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U.S. Supreme Court to hear LGBTQ discrimination cases

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For decades, people across the country, including many here in California, have fought for the right to work in peace -- free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. One group has yet to receive these protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and that group consists of those in the LGBTQ community.

The prohibition of discriminating against someone due to his or her sex has yet to include gender identity and sexual orientation. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases surrounding this issue. If you are a member of this community, you already know that the decisions made by the court in these cases are vital to protecting your rights.

Teen drivers pose risks to everybody on the road

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You may not think it's a fair statement to say that teen drivers pose a risk to everyone on the road, but it is an accurate one. Their inexperience behind the wheel means that they cannot read the traffic the way that more experienced drivers often can. In addition, they are still learning how to control a vehicle, which includes understanding what it can and can't do in certain situations.

Those are only the risks if a teen driver is doing everything right. When distractions, impairment or fatigue comes into the mix, the situation only gets worse. In fact, the leading cause of death for teens in this country is fatal car crashes.

Is flying really safer now than it was just 10 years ago?

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Aviation safety has made great strides in the last 10 years. In fact, the last fatal commercial airplane crash here in the United States took place in 2009. In February of that year, Continental Airlines flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air (now defunct), crashed into a neighborhood and killed 49 on board the aircraft. An individual on the ground also perished.

The plane fell from the sky because it lost speed and stalled. Safety officials believe that the accident resulted from pilot error due to a lack of training and fatigue. This prompted changes that officials say made the skies even safer as evidenced by the lack of fatal plane crashes in the country.

Exploding sunroofs leave many at risk

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You may not be too surprised if a tire blows while you are driving. A flat tire may present an immediate danger if you are going too fast or not paying attention. However, in most cases, a driver can quickly realize what is happening and safely pull the vehicle off the road.

Some vehicle owners are dealing with a different kind of surprise. Since 1995, nearly 900 car owners have filed reports with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because their sunroofs have shattered without warning and seemingly without cause. More than 70% of those reports have come in the past eight years. If you drive a vehicle with a sunroof, you may have concerns that this could happen to you.

Like other aspects of aging, discrimination can sneak up on you

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Life can feel like it moves incredibly fast. One day, you are sending your kids off to school, and the next they are starting their own families. Then, you turned around and realized that you somehow passed a certain age without even realizing it.

However, someone at your workplace realized it and began talking to you about retirement. Perhaps your employer suggested that you take different assignments, or your performance reviews seem to be increasingly more negative than they used to be despite the fact that you still perform your job duties in the same manner as you used to in previous years.

Are chemicals in your city tap water the cause of your cancer?

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Drink more water. You have heard this advice from the time you were a child. More than half of your body is water. Your heart, lungs and skin all need water to remain healthy. If you exercise or do physical work, you need even more H2O. If your goal was to be as healthy as possible, you probably followed this advice and urged your family to do the same.

However, if you live in California, your water may be making you sick. In fact, a recent study suggests that many people in the state can blame their illness on drinking water. If you have recently received a cancer diagnosis, you may want to look at the purity of your water supply.

What can you do if your child suffered a football injury?

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If your child received a head injury on the football field, he might not suffer the full consequences until years later. When that happens, will you be able to seek compensation?

The NCAA is currently tangled in 300 lawsuits related to former football players who allege that the organization mishandled their concussions. As a result, they say they suffered serious brain injuries. However, their futures are uncertain.

Could your sunroof explode? Hundreds already have.

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Car owners everywhere have heard an ear-splitting crash above their heads. There wasn't a gunshot or a meteor strike, as some have described the noise, but their sunroof cracked and shattered without warning.

Your sunroof may also be in danger of shattering unexpectedly. Although reports of exploding sunroofs date back to 1995, there has been a massive spike in reports since 2017. Affected cars come from nearly every major manufacturer.

Do you lane split on your motorcycle? Is it safe?

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The year-round beautiful weather is one of the reasons people love Los Angeles. Unlike the motorcycle riders in other states, those in California do not have to store their bikes away during the winter months. If you are one of the many in this state who enjoy being on your motorcycle throughout the year, you have probably had your share of close calls with other, larger vehicles.

Perhaps one of the scariest moments on your bike are when you are stuck in traffic that is not moving because of construction, an accident or other reasons. You can never be sure that drivers coming up behind you are paying attention. This is one good reason for the careful use of lane splitting.

As the smoke clears, a storm brews over Notre Dame

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While the Cathedral of Notre Dame smolders, so do the emotions of European and Parisian authorities. The stone structure, some artwork and various relics survived the flames. However, flames destroyed the iconic spire and other structures under restoration.

The Paris public prosecutor announced that the city has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. It is expected that the investigation will likely be long and very complex, much like the investigations into the devastating California fires.

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