The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan, only the fourth woman in history to serve on the Supreme Court. But the moment was overshadowed by Wednesday’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
A federal judge in California has rejected the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, setting the stage for a lengthy and hard-fought appeals process that may well reach the Supreme Court.
Many large-scale renewable energy projects are meeting unexpected opposition from environmentalists concerned about their impact on wildlife.
California’s marijuana industry is worth an estimated $14 billion. But large, mostly illegal marijuana growing operations illegal — are polluting local ecosystems on an industrial scale in rural counties and places as unlikely as state parks.
When the rest of the country was waking up to the challenge of global warming, California was already pursing an aggressive program to assess the likely damage.