amid GOP's Rise

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Waterlogged California At Risk Of Mudslides

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Diverse GOP Governors Expect To Attract Voters

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada greets supporters after speaking at a rally held by members of the Hispanic community in Las Vegas on Oct. 16. Reid got about 90 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to a poll of likely voters taken right before the election. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Latinos May Have Saved Senate For Democrats

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Texas-based Valero Energy -- which owns gas stations across the country, like this one in Sacramento,Calif. -- has contributed about half of the roughly $10 million behind California's Proposition 23 campaign. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Oil Firms Bankroll Calif. Climate-Change Measure

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Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown (R) speaks as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (C) Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg  Whitman (2nd-L) look on during a discussion moderated by NBC's Matt Lauer (L) during the Women's Conference 2010 in Long Beach. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Whitman, Brown In The Hot Seat Over Negative Ads

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Sal Russo, Tea Party Express founder, in his Sacramento, Calif., "war room" in March. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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'Tea Party Express' Shakes Up GOP And The Movement

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Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (right) talks to his opponent, Republican Sharron Angle, as moderator Mitch Fox from PBS looks on after their political debate Thursday at the Vegas PBS studios. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Reid, Angle Trade Barbs In Nevada Senate Debate

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Nevada's Reid, Angle To Face Off In Debate

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