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  • As political pressure for approval intensifies, the case for a big desalination plant remains cloudy

    As political pressure for approval intensifies, the case for a big desalination plant remains cloudy

    You can surmise that a business is running into trouble when it starts lining up political firepower. Consider Poseidon Water, which has been trying for nearly 20 years to win approval for a $1-billion desalination plant on the Huntington Beach coastline. Poseidon, which was acquired in 2015 by...

  • Why you'll want to get your hands on this free gardening book

    Why you'll want to get your hands on this free gardening book

    Those weed fabrics and barriers that you just spent the weekend putting down? They’re great at cutting back on weeds in the short term. In the long term? Not so much. Weeds will eventually work their way back into the garden, and then you have two messes to clean up — the weeds and the battered...

  • An 'evolutionary gamble' may be killing Joshua Tree's mother tortoises

    An 'evolutionary gamble' may be killing Joshua Tree's mother tortoises

    Wildlife biologists say an alarming number of female desert tortoise carcasses found earlier this year just outside the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park may be the result of mothers fighting extinction by exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs, even under stress. U.S. Geological...

  • Jet crash near small New Jersey airport kills two people

    Jet crash near small New Jersey airport kills two people

    A jet crashed into a building near a small airport on Monday, killing two crew members and sparking a fire that sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air, authorities said. Police said no passengers were aboard the Learjet 35 when it went down around 3:30 p.m. Monday about a quarter of a mile...

  • Thunderstorms expected to top off Sunday rain totals

    A late-season shower brought thunderstorms to parts of Southern California on Sunday afternoon, bringing the day’s rain totals in some places up to 1 ¼ inches. Parts of the region received about a half-inch to 1 inch of rain by Sunday afternoon; the thunderstorms were estimated to bring an additional...

  • Unseasonably hot weather expected for Saturday's March for Science in L.A.

    Unseasonably hot weather expected for Saturday's March for Science in L.A.

    Unseasonably hot weather is expected to blanket Southern California on Saturday, the same day scientists and their supporters from across Los Angeles are expected to participate in a March for Science. The National Weather Service said beach temperatures could rise to 80 degrees, while areas farther...

  • You can now use the outdoor showers at state beaches again

    You can now use the outdoor showers at state beaches again

    Sand- and salt-caked beachgoers, rejoice: The California Department of Parks and Recreation is lifting its two-year ban on outdoor shower use at many state beaches. In the face of a statewide drought, officials ordered that outdoor showers be shut off indefinitely at 38 California beaches — many...

  • They turned the front lawn into a welcoming extension of their Woodland Hills home

    They turned the front lawn into a welcoming extension of their Woodland Hills home

    Gov. Jerry Brown may have declared California’s drought over, but we're continuing to ask Southern California readers to share photos of their lawn- to drought-garden makeovers. Why? “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” Brown said in a statement. “Conservation...

  • More rainstorms prompt the reopening of the damaged Oroville Dam spillway

    More rainstorms prompt the reopening of the damaged Oroville Dam spillway

    State officials have reopened the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam as another set of rainstorms began moving across Northern California. Water resumed gushing through the partly collapsed concrete chute Friday morning, said Kristyne Van Skike, who is on the state Department of Water Resources team...

  • Northern California gets its wettest winter in nearly a century

    Northern California gets its wettest winter in nearly a century

    A series of late-season storms has vaulted this winter into the history books, making it the wettest winter for California’s northern Sierra Nevada in nearly a century of record-keeping, according to the California Department of Water Resources. As of Thursday, an astonishing 89.7 inches of precipitation...

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