Michael Granillo and his wife Sonia await treatment at an emergency room in Northridge, Calif. Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Low water levels, like at this reservoir near Gustine, Calif., bring birds and mosquitoes together and help transmit West Nile virus to humans. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener (left) says he started taking a drug to prevent HIV infection earlier this year. Lisa Aliferis/KQED hide caption

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Young poets Monica Mendoza (clockwise from top left), Erica Sheppard McMath, Obasi Davis and Gabriel Cortez have written about how Type 2 diabetes affects their families and communities. Courtesy of The Bigger Picture hide caption

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California state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) urges lawmakers to approve his measure aimed at curbing sexual assault on campuses on Thursday in Sacramento. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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A young Chinook salmon, called a smolt, near Vallejo, Calif., on April 24, 2014. North Coast tribes and environmentalists fear that the smolts and Chinooks may not survive this year's low river flows and warm water. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Maria Benech of the U.S. Forest Service surveys a severely burned patch of forest. Almost 40 percent of the burned area looks similar. Lauren Sommer/KQED hide caption

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First-year medical student Ngabo Nzigira gets ready to see a patient at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Sacramento. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Not all cows get to spend their days with soft green grass under hoof. For many, the picture isn't so pretty, according to the book Farmageddon. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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California's Board of Pharmacy is considering requiring all pharmacies in the state to provide bilingual labels on prescription medicines. Basecamp Imaging/iStockphoto hide caption

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Members of the California Nurses Association say they rallied in Sacramento in May to raise public awareness of their concerns about patient care in California hospitals. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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A sign over a highway in Glendale, Calif., warned motorists in February to save water in response to the state's severe drought. But a study released earlier this week showed residents in the southern coastal part of the state used more water this spring than they did last year. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An image from the Six Californias website shows the proposed borders of its plan to slice the state into areas that the plan's backers say would be more manageable. Six Californias hide caption

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In this July 1 image from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman while punching her on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. David Diaz/AP hide caption

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Lauren Farnsworth (left) and April Buell hand out literature in late March encouraging people to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Mike Smith, of Long Beach, Calif., now pays $200 for his family's health insurance policy, compared with the $3,000 a month he would have had to pay on the individual market last year. Stephanie O'Neill for NPR hide caption

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