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Drought-dry Lake Mead recedes to unveil long-submerged Wild West town

Eighty years after being flooded by the waters of Lake Mead, an old Wild West town has become a major tourist attraction after revealing itself again thanks to the ongoing drought.

The town of St. Thomas, Nevada was founded in 1865 as a Mormon settlement that served as a stop-off between Los Angeles …

Wild West

California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday.

Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board showed 265 of 411 local agencies in …


California's school system ranked 9th worst in the nation

Summer break is in full swing, but with August days away, the start of the school year is fast approaching. As kids beg for new backpacks and parents mentally prepare for another schedule shift, personal finance website WalletHub is taking a look at the country’s statewide school systems. And for …


California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development

The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities — in unexpected ways, and unexpected places.

Planning is under way, for instance, for one of the first eco-friendly communities in California's …


Worse than '97-98?! New El Niño growing into monster

New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could become the strongest in recorded history.

The broad swath of warmer-than-usual seawater is spreading and deepening. The two largest concentrations are off the coast of Peru, where water is 4 degrees …


California fuel-cell car drivers say hydrogen fuel unavailable, stations don’t work (updated)

While they enjoy driving their cars, early lessees of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in Southern California are complaining that they can’t reliably fuel them at the handful of stations now supposedly operating in their region.

The stations are frequently inoperative, drivers say, closed for days or …


Powerful earthquake possible in San Francisco's Hayward Fault Zone

(CNN) — There's a big earthquake coming.

Tuesday's magnitude-4.0 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area caused relatively little damage, but it gave a glimpse of the potential geological threats the region could face.

Scientists believe there's strong evidence to suggest that a major quake will …


California will review videos targeting Planned Parenthood

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Friday she plans to review two undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood’s procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers to see if any law was broken in the filming.

Harris made the …


California wildfires: Highways 50 and 128 both reopened

Cars began flowing on roads that had been closed for days and crews made significant progress Friday in their battle to encircle a pair of large and dangerous wildfires chewing up dry hills and canyons in Northern California.

Two major highways, which were closed by the blazes, were reopened, and …


Wildfire closes Highway 50 in Sierra, threatens structures

A wildfire burning in El Dorado County closed Highway 50 in both directions Thursday afternoon and was threatening structures, officials said.

The Kyburz Fire was reported around 2:10 p.m. near the communities of Kyburz and White Hall in El Dorado National Forest, about 50 miles east of Placerville, …

Northern California

Capitol Journal: California can't stop global warming alone, but it can fix its highways

The governor is in Europe saving the planet. The Legislature is on a monthlong vacation. And we motorists keep getting our cars beat up on California highways.

Don't read me wrong. Somebody — lots of people — needs to rescue Earth from excessive global warming. It's crucial, yes, but beyond one …

San Francisco Politics

Fast-growing California wildfire prompts evacuations

SACRAMENTO — A fire that started Wednesday afternoon southeast of Lake Berryessa in Napa County had consumed more that 6 square miles by evening and prompted evacuations from nearby residences, according to Cal Fire.

By 7 p.m., smoke from the fire had moved into the Sacramento area. The Sacramento …


Napa County brush fire grows to 4,000 acres; 150 structures threatened

A fast-moving brush fire broke out Wednesday near Lake Berryessa and spread to 4,000 acres, forcing evacuations and threatening about 150 structures, authorities said.

The blaze first broke out about 2:30 p.m. near Highway 128 and Greaves Road, according to the California Department of Forestry and …

San Francisco Bay Area

I-10 at washed out bridge in California to reopen Friday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The main route connecting Los Angeles and Phoenix, which was closed when a surge of floodwater damaged several bridges spanning small desert gullies, is set to partially reopen Friday — far sooner than officials first estimated.

The California Department of Transportation had …


Inspectors find erosion under more bridges after collapse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Inspectors have found erosion under two other highway bridges near the span that collapsed in the Southern California desert, and construction crews are working to reinforce them.

Flash flooding along Interstate 10 on Sunday caused the eastbound side of the span to give way and …


I-10 at washed out bridge in California to reopen Friday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The main route connecting Los Angeles and Phoenix, which was closed when a surge of floodwater damaged several bridges spanning small desert gullies, is set to partially reopen Friday — far sooner than officials first estimated.

The California Department of Transportation had …


Rain calms California fire that jumped freeway, burned cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rare summer storm helped firefighters advance on a wildfire that swept across a California interstate, torching vehicles and sending people running for their lives before burning property in a desert town.

Light rain and moist air dampened the blaze on Saturday in the …


Storms close beaches, causes power outages in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A summer storm delivered rain, thunder and lightning to central and southern California on Saturday, leading to beach closures, flash floods and outages that left tens of thousands of people without power.

The region received scattered shower — in some areas, downpours — as a …


California brush fire forces evacuation of more than 300 campers: fire officials

(Reuters) - Dozens of children were among more than 300 people evacuated from campgrounds early on Saturday as firefighters battled brush fires burning in Southern California's drought-parched foothills, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened from the fire …


Fighting face to face with wildfires in California

The North Fire and the Pine Fire both started relatively close to each other on Friday in Southern California.

The North Fire started off of Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County in the Cajon Pass, a crowded route used to get to Las Vegas from the Los Angeles area. It moved fast, devouring around …


California’s wildflowers losing diversity in face of warmer, drier winters

Native wildflowers in California are losing species diversity after multiple years of drier winters, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, which provides the first direct evidence of climate change impacts in the state’s grassland communities.

The study, published in the …

California Wildflowers Suffering From California Drought

And wildflowers aren't the only things getting hurt

Crippling drought in California has reduced the number of native wildflowers in the state’s grassland, potentially foreshadowing how climate change may affect plant life worldwide in the coming decades, according to new research in the journal …


Uber Has 30 Days To Comply With The Law Or Face Suspension In California

Uber faces suspension of its license to operate in the state of California within 30 days and up to $7.3 million in fines for refusing to comply with state laws, according to a judge.

The law requires Uber to hand over operational data regarding requests for accessibility to the California Public …


Boehner Blames California Drought On Obama

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took to Facebook on Tuesday to recast California’s worst drought in 1200 years as a “man-made water shortage” — not …

California Drought

House passes bill to bring more water to California farms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed GOP-led legislation designed to bring more water to California's farm belt at a time of severe drought.

Opposition from the White House and congressional Democrats raises doubts about further progress on the legislation. Similar efforts failed in two previous …


Cheerleaders are now employees of professional teams in California

San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders perform before the NFL's NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants in San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Cheerleaders for professional sports teams in California will have to be classified as employees eligible for …


Drought: California curbs lawns for new homes, businesses

The beloved, bright-green American lawn got a step closer to becoming a thing of the past in California Wednesday.

State officials, who were already urging people to let their grass yards die during the drought, passed new rules essentially banning them from being planted around new commercial …


Uber fined $7.3 million for keeping info from California regulators


California progressives challenge governor’s fiscal caution

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - After years of fiscal and policy restraint by California Governor Jerry Brown, a new crop of legislative leaders are trying to push the state further to the left, with mixed results.

It is a policy tussle that could ultimately benefit both sides, as Brown, criticized …