Voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley and a 2-cent-per-ounce tax in San Francisco. But the soda industry's lobbying group has spent millions blasting the measures.
Many insurers are restricting access to new drugs that are easier to take and that promise higher cure rates because the price tags can run $95,000 or more.
With greater attention on gay rights, service providers say more youth are coming out earlier, often before they are ready to live on their own.
Every fall, hundreds of bands migrate to New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Bob Boilen wants to share a few standouts from this year's lineup.
The troops will be confined to a housing complex at their base in Italy for 21 days. The news comes just as the White House tried to convince New York and New Jersey to drop mandatory quarantines.
The flow, which began at Mount Kilauea in June, threatens to take out dozens of homes on the Big Island.
A 700-year-old caribou dropping from northern Canada holds surprisingly well-preserved viruses. There's no evidence the viruses are dangerous, but they are scientifically interesting.
Luhansk and Donetsk, which have been under a shaky truce since early September, would participate in the vote, which Russia's foreign minister has said is "important to legitimize authorities there."