Talk Back: Cigarette tax
Do you support a $2 a pack increase in the state's cigarette tax?

(Tell us why or why not?)

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Easier road for Raiders in L.A., courtesy of high court and Wal-Mart

A ruling last year by California's high court is being used by all three NFL teams seeking to move to Los Angeles to circumvent the state's notoriously expensive and time-consuming regimen of environmental review 
( Karl Mondon )
Steinle slaying suspect to stand trial for murder

A judge has ruled the Mexican national who allegedly shot and killed a woman at a San Francisco pier, setting off an intense debate on illegal immigration, should stand trial for murder. 
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Fixing the rental crisis: Make Room's Angela Boyd is trying

Incomes are stagnating and rents are rising. In steps Angela Boyd, managing director of the Make Room campaign, which aims to address the nationwide rental crisis.  
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Right-to-die bill heads to Assembly floor

Earlier this summer, it appeared the idea was dead for the year after a right-to-die bill stalled in the Assembly Health Committee over growing personal and religious concerns from a group of mostly Southern California Democrats. But three weeks ago, lawmakers revived the measure. 
(Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
Toyota announces $50 million partnership with Stanford, MIT

The auto giant is the latest hoping to vault ahead of the highly competitive race to build self-driving vehicles, but the company and its academic partners Friday repeatedly referred to their mission as 'human-centric' and distinguished their goals from the fully autonomous cars that Google is testing in nearby Mountain View.