Hackers Target Anthem, Scrape Personal Data
California's largest private insurer, Anthem, said on Wednesday it has been hacked. The insurer said hackers broke into databases that stored customers' personal information such as birthdays, social security numbers and employment information.
New Vaccination Bill Would End 'Personal Belief Exemption'
As the number of measles cases continues to tick upwards, two state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would no longer allow parents to use a "personal belief exemption" to refuse to vaccinate their children.
Fresno to Double Water Rates in Response to Groundwater Limits
Fresno relies on groundwater wells for 90 percent of its drinking water. Now, a new state law limits the amount of groundwater utilities and farmers can draw. In response, Fresno plans to double water rates, in part to find new sources of water. The deadline for Fresno residents to stop the impending rate hike is Thursday.
New UC Berkeley Facility Focuses on Cures for Genetic Diseases
A new UC Berkeley research facility is devoted to finding cures for genetic diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis. The Innovative Genomics Initiative will have a $20 million annual budget, and will use a technology called CRISPR: a fast and precise way to make changes, or fixes, inside the DNA of a cell.
ACLU: California DMV Fails at Voter Registration; Lawsuit Possible
Federal law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to let citizens register to vote when they apply for a drivers license or state ID card. That process is supposed to be seamless. But a civil rights group says the state agency is regularly dropping the ball -- and they're threatening to sue.