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California renews push to promote environmental literacy in schools

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:22:39 GMT

In Clinton Huey's 6th-grade science class at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro just south of Oakland, students have made their own carbon dioxide, measured the acid content of car exhaust, created greenhouse gas models from plastic bottles, charted sea-level rise since 700 A.D. and built wind generators – all in a quest to understand climate change. "To me, this is the single biggest issue facing humanity," Huey said, referring to climate change.

Traffic study ranks Los Angeles as world's most clogged city

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:14:51 GMT

When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world. Drivers in the car-crazy California metropolis spent 104 hours each driving in congestion during peak travel periods last year.

California seniors increasingly land in ER after falls

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:11:41 GMT

The number of California seniors who land in emergency rooms after falling has risen sharply in recent years, as their population grows and they live longer with more chronic illnesses often requiring an array of medications. The number of visits to California emergency rooms by people over 65 who fell surged 38 percent from 167,785 in 2010 to 232,146 in 2015, according to data from the state's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

The Latest: Storm aiming for California renews flood fears

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:03:09 GMT

The first outer rain bands from a storm headed to Northern California are bringing light rain, wind and renewed warnings of possible flooding. Forecasters say a powerful Pacific storm will reach the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday night and move to the already soggy Central Valley.

Two dead in California as 'weather bomb' wreaks havoc

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:54:00 GMT

In downtown Los Angeles, Uber driver John Kim anticipated extra business from people not wanting to walk even short distances in the rain. "The afternoon commute is going to be a mess", an Oxnard National Weather Service meteorologist, Kathy Hoxsie, said via the Los Times.

Flood fears renewed as another storm aims for California

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:50:19 GMT

In this view looking north, flood water crosses over Interstate 5 at Williams backing up traffic in both north and southbound lanes for hours on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Williams, Calif. Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area were facing a weekend return of heavy rain and winds that lashed them earlier in the week before the storm moves out.

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:48:12 GMT

Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms.

More rain in store after 5 killed in California storms

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:36:42 GMT

A drenched Northern California will get another round of heavy rainfall through until Tuesday, sparking flooding concerns in the region. In Northern California, storms started overnight Saturday, with 2 to 4 inches of widespread rain expected, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said.

As California's Organic Farming Pioneers Age, A Younger Generation Steps In

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:25:38 GMT

The generation that pioneered organic farming is beginning to retire. These farmers want what they've built to last.

"California is a nation, not a state": A fringe movement wants a break from the U.S.

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:19:20 GMT

About 15 people huddled in a luxury apartment building, munching on danishes as they plotted out their plan to have California secede from the United States. "I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of an independent California," Geoff Lewis said as he stood in a glass-walled conference room adorned with California's grizzly-bear flag and a sign reading "California is a nation, not a state."

The Latest: Body of man swept down gully in storm recovered

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:18:00 GMT

A huge Pacific storm parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads and opening sinkhole... . A woman with her dog stops to look at a fallen tree that crushed a car Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles.

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:11:01 GMT

A powerful Pacific storm blew into southern and central California on Friday, unleashing wind-driven heavy r... . In this image released by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a large eucalyptus tree toppled onto carport damaging vehicles in Goleta, Calif., Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

Lisa Marie Presley says she's broke after ex asks for money

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:11:00 GMT

Lisa Marie Presley describes herself as deeply in debt and just out of a treatment facility in court papers that accuse her estranged fourth husband of having hundreds of inappropriate photographs of children on his computer. Their 8-year-old twin daughters are under the care of California child protective services, according to documents filed this month with California Superior Court in Los Angeles related to husband Michael Lockwood's request for spousal support.

The Latest: Voluntary evacuations asked in California town

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:59:46 GMT

A California Highway Patrol officer investigates the scene near a sink hole that swallowed a tractor trailer and a San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine on southbound Interstate 15, just south of Highway 138, in the Cajon Pass, Calif., on Friday, Feb., 17, 2017. A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports.

How to update your backyard decor, and bring the inside out

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:43:13 GMT

Outdoor spaces are mirroring indoor counterparts as the lines between the two have blurred. Both sport comfortable seating complete with pillows and throws, welcoming accent lighting, textured rugs and even lush curtains.

Widespread flights canceled as rain, winds whip Southern California

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:18:56 GMT

Today's much-hyped storm has slugged Southern California with its first fierce wave - dousing the region, postponing events, snarling traffic and cancelling commercial flights. Just after 10 a.m., the National Weather Service reported that rainfall amounts are approaching half an inch in Canoga Park, Agoura Hills and much of the San Fernando Valley, and in the Los Angeles County mountains.

Roads closed, flights canceled as rain roars through Southern California

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:18:55 GMT

The long-promised "monster" storm is delivering as promised – postponing events, canceling commercial flights, closing roads and prompting flash flood warnings. In early afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the Oxnard and Ventura areas effective until 4 p.m. Friday.