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What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the US Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here Pictured right, California Lt Gov Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state's gun laws Pictured above, California Lt.

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The former president has thrown his considerable political and fundraising heft behind San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Newsom is up against California institution and former Gov. Jerry Brown.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign off on a citywide ban on petroleum-based plastic bags. The prohibition, the first of its kind in the nation, is meant to encourage the use of less harmful alternatives, including biodegradable plastic, cloth and paper bags.

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