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3/18/2015
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The state Franchise Tax Board has stripped Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status, a move that could make the 76-year-old San Francisco health insurer responsible for paying millions in state income taxes. Officials from the tax board would not explain why...
News Story
3/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback

Authorities have revoked the tax-exempt status of nonprofit Blue Shield of California, potentially putting it on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in state taxes each year. The move by the California Franchise Tax Board comes as the state's third-largest...
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3/16/2015
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Listen to the audio of this radio broadcast here: http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/which-way-la/cleaning-up-exide-after-decades-of-pollution-and-misconduct WHICH WAY LA? For decades, there have been reports of toxic contamination from the Exide battery recycling...
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3/14/2015
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Shane Tusch found out the hard way that Facebook’s suicide prevention tool works — sort of. In fact, what began as a test of the system landed him in mental health facilities for about 70 hours. Two weeks ago, Tusch, 48, read about Facebook’s suicide...
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3/14/2015
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Above a chilled tray of pork chorizo, Seth Birenbaum set another cast iron weight on a grocery scale and scrutinized its digital control panel. The weights equaled precisely 15 pounds but the panel showed nearly an ounce less. “That’s out of tolerance,...
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3/12/2015
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Stockton is among California’s most expensive cities for auto insurance. Motorists living in other San Joaquin County cities will pay on average at least 10 percent less than the average rate in Stockton, according to a recent study by ValuePenguin.com, a...
News Story
3/11/2015
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Google last week launched an auto insurance rate comparison site in California. Mercury Insurance, MetLife and 21st Century Insurance are among the 14 firms already signed up as partners, and Google promises more will follow. Bolt Solutions last week announced that it...
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3/10/2015
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You are nearly naked to the data industry, and Washington just offered you a mirror — but not pants. Two decades after the invention of computer “cookies” allowed companies to track your use of the Internet, the White House on Feb. 27 floated a...
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3/9/2015
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Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, said there’s another force driving up prices. According to Liza Tucker, the group’s consumer advocate, while other states have a 24-day supply of gas reserves on average, California has just a 10-day...
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3/9/2015
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It’s tough enough to cope with the sudden spike in gas prices, but the fact that Californians are paying more to fill their tanks than any state in the U.S., with the exception of Hawaii, is making drivers here feel even worse. After hitting a five-year low in...