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  • 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...

  • Las Vegas hits 117 degrees, tying a record, as the Southwest bakes

    Las Vegas hits 117 degrees, tying a record, as the Southwest bakes

    For much of the afternoon, outdoor dining areas and patios along the Las Vegas Strip were empty as the hot sun pounded the streets and sidewalk relentlessly. Near the Linq Hotel & Casino, spray misters attached to tall posts outside gamely tried to combat the heat — though the water evaporated...

  • As Trump's EPA delays smog rules, California vows to forge ahead

    As Trump's EPA delays smog rules, California vows to forge ahead

    California officials say they are forging ahead with emissions-cutting measures despite the Trump administration’s move this week to delay implementation of Obama-era limits on ozone, the lung-searing gas in smog. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told governors Tuesday...

  • Trump may be in trouble, but his appointees advance his startling agenda

    Trump may be in trouble, but his appointees advance his startling agenda

    Cable news is consumed with wall-to-wall coverage of every new development in Donald Trump’s political implosion, and liberals, still stunned by Trump’s rise to the White House, cannot get enough of it. For them, this national nightmare can’t be over soon enough. Nevertheless, one disturbing reality...

  • 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...

  • Giant Alaska mine proposal gets new chance under Trump administration

    Giant Alaska mine proposal gets new chance under Trump administration

    The Trump administration has given new life to a proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska that would be built at the headwaters of one of the world’s largest runs of wild salmon. The Environmental Protection Agency reached a legal settlement late Thursday with the Canadian company that wants to...

  • Scientists are on alert after the latest changes at the EPA

    Scientists are on alert after the latest changes at the EPA

    Scientists are on high alert this week after the Environmental Protection Agency failed to renew the appointments of at least six independent researchers who served on an EPA advisory board. The decision does not directly affect the work of the scientists who are employed by the agency. Nor was...

  • Thousands march nationwide to protest Trump climate policies

    Thousands march nationwide to protest Trump climate policies

    Thousands of people across the U.S. marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat Saturday to demand action on climate change — mass protests that coincided with President Trump's 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections. At the marquee event, the Peoples...

  • 'We need to be out here': Thousands march in downtown L.A. to support science in the Trump era

    'We need to be out here': Thousands march in downtown L.A. to support science in the Trump era

    Dressed in long sleeves and a sensible safari hat, Dr. Diane Brown carried a sign that read, “My patients need science because lupus is not cured, juvenile arthritis is not cured … CANCER is not cured!” Brown, a rheumatologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said she hadn’t attended any marches...

  • 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...

  • There's fear that the EPA's request for a court delay may lead to dirtier air

    There's fear that the EPA's request for a court delay may lead to dirtier air

    When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted a stricter smog limit in 2015, forcing states to reduce emissions, many people were disappointed. At the time, the agency reduced the ground-level ozone standard to 70 parts per billion, down from the 75-ppb standard adopted in 2008 under the...

  • From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse

    From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse

    California’s climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain and snow. But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing. Experts and state water officials say California is seeing more of these intense weather...

  • Energy Star ratings are cheap, effective and popular. Why does Trump want to kill them?

    Energy Star ratings are cheap, effective and popular. Why does Trump want to kill them?

    Commercial real estate giant CBRE is always on alert for shifts in federal government policy that might impact its vast property management and investment business. But the Los Angeles-based Fortune 500 company never anticipated an effort to eliminate a voluntary, cost-effective initiative that...

  • Essential California: 'It feels like we go from one tragedy to another'

    Essential California: 'It feels like we go from one tragedy to another'

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, April 12, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES San Bernardino grieving, again The tragedy on Monday was horrible by itself. But the murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School, which killed...

  • Scott Pruitt undermines the EPA with anti-scientific ignorance

    Scott Pruitt undermines the EPA with anti-scientific ignorance

    Donald Trump’s foreign policy and legislative agenda may be a confused mess due to amateurism, impulsiveness and understaffing, but his administration’s attack on the environment is operating with the focus and zeal of the Spanish Inquisition. Led by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Trump team...

  • This is how states will fight Trump's energy order

    This is how states will fight Trump's energy order

    Donald Trump’s plan to bring an abrupt halt to America’s crusade against climate change will test California and other states like never before as they seek to wrest control of the nation’s energy future from a hostile White House. The energy plan Trump unveiled on Tuesday left no doubt that the...

  • Today: The Russia Probe — Accusations, Deflections and Trump’s Tweets

    Today: The Russia Probe — Accusations, Deflections and Trump’s Tweets

    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 The Russia Probe: Accusations, Deflections and Trump’s Tweets California Reps. Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes have held the top positions on the House Intelligence Committee...

  • Trump to dismantle Obama's landmark climate effort

    Trump to dismantle Obama's landmark climate effort

    President Trump on Tuesday will order the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle his predecessor’s landmark climate effort, backing away from an aggressive plan to cut emissions at power plants that had been the foundation of America’s leadership on confronting global warming. The work of...

  • U.N. warns of famine in Africa and western Asia as it seeks billions of dollars to prevent catastrophes

    U.N. warns of famine in Africa and western Asia as it seeks billions of dollars to prevent catastrophes

    In a race against time to prevent four famines in Africa and western Asia, the U.N. and its humanitarian agencies need to raise $5.6 billion, fast. The United Nations had raised just $90 million — 2 cents for every dollar it needs to provide food for those most in need — by the end of February,...

  • Trump’s budget plan for NASA focuses on studying space, not climate change

    Trump’s budget plan for NASA focuses on studying space, not climate change

    NASA missions to the surface of Europa, a nearby asteroid and the atmosphere above our own planet would be cut from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s portfolio under the White House budget proposal released Thursday. But one of JPL’s signature programs, the Mars 2020 mission to send a sample-collecting...

  • Trump's 'hard power' budget makes sweeping cuts to EPA and State Department, boosts defense spending

    Trump's 'hard power' budget makes sweeping cuts to EPA and State Department, boosts defense spending

    President Trump released a spending plan Thursday that would slash programs across government with a machete to pay for sharp increases in the military, veterans’ health and the construction of a wall along the southwest border. On the chopping block: billions of dollars in research aimed at fighting...

  • These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

    These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

    Here’s a snapshot of the mission and history of the 19 independent agencies President Trump said he would stop funding entirely under his “budget blueprint.” Trump’s proposal also calls for deep cuts in other agencies and departments, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State...

  • The fall of L.A.'s 'Teflon sheriff'

    The fall of L.A.'s 'Teflon sheriff'

    Good morning. It’s Thursday March 16, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Convicted Lee Baca, the once powerful and popular sheriff of Los Angeles County, was found guilty Wednesday of obstructing a federal investigation into abuses in county jails and lying to cover up the...

  • What will it mean to get rid of the 'administrative state'? Trump’s first budget will offer a glimpse

    What will it mean to get rid of the 'administrative state'? Trump’s first budget will offer a glimpse

    President Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, asserted a bold goal recently, sounding as if he were pitching a plot of an action thriller: “deconstruction of the administrative state.” Thursday, as Trump releases his first budget, Americans will get a wider glimpse of what exactly that...

  • Trump budget would reignite California's financial strains

    Trump budget would reignite California's financial strains

    President Trump’s budget would deliver a painful financial blow to California, with the potential to push a state that has struggled for years to keep its books balanced back into the kind of red ink that consumed it after the housing market collapse a decade ago. The only solace state and local...

  • Trump wants to shelve fuel mileage rules, inviting a fight with California

    Trump wants to shelve fuel mileage rules, inviting a fight with California

    President Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy targets that have been a foundation for battles against climate change and harmful pollution in California and across the country. The move attacks one of the Obama administration’s...

  • After intense public anger, Republicans waver over slashing Obama-era action on methane gas

    After intense public anger, Republicans waver over slashing Obama-era action on methane gas

    As Republican lawmakers consider how closely to align with the climate skepticism and fossil fuel fervor radiating from the White House, a nascent clean air initiative that energy firms want scrapped is fast testing their comfort zone. Weighing on them is 41 billion cubic feet of methane, a greenhouse...

  • California is having its rainiest water year on record, lifting many out of drought conditions

    California is having its rainiest water year on record, lifting many out of drought conditions

    California is having its rainiest water year since record-keeping began in 1895 — a deluge that has been rapidly altering the landscape of a state that until recently was in drought. It has rained an average of 27.81 inches statewide from Oct. 1 to Feb. 28, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

  • After its rainiest winter on record, L.A. braces for heat

    After its rainiest winter on record, L.A. braces for heat

    After months of uncharacteristically soggy weather across the Southland, Mother Nature will bring more unusual weather this weekend., the National Weather Service said. Temperatures Sunday and Monday are expected to climb into the upper 80s, a full 20 degrees warmer than average for downtown Los...

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