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US Launches Spy Satellite From California

A spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the classified NROL-42 satellite lifted off at 10:49 p.m. PDT Saturday. All systems were going well when the launch webcast concluded about three minutes into the flight. National Reconnaissance Office satellites gather intelligence information for U.S. national security and an array of other purposes including assessing impacts of natural disasters. U.S. officials have not revealed what the spacecraft will be doing or what…

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California sues Trump administration to prevent border wall

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California sued the Trump administration Wednesday to stop construction of a proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, arguing the federal government is overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws. Asked about the lawsuit at an appearance in San Diego, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he expects to prevail in legal challenges to the wall – one of the president’s key campaign pledges. “The United States government has the control of that border and a responsibility … Read the referenced┬ástory here:…

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California Sues Trump Administration to Prevent Border Wall

California’s attorney general sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, arguing it’s overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws. The suit filed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, makes arguments similar to those made in a lawsuit brought last week by advocacy groups. Both lawsuits aim to stop design, planning and construction of the wall. The cases are particularly focused on halting the construction of wall prototypes in San Diego and the replacement of barriers…

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California Lawmakers To Vote On 100 Percent Clean Energy Mandate

Enlarge this image A solar energy panel is carried to be placed in a solar energy field at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption toggle caption Rich Pedroncelli/AP California lawmakers must vote by the end of the day Friday on the most ambitious clean energy goal in the country: 100 percent clean energy by 2045. The state wouldn’t be the first. Hawaii already has its own 100 percent goal. But California uses about 30 times more electricity than Hawaii and is the fifth…

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