LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange is urging holiday shoppers to think about giving young people "the gift of health." One suggestion: help a young adult pay for coverage. The campaign announced today highlights a critical financial issue for insurers. Covered California needs to sign up as many young, healthy people as possible - those between 18 and 35 - to offset insurers' cost of covering older and sicker customers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The board that oversees California's embattled high-speed rail project is responding to recent legal and administrative setbacks and says it will file a new motion seeking blanket authority to sell $8.6 billion in state bonds. That decision comes after a judge blocked the sale of the bonds last week. Board Chairman Dan Richard says members agreed today to refile an action seeking permission to sell the bonds voters approved in 2008.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Union officials say about 4,000 children's social workers for Los Angeles County have gone on strike after contract talks broke down over the timing of a pay raise and the number of caseloads the workers must handle. The Los Angeles Times reports the workers took to the picket lines today in the first county strike in more than a decade.
POMONA, Calif. (AP) - Two men are going to prison for stabbing a man to death at a Southern California park 31 years ago. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that Gilbert Leal of Riverside County and Marcelino Corona of Fontana were each sentenced yesterday to eight years in state prison. They pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter.
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