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  • EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites but won't say from where

    EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites but won't say from where

    The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material...

  • L.A.’s palm trees are dying and it’s changing the city’s famous skyline

    L.A.’s palm trees are dying and it’s changing the city’s famous skyline

    Like so many things in Southern California, the palm tree was an import from somewhere else that over time became inextricably symbolic of its adopted home. But the trees, so identified with the sun-splashed excitement of Los Angeles, are facing a decidedly darker fate. They are dying of fatal...

  • Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

    Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

    Six people died from heat-related illnesses amid a record-breaking hot spell that roasted the Bay Area over the Labor Day weekend, officials say. Those who died were seniors, mostly in their late 70s, 80s and 90s, and nearly all were found in their Bay Area homes, according to coroner’s officials...

  • In Harvey's wake, frustration over flood's ravages tempered by spirit of solidarity

    In Harvey's wake, frustration over flood's ravages tempered by spirit of solidarity

    Storm-tossed Texans pressed ahead Sunday with door-to-door searches for frail and elderly survivors, and accelerated an exodus from evacuation centers where some had sheltered in the wake of the most powerful hurricane to strike the continental U.S. in more than a decade. As tens of thousands in...

  • San Francisco sets all-time heat record downtown at 106 degrees during state's hottest recorded summer

    San Francisco sets all-time heat record downtown at 106 degrees during state's hottest recorded summer

    In almost 150 years of record keeping, it has never been as hot in San Francisco as it was on Friday. Amid a brutal heat wave that has broiled California for a week while intermittently knocking out power to thousands and fueling more than a dozen wildfires, downtown San Francisco hit 106 degrees....

  • LADWP sees highest demand ever as Angelenos roast in record-breaking heat wave

    LADWP sees highest demand ever as Angelenos roast in record-breaking heat wave

    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers used more electricity on Thursday battling the heat wave than has ever been used in the agency’s history, DWP officials announced. Customers hit a peak demand of 6,502 megawatts at 4:15 p.m., shattering the previous record of 6,396 megawatts used...

  • Harvey pounded the nation's chemical epicenter. What's in the foul-smelling floodwater left behind?

    Harvey pounded the nation's chemical epicenter. What's in the foul-smelling floodwater left behind?

    The pounding rains of Hurricane Harvey washed over the conduits, cooling towers, ethylene crackers and other esoteric equipment of the nation’s largest complex of chemical plants and petroleum refineries, leaving behind small lakes of brown, foul-smelling water whose contents are a mystery. Broken...

  • Triple-digit temperatures continue as stubborn heat wave bakes Southern California

    Triple-digit temperatures continue as stubborn heat wave bakes Southern California

    Patricia Morataya kept busy Wednesday in Woodland Hills, where temperatures are known to break records. Throughout the day, amid a scorching heat wave that is setting records from Redding to Lake Elsinore, people passing by gravitated to her fruit cart at the corner of Topanga Canyon and Ventura...

  • Southern California heat wave expected to linger through the weekend

    Southern California heat wave expected to linger through the weekend

    The heat wave hitting Southern California isn't going away. The National Weather Service says the Southland will continue to swelter well into next week, bringing triple digit temperatures to inland valleys along with elevated fire danger and the potential for power outages. An excessive-heat warning...

  • Record-breaking heat wave to scorch Southern California

    Record-breaking heat wave to scorch Southern California

    A sweltering heat wave will blanket Southern California through the middle of the week, elevating the fire danger and probably breaking many heat records, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service on Monday issued an excessive-heat warning through Wednesday, saying the high temperatures...

  • Heat wave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to Southern California

    Heat wave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to Southern California

    Get ready to get sweaty. A prolonged heat wave that is expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to much of Southern California has been forecast to begin this weekend and stick around through at least the middle of next week, according to the National Weather Service. A large high-pressure system...

  • Essential California: Senate bills aim to make homes more affordable, but ...

    Essential California: Senate bills aim to make homes more affordable, but ...

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Aug. 12. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Not enough help A package of bills supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders now being considered to alleviate the state’s affordability...

  • 'Lucifer' heat wave keeps parts of Europe on red alert

    'Lucifer' heat wave keeps parts of Europe on red alert

    No wonder it's been dubbed “Lucifer.” A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue weather alerts. Extreme heat in Italy, and parts of France and Spain...

  • Congress takes aim at the Clean Air Act, putting the limits of California's power to the test

    Congress takes aim at the Clean Air Act, putting the limits of California's power to the test

    California is confronting the limits of its power to save federal environmental protections as Congress and the Trump administration take aim at a landmark law the state has relied on for decades to clean the air of noxious smog. A push by Republicans to roll back parts of the Clean Air Act would...

  • 15 states, including California, appeal EPA delay of stricter air-quality standards

    Attorneys general from 15 states, including California, filed a legal challenge on Tuesday over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. The states petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn...

  • 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...

  • Federal appeals court orders the EPA to move ahead with Obama-era methane rule

    Federal appeals court orders the EPA to move ahead with Obama-era methane rule

    A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Monday that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of an Obama administration rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks. In a split decision, the three-judge...

  • EPA’s Scott Pruitt is Trump’s most adept and dangerous hatchet man

    EPA’s Scott Pruitt is Trump’s most adept and dangerous hatchet man

    Donald Trump is a crude buffoon who spends his days picking Twitter fights with people he sees on TV. He displays no skill, sophistication or capacity for subtle nuance in foreign or domestic policy. But Trump’s personal ineffectualness has not kept his administration from rapidly reversing the...

  • Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

    Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

    If the ubiquity of pollutants in modern life has you yearning for the simpler ways of California’s early residents, an unusual scientific experiment may prompt you to reconsider. After constructing water vessels using the methods of prehistoric people who lived on the Channel Islands, researchers...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Today: In the Trump Era, Republicans 4, Democrats 0

    Today: In the Trump Era, Republicans 4, Democrats 0

    I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES In Georgia, Torrential Rains and a GOP Win The most expensive congressional race in American history came to an end Tuesday with Republican Karen Handel defeating Democrat...

  • Mandatory evacuations lifted near Big Bear Lake as wildfire grows to 1,200 acres amid California heat wave

    Mandatory evacuations lifted near Big Bear Lake as wildfire grows to 1,200 acres amid California heat wave

    Firefighters continued battling a wildfire Tuesday in the San Bernardino Mountains as flames spread into the rugged terrain amid a sweltering heat wave. Mandatory evacuations were briefly issued for the area of Holcomb Valley Road and Highway 18 in Baldwin Lake, but the orders were lifted by 5:30...

  • It was 127 degrees in Death Valley, and miserable just about everywhere else. Here's how we coped

    It was 127 degrees in Death Valley, and miserable just about everywhere else. Here's how we coped

    In Death Valley, the heat brought even the roadrunners to a stop. They stood arched to the sky with their beaks wide open, as if in a stupor, or indignant at what the sun was up to. The landscape blurred and undulated. People moved as if they were walking through glue. When a light breeze came...

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