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Marijuana and Vaping: Shadowy Past, Dangerous Present.

A technology initially promoted to help cigarette smokers has transformed marijuana use, too. Now, with cases of severe lung illness rising, health investigators are warning people to stop vaping cannabis.

Hikers Find Mystery Skeleton on Remote Mountain in California.

The remnants of shoes and a belt found with the bones may offer investigators useful clues.

PG&E Chief Says Blackout ‘Cannot Become the Status Quo’.

The head of California’s biggest utility, under fire over the company’s handling of a pre-emptive power shut-off, will face questioning from state regulators.

Sutter Health to Settle Antitrust Lawsuit

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The hospital group in California was accused of using its market dominance to demand higher prices for health care.

E.P.A. Bypassed Its West Coast Team as a Feud With California Escalated

Staff members in the regional office said they had no advance knowledge of a wide-ranging agency complaint against the state and described the process as highly unusual.

Fur ban: California outlaws making and selling new products.

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Leather and some animal skins still allowed, while circuses will be banned from using wild animals like tigers and bearsCalifornia will become the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals...

In a High-Tech State, Blackouts Are a Low-Tech Way to Prevent Fires.

One approach is a microgrid — creating a small power source that can keep the lights on in a small area when the main grid isn’t working.

‘This Did Not Go Well’: Inside PG&E’s Blackout Control Room.

As the utility turned off power to millions of Californians, its website went down and it struggled to communicate with local officials and inform residents.

California governor signs ban on private prisons, setting up fight with Trump.

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Lawmakers seek to protect prisoners and detained immigrants but private prison company expects courts to strike down measureCalifornia’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed into law on Friday a statewide ban on private prisons, in a move likely to set ...

More than 100,000 ordered to evacuate as wildfires rage in southern California.

The notorious Santa Ana winds — linked to the spread of many wildfires — bring a dangerous mix of witheringly low humidity levels and powerful gusts.

How Long the PG&E Outage Will Last, and Other Questions Answered.

The California utility turned off power to hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce the risk of wildfires. Many could be without electricity for days.

Police order evacuations as fast-moving wildfire spreads near San Francisco.

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Cal Fire said flames consumed about 60 acres in little more than two hours in the hills of a Bay Area community, Sanders RanchPolice have ordered evacuations as a fast-moving wildfire spreads in the hills of a San Francisco Bay Area community.Fire...

These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms.

New research shows that hundreds of North American birds are at risk of major habitat disruption from climate change.

When a Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine for Communities.

American medical providers that collectively spend $50 billion per year are channeling work to local businesses and residents.

PG&E Bankruptcy Judge Gives Outside Group’s Plan a Chance.

Reorganization terms offered by bondholders and victims’ lawyers will compete with the utility’s own proposal, a move that could encourage a deal.

Everyone Made Money Off My N.C.A.A. Career, Except Me

California’s initiative to allow college athletes to profit from their talent is a boon especially for women and competitors in sports without pro leagues.

California Makes H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs Available Without a Prescription

The state is the first in the nation to allow pharmacists to dispense PrEP and PEP, drugs that can prevent new H.I.V. infections, over the counter.

FBI asks public to help identify victims after serial killer confesses to 93 murders.

Investigators have confirmed 50 of the homicides to which Samuel Little has confessedThe FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying dozens of victims of the man who has confessed to strangling 93 people, claims the agency says are credible...

California utility will shut off power to 800,000 people to prevent wildfires.

Pacific Gas & Electric plans to cut power to 34 northern and central counties in state’s biggest-ever preventive outageA California utility has announced it will shut off power to more than 800,000 customers in an effort to prevent new wildfires, ...

Battle for PG&E Hinges on Rival Plans and Uncertain Costs.

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As the utility defends its bankruptcy plan against a challenge from bondholders and wildfire victims, its liabilities are still being calculated.

As PG&E Is Remade, Will Wildfire Victims Be Left Behind?.

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Lawyers say the utility’s bankruptcy process is pre-empting the claims of tens of thousands who suffered losses in fires linked to its equipment.

Plácido Domingo resigns from Los Angeles Opera amid sexual harassment claims.

Star steps down as general director and withdraws from future performances, marking end to US careerThe opera star Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of Los Angeles Opera – a company he helped found – amid allegations of sexual haras...

Is it time to rename John Wayne airport?

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The actor had secured a firm spot in American history until a controversial interview surfaced revealing his troubling viewsJohn Wayne is Americana personified. His name conjures up images of sunsets, cowboy hats and Marlboro Reds. But the legacy ...

California Governor Will Sign Plan to Let N.C.A.A. Athletes Be Paid

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he backed a bill to allow college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsements. The measure, the first of its kind, threatens the business model of college sports.

Paying College Athletes: Answers to Key Questions on New Law.

California is challenging the N.C.A.A.’s business model built on amateur athletes. Here’s what that means.