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  • Stop Blood Tomatoes Act meant to curb Mexico labor abuses, lawmaker says

    Stop Blood Tomatoes Act meant to curb Mexico labor abuses, lawmaker says
    A California congressman on Friday introduced a bill to ensure U.S. retailers rid their supply chains of child and forced labor — legislation inspired by The Times’ Product of Mexico series, which documented widespread abuses at export farms south of the border.
  • Bill would help Christians in Iraq threatened by Islamic State

    Two San Diego area congressmen are among the sponsors of a bill to rescue members of religious minorities threatened with violence by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - possibly helping them join the large Middle Eastern immigrant community in...

    San Diego-area Chaldean priest ordered back to Iraq: 'He'll be killed'

    San Diego-area Chaldean priest ordered back to Iraq: 'He'll be killed'
    Speaking in Aramaic, Father Noel Gorgis is preaching to parishioners of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church at a Saturday night Mass. Older parishioners are pleased that Gorgis celebrates Mass — and hears confessions — in Arabic and Aramaic,...

    Dress-wearing male Republican candidate hospitalized on election day

    Dress-wearing male Republican candidate hospitalized on election day
    Stephen Meade, the dress-wearing Republican candidate for Congress in southern San Diego County, was rushed to the hospital on election day and may undergo open-heart surgery. Meade, 88, was defeated by incumbent Democrat Rep. Juan Vargas in the heavily...

    San Diego Republican wages long-shot run for Congress

    San Diego Republican wages long-shot run for Congress
    As a candidate in the 51st Congressional District, Stephen Meade's politics are a problem. He's a conservative Republican in a district where voter registration is more than 2-to-1 Democratic. The district is 70% Latino, but Meade does not speak...