California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

Jul 3, 2015

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

AFP-JIJI An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil? That is the question raised by California farmers who are irrigating their crops with wastewater supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners. ...

Woman with no memory searches for her identity and family

Jul 2, 2015

Woman with no memory searches for her identity and family

A woman who couldn’t recall her identity when she was found on a Southern California street earlier this year has turned to the Internet in search of her family. “I just feel like there’s this thick fog over my mind, my memory, over my ...

Dolphin breaks woman's ankles when it leaps onto boat

Jul 2, 2015

Dolphin breaks woman's ankles when it leaps onto boat

A dolphin leaped onto a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles. Chrissie Frickman was boating with her husband and two children June 21 when a pod of dolphins swam alongside them. One of the animals jumped on ...

June saw Fresno hospital deliver three sets of triplets

Jun 24, 2015

June saw Fresno hospital deliver three sets of triplets

A trio of triplets have been born this month alone at a California hospital and the streak is expected to continue. The Fresno Bee newspaper reported Monday that one set of triplets was born the week of June 7, followed by another set June ...

'Adorabilis' moniker eyed for cute pink octopus

Jun 18, 2015

'Adorabilis' moniker eyed for cute pink octopus

Some say she looks like a ghost from the Pac-Man video game, but she’s anything but spooky. In fact, the fist-sized pink octopus is so cute scientists may call her “Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis.” Researchers in California are looking for an appropriate Latin species designation for ...

Jun 17, 2015

Study: A third of global groundwater basins are overstressed

Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world’s largest groundwater basins. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say it’s unclear how much water is left in the most overburdened aquifers. The problem is expected to worsen with climate change ...

Pipeline that spilled oil on California coast badly corroded

Jun 4, 2015

Pipeline that spilled oil on California coast badly corroded

A pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons (382,000 liters) of crude oil near Santa Barbara last month occurred along a badly corroded section that had worn away to a fraction of an inch in thickness, federal regulators disclosed Wednesday. The preliminary findings ...