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    ( Karl Mondon )
    California Drought: Irrigation irritation running rampant over water wasters

    As California contends with a dreaded drought, folks who are dutifully practicing the new mantra of "brown is the new green" are seething at the sight of freshly irrigated sidewalks and lush green lawns.  
    A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.  
    Central Valley farmers trying to halt construction of California's bullet train have asked the state's highest court to review the project, setting up another possible legal showdown over the controversial San Francisco-to-Los-Angeles rail line.  
    Statewide opponents of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling -- which allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited sums on ads and other political tools to influence elections -- were dealt a big blow when their ballot question calling for a change, Proposition 49, was struck off the Nov. 4 statewide ballot -- but nonetheless, they plan to persist and are gearing up for a prolonged fight.  
    Even as his stock fell in much of the country, President Barack Obama could always look to ultrablue California for strong support -- but not any more.  
    (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
    Cee Lo Green makes controversial comments about rape

    Former 'The Voice’ judge deleted Twitter account temporarily after causing stir by suggesting women must be conscious to be raped.