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Paul Smith says he wanted "take a page from the Russian playbook" to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook

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In California, an initiative expected on November's ballot would be one of the broadest online privacy regulations in the U.S. traffic_analyzer/Getty Images hide caption

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Do Not Sell My Personal Information: California Eyes Data Privacy Measure

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California Winemakers Nervous About U.S.-China Trade Talks

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Dan Diaz holds a photo of his late wife, Brittany Maynard, taken on their wedding day, during a rally calling for California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign right-to-die legislation at the Capitol in Sacramento in 2015. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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A billboard above a gas station reads "Feel The Burn," a play on 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign slogan, "Feel The Bern." It's actually promoting tests for sexually transmitted diseases. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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Luminalt solar installers Pam Quan (right) and Walter Morales (left) install solar panels on a roof in San Francisco on Wednesday. The California Energy Commission approved a regulation that would require all new homes in the state to have solar panels. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Kelly Slater during team practice before the World Surf League's Founders' Cup of Surfing at his Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Surfers Head Inland To Compete On Machine-Made California Waves

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Vehicles pass during the afternoon commute on Highway 101 in Los Angeles on April 2. California is suing the EPA over a plan to revise fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, weakening Obama-era limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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A box of food prepared at a food bank distribution in Petaluma, Calif. The state ranks near the bottom in enrolling people for food assistance. To change that, it's taking lessons from its robust Medi-Cal health insurance program, which targets much the same population. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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New Chinese tariffs will raise the price of many American crops, including almonds and other nuts. PM Images/Getty Images hide caption

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What Chinese Tariffs Targeting American Crops Will Mean For Farmers

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