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Marin school nuns walk out over program intended to stop gay bullying

The divisions within the Bay Area’s Catholic community over gay rights hit Marin Catholic High School full force the other day, when a group of nuns walked out of their classes to protest the sponsors of a program intended to protect gay and lesbian teens from bullying.

The five members of the …

Homosexuality

High court appears to back farmer's battle against California raisin board

The California raisins were back before the Supreme Court, and the justices sounded ready to rule in favor of a Fresno farmer in his long battle against a Depression-era law that allows the government to seize privately grown crops to reduce supply and prop up prices.

Marvin Horne was fined $695,000 …

U.S. State Supreme Courts

California Senate Committee Approves Bill Removing Vaccine Exemptions

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Dr. Matthew Willis, the public health officer in Marin County, Calif., one of the strongest centers of vaccine opposition. He talks about the state Senate education committee's approval of a bill Wednesday that would require schoolchildren to be vaccinated.

Congressional Committees

Everything I thought I knew about water in California is wrong

This piece started out as a confident prescription for California’s drought ills. But when I began writing, I kept coming across things that seemed …

Natural Resources

Earthquake: Magnitude 3.3 quake strikes near Paso Robles

A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Sunday afternoon 10 miles southwest of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:28 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 12 miles northwest …

Earthquakes

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said.

But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the …

Natural Resources

California Shatters Temperature Records

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GlobalWarmingRightBeforeYourEyes:Photos

The effects of global warming are frequently projected decades into the future, but two recent …

Climate

Calif. gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11

A large gas pipeline in central California exploded Friday injuring at least 11 people, at least three of them critically, police said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion at the Fresno County Sheriff’s gun range that brought traffic to a standstill. Authorities say it occurred …

San Francisco Bay Area

California Towns Shrink Amid Drought, in More Ways Than One

Tony Azevedo's a third-generation farmer in California's Central Valley. For decades, his family has grown cantaloupes. This year, he won't — and he'll leave a third of his 11,500-acre farm fallow.

"This field would have been cantaloupes, had we had the water," he explained, pointing to some of his …

California

California’s drought probably won’t make your food prices rise

Californians are hurting from the drought. Water bills are rising, green lawns are fading and cars aren’t getting washed. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered unprecedented statewide mandatory water cuts Wednesday.

Perhaps hurting the most? Farmers.

“It’s a dire situation,” said UC Berkeley professor …

California

The environment, agriculture and urban consumers drink up California’s water

With California entering its fourth year of drought, the question takes on new urgency: Where does all of the state’s water go?

The answer can vary …

Natural Resources

San Francisco Catholics beg Pope Francis to replace their ‘intolerant’ archbishop

In an unprecedented move, city's Catholics have written to local paper to call on the pope to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone over his 'intolerant' views on gay marriage and abortion

In an unprecedented move, more than 100 Catholic leaders in San Francisco have called on Pope Francis to …

San Francisco Bay Area

California could force crisis pregnancy centers to stop lying to women about abortion

A proposed measure would require CPCs to provide clients with resources about terminating pregnancies

California lawmakers introduced a measure this week that would require a number of crisis pregnancy centers across the state to inform clients about abortion services, instead of manipulating women …

Abortion

California Democrats trying to raise cigarette tax

California Democrats are trying again this year to pass a tax increase on cigarette sales, one of several bills that attempt to curb tobacco use.

The bill if passed would increase the tax from 87 cents to $2.87 a pack, after roughly 17 years without an increase.

State Democrats have also proposed …

Smoking

Supporters plan to revise stalled California vaccine bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.

The …

California

The world's fifth-largest food supplier is almost out of water

As the U.S. Northeast emerges from yet another snowstorm, California has just concluded its hottest winter ever, registering average temperatures 4.4 degrees warmer than the state's 20th-century average. Warm temperatures and clear skies may strike a beleaguered Bostonian as the cause for …

Agriculture

Southern California water cutback plan advances

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials of Southern California's giant water wholesaler have advanced a proposal to cut the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid severe drought.

A board committee of the Metropolitan Water District met Monday and …

Water

California delta's water mysteriously missing amid drought

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

A state investigation was launched …

Water

The wrong way to think about California water

Water is complicated. Nowhere is that more true than in California, and never more than during a major drought.

That may be why so much of the debate about how to manage California's scarce water supply is misguided.

The national press brims with photographs of emerald-green Palm Springs golf courses …

Natural Resources

10 deputies on leave after California horse chase beating

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Ten sheriff's deputies in Southern California have been put on leave after several of them were shown on video kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase involving a stolen horse.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said Friday that the video "disturbed …

California

Water guzzlers would be punished under state proposal

California officials seeking to cut urban water use by 25 percent amid the punishing drought said Tuesday that the best way to get the job done is to spread the hurt unevenly, slapping the biggest guzzling communities with mandatory cuts up to 35 percent.

This means leafy towns on the Peninsula and …

Water

How Canada Could Cash In on California’s Drought

The ongoing drought in California, now in its fourth year, is evoking calamity-pitched reactions. As one farmer recently told NBC, he’s nearing …

California Drought
Water

Few California workers win back pay in wage-theft cases

Noe Flores had been cooking pork belly buns and duck tacos for more than a month in 2011 at the popular Flying Pig food truck — often logging 12-hour days, six days a week.

When he asked why he hadn't received his first paycheck on the new job, Flores said, owner Joe Kim offered an odd answer: This …

California

California cities pressured to step up to slash water use

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Determined to erase its spotty water conservation record, the wealthy coastal community of Newport Beach is among the cities preparing to crack down on water guzzlers and wasters in response to California's worsening drought.

Cities are facing increased pressure to slash …

Water

Jerry Brown defends drought order that doesn't limit farmers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended his order requiring Californians statewide to cut back on their water use in a historic mandate that spares those who consume the most — farmers.

As California endures a fourth year of drought, Brown's order this week requires towns and …

Jerry Brown

Political accusations fly over record Californian drought

A record drought in California is under the political spotlight, with a likely Republican presidential contender hitting out at environmentalists.

Carly Fiorina has reacted to unprecedented water restrictions announced last week by the governor of the state, Democrat Jerry Brown. Fiorina calls the …

Drought

In Palm Springs, America's 'Oasis' Grapples With Drought

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Coming in from the sky, California's Coachella Valley is brown and dry, a scrubby desert landscape broken up by the wrinkles of the San Jacinto mountains.

Then, as the mountains sink to the valley, it appears: Palm Springs, a man-made oasis blanketed with more than 120 golf …

Palm Springs
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