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New law will require temporary license plates in California

Consumer and civil rights advocates worry the measure will significantly increase the number of people who receive fines for paperwork violations, because it would be easier for police to spot expired temporary plates.

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Advocates Say Verizon-Yahoo Deal Shows Need For Privacy Rules

The acquisition — a sign of Verizon’s growing interest in the advertising business — comes as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moves toward a final vote on the hotly contested proposed rules, which would require internet providers to get permission before using their customers data for most advertising purposes.

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PG&E Slammed At Trial As Feds Rest Their Case

The prosecution’s final witness testified under cross-examination Thursday that PG&E breached the investigation of the September 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes by “pre-interviewing” witnesses in at least two instances.

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The Secret Documents That Detail How Patients’ Privacy Is Breached

The top five categories of complaints in 2014, according to the Office for Civil Rights website, were impermissible uses and disclosures, safeguards, administrative safeguards, access and technical safeguards.

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California Attorney General Joins Federal Suit To Block Anthem-Cigna Merger

In California, Anthem Blue Cross is a huge player with about 20 percent of private insurance market. Cigna has a smaller presence here, but the two companies “compete head-to-head for customers, especially large employers,” the attorney general’s office said.