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    California's affirmative action ban bolstered by Supreme Court ruling

    By upholding a Michigan law nearly identical to California's, the ruling left only a legislative -- or ballot initiative -- route for allowing racial and gender preferences in public college admissions, contracts and hiring. But that path, too, is now littered with obstacles. 
    Since the 1970s, environmental opposition has made it nearly impossible for any major project that would fill or block San Francisco Bay to win approval  
     
    California home foreclosure starts increased from January through March after plunging to an eight-year low in the previous quarter, a research firm said Tuesday.  
     
    Apple reveals deal showing Google agreed to indemnify Samsung against some of the patent claims in their multibillion-dollar patent feud.  
     
    Tesla Motors has leased an idled parts-distribution facility near Tracy where it plans to hire engineers and technicians as the maker of luxury electric cars expands operations.  
     
    (Peter Dazeley)
    Worried about hackers? You should be

    A new report found that hackers are becoming more efficient and organized while many companies are struggling to get even fundamental cybersecurity measures into place. Full Story
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    Mead steps outside the Renaissance Fair

    Bored with chardonnay and IPA? Explore mead, the ancient honey beverage and fastest growing segment of the American alcohol industry, with sales up 130 percent from 2012 to 2013. In the Bay Area, fine artisanal mead is being crafted in a variety of styles, from the hop-fermented mead at The Mead Kitchen in Berkeley to sparkling mead at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes. 
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    Oprah Winfrey sued by her stepmom

    Barbara Winfrey claims Oprah kicked her out of her own Nashville home following a divorce.