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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Billionaire Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer (Associated Press) **FILE**

Liberal billionaire Steyer passes on California Senate race

San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not run for California Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, saying that he wants to focus his efforts on electing a Democratic president in 2016. Published January 22, 2015

Marjorie Silva, who owns Denver's Azucar Bakery, posted this photo on the bakery's Facebook page after a customer filed a complaint against the bakery for refusing to write anti-gay messages on a Bible-shaped cake.

Customer files complaint against bakery for refusing to make anti-gay cake

Marjorie Silva, owner of Azucar Bakery in Denver, said she received a complaint alleging religious discrimination from the state Department of Regulatory Agencies after she declined in March a customer's request to write messages like "God hates gays" on a cake. Published January 22, 2015

Minty O'Callaghan (left) and Kathy Kuwaye enjoy a carrot soup topped with a foie gras cream at Sent Sovi in Saratoga, Calif. As a July 1 ban on foie gras nears, chefs across the state are loading their menus with the fatty duck liver and even holding secret dinners to avoid protesters, who say that force-feeding ducks is cruel. (Associated Press)

California ban on foie gras struck down

They tried to ban large sodas in New York City, and the courts said “no.” And now the same thing has happened to the ban on foie gras in California. West Coast nanny-state proponents took a hit Wednesday when a federal judge struck down the state's two-year-old prohibition on foie gras, a delicacy made from fattened duck or goose liver. Published January 7, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown (center) is greeted by lawmakers on the floor of the Assembly Chambers before his inauguration at the state Capitol Monday. He laid out ambitious 2030 goals for combating global warming, led by a 50 percent drop in petroleum use by cars and trucks. (Associated Press)

Gov. Brown pushes climate change agenda in inaugural address

California Gov. Jerry Brown put climate change at the center of his historic fourth inaugural address Monday, calling for more aggressive standards on gasoline use and renewable energy a day before launching construction on a $68 billion high-speed rail project. Published January 5, 2015

Brandon Delaney, general manager of the Plaza Theatre, in Atlanta, Georgia finishes hanging the marquis Tuesday to announce that the theatre will be showing "The Interview." The film was put back into mostly independent theaters Tuesday when Sony announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy. (Associated Press)

Sony reverses course, will release "The Interview" in limited theaters

The nation's feisty independent and art-house cinemas plan to show "The Interview" after Sony reversed itself Tuesday and agreed to a limited Christmas Day release, defying hackers tied to North Korea who threatened to attack theaters that show the film. Published December 23, 2014