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

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:00:00 PDT

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,...

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Sen. Feinstein suggests Gorsuch would undermine EPA on fuel mileage standards

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:33:00 PDT

Trump attacks GOP conservatives over healthcare debacle, hints at displeasure with Ryan March 26, 2017, 6:53 a.m. Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: After initially blaming Democrats, Trump sets his sights on GOP for failure of healthcare billTrump learns power...(image)



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

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:25:00 PDT

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...

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

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:40:00 PDT

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...

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These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:40:00 PDT

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...

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The Environmental Protection Agency is targeted for some of Trump’s most brutal cuts

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:30:00 PDT

Trump attacks GOP conservatives over healthcare debacle, hints at displeasure with Ryan March 26, 2017, 6:53 a.m. Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: After initially blaming Democrats, Trump sets his sights on GOP for failure of healthcare billTrump learns power...(image)



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

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Good morning. It’s Thursday March 16, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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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...

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

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

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...

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Trump budget would reignite California's financial strains

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

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...

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

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:10:00 PDT

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...

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

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:00:00 PDT

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...

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

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:25:00 PST

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...

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

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:55:00 PST

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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EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not primary cause of warming

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:56:00 PST

Trump attacks GOP conservatives over healthcare debacle, hints at displeasure with Ryan March 26, 2017, 6:53 a.m. Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: After initially blaming Democrats, Trump sets his sights on GOP for failure of healthcare billTrump learns power...(image)



What's at stake as the GOP moves to slash regulations? For starters, clean air

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PST

Amid the Republican backlash against federal scientists who write rules governing everything from movie theater popcorn to offshore oil drilling, stories abound of overburdened businesses, heavy-handed civil servants and crushing paperwork.

But another story, one involving a deadly household material,...

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Somalia: 110 die from hunger in last 48 hours in just one region; drought threatens millions

Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:45:00 PST

Somalia's prime minister announced Saturday that 110 people in a single region have died from hunger in the last 48 hours as a severe drought threatens millions of people across the country.

It was the first death toll announced by Somalia's government since it declared the drought a national disaster...

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Southern California regulators approve smog plan with tougher refinery rules, voluntary measures for ports

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 17:35:00 PST

Southern California air quality officials voted Friday to impose tougher rules on oil refineries but rejected a proposal to regulate pollution from ports and warehouses, which are responsible for much of the region’s harmful emissions.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s 15-year smog-reduction...

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Trump directs EPA to begin dismantling clean water rule

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:25:00 PST

President Trump stepped up his attack on federal environmental protections Tuesday, issuing an order directing his administration to begin the long process of rolling back sweeping clean water rules that were enacted by his predecessor.

The order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to...

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Trump calls Obama's clean water rule 'horrible, horrible'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:34:00 PST

Trump attacks GOP conservatives over healthcare debacle, hints at displeasure with Ryan March 26, 2017, 6:53 a.m. Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: After initially blaming Democrats, Trump sets his sights on GOP for failure of healthcare billTrump learns power...(image)



Yes, California's drought is all but over, and the dramatically revived Cachuma Lake proves it

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:40:00 PST

Heading into February, things were looking grim here in the rugged hills north of Santa Barbara.

While much of California was emerging from five years of drought, this giant reservoir had dwindled to a weedy channel at just 7% of capacity and was perilously close to being written off as a regional...

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Political spending of AIDS nonprofit takes heat from critics

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:30:00 PST

Good morning. It’s Friday, Feb. 24, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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A new kind of politicking

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a philanthropic empire that’s on the ground in 38 countries. But in recent months the organization has become known for the kind of activism...

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Did the drought contribute to severe flooding in San Jose? Officials search for answers

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:50:00 PST

For five long, drought-plagued winters, Mother Nature refused to refill Coyote Creek. Foliage filled its dry bed, and without regular rains, the vegetation remained in the creek rather than being flushed out to sea.

Then an epic winter of rain hit Northern California, and the dry creek suddenly...

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Most of California is out of the drought

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:05:00 PST

A year ago, some Californians thought this day would never come.

But, after being battered by weeks of record-setting rain, the vast majority of the state is out of drought.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, less than 20% of the state faces any drought conditions and no place in...

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Scott Pruitt tries to calm a rattled EPA workforce

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:40:00 PST

Trump wants to boost defense spending by 10% and cut social spending March 24, 2017, 11:17 a.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion, a 10% jumpJustice Department shifts course in controversial Texas voting rights...(image)



Wet winter has improved Colorado River basin's water forecast, but the drought endures

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:55:00 PST

California is not the only place in the West confronting startling amounts of rain and snow.

Drought conditions have declined substantially across the region in recent weeks, with heavy storms replenishing reservoirs and piling fresh powder on ski resorts.

Yet there is one place where the precipitation...

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