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California Becomes First State to Legally Recognize Nonbinary Genders On All State-Issued ID Documents

With the signing of the Gender Recognition Act, California officially became the first state to legally recognize nonbinary genders on all state-issued identity documents.

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For $2 an Hour, Female Inmates Are Fighting California Wildfires

What is the price of labor?

The wildfires in Northern California have caused unimaginable devastation to the people in that area with at least 23 people and possibly hundreds more missing, according to reports from ABC News. Those on the front lines are risking their lives and limbs in order to halt some of that devastation. In California, a huge percentage of the firefighting force comes from inmates male and female who have taken on this responsibility for some more freedom—and the promise of $1-$2 a day.

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Things We Saw Today: It’s the 30th Anniversary of The Princess Bride? Inconceivable!

Somehow we've reached the pearl anniversary of The Princess Bride, arguably one of the best book-to-movie adaptations ever.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts a Special #Ham4Ham for Hamilton‘s LA Opening Night

Hamilton fans were thrilled to watch a special Ham4Ham that included cast members of Hamiltour, music director Alex Lacamoire, and Lin-Manuel Miranda himself in honor of opening night at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

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Things We Saw Today: Watch Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Pharrell Freak Out As David Blaine Performs His Ice Pick Trick

This might be really wrong of me, but there's nothing more fun than watching seemingly together, serious, grown-ass adults completely freak out like babies.

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New California Law Requires IMDb To Remove Listed Ages of Actors On Request

As for the numbers, it's being reported that the bill passed with an overwhelming majority--so while some may not be happy about what it could signify regarding the freedom of information, this could mean a change for which actors land what jobs moving forward.

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California Passes Law Requiring Suicide Prevention Plans for LGBT Youth in Schools

The California State Assembly has passed legislation requiring schools to have "comprehensive suicide prevention plans" for students in grades 7-12.

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California Board of Education Expands Curriculum to Include LGBTQIA History

The California State Board of Education voted on new curriculum for social science courses that includes “a study of the role of contributions” of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.”

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California Now the First US State to Make Learning About Sexual Consent Mandatory in High School

It's been a hell of a week for rape culture as we've all been bombarded with ever-worsening tidbits about convicted Stanford University rapist, Brock Turner. However, there's also reason to be hopeful today. California governor Jerry Brown's office announced yesterday that the state will now make it mandatory for high schools to teach students about sexual consent. It's the first US state to do so.

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Congresswoman Proposes Bill to Fight Astronomy’s Sexual Harassment Problem

What is up with male faculty members in university astronomy departments sexually harassing students all the time and getting away with it? One California congresswoman is making putting a stop to such things a priority.

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California Woman Has Nineteen Cops Called on Her for “Breaking Into” Her Own Apartment

Dear White People: Please stop calling the police every time you see a person of color that is new to you.

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Coastal Native American Tribe Finally Gets Access to California Coast in Historic Land Sale

After 200 years of being land-locked, the people of the Kashia band of the coastal Pomo tribe finally have access to the California coast again.

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California Moving Company Will Help Move Victims of Domestic Abuse for Free

Today in "The World's Not So Bad" News.

It's awesome when companies actually try to, you know, help people. In this case, it's a California moving company helps move victims of domestic abuse from their homes for free.

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California Just Enacted America’s First “Yes Means Yes” Affirmative Consent Law

YES. 1,000 TIMES YES.

Today just got exponentially better: according to The New York Times, California Governor Jerry Brown signed our nation's first ever "Active Consent Bill" yesterday, a landmark law that will enforce "yes means yes" legislature at state universities and universities where students are eligible for state grants.

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Millions of Salmon Taking California Road Trip To Avoid Drought

Those fish better pitch in for gas.

This should convince you that the natural world is in balance (not): if California's drought doesn't end soon, bizarre measures will be taken ensure that hatchery-raised salmon survive their migration. Last Monday, California cemented plans to transport juvenile fish to the Pacific Ocean via tanker truck.

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Charity Auction Invites You to Drive Around in a Tank With Arnold Schwarzenegger and Crush Things

"I'm 66 years old, and I saved every one of my birthday cakes. Why? So I could crush them."

After-School All Stars is dedicated to keeping kids safe, healthy and off the streets. And, if you donate now to their charity auction, you could win a chance to fly out to California and ride around in a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger and crush things—both literally and figuratively. Here, let Arnold explain.

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Radical! California Rec Center Will Offer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Themed Classes

Of course, you'll gain all the calories back eating pizza.

Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie keeps getting it's release date pushed back, thank God -- but what's a turtle obsessed individual to do with themselves until the film comes out and crushes all their dreams? Sign up for Ninja Turtle training classes, of course. You know, like you do.

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Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Elon Musk Reveals the Hyperloop

Elon Musk worked all night on this? What a procrastinator.

Well, it's here. So here's what's going on with Elon Musk's Hyperloop scheme for building a high-speed maglev transit system, which he calls "a new mode of transport – a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars, and boats."

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The California State Government Is Now In Possession of $10,000 Worth of Star Wars Merchandise

I will make it legal!

Eric Hodgson, a California citizen who was attempting to defraud $2 million from the California State Department of Transportation, has lightened his sentence by relinquishing a number of his possessions to the state.  Among these possessions is $10,000 worth of Star Wars merchandise, which, apparently, now belongs to the state of California.

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What Happens to Your Body During a Hunger Strike

As many as 30,000 California prisoners are refusing meals today. Here's what they have to look forward to.

This morning in California, nearly 30,000 inmates in prisons throughout the state's penitentiary system entered the second day of an apparent hunger strike. While the beginning of Ramadan -- during which Muslim prisoners do not take meals during daylight hours -- has complicated an exact count, it's becoming clear that thousands of the prisoners who refused meals yesterday did so not out of religious obligation, but in solidarity with prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison who are protesting what they call abusive policies that can find prisoners suspected of gang ties locked in solitary confinement for decades at a time. While this isn't an official hunger strike yet -- the state's policy is not to deem a prisoner on hunger strike until he or she has missed 9 meals -- this looks a lot like the beginning of the largest one seen in America in some time. With that in mind, we bring you this primer on what happens to the body during a hunger strike. Just a warning: It's not pretty.

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