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California Schools Program Would Push Students Toward Civics, Serving Community After Graduation

California educators unveiled a new curriculum that focuses on more than test scores and grades, and pushes students to get involved in their communities after high school.

08/05/2014

View of the Eiler Fire in Lassen. (Source: Stanislaus Consolidated Fire)

Destructive Wildfires Blacken Parts Of California

Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain – one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital.

08/04/2014

The August blaze burned over 250,000 acres of land in the Sierra Nevadas. (Getty Images)

Replant After Wildfire Or Let Nature Take Over?

Nearly a year since a historic wildfire charred a huge swath of California’s High Sierra, debate rages over what to do with millions of dead trees left in its wake: truck them to lumber mills or let nature to take its course?

08/03/2014

View of the Bald Fire in Lassen. (Source: U.S. Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Region, Fire & Aviation Management)

Northeast California Wildfire Destroys 8 Homes

A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term care hospital.

08/03/2014

View of the Bald Fire in Lassen. (Source: U.S. Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Region, Fire & Aviation Management)

Spate Of Wildfires Force Gov. Brown To Declare State Of Emergency

Thousands of federal, state and local firefighters on Saturday were feverishly attacking at least six major wildfires in central and far northern California that prompted evacuations, while blazes in the Pacific Northwest destroyed a handful of homes.

08/02/2014

An artist's rendition of a California high-speed rail station. (Source: cahighspeedrail.ca.gov)

Court Gives New Life To California High-Speed Rail

A state appellate court ruling is giving new life to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high-speed rail project.

08/01/2014

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Top 5 American Whale-Watching Tours

You don’t have to travel the world to enjoy fabulous whale watching. Here are five of the best U.S. whale watching tours.

08/01/2014

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Union: California Prison Staff Told To Falsify Suicide Watch Records

A union says California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide watch records at the state’s Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating court-mandated standards.

07/31/2014

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Galt City Leaders Putting Pressure On Residents To Cut Water Usage

Starting on Friday, watering your lawn more than three times a week, washing sidewalks or driveways, or using a hose without an automatic shutoff device could mean up to $100 in fines in Galt.

07/30/2014

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California State Fair Sees Highest Attendance Since 2008

It’s a fair to remember. Nearby fires and record-high temperatures couldn’t keep California State Fairgoers away as the annual event reached attendance not seen in the last six years.

07/28/2014

CAMP PENDLETON, CA - MAY 16:  The Las Pulgas Fire lights the night on May 16, 2014 at Camp Pendleton, California. The fire is one of three large wildfires on Camp Pendleton that have scorched more than 22,000 acres. Firefighters have been battling 11 wildfires in San Diego County this week, including the fires on the Marine base.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Fire Season In West Expected To Get More Intense

Despite widespread drought in the West, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

07/23/2014

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Increased Oil Shipments Through California Prompt Concerns From Officials

New oil drilling known as fracking is being done at a much lower cost in places like Canada, Montana and North Dakota, and officials say transporting that oil by rail is the fastest and cheapest way to move it.

07/22/2014

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