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California Drought Crisis Reaches Worst Level as It Spreads North - NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comCalifornia Drought Crisis Reaches Worst Level as It Spreads NorthNBCNews.comAs California starts handing out its first fines to water-wasters, new data reveals the state's crippling drought conditions have never been worse. As of Tuesday — the same day the stricter restrictions went in...[read more]

California's new Middle Class Scholarship awards delayed - Los Angeles Times

California's new Middle Class Scholarship awards delayedLos Angeles TimesCalifornia State University will have to cut planned enrollment growth for the fall term -- from about 20,000 to 10,000 students -- after state funding fell short of expectations. California State University will have to cut...[read more]

What are those brilliant blue creatures washing up on California beaches? - SFGate (blog)

SFGate (blog)What are those brilliant blue creatures washing up on California beaches?SFGate (blog)A small, blue, eye-catching creature has made a dramatic appearance at several beaches along the Northern California coast. Twitter users along the coast — in Monterey, Humboldt County, San Francisc...[read more]

Water-use restrictions take effect in California; daily fines possible - Los Angeles Times

Water-use restrictions take effect in California; daily fines possibleLos Angeles TimesThe ongoing drought reveals its effect on a nearly dry water canal where an Egret searches for food near Red Bluff in Northern California. The ongoing drought reveals its effect on a nearly dry water canal wher...[read more]

California wildfires: French Fire burns 5600 acres; crews work to protect ... - 89.3 KPCC

89.3 KPCCCalifornia wildfires: French Fire burns 5600 acres; crews work to protect ...89.3 KPCCA plane drops fire retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in El Portal, Calif., near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Firefighters in the state are also battling another wildfire in t...[read more]

Toni Atkins will briefly be California's first openly gay governor - Los Angeles Times

USA TODAYToni Atkins will briefly be California's first openly gay governorLos Angeles TimesCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown, with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) in the background, talks in June about signing the state budget. Atkins was serving as acting governor on Wednesday. California ...[read more]

California DMV joins motorcycle lane-splitting controversy - Los Angeles Times

California DMV joins motorcycle lane-splitting controversyLos Angeles TimesMore than three-quarters of drivers interviewed for a 2012 study conducted by the California Office for Traffic Safety said they thought lane-splitting was unsafe. Almost half thought it was illegal. Two-thirds said they d...[read more]

A $500 car wash? New California fines for wasting water take effect - CBS News

SFGateA $500 car wash? New California fines for wasting water take effectCBS NewsSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California. The State Water Resources Control Board approved the rules earlier this month, ...[read more]

More than 1400 lightning strikes hit Southern California over weekend - Los Angeles Times

National GeographicMore than 1400 lightning strikes hit Southern California over weekendLos Angeles TimesMore than 1,400 lightning strikes jolted Southern California over the weekend during a rare summer thunderstorm in which a 20-year-old man died and several others were injured, officials said....[read more]

California firefighters battle 200 new wildfires in a single week - Los Angeles Times

Deseret NewsCalifornia firefighters battle 200 new wildfires in a single weekLos Angeles TimesCalifornia firefighters have responded to more than 200 new wildfires in the last week alone, a pace that officials say shows no signs of slowing. The state's historic drought continues to keep vegetatio...[read more]