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2 hrs ago | KNEB-AM Scottsbluff

Man Killed After Lightning Strike at Calif. Beach Was Electrocuted

It's now clear how a 20-year-old man died last weekend after a rare lightning strike at California's Venice Beach.

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6 hrs ago | New York Daily News

Calif. man walking dog terrorized by coyotes

A California dog owner is more than a little shook up after a band of coyotes chased him and his dog while they were out for a walk in their quiet, residential neighborhood.

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11 hrs ago | ThinkProgress

California Is Now Experiencing Its Most Severe Drought Ever Recorded

California's drought has reached levels so high and widespread that it's now the most severe drought ever recorded by the federal government, according to new data released Thursday.

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15 hrs ago | Log Cabin Democrat

Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

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Thu Jul 31, 2014

NBC Chicago

Drought Spreads in Parched Calif.

Exceptional drought conditions expanded this week to include more than half of California, marking a significant increase over just one week for a state in the middle of a third-consecutive dry year.

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Star Tribune

California state senator, already accused of bribery, pleads not guilty to racketeering count

State Sen. Leland Yee also pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for help in Sacramento.

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Santa Cruz Sentinel

Obamacare: New California rates increase only 4.2 percent

The vast majority of Covered California consumers will see low increases in their health insurance premiums for 2015, and many consumers will see no increase or even a decrease, exchange officials announced Thursday.

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GPB.org

20 Million Gallons Later, UCLA Water Main Finally Plugged

Water filled the stairs to a parking structure adjacent to the main entry doors of Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard Tuesday.

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Inhabitat

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California's Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

Three years of below average rainfall and the ongoing drought has left Californians in a serious pickle: Many have chosen to let their lawns go brown in an effort to conserve, but some homeowners are being hit with big fines for failing to maintain their landscaping .

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NBC New York

Thousands of Blue Sea Creatures Wash Up on Calif. Beaches

Social media is teeming with pictures of small bright blue sea creatures washing up all over California beaches, with sightings reported in Humboldt County, Monterey and Ocean Beach.

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Wed Jul 30, 2014

Sunherald.com

Tony Gwynn Day declared under acting governor

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins proclaimed Wednesday as a day to remember the Hall of Famer who spent his entire career with the Padres.

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Business Journal

Study: 3.4 million previously uninsured Californians now covered

The majority of people newly covered by health insurance said it was easy to find the information they needed about enrolling and to sign up for coverage.

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Silicon Alley Insider

California's First Openly Gay Governor: 'I Wish My Parents Could See This'

California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins is serving as acting governor for about eight hours Wednesday , making her the state's first openly gay governor.

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Business Journal

California Obamacare sign-ups soar past expectations

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 58 percent of previously uninsured Californians have signed up for medical coverage under the nation's new health care law, according to a story in the Contra Costa Times.

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Sacramento Bee Newspaper

Progress reported on 2 California wildfires

This image released by the Madera County Sheriff's Department shows a bear running through smoke in the Sierra foothills in Sierra National Forest, Calif, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

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Related Topix: Fire, California, Yosemite National Park, US National Parks, Yosemite National Park, CA

New Hampshire Public Radio -

California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

Every Saturday morning, a steady stream of Chinese and Vietnamese patients line up at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in Sacramento.

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Sacramento Bee Newspaper

Jerry Brown says he would support more shelters for immigrant minors

With tension flaring on the U.S.-Mexico border over the illegal crossing of thousands of young immigrants from Central America, Gov. Jerry Brown said after meeting with religious leaders here Tuesday that he would support additional shelters for the minors in California.

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Tue Jul 29, 2014

WTMA-AM North Charleston

LA Water Main Break Floods Parts of UCLA Campus

As the flooding stretches from buildings to underground parking garages to the Drake Track and Field Stadium, the LA Fire Department is bringing in crews to help rescue people fromswamped cars.

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Sunherald.com

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

California's four largest insurers raised premiums for individuals from at least 22 percent to as much as 88 percent, depending on factors such as age and location, according to the annual report released by Commissioner Dave Jones, a Democrat first elected in 2010.

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WHAS11

San Francisco political adviser pleads not guilty

A Northern California political consultant charged with bribery, racketeering and other counts in a sweeping indictment that also names a state senator and an alleged gang leader has pleaded not guilty.

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