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The California state flag flies outside City Hall in Los Angeles. A bid to ask voters if they want to split California into three separate states has been stymied by the state Supreme Court. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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California Supreme Court Squashes Bid To Split State Into Three

The court ruled that the proposal to divide California can't be placed on the November ballot. A venture capitalist has spent years arguing the state would be better off as several smaller states.

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From California, A Saudi Woman Fights Her Country's Strict Male Guardianship Laws

"I came from a very strict country to a very free country," says Samah Damanhoori. The 29-year-old cut ties with her family after her father canceled his initial approval for her to study in the U.S.

From California, A Saudi Woman Fights Her Country's Strict Male Guardianship Laws

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People hold up signs July 16 in Washington, D.C., as they protest the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and the recent detentions of illegal immigrants. Getting rid of the agency has become a popular rallying cry among progressives, but the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a symbolic measure voicing support for ICE. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Republicans Force Democrats To Go On Record Over Immigration Agency

Democrats denounced the nonbinding House Republican resolution backing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency as a "stunt" and many voted "present" to avoid taking a position.

Republicans Force Democrats To Go On Record Over Immigration Agency

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President Trump looks on as his nominee for Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, takes to the podium at the White House on Nov. 2. On Thursday, Trump said he is "not thrilled" about Fed interest rate hikes. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Slams Interest Rate Hikes, Ignoring Hands-Off Tradition Toward Fed

Presidents usually don't comment directly on Fed policy. But President Trump broke with that tradition Thursday, saying, "I'm not thrilled" about the Fed's interest rate increases.

Chance the Rapper, photographed on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles. The artist and philanthropist announced his purchase of the previously shuttered news site Chicagoist on July 19, 2018. Tara Ziemba/Getty Images hide caption

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In Batch Of New Songs, Chance The Rapper Announces He's Now A Media Executive

The Chicago-forever rapper released a suite of four songs overnight — and in one, revealed his purchase of the shuttered local news site Chicagoist.

Pesto and pulled jackfruit tacos. In Southern California, working-class Mexican-American chefs are giving traditionally meaty dishes a vegan spin. Evi Oravecz/Green Evi/Picture Press/Getty Images hide caption

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Carne Asada, Hold The Meat: Why Latinos Are Embracing Vegan-Mexican Cuisine

Meat-heavy dishes are a mainstay of Mexican cooking. But spurred by health and environmental concerns, working-class Mexican-American chefs are giving traditional dishes a plant-based makeover.

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