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1 hr ago | 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

5 hrs ago | 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,

9 hrs ago | 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

13 hrs ago |

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

17 hrs ago | 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.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hotter temperatures, elevated fire danger forecast for Southern California

The Southland heat wave is showing no signs of easing up, with three-to-five degree increases forecast for today, according to the National Weather Service. An upper-level ridge of high pressure will build over the area, resulting in an extended period of heat for the region, which combined with rising humidity and dry conditions will result in elevated fire danger and an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, according to the National Weather Service.


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

The Daily Democrat

Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California's railroad bridges, no state oversight

As concerns grow over aging rail infrastructure, earthquake readiness and a dramatic increase in crude oil shipments by train, state railroad regulators are scrambling to hire their first-ever railroad bridge inspectors -- two of them. Once they are hired, the California Public Utilities Commission plans to create a state railroad bridge inventory to determine which are most at risk.

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Related Topix: California Government, Earthquake, Natural Disasters, Benicia, CA, Napa, CA

The York Daily Record

Things to know from California's truancy report

The California attorney general's office released a report Friday documenting truancy in the state. This year, for the first time, the data was broken down by race and income level as well as geography.


Related Topix: Education Etc.

Fri Sep 12, 2014

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Man allegedly cooked dog, fed it to ex-girlfriend

A Northern California man has been arrested after his ex-girlfriend said he cooked her dog and fed it to her. Watenpaugh's ex told police he had repeatedly struck her while they were dating and that after one assault, she left her Redding apartment and returned to find her Pomeranian, “Bear,” missing.



Ariz. man wins fight for same-sex death benefits

A judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage. Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues.


Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, Wedding, Social Security, Personal Finance, Life, Veteran Affairs