Calif. lawmakers to weigh in on dispute between Armenia, Azerbaijan

SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers are poised to wade into a long-simmering geopolitical standoff halfway around the world: a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a semi-autonomous region called Nagorno-Karabakh. A measure now making its way through the Assembly expresses support for Nagorno-Karabakh's independence -- a departure from U.S. foreign policy, which considers the region to be part of Azerbaijan. The territory is within Azerbaijan's borders, but is populated mostly by ethnic Armenians; for decades, the two countries have disputed over the region and peace talks have mostly stalled.  Sevak Khatchadourian, chairman of the Armenian Council of America, said...