Apr 30, 2015

California backs 40% emissions cut

California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under a plan announced Wednesday that steps up the state’s previously established target, which has cut emissions partly by forcing companies to pay for their carbon pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order is loftier than ...

California governor says farmers were spared worst of water rationing

Apr 6, 2015

California governor says farmers were spared worst of water rationing

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended tough new measures aimed at combatting a crippling four-year drought, but which critics say are far too lenient on the state’s farmers. Brown on Wednesday announced sweeping water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history ...

California governor orders mandatory 25% water restrictions

Apr 2, 2015

California governor orders mandatory 25% water restrictions

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. In an executive order, Brown ordered the state water board to implement measures in cities and towns ...

Accused murderer Durst deemed suicidal

Mar 19, 2015

Accused murderer Durst deemed suicidal

Robert Durst, the real estate scion charged with first-degree murder, is suicidal, according statements by Louisiana authorities released on Wednesday after they moved him to a facility for acutely mentally ill inmates. Awaiting extradition to California, the 71-year-old Durst was charged this week in ...

Mar 18, 2015

California tightens water regulations amid long drought

Water regulators in California voted on Tuesday to outlaw watering the lawn within 48 hours of a rainstorm, the latest effort to spur Californians to conserve as the state enters its fourth year of drought. Facing a dramatic slowdown in voluntary conservation efforts by ...

Experts hike risk of big California quake in next 30 years

Mar 11, 2015

Experts hike risk of big California quake in next 30 years

The risk of a major earthquake hitting California in the next 30 years has risen dramatically, U.S. scientists said Tuesday, using improved forecasting techniques. Earthquakes are notoriously hard to predict and while seismic activity in California has stayed mild in the last century, experts ...

Agents target industry helping Chinese women have U.S. babies

Mar 4, 2015

Agents target industry helping Chinese women have U.S. babies

Federal agents searched more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens. The crackdown on three alleged maternity tourism rings ...