• December 14, 2012  

    When Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, President Obama issued the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The federal initiative has given young people, brought to the U.S. illegally before the age of 16, the chance to defer deportation. Ray Suraez profiles three young immigrants who have applied for the program. Continue reading

  • November 1, 2012    

    A sign supporting Proposition 37, which calls for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, is seen in front of a home in Glendale, Calif., on October, 19, 2012. California could become the first state to enforce labeling of genetically … Continue reading

  • October 8, 2012    

    President Obama announces the creation of a national monument for Cesar E. Chavez in Keene, Calif. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/GettyImages. President Obama has been heavily campaigning in California over the past two days, with events in Los Angeles and San … Continue reading

  • August 2, 2012  

    The San Joaquin delta is a merging spot of rivers, sloughs, and canals, where water and snow from the Sierra Nevada Mountains flows to the Pacific Ocean. But there are some residents, especially farmers, who worry that thirsty interests will divert more of their water and ruin their livelihoods. Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading

  • July 24, 2012    

    Saturday’s fatal shooting by police of an unarmed man in Anaheim, Calif., prompted days of protests against a police department that some residents say is biased against Hispanics. Video of the police reaction to the protests — posted on online video sites — has added fuel to the fire. Continue reading

  • July 16, 2012  

    From California, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how President Obama’s public endorsement of same-sex marriage triggered a flood of support from the gay community — which is now providing campaign support both in votes and in fundraising. Continue reading

  • June 18, 2012  

    Rodney King, whose video-taped beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 launched a public dialogue about race relations in the United States, died Sunday at age 47. Jeffrey Brown, Patt Morrison of The Los Angeles Times and Darnell Hunt of the University of California, Los Angeles discuss his complicated life. Continue reading

  • April 20, 2012  

    Optimists at Silicon Valley think tank Singularity University are pushing the frontiers of human progress through innovation and emerging technologies, looking to greater longevity and better health. As part of his series on Making $ense of financial news, correspondent Paul Solman explores a future of “exponential growth.” Continue reading

  • March 16, 2012    

    Stockton, Calif., has been plagued with financial woes since the housing crisis began. Updated 12 p.m. ET March 19 Poor Stockton. Last year*, Forbes Magazine named the California town the most miserable city in the U.S. And now Stockton is … Continue reading

  • March 14, 2012  

    As part of the NewsHour’s American Graduate series, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on Techbridge, an after-school program based in Oakland, Calif., that shows hundreds of female students a path to pursuing careers in science and technology, while also trying to minimize the chances of them dropping out of school. Continue reading