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Stories tagged: california

Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires

Authorities Saturday said three people are now confirmed dead at the scene of wildfires in Southern California, including two in Riverside County.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 9:32 p.m.

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes

‘It was a whole curtain of fire’: Authorities order 100,000 evacuated in California wildfire

California adopts broadest US rules for seizing guns

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

Even with the winds kicking up dangerously, California’s biggest utility is facing gripes and second-guessing for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires

Power outages begin in California amid hot, windy weather

California’s biggest utility shut off electricity to more than a million people Wednesday for what could be days on end, in the most sweeping effort in state history to prevent …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Retrial for man in California warehouse fire that killed 36

The founder of an artists’ work-live collective in the San Francisco Bay Area where a fast-moving fire trapped and killed 36 partygoers three years ago will be tried again on …

Gonzaga’s Roth, WSU’s Leach express concern with California law giving athletes profiting rights

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth favors student-athletes receiving more than what NCAA rules allow currently, but he has strong reservations if that involves profiting off their name, image and likeness.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape U.S. amateur sports.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

EPA: California homelessness causing poor water quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says California is falling short on preventing water pollution, largely because of its problem with homelessness in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

New California lab seeks cure to deadly citrus disease

California is opening a new front in the battle against a disease that has decimated citrus groves across the world and looms as a threat to the state’s orange crop.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Rodents of unusual size set off alarms in California

One of the most recent threats to California’s environment has webbed feet, white whiskers, shaggy fur and orange buck teeth that could be mistaken for carrots.

EPA targets California over poor air quality

The Trump administration’s environmental battle with California intensified Tuesday, as the Environmental Protection Agency warned the state that it could lose federal highway funds if it doesn’t clean up its …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

California utility cuts power to 21,000 customers amid fire danger

California’s largest utility began cutting power to 21,000 northern customers Monday evening as fall brings back dangerous weather conditions and the company tries to head off wildfires sparked by electrical …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Ocean robots take the pulse of our planet by measuring microbes

From diatoms encased in glass to dinoflagellates that can cause toxic algae blooms, phytoplankton are a diverse group of algae that live in the ocean. They serve as the base …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

23 states sue Trump to keep California’s auto emission rules

California and 22 other states sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation’s most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks.

Details lacking: Housing head in L.A., addresses homelessness

The Trump administration continued to show an interest in California’s homeless crisis but offered little in the way of help or specific solutions as the secretary of Housing and Urban …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Those UFO videos are real, the Navy says, but please stop saying ‘UFO’

In December 2017, two videos emerged that showed Navy pilots encountering mysterious spherical objects that appeared, at first glance, to move through the air in ways that baffled experts. A …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

EPA set to end California’s ability to regulate fuel economy

The Trump administration is poised to revoke California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel …

California GOP congressman won’t seek re-election

A Republican congressman in California said Tuesday he won’t run for re-election next year, making him the 18th GOP incumbent to bow out of the U.S. House of Representatives now …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Trump gives California grief – but also likes its money

President Donald Trump rarely passes up the chance to throw a sharp elbow at left-leaning California but he’s more than happy to cash in there with a lunch-dinner-breakfast-lunch fundraising blitz …

Woman arrested after throwing liquid on California Senate

California police have arrested a woman who threw a feminine hygiene device containing “what appeared to be blood” onto the floor of the state Senate

Ask Dr. Universe: Why are there so many palm trees in California?

Along with beaches, sunshine and movie stars, a lot of people picture palm trees when they think of Southern California. While there are lots of palm tree species in California, …

Boat fire wreckage taken to navy base for investigation

Federal investigators identified a violation of Coast Guard regulations that could trigger criminal charges in the California dive boat disaster that killed 34 people.

PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurers

Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay $11 billion to a group of insurance companies representing most of the claims from Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018 as …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Crew was asleep when fatal boat fire ignited, officials say

Federal investigators say all six crew members were asleep when a fire broke out in a scuba diving boat off the coast of California, killing 34 people

Bill giving protections to Uber drivers, others moves ahead

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Criminal probe underway in fiery California boat disaster

U.S. authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into the fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people off the coast of California, two officials said Monday.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Officials: Fire blocked escape for 34 divers asleep on boat

Authorities say flames roared through a boat of sleeping scuba divers so quickly that it appears none of the 34 people below deck could escape

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

8 killed in deadly California boat fire; dozens missing

A fire raged through a boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the Southern California coast early Monday, leaving at least eight people dead and hope diminishing …