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Senate panel votes to raise California gas tax 12 cents a gallon

As the California Legislature on Wednesday convened special sessions on transportation funding and health-care savings, lawmakers took their first step toward raising taxes and fees on motorists.  
Gas prices in the region have dropped an average of 14 cents to $3.38 per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, according to the latest monthly fuel gauge report released by the American Automobile Association.  
 
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Taste-Off: The best beef jerky -- and the nastiest

Done well, beef jerky is a protein and flavor-laden snack. Done poorly, the stuff's shoe leather. Here's the scoop on the best of the bunch -- and the nastiest.