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A building called Sustainability Base, at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., has an energy-efficient design that allows in sunlight. So for most of the year, the interior is illuminated by natural light. Dominic Hart/NASA hide caption

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NASA Uses Lessons From Space To Design An Efficient Building

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Gov. Jerry Brown (left) meets with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 27. Brown has been brokering his own international agreement on climate change. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

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Women can get a free pregnancy test and a free ultrasound at the clinic, as well as counseling regarding three options — parenting, adoption and abortion. The clinic will not refer clients for abortions. Becky Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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California Law Adds New Twist To Abortion, Religious Freedom Debate

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A slew of Yelp reviewers said they got sick after eating at Mariscos San Juan #3 restaurant in San Jose, Calif. The county health department quickly closed the restaurant and identified an outbreak involving more than 80 cases of food poisoning. Courtesy of Giovanna Rojas hide caption

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Destroyed homes and vehicles scorched by the Valley Fire line Jefferson Street in Middletown, Calif. Nearly half the community was destroyed. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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School A Welcome Escape From Reality For Calif. Area Ravaged By Fire

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the state's "motor voter" law in hopes of boosting turnout in future elections. The state had 42 percent turnout in the 2014 midterms, a record low. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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California Becomes 2nd State To Automatically Register Voters

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Checker Brittney Bounds bags groceries Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed an equal pay measure that lets female employees challenge pay discrimination based on the wages a company pays to male employees who do similar work. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Jane Garcia, CEO of La Clinica de la Raza, which serves 25,000 patients in Contra Costa County, Calif., addresses supporters of expanding health care for undocumented adults. Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED hide caption

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Debbie Ziegler holds a photo of her daughter, Brittany Maynard, as hugs supporter Ellen Pontac after a right-to-die measure was approved by the state Assembly on Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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California Approves Physician-Assisted Suicide; Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

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A stained-glass window depicting Father Junipero Serra in the Basilica Parish in Mission Dolores. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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Savior Or Villain? The Complicated Story Of Pope Francis' Next Saint

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A diver swims in a kelp forest in California's Channel Island National Park, where several of the state's marine protected areas are located. National Park Service hide caption

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In California's Protected Waters, Counting Fish Without Getting Wet

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