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Epic environmental battle: Plastic bag ban opponents up the ante in Sacramento

Lobbyists have launched an eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year. 
Silicon Valley chamber endorses Ro Khanna over Mike Honda
The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce's political action committee endorsed Ro Khanna in his bid to unseat fellow Democrat Mike Honda, a San Jose congressman. 

Chevron money already influencing Richmond mayoral race
Councilman Nate Bates enjoys big financial advantage over rival Tom Butt thanks to oil giant's checkbook  

Poll: Californians strongly support measure regulating health insurance rates
Californians are showing overwhelming support for one of the most hotly contested propositions on the November ballot -- a measure allowing the state's insurance commissioner to reject proposed health insurance rate hikes. 

Rick Perry: Tight smile, perfect hair as he's booked in abuse of power case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. 

(Nicole diGiorgio)
Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm scales back, forges ahead

He's the beloved, maverick winemaker who led the way for screw caps, ingredient labeling and little-known varietals. Today, eight years after the sale of his big brands, the envelope-pusher is forging ahead as he tries to reseize Bonny Doon Vineyard and breed new wine grapes. 
(Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.