ConsumerWatch: Laws To Protect Kids From Spy Toys
From dolls that talk to Teddy Bears that send messages, Internet-connected products pick up a lot of personal information. California could become the first state to require so-called smart devices to come with additional security and privacy protection. Julie Watts reports. (4-20-17)

Family & Parenting

Parents Discuss Learning Firsthand About Excitement of Spelling CompetitionBack in 2014, Usha and Raj Gandhasri of San Jose spontaneously decided to compete against their peers in the adult competition just minutes after their oldest son, Rutvik, took part in the children's spelling bee. It wasn't easy. Sharon Chin reports. (3-16-18)
Kindness Reunites 67-Year-Old Homeless Man with Birth MotherThanks to an act of kindness by an Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy, a 67-year-old man living on the street in the East Bay was recently able to meet his birth mother in a reunion 65 years in the making. Elizabeth Cook reports. (3-15-18)
Alum Rock Students Walk Out in Protest Against School DistrictHundreds of kids walked out of class to protest what they say is poor leadership within the Alum Rock Union School District. Kiet Do reports. (3-8-18)

Consumer News

Proposed California Law Would Guarantee 'Right to Repair' Cellphones, GizmosA proposed new law would require electronics manufacturers to make parts and repair manuals available to consumers and third-party repair shops. Len Ramirez reports. (3-9-18)
Hayward Parts Ways with PG&E, Switches to 100 Percent Renewable EnergyThe city of Hayward is parting ways with PG&E and moving to more environmentally-friendly ways to produce electricity. John Ramos reports. (3-8-18)
Protesters Demand Visa Help Block Assault Weapon SalesDemonstrators assembled Thursday outside Visa headquarters in Foster City. They want the credit card company to block sales of assault weapons. Len Ramirez reports. (3-8-18)

Gov't, Politics & Law

Attorney General Fires Former FBI Deputy Director McCabeAttorney General Jeff Sessions says he has fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, a regular target of President Donald Trump's anger and criticism, just two days before his scheduled retirement date. Mola Lenghi reports from Washington. (3-16-18)
Lawyers for Zarate Call U.S. Charges 'Vindictive'Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the undocumented immigrant acquitted in the death of Kate Steinle, wants the new federal charges against him thrown out. His lawyers claim the charges are "vindictive." Andria Borba reports. (3-16-18)
California Could Cut Marijuana Taxes to Help Cannabis IndustryIn Sacramento, Republican Assemblyman Tom Lackey and Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta proposed a plan Thursday to dial back the state tax rates on marijuana to encourage buyers to patronize legal shops. Wilson Walker reports. (3-15-18)


Teens Ditching Facebook For SnapchatNew numbers show Facebook is losing younger users and it's projected to get worse. As Kiet Do reports, Facebook's loss is Snapchat's gain.
Mayor Says Google Won't Get Subsidies, Tax Breaks For San Jose CampusMayor Sam Liccardo says Google agreed to buy the land for its proposed San Jose campus for more than double what the city originally paid. Devin Fehely reports. (2-1-18)
Sweatcoin App Gives You Cryptocurrency For Working OutAn app gives users cryptocurrency based on how many steps they take. Susie Steimle reports. (1/31/18)

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