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  • Essential California: Hollywood's new normal?

    Essential California: Hollywood's new normal?

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Aug. 2, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Once indulgent of major talent, studios and corporations are reacting to social media storms swiftly and radically. ABC fired Roseanne Barr in May...

  • New fires threaten homes in Northern California's El Dorado County, taxing firefighter resources

    New fires threaten homes in Northern California's El Dorado County, taxing firefighter resources

    New brush fires, including one threatening homes in El Dorado County, broke out Wednesday, further straining the efforts of overloaded firefighters who are trying to keep up. The Omega fire was one of three in burning in the Sierra foothills that sparked evacuations. It had burned more than 30...

  • Many parts of Southern California broke heat records for July

    Many parts of Southern California broke heat records for July

    Searing temperatures plagued many parts of Southern California during the month of July as a massive heat wave set records in Death Valley, Los Angeles, Long Beach and other areas, according to the National Weather Service. All-time average record highs in July were reported at Long Beach Airport...

  • A new normal for California: Destructive wildfires throughout the state

    A new normal for California: Destructive wildfires throughout the state

    This is the new normal: There are 17 serious wildfires burning throughout California, including one of the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. Firefighters this month have been laboring under triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions to gain control over fires that have burned...

  • At least 8 dead as wildfires continue to rage across California

    At least 8 dead as wildfires continue to rage across California

    Authorities on Monday were hoping that a slight break in the heat this week could help them gain control of a number of wildfires that have so far scorched more than 200,000 acres and killed eight people across California. The Carr fire, which erupted in Shasta County a week ago and spread into...

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