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The Midwest State That's Been Named the Happiest in the U.S.

Happiness may only be a state of mind, but there are certain states where it’s more likely.<p>According to a study released this week, the happiest …

North Bay Marijuana Harvest Ravaged By Fire

It’s not just vines that grow in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties, and marijuana cultivators, like vintners and farmers, are reeling from the still-burning Tubbs and Atlas Peak Fires. According to the marijuana advocacy group the California Growers Association and industry leaders like Erich …

Thousands more evacuated as Wine Country blazes spread and death toll hits 23

Image 1of/166<p>Caption<p>Close<p>The ferocious fires in the Wine Country and beyond destroyed new territory on multiple fronts Wednesday, threatening …

Study: National Medical Marijuana Could Save Thousands of Lives Annually

A new study published by the University of Indiana (IU) indicates that medical marijuana, if legalized nationally, could be a true lifesaver. Per the …

Christian women gather on the Mall, and criticize feminism

WASHINGTON - One after another, the women who gathered for a prayer rally on the Mall on Monday said that when they decided to travel to Washington for this event, they had in mind another assembly of women in the same place - the Women's March on the day following the presidential inauguration, …

The High Price of Cheap Weed

The drive to Casey and Amber O’Neill’s HappyDay Farms winds up a dirt track off Highway 101, three hours north of San Francisco. The road climbs to …

Cannabis

25 Awe-Inspiring Waterfalls to See Before You Die

Approximately 15 times higher than Niagara Falls and standing at 3,212 feet, Angel Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. Named after …

High School Students: A Letter-Writing Challenge

We invite high school students to submit a letter to the editor in response to a news article, editorial, column or Op-Ed essay in The Times from the past week. We will pick a selection of the best entries and publish them on Sunday, Oct. 22.<p>Letters should be 150 words or less and must include the …

6 airline industry secrets that will help you fly like a pro

Airline workers have a lot of tricks up their sleeves that could help you book a better, cheaper flight, avoid sitting next to babies, and more! Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Airline workers reveal 6 industry secrets to fly like a pro.<p>1. The best time to book your ticket: 2:30 p.m. E.T. on …

Environment Is Big Winner in U.S.–Mexico Colorado River Agreement

A new agreement signed between the U.S. and Mexico continues an important collaboration in managing the Colorado River, but also gives new hope for …

As Marijuana Industry Explodes, Some Shift Focus to Water Conservation

No one yet knows how big the legalized recreational marijuana business will become. But as it grows, water consumption is sure to become a concern in …

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants

• Apple Podcasts<p>Republish this story<p>The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison.<p>McGahey was 23 with …

Recreational marijuana sales won’t start in January in SF after all

Image 1of/5<p>Caption<p>Close<p>People eager to start buying recreational marijuana from shops in San Francisco when sales become legal throughout the state …

‘Horizontal hurricanes’ pose increasing risk for California

Image 1of/5<p>Caption<p>Close<p>As increasingly intense hurricanes batter the Southeast and the Caribbean, heightening some of the worst fears about a …

New Police Method Can Detect Cocaine and Possibly Other Drugs via Fingerprinting

Police will soon have the ability to test people for cocaine use via their fingerprints within seconds — even when users have washed their hands.<p>The …

High school students to host gubernatorial primary debate Wednesday

An upcoming debate for the 2018 gubernatorial primary is being put on by an unlikely group — high school students.<p>Seven Democratic candidates were invited to Wednesday’s event, which will be a first for Whitney Young Magnet High, school officials said.<p>Senior Jeremy Liskar, 17, who came up with the …

Photo Basics: Here Are the Best Camera Settings for Capturing Just About Any Scene Imaginable (VIDEO)

Today’s modern DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are truly wonders of technology, offering all the creative control necessary for handling just about any …

America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts

In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.<p>America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But America’s relationship with guns is unique in …

We Found 5 Ways to Scare Your Kids Into Not Wasting All Their Money

Before your kid heads off to the most expensive keg party of her life, make sure she understands all the costs associated with her newfound …

Mind-Bogglingly Detailed Image of a Nearby Star Introduces an Unexpected Mystery

There are few downsides to new observations, but confusion might be one of them. New stellar images bring mysteries that will take more time and …

It Takes Just 11 Minutes of Mindfulness to Cut Back on Your Drinking

New research bodes well for heavy drinkers who want to make a change.<p>Research shows that drinking alcohol can accelerate cognitive decline, scar your …

Mindfulness

This ER Nurse's Message Is So Important

Nursing is not an easy profession, and being an ER nurse requires an incredible amount of strength and resilience. Of course, it's easy to forget …

Empty houses everywhere, but not for Tahoe workers

By Tony Bizjak<p>A Lake Tahoe housing shortage is leaving more residents in dire straits, some of them doubling up with roommates, couch surfing or …

This 4-Year-Old Boy Isn't Allowed At School Because Of His Long Hair

His mom says her son's hair is just "part of who he is."<p>Four-year-old Jabez Oates was excited to start his first day of pre-K on Thursday.<p>“He said he wanted to go to school to make his brain healthy, if that lets you know anything about him,” says his mother, Jessica Oates. “He was so excited to go …

The Best Beaches in the World

The world is not in short supply of beautiful beaches. The factors that make a great beach, though, are highly subjective. For our very own list, we …

The 15 Most Profitable Small-Business Industries

Thinking about launching a new business? Here's where to look to for high profit margins.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While a number of small businesses flop in their first year, a safe way to help your new venture be a success is by tapping into the right …

Permit approved — with restrictions — for far-right rally at San Francisco’s Crissy Field

The National Park Service said Wednesday that a right-wing rally will be allowed to go forward Saturday at park-managed Crissy Field in San Francisco, but that much of the Presidio will be shut down to accommodate it.<p>Officials at Golden Gate National Recreation Area said they had no choice but to …

We Need to Talk About Our Generation's Xanax Problem

Abuse of the drug is on the rise in the UK and the US, we talked to a former addict to find out why.<p>The effect of benzodiazepines is quite profound. They work, according to a 2012 <i>New York Magazine</i> article, by "suppress[ing] the output of neurotransmitters that interpret fear." In other words, they …