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And now, back to obscurity for the U.S. women's national team

Why do Americans care so much about the U.S. women's national team in the World Cup when they don't seem to care much at all about the professional soccer teams that feature the very same women?

One could ask the same question about women's team sports in general. We seem to get all revved up when American women are chasing a world championship -- an Olympic gold medal, say, or a Women's World Cup...

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California needs to fix its freeways. But until it does, let's exploit them

"California's freeways are amazing," my Bay Area-raised girlfriend told me the first time I came to the West Coast. This was in the 1980s.

She praised the clear signage, the easy-off-and-on entrance ramps, the relative absence of litter — even the flowering shrubs that lined I-80. Bear in mind, we lived in New York City, where burning cars and weeds the height of trees loomed over San Andreas-size...

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This one simple trick can save L.A. taxpayers time and money

It’s the kind of thing that winds up in late-night comedy monologues:

The city of Los Angeles paid Wells Fargo Bank more than a half-million dollars to print checks … that the city was already printing itself.

Of  course the city controller is trying to get the money back, but the incident is another “I told you so” for skeptical taxpayers who are already convinced of the befuddled inefficiencies...

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New study says Hepatitis drugs could cost state taxpayers billions

Jaws dropped earlier this year when Gov. Jerry Brown told the Legislature that he wanted to set aside $300 million for two years' worth of specialty drugs for Medi-Cal users, state prisoners and others covered by state health programs. Even with a general fund of more than $110 billion, $300 million is nothing to sneeze at.

This week, a new study suggested that Brown may have been low-balling the...

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Crowdfunding Greece: What's your level of giving?

Hey there, world citizens! As you may have heard, Greece is in a bad way — tossed between Scylla and Charybdis, as the Greeks would say. But then, the Greeks had a word for everything.

Look around you — everywhere, you see gifts from the Greeks: academia, architecture, democracy, the Hippocratic oath and nude Olympics.

Now it’s our turn to give back. By donating on GoFundThee, you can help rescue...

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Justice Antonin Scalia (yes, Scalia) rules for a criminal defendant

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has received a lot of criticism for his scabrous dissenting opinions in the same-sex marriage and Affordable Care Act decisions. (Some comedians have even turned Scalia’s dissents into a song.)

But Scalia is entitled to some love for his majority opinion in a decision that has been overshadowed by the marriage, ACA and other blockbuster rulings. In Johnson vs....

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