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California to shift mentally ill inmates out of solitary confinement

California will move mentally ill prisoners from solitary confinement to special isolation units as part of a series of new policies outlined by corrections officials Friday to improve treatment for inmates with psychiatric illnesses. In 2013, about 28 percent of California's overcrowded prison population was diagnosed with some sort of mental illness, according to state and federal statistics. Complying with the federal order to amend how it deals with these inmates, the state earlier this...

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California bill would remove guns from potential offenders

A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence was sent to California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday for signing into law. The bill, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state's legislative session, was introduced after police near Santa Barbara said they were unable to confiscate weapons from a man who later went on a rampage and killed six people, despite concern from his family that he was...

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No matter how much you scrub, your home is covered in germs

Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too.

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An Apology to My Friends And Family

I’m sorry for shouting. I’m sorry for snapping. I’m sorry for being grumpy. I’m sorry for not being much fun these days. I’m sorry for crying. I’m sorry for not seeing the brighter side. I’m sorry for rarely laughing.

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Why I Aspire to Be Summer From (500) Days of Summer

Although it came out five years ago, (500) Days of Summer continues to be one of my all-time favorite movies. I have never been into big declarations of love after a 90-minute struggle to find happiness, and this "rom-com" totally broke the mold. For starters, the fun role reversal when it came to romantic neurosis—it was kind of nice to watch a guy make fatal faux pas on the relationship front rather than the girl. However, the main reason I love this film is because I admire the character of...

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