Morning Buzz: Thursday 12.5.13

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brown-prop30-ucla.jpgField Poll finds Gov. Jerry Brown’s public approval rating at a new high, making him the overwhelming early favorite to win re-election. Bee

In another key setback to the California bullet train project, federal regulators have rejected the state's request to exempt a large Central Valley segment of proposed track from a lengthy planning review. LAT

Poverty is ramping up in Southern California and has risen significantly over the last two decades -- to 18 percent, according to a report from the Southern California Association of Governments. DN

A mega-pod of at least 30 orcas was spotted a few miles off Palos Verdes on Wednesday. Patch

Most Female Journalists Have Been Threatened, Assaulted, or Harassed at Work. Here's Why We Don't Talk About It. Slate

In Obama’s Book List, Glimpses of His Journey. NYT

Michael Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer returns in 'The Gods of Guilt.' LAT

These Books Rocked Our Year. Zocalo

Raul Martinez Sr., founder of the King Taco chain, one of the original Los Angeles Mexican fast food restaurants known for al pastor tacos and late night sopes, died Tuesday at the age of 71, the company announced. LAT

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