| Jan 10, 2014
| 9:54 AM
The federal government began moving in water to help hundreds of thousands of people struggling on Friday to cope with the effect of a chemical spill that has left water in nine counties around Charleston, W.Va., off limits for drinking, bathing and...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:27 PM
West Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency for five counties Thursday after a chemical spill contaminated the Elk River, affecting tens of thousands of people and forcing schools and eateries to close.
[Updated, 7:25 p.m. PST Jan. 9: The...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 5:23 PM
SACRAMENTO — Tighter gun controls, new rights for immigrants and a measure increasing access to abortion are among many hundreds of California laws that take effect with the new year.
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature also restricted the...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:05 PM
Major storms will be more destructive to coastal areas of Los Angeles as sea level rise accelerates over the century, according to a new study the city of Los Angeles commissioned to help it adjust to climate change.
The study by USC took inventory of...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:51 PM
The signs aren’t good when the chief of California’s snow survey has to walk over bare ground to take a snowpack measurement in the Sierra Nevada, as Frank Gehrke did Friday near Echo Summit.
Manual and electronic readings up and down the...
| Jan 3, 2014
Re "L.A.'s got a brand new bag ban," Jan. 1, and "Bring your own (reusable) bag," Editorial, Dec. 31
It's about time Los Angeles eliminated the use of disposable plastic bags, but I hope this is only one part of a larger effort to cut back on plastics....
| Dec 27, 2013
| 7:17 PM
As 2013 draws to a close, it is headed for the record books as the driest year in downtown Los Angeles since 1877, when official measurements began.
Only 3.60 inches have fallen at the National Weather Service station at USC since Jan. 1, about half...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 7:37 PM
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency was justified in intervening to examine possible risks of gas drilling to Texas drinking water, the agency's internal watchdog reported Tuesday.
But environmentalists say the report raises fresh...
| Dec 20, 2013
Re “Tunnel plan's shaky frame,” Column, Dec. 16
George Skelton concludes that there is no real earthquake threat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta after speaking with Bob Pyke, an engineer and fierce Bay Delta Conservation Plan...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:40 AM
A ruptured water line shut down a terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, prompting warnings of long lines and delays for passengers.
A hot-water line in Terminal A broke about 2:15 a.m., leaving standing water 2 to 3 inches deep in...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 1:04 PM
DENVER -- The rains began earlier this week in Colorado, accelerating far beyond the ground’s ability to absorb moisture. Torrents churned into flash floods that have killed at least three people, washed out roads, isolated whole towns and forced...