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THE NOONER for December 14, 2015

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

State Savings Plan May Have No Firm Guarantee | Calpensions
An exemption from the federal pension law is required by the legislation that created the Secure Choice program in California. The legislation also requires the state to have no liability for the payment of benefits under the new plan.

Valley Democrats Frustrated With National Party Leaders Running Local Campaigns | Fresno Bee
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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dictates terms, they say

Los Angeles Could Be Olympic Winner And Loser | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Boosters say it could be profitable on $4.5 billion budget

University Of California Pressured To Count Computer Science Toward High School Math Requirement
Katy Murphy and Sharon Noguchi Bay Area News Group @
Now, a powerful coalition of technology leaders, state politicians and high school teachers has taken aim at the university's influential set of high school courses required for admission, pressuring UC to count computer science as advanced math, alongside calculus and statistics.

Assemblyman Challenging Fellow Democrat Rep. Grace Napolitano In San Gabriel Valley
Hernandez, a former West Covina city councilman who will leave his seat in the Assembly next year because of term limits, slammed the 79-year-old nine-term congresswoman for living outside the suburban district. Napolitano lives in Norwalk along the 5 Freeway corridor, about nine miles from the western edge of her district, which includes El Monte, Baldwin Park, West Covina and San Dimas to the east.

Trump's Doctor: Trump Would Be The Healthiest President Ever - Politico
Trump would be the oldest candidate elected for a first term in U.S. history.

Obama Optimism Over Climate Pact Tempered By GOP Opposition | The Sacramento Bee
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the newly passed international climate change agreement as a major achievement that could help turn the tide on global warming, but got a quick reminder that Republicans will fight it all the way.

California Chapter Of Now Struggling With Shrinking Influence
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Rosie the Riveter National Monument to sign the equal pay act into law. The feminist organization California NOW didn't support the bill.

Knife-wielding Chino Hills Man Arrested After Threatening Muslim Woman
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Poll: 6 In 10 GOP Voters Back Trump's Muslim Ban - Politico
Trump would be the oldest candidate elected for a first term in U.S. history.

Fears Of Terrorism Spur Resistance To Immigration - San Francisco Chronicle
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UC Draws Criticism After Extending Its Transfer Application Deadline
Jodi Balma, president of the Honors Transfer Counsel of California and coordinator of the honors program at Fullerton College, left, chats with student Justine Banal in the school's transfer center.

At Fire-damaged Mosque, Man's Arrest Comforts
K Sadiq, who stood vigil overnight at the mosque, said people in this world need to question what politicians and religious leaders are telling them before filling their hearts with hate.

New Yorkers Want New Ethics Laws to Clean Up Albany, Poll Finds
In a new poll conducted by Siena College after the conviction of Sheldon Silver, the former Assembly speaker, about nine in 10 New York voters say corruption is a serious problem.

Faster Executions Or None At All? California Voters May Get To Choose | The California Report | Kqed News
If there’s one thing supporters and opponents of the death penalty can agree on, it’s this: The system is broken.

Mike Huckabee 2016: Spokeswoman Alice Stewart Leaves Campaign - Politico
Stewart said Monday that she left her role as communications director and was no longer working for the campaign in any capacity.

Sheriff: Video, Photos Show Man Was Armed Before Deputy Shooting In Lynwood
A video still frame provided by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department appears to show a suspect holding a gun at a Lynwood gas station.

Le Pen Fails To Win Any Regions In French Local Election – Politico
President Hollande’s Socialists win between three and six of the 13 regions up for grabs.

Poseidon Desalination Plant In Carlsbad Could Have Big Impact On San Diego County And California |
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First Draft: Rand Paul Will Appear on Main Debate Stage
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will retain his place on the main stage when the Republican presidential candidates debate on Tuesday, CNN said on Sunday.

2 L.A.-area Mosques Defaced By 'jesus' Graffiti, Prompting Hate Crime Investigation
Map shows approximate location of Hawthorne mosques that were vandalized.

Faa Unwraps Drone Rules For The Holidays - Politico
The billionaire businessman surges to 41 percent after releasing proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.