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39 min ago |

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling public roads. The agency is issuing permits Tuesday that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods - with a human "safety driver" behind the wheel, in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.


Related Topix: California Government

1 hr ago | WTEN-TV Albany

Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

15, 2014. . Smoke and haze from a wildfire more than 50 miles away darkens the sky over a shopping center parking lot in Sparks, Nev., late Sunday afternoon, Sept.


Related Topix: Fire, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Mount-Shasta, CA, Weed, CA

3 hrs ago | KTUC-AM Tucson

New California Wildfire Has Destroyed at Least 75 Buildings

A wildfire in the California town of Weed has destroyed at least 75 buildings and spread to cover 350 acres as of Monday night. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire is just 15 percent contained.


Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, California Government

6 hrs ago | KRNV-TV Reno

Californians agree on legality path for immigrants

A new poll shows that despite widespread worry about the effects of illegal immigration, California voters broadly support a path to legalization for immigrants in the United States without proper documents. The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows three in four of those surveyed support an overhaul of federal immigration laws.


Related Topix: Immigration Reform, Illegal Immigration, US News, California Government

Mon Sep 15, 2014

San Bernardino County Sun

Sen. Roderick Wright resigns from South Bay seat in California Senate

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg accepted Wright's one-sentence letter, which stated his resignation is effective Sept. 22. Jennifer Hanson, a spokeswoman for Wright, confirmed the senator submitted the letter.


Related Topix: Jerry Brown, US Governors, US News, Inglewood, CA, Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA), Los Angeles, CA

Washington Examiner

Dominion to buy 2 solar projects in Calif.

The Richmond -based energy company announced the agreement with EDF Renewable Energy on Monday. The deal is expected to close next year.


Related Topix: Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Alternative Energy, Energy, California Government, Solar Energy

WDTN-TV Dayton

Jeffrey Fowle interviewed in North Korea.

The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there. Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, was convicted Sunday of entering the country illegally to commit espionage.


Related Topix: North Korea, World News,

Pasadena Star-News

Excessive heat warning remains in effect for Southern California Monday

As the region's heat wave lingered into a new week, a red flag warning denoting a risk of wildfire was in effect in much of Southern California today, along with an excessive heat warning intended to focus the attention of residents on the need to protect themselves from “dangerously hot weather.” “A strong ridge of high pressure will maintain very hot weather and near-record temperatures through Tuesday over much of the area,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Los Angeles County, CA, Ventura County, CA, San Gabriel, CA

Desperate Californians steal water from fire hydrants as rich...

The ongoing water crisis in California has sparked an apparent crime wave in some parts of the state, with desperate residents illegally taking water from fire hydrants in the middle of the night to keep their lawns green and their animals happy. Reports indicate that, in some areas, as much as 10 percent of the water supply has gone missing, presumably due to theft, a premonition of much worse things to come if rains remain at bay.


Related Topix: Avenal, CA

KNUS-AM Aurora

Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires

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Related Topix: Oakhurst, CA, Madera County, CA, Fire, Yosemite National Park, US National Parks, Bass Lake, CA

Sun Sep 14, 2014

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Scorching hot weather in Southern California shows no sign of easing

Southern California continued roasting Sunday as the ongoing heat wave peaked, pushing temperatures well beyond 100 degrees in many areas, triggering power outages throughout the region as air conditioners, and the electrical grid, struggled to keep homes and businesses cool. No temperature records were broken in Los Angeles County Sunday, however Woodland Hills tied it's previous high-temperature of 107 degrees, recorded in 1971, Meteorologist Scott Sukup of the National Weather Service's Oxnard office said.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Los Angeles County, CA, Woodland Hills, CA, Oxnard, CA

Whittier Daily News

California broadens autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

I didn't know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn't have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-income South Los Angeles neighborhood seemed to know anything about autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that can impair language, learning and social interaction.


Related Topix: California Government, Family, Kids, Medicaid, Health


California nudist camp accused of stealing water

Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought. The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought


6 Californias initiative fails to make 2016 ballot

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper's hopes of splitting California into six states took a blow this week after the state ruled his team did not collect enough valid signatures to make it onto the 2016 ballot. The Six Californias initiative claimed that dividing one of America's largest state into six would make it more governable.


Related Topix: California Government

Star Tribune

Dozens of homes evacuated in wildfires in Northern, Southern California, 2 homes destroyed

A wildfire in Northern California destroyed two homes while a much larger blaze proved stubborn amid high temperatures and dry brush in Southern California. The Northern California blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno and grew to 250 acres, destroying two homes and three outbuildings, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.


Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, Alta Sierra, CA

LA Daily News

Temperatures may hit 108 in parts of Southern California

Meterologists say Sunday will likely be the hottest day of this heat wave, with the heat index highs fluctuating between 105 and 110 degrees for L.A. County until Tuesday evening, when an excessive heat advisory is set to expire, according to Joe Sirard, an National Weather Service meteorologist at the Oxnard office. Real temperatures downtown will approach 100, Sirard said.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Oxnard, CA, Fire

Sat Sep 13, 2014


California company issues partial tomato recall

A California produce company is issuing a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with salmonella. Taylor Farms of Tracy issued the voluntary recall Saturday night for Expo Fresh Roma tomatoes shipped to Costco locations in Los Angeles and Hawthorne in California, Tacoma and Lynwood in Washington, and Las Vegas in Nevada.


Related Topix: Hawthorne, CA, Lynwood, CA, Life, Food, Vegetables


Southern California police armed with military arsenal through program

Whittier Police Sgt. Jason Zuhlke shows earlier this year the recently acquired MRAP military personnel carrier that will be used for the department's SWAT team.


Related Topix: California Government, US Politics, US News, Claire McCaskill, US Senate, Democrat, Education Etc., Pasadena, CA


Rescuers end ocean search for Navy fighter pilot

Rescuers on Saturday have called off their search of the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island. The Navy said Saturday that it presumes the pilot is dead after failing to find him during a 36-hour search.


Related Topix: Boat Disaster

Inside Bay Area

More homeless students in California, but number declines in some counties, report says

Like trying to count the revolving number of people who sleep under freeways and in doorways, gauging the number of Bay Area students who are homeless isn't easy to pin down. But their numbers are on the rise in California and some Bay Area counties, according to a report released earlier this week by the California Homeless Youth Project.


Related Topix: San Mateo County, CA, Santa Clara County, CA, Alameda County, CA, Contra Costa County, CA, Education Etc.