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California's 'Water Year' Ends as Third Driest on Record

Water managers may be singing "Auld Lang Syne" for last 'water year,' but they're certainly not popping champagne. The year joins 1924 and 1977 as the driest years on record. And the outlook for 2014 isn't spectacular.

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Brown Signs 'Gun Restraining Order' Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a groundbreaking new gun law that will allow family members to ask a judge to take guns away from mentally unstable relatives. It's a direct response to this year's Isla Vista shootings near the campus of UC Santa Barbara.

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New State Law Defines Consensual Sex, Aims to Fight Campus Assaults

New State Law Defines Consensual Sex, Aims to Fight Campus Assaults

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that makes California the first state in the country to legally define consensual sex. The "yes means yes" law aims to improve how colleges investigate and prevent sexual assaults by requiring "an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement" for sex. Victims' advocates are cheering the measure -- but critics say it's too broad and puts an unfair burden of proof on those falsely accused of sexual assault.


Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei's exhibition on Alcatraz Island debuts this weekend. The Chinese dissident has been a relentless critic of his own government - especially after shoddy construction of schools killed thousands of children in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Now, with the exhibit "@Large," Ai brings his take on freedom and imprisonment to one of the Bay Area's top tourist attractions and former federal penitentiary, Alcatraz. KQED's Mina Kim goes behind the scenes to see what went into the making of this exhibition.


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Field Trip

Needing a break from work, Holly Hubbard Preston experiences the richness of the Bay Area's interesting-things-to-do list.

Who Plays Housewife?

Kevin Fisher-Paulson, his husband and two boys navigate the rocky shoals of gender roles in their untraditional family.

Susan Dix Lyons

Just Lunch

Susan Dix Lyons' son is 17, and his response to the lunch she has made for him many times is all she needs as a mother.