California digital privacy laws boosted, protecting consumers from Big Brother, big business

The sweeping legislation, mostly signed this week, is part of an ongoing effort by lawmakers to keep up with the rapidly evolving intrusive technology in what's become an increasingly digital world. 
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A 29-year-old Oakland man who crashed his car during a police chase and left behind his injured 6-year-old daughter is wanted on multiple charges including child endangerment, police said Friday.  
eleaguered insurer Blue Shield of California won state approval for its $1.2-billion acquisition of a Medicaid health plan, but the nonprofit company's deal with regulators drew heavy criticism.  
New California laws will establish a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, regulate pot farmers and watch over doctors.  
With California mired in the worst drought in state history, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing the billions of gallons of water lost every year across the state from leaks in aging and cracked water pipes in hundreds of city water systems.  
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Living like 'The Golden Girls': Shared housing for seniors a practical option

Home-sharing that includes splitting expenses, divvying up chores and keeping each other company has become an increasingly popular option for older single people who want to maintain independence, yet don't want to live alone.