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  • The next crisis for California will be the affordability of water

    The next crisis for California will be the affordability of water

    The price of almost everything is on the rise, but we tend to shrug off inflation in goods and services we can cut back or do without. Not water, the rising cost of which is looming as a defining economic problem in coming years. In California and across the nation, concern about water affordability...

  • Rare 5.8 earthquake strikes western Montana, the area's strongest temblor in nearly 60 years

    Rare 5.8 earthquake strikes western Montana, the area's strongest temblor in nearly 60 years

    A rare magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck western Montana, briefly plunging a town into darkness and powerful enough to knock down shelves and break glass, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the largest earthquake in western Montana in nearly 60 years, according to the USGS. “It’s not impossible,...

  • Southern California's heat wave expected to break records Friday

    Southern California's heat wave expected to break records Friday

    A heat wave settling over Southern California this week could break records from the coast to the mountains while the potential for thunderstorms may increase the risk of dry lightning sparking a fast-growing wildfire, the National Weather Service said Wednesday. The heat wave is expected to peak...

  • California's lakes are full again but fishing remains in a drought

    California's lakes are full again but fishing remains in a drought

    As he prepared to launch his fishing boat from the dock at Castaic Lake, longtime angler Dan Curtis recalled conditions two years earlier when the state’s worst drought shriveled the reservoir to nearly a third of its total capacity. “It was like fishing on the surface of the moon,” he said, describing...

  • 5,800-acre wildfire burning near Beaumont is 20% contained

    5,800-acre wildfire burning near Beaumont is 20% contained

    A fast-moving wildfire that has scorched 5,800 acres of rugged terrain just south Beaumont in Riverside County was 20% contained late Tuesday morning as firefighters battled the flames with air drops and ground crews. The Manzanita fire, which was sparked Monday by a car crash along Highway 79...

  • Essential California: How this artist is facing down the threat of total paralysis

    Essential California: How this artist is facing down the threat of total paralysis

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, June 22, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Travel, love, create, yearn Kam Redlawsk’s story is both tragic and inspiring. She has a rare genetic disorder that progressively weakens muscles...

  • California heat wave claims the lives of 2 Bay Area seniors

    California heat wave claims the lives of 2 Bay Area seniors

    A record-breaking heat wave that has been roasting California for days has claimed the lives of two seniors in San Jose, public health officials said Wednesday. A 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman died from heat-related illnesses Monday, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health...

  • Tropical Storm Cindy claims a life as the northern Gulf coast prepares for heavy flooding

    Tropical Storm Cindy claims a life as the northern Gulf coast prepares for heavy flooding

    Tropical Storm Cindy has taken the life of a 10-year-old boy on the Alabama coast. It was the storm’s first known death. The boy, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was standing on the beach in Fort Morgan, Ala., when he was struck by a log that was washed in by storm surge Wednesday morning,...

  • As heat persists, California wildfire threat grows

    As heat persists, California wildfire threat grows

    A punishing heat wave that brought record temperatures to California this week may be easing, but the risk of wildfire was expected to grow Thursday as a result of continued warmth, increased winds and lush ground cover, according to the National Weather Service. On Wednesday, the weather service...

  • California sees some of highest temperatures ever recorded amid heat wave

    California sees some of highest temperatures ever recorded amid heat wave

    The heat wave hitting Southern California this week is one for the record books. Temperatures topped 100 in the valleys and 120 in the low desert. Death Valley hit 127 — seven degrees shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet. The National Weather Service said temperatures in some...

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